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I first came across sock ons when my first daughter was around 6 months old ; just around the age when they start to pull their socks off and you are forever losing socks!
The idea behind these is that you put them on over the top of your little ones socks and they fit much tighter than a sock so stops the socks coming off. Essentially its a tight fabric sleeve that goes around the foot and ankle with a hole for the toes and heel where you can see the sock through. The sock on has a lace design on it to make it look like a shoe over baby's sock. They come in a variety of colours for both boys and girls; with my first we had the pink ones.
Does it work?
Essentially yes, I never had my daughters socks come off when she was wearing them however they left awful marks on her feet from where they were so tight that I actually stopped putting them on her as I didn't want to hurt her poor little feet. Now I'm not sure if my girlie just had chunky feet as I know plenty of people that use them on their baby and have had no issues and swear by them for their baby, but for me it was a total waste of money.
Price and availability-
Sock ons are widely available in childrens clothes shops as well as supermarkets and on line retailers.
I bought mine from sainsburys childrens section for around £4.00 which I thought was a little pricey for one pair but it wasn't a totally ridiculous price like some non essential items.
For me and my daughter I wasn't at all impressed, they may of kept her socks on but they hurt her feet and its put me off buying them or trying them again with my second daughter. They definitely aren't an essential item or something I would recommend just from the experience I had. 1 star.
Ahh, that universal problem, how to keep a baby's socks on has now been answered by this clever little piece of material called a Sockon. I used to get so frustrated when my kids were babies as they were always losing their socks. Granted, the socks didn't always fit to well, especially when they were first born but it was so annoying and really hard to keep them on. We'd find them in the pushchair, in their cot, on the floor but never on their feet and if you we're out you would run the risk of losing them too.
Sock ons are basically a bit of elasticated material that looks a bit like a small ankle support in my opinion. It goes over a regular pair of socks that your baby wears and then stops them from falling off because the tight elasticated woven material keeps them in place. The good thing is that they are not tight so your baby will not suffer from poor circulation or anything like that, they are just tight enough to stay on. They are also cleverly designed because if your baby tries to pull their socks off, like my little boy tried to do all the time, the socks get locked into the hole around the heel and still stay on, no matter how hard they tug and pull.
What I really like about them is that they come in different colours and designs so you can tailor them to the colour of socks your little one is wearing and then they will not look silly or out of place. I had a few pairs for different outfits/days etc and found they always worked well. I also though they washed well too and never shrunk or got bent out of shape.
Probably another advantage for us, and one that most people wouldn't have thought of is that these Sock ons also stopped the dog from nicking them off the feet of my kids when they were little. Eddie the dog had a very bad but very clever habit of pulling their socks off with his teeth and then eating them, with them making an appearance a few days later after he had thrown them up, very disguising. With the sock ons though, the elastic wad enough to stop him as he couldn't figure out or didn't have the strength or dexterity in his teeth to pull them off so no more tasty socks for him thankgoodness.
The Sock ons come in two sizes to match your Baby's age - 0-6m and 6-12m and I find they are fairly generous so my little boy was wearing the bigger size for a while after he was one which is nice.
We don't use these any more as my kids are at an age where they can keep their socks on and don't need help keeping them on although they would be quite handy for my little boy as he loves taking his socks off and running in the garden barefoot, even when it is cold outside so perhaps I should put them back on him just to fox him, ha ha!
My friend gave me a pair of these when Tyler was around the 3 month mark. He was forever kicking his little legs, loosing socks and I was complaining about it at the time. She told me she had a few pairs but her little one was so often in babygros she didnt mind me pinching a pair.
I didnt think they'd do much, they looked so small and flimsy. Putting them on was quite fiddly, more so than putting an actual sock on. They fitted quite snug round his foot (with holes in the heel and toe areas.)
Sock ons come in two sizes- 0-6 months and 6-12 months. I couldnt tell you how effective they are in the bigger size as I never got round to trying them. They'll set you back between £2-£4 so this can get expensive if your buying a lot of pairs. Ideally though youd only need 2 or 3 if you keep on top of washing them. Id reccomend handwashing and then sticking them on the radiator rather than sticking them in the washing machine/tumble dryer simply because they are so small and can easily get lost within other laundry!
Overall Id have to give them a 5 star as they did what they said and are a brilliant yet simple idea- the kind you wish you'd thought of!
I'm not completly clear in my review how these look if you've never heard of them and cant see the picture. They go over socks to keep them in place (not a replacement for socks) they are a thin sock shaped piece of fabric but they have holes around the heel and toes which secures them on. I've only seen blue and pink versions of the sock ons but you may be able to pick up some funky patterns online by now!
This a brilliant invention! Wish had thought if this first!
This simple but ingenious invention has save quite a few pairs of socks from going missing. It simply works by slipping over your child's foot, sort of like a pop sock for socks and securing them in place.
My little one loves to kick her little chubby legs up and down, so before I found about this little nifty invention I would lose endless amounts of socks, so much so that for a time she was always in odd socks.
Sock ons come in various different colours, which is great of you don't want to stick to just pink and blue, they also come in different age groups ranging from 0-6months to 6-12 months which I think is useful as i have seen a friend of mine's toddler try to take off his socks (he liked to take them off and throw them out of his buggy) and wasn't able to.
The only downside is that you will need more than one set which can get expensive as at £4 a pop from mothercare they aren't cheap but do shop around as for the same price I got two pairs from eBay.
Are they absolutely necessary...hmmmm the jury is out on that one but they do make life easier.
My daughter was born in 2008...the same year that socks ons won the Innovation Award at Kind Und Jugend International Baby Show. I had never heard of them...fortunately my daughter was a summer baby. We quickly gave up on socks and embraced bare feet! By the time winter came she was in Shoo Shoos - another great product for keeping socks on!
My mother in law gave us a pair of sock ons when I had my son last year. I had never seen them before and have to admit we didn't use them until he was about 3 months old. I am a big fan of babygrows for newborns anyway, and as he was a winter baby a babygrow seemed the perfect solution for keeping him really cosy. By the time I decided he was grown up enough to wear a 'proper' outfit, 3 months of sleep deprivation meant I had totally forgotten about the sock ons...until about the third day. I was once again trying to wrestle his wriggly little foot into the sock he had just kicked off when I suddenly remembered the sock ons! I went upstairs to get them, half thinking I was probably wasting my time. When I removed them from the card I was even more convinced I had wasted my time. They seemed so flimsy I couldn't really see how they would work! They are basically nylon heel-less and toe-less socks which you pop over any pair of socks. Anyway, not one to dismiss something without trying it I popped them on his feet. They were no more fiddly to put on than a sock and although they were a nice snug fit, they didn't look like they were too tight or likely to cause any discomfort.
I watched...and waited...and, amazingly they actually worked! My boy lay their kicking his little legs ten to the dozen as always, an action that all parents know will expell even the snuggest fitting sock eventually! But, this time the socks did not go anywhere! I was most impressed!
We used the sock ons daily. I never got round to buying another pair (blame the aforementioned sleep deprivation!). I also never put these in the washing machine so cannot comment on how well they wash. They are so tiny and thin that I would handwash them every couple of days and pop them on the radiator over night. Then one day, whilst removing them, my husband 'pinged' one of them into apparent oblivion, never to be seen again! By this time summer was round the corner so we embraced bare feet once again.
You can buy sock ons for around £2 - £3. I think this is extremely reasonable. Admittedly, if you want as many pairs of sock ons as you have socks, then it's a little pricey! We managed with one pair. Two or three pairs would be ideal...had I ever got round to it!
My four month old daughter is forever losing socks. They just seem to fall off when I am carrying her around or go missing when she is in her car seat only to turn up a few days later hidden in the car! I saw these in Mothercare and also on Amazon so I decided to try them as they only cost £2.75 a pair.
Sock ons come in a variety of colours and styles ranging from plain colours with matching stitching to designs that look like shoes! I bought pink and white to start with as most of my daughters socks seem to be either of these colours. Sock ons come in two sizes 0-6 months and 6-12 months.
They are made of a lightweight elastic material that is soft to touch and very stretchy. The Sock Ons are designed to be worn over your baby's ordinary socks. You simply pull them over and cleverly because they have a hole in the heel they hold the sock in place.
The first thing you will notice about the Sock Ons is how soft they are, the material feels almost silk like. They also look really good as they have lovely stitching all around the edges.
They are rather small in the 0-6 month size and are a little fiddly to apply, however once they are in place these are fantastic! no matter how much my daughter wriggles and kicks her socks stay in place perfectly! They wash really well too, they have been through a few cycles in my machine and haven't shrunk and still look as good as new. They are so stretchy that my daughter doesn't even notice she has them on.
I would give these 5 out of 5! My daughters socks stay firmly in place so her feet stay warm and I don't end up with lots of odd socks!
Sock-ons are a genius invention that no parent should be without. They are placed over your babies sock, one half around the ankle and the other around the foot, and prevent your baby pulling their socks off and dropping them somewhere that you'll never be able to find them!
They are available in a wide range of colours, so you can easily match them to your babies outfit, and come in single pairs, or packs of two pairs. At around £3 for a single pair, they are far more economical than spending £s replacing lost socks. They are also very comfortable. The material used is stretchy enough to be snug but not tight, and my babies have never seemed to be aware of them. The major plus point is that they really do work. I have witnessed on many occasions a frustrated baby trying with all of their might to pull their socks off by the toe, and the sock-ons have won the fight!
However, once your baby gets a little older and stronger, they will be able to remove them if they are determined. By this stage though, your child will be almost ready for their first shoes, so the problem will be solved anyway.
Sock on's should be an ingenious product. They are a pair of 'half socks' which fit over a babies normal socks in an attempt to keep them on. They are made of very thin nylon and should fit snuggly over a babies sock to solve the age old problem of missing socks. They come in all sorts of colours and can be used to coordinate with a babies outfit.
I was given a pair of sock ons as a Christmas present for my second son's first Christmas. Unlike my first child, who is a tin ribs, my youngest is destined to be a Rugby player! When I fitted a pair of sock ons on his feet they certainly did the job as the socks were definitely not falling off. Infact I am convinced that if I had left them on for too long it would have been his feet that fell off, not the socks!
The sock ons are exactly cheap either. Costing over £2.50 for a pair. Although they are a clever idea, its cheaper and less painful for the baby to just loose the odd sock here and there!
Despite being a mother of three boys, I've never discovered an effective way of keeping a baby's socks on regardless of what size or brand I've tried. I was intrigued to discover a clever new product called 'Sock Ons' that claimed to have solved the problem. For the first few months, I tend to dress my newborn baby in sleepsuits most of the time, as I find them to be cosy and convenient for those almost constant nappy changes. Sleepsuits also solve the problem of losing socks as no socks are needed. Once my son was a few months old and wearing trousers, I found myself with the same old issue so looked at the 'Sock Ons' again.
Sock Ons are now quite widely available but I found the cheapest and most convenient way to order a single pair was through Amazon where the plainer patterns start from £2.74 including postage. I decided it would be nice to have a more attractive pair so went for the 'sky runner sneaker print' which are cleverly designed to resemble a trainer complete with mock laces! These are only slightly more expensive at £3.14 per pair but they do look great.
The sock ons themselves are a tiny nylon sleeve which is worn over the actual sock, rather than being a replacement for baby socks. I expected these to be small but they almost disappear to nothing once removed from the simple packaging, as the thin nylon tends to roll up inside itself. As these are so tiny, the only safe way to machine wash them is inside a small drawstring bag. (I use one of the net bags that came with some reusable breast pads.) Otherwise, you might never find them again!
My son was already four months old by the time I bought these and my initial thought was that they would be far too small. It is a very tight fit to squeeze these on over my baby's socked feet and he isn't a particularly large baby. They are extremely fiddly to attach, particularly if your baby isn't feeling very co-operative! Once in position, they are a very tight snug fit but don't seem uncomfortable for him to wear or leave any marks to indicate any signs of rubbing or chafing. The sock ons leave the top of the sock and the heel and toes completely clear but look cute visible over the front of the foot and I love the appearance of the mock trainer design.
This tight little sleeve really is an ingenious design though and, once in place, they certainly ensure that socks remain securely attached. No matter how much a little one might fidget, kick or pull at these strange little things on their feet, there is no way that the sock ons, but most crucially the socks, can fall off or be removed by a baby! They really are a great little invention. (No surprise that this idea was invented by a mum of five boys!)
The major drawback is that, due to the small size and the lack of stretch in the fabric, these aren't likely to be suitable for a small or average sized baby beyond the age of six months. When I purchased my set these were sold as 'one size' but I think realistically these should be sold as 0-6 months. Fortunately, the manufacturers subsequently introduced a larger 6-12 month size which is ideal as babies love removing their socks as they get older.
The other issue is the relatively high price for what is, basically, a really tiny, thin little piece of fabric (considering you still need to buy the socks too) although buying a single pair isn't going to break the bank. They are incredibly effective though and deliver exactly what they promise whilst looking pretty cute too so I'd certainly buy more pairs, if I ever needed them.
I'd recommend these as a practical and attractive purchase for new parents as I do feel that they make life just that little bit easier in the early days with a newborn baby. Chasing around after missing socks is the last thing you need after being up all night! These would also make a memorable and thoughtful little gift for prospective and new parents.
When Liam was given these as a gift by a friend of mine, I initially thought they were one of those slightly gimmicky items - however they have proved to be a whole lot more useful than I imagined.
I think one of the first motor skills that babies master is sock removal. Whether they are kicked off, tugged off or pulled off with teeth, this early aptitude results in the loss of many thousands of socks every year (probably) as well as slightly frozen tootsies and frustrated parents.
One very clever Mum of five boys, exasperated by the socks that were being lost by her sons, invented this simple but genius solution.
Sock Ons are elasticated nylon "sleeves" which are worn over the socks to lock them in place. They sit under the foot and round the ankle with a gap at the heel. Quite simply they make removal of the sock much more tricky, to foil your little one in their quest for bare footedness!
Our lively wee boy likes nothing more than a good kick about on his playmate of an afternoon and I am happy to report that so far his footwear has remained intact throughout his play sessions.
The weather has turned a lot cooler in Glasgow these past few days so I am understandably keen that Liam would retain his socks when we were out and about with the pushchair or in the car seat. Despite the fact that some of Liam's socks are a tad on the large side for him, the Sock Ons have ensured that his toes remain toastie and we haven't lost any socks to date.
My only concern with this product is that they only come in one size and I wonder if when Liam gets older and his ankles get bigger, whether the Sock Ons will leave marks on his legs as they are a bit tighter than his socks. I suppose that by the time he grows out of the Sock Ons, he will be wearing shoes anyway. Red marks on your ankles might not be a good look, but I guess it beats chilblains.
Liam's Sock Ons are the Sneaker print variety and people are constantly commenting on how cute his socks are. Once they then realise that the Sock Ons are a separate entity, they exclaim what a clever idea they are and ask me where they are from. I wish I was on commission, I have been asked about them so often!
The Sock Ons come in five Classic colour ways - Baby Pink, Baby Blue, Fuchsia, Navy and White (all but the white have contrast stitching round the edges) - and the Sneaker print design is available in four different designs, two blue and two pink. They are also available in a brilliant Congratulations Card/Gift combo (blue or pink) which is a fabulous idea in my opinion.
They are machine washable (I would recommend clipping them together with a clothes peg or washing them inside a sock as they are quite tiny) and are 85% nylon and 15% Elastane.
As I mentioned previously, Liam received his Sock Ons as a gift and they were purchased from a small independent baby clothing shop. Mothercare stock the Classic Sock Ons (£6 for a two pack - http://www.mothercare.com/s?Action=submit&rh=n%3A42764041&field-keywords= sock+ons&x=14&y=12) (remove space before "sock"), JoJo Maman Bebe sell them for £4 for a single pair and they can be bought from various retailers online. For a full list of stockists see http://www.sockons.co.uk/stockists.html
So do I recommend them? Absolutely! Whilst these are far from an essential baby item, they are certainly very handy and save a lot of frustration (and cold toes!) They would be a thoughtful and novel gift and are small and light for posting. Personally, I'm going to be buying them for all new babies from now on.
For more information on the product, including a full list of stockists and details on the clever inventor (who looks far too good to be a Mum of five!), see www.sockons.co.uk
Updated 29/10/10 - I have found and used a seller on eBay who offers free P&P on Sock Ons products. I would recommend them for their fast despatch and reasonable prices: http://stores.ebay.co.uk/Feet-Forum