What are bodysuits and rompers? Bodysuits are essentially tops that do up under the body to ensure they do not ride up. The reason this is important for babies and toddlers is it means their torso is covered regardless of the movement, (rolling, crawling and learning to walk) that they are doing. Our bodysuits are made using a superfine 100% Merino Wool fabric – a knit fabric with a lovely stretch to enable the bodysuit to safely fit close to the body. Our bodysuits also have an ‘envelope’ neck opening – which allows easy fit over the head. Rompers are similar to bodysuits, but for Wilderling they are made using natural woven fabrics from our capsule collection. They still easily do up under the body using snap domes, but are more of a statement pieces with attention to detail and colourful patterned fabrics used.
Clothing that does up under the body of baby is both convenient, easy to get in and out of and safely protects the baby from the elements. Such qualities are crucial for babies and toddlers to ensure their safety, and comfort in a fast and low maintenance way. By having domes that snap together easily, means anyone can quickly change a nappy or remove a bodysuit while a wriggly baby is lying on the change table.
Safe: it is imperative that babies and young children are kept safe. Safety starts with the clothing they are put in and the bedding that they use. According to New Zealand Plunket there are a number of things new parents must consider when dressing their kids:
Choose clothes made from natural fibres such as wool and cotton – these will help regulate temperature and keep them from overheating.
Babies usually require one extra layer of clothing than you to keep them warm.
Easy to put on and off
Plenty of room for growth in booties and socks
No cords or ties around the neck area
Is snug or close fitting
Our bodysuits and rompers check all the boxes for the above guidelines set out by Plunket – New Zealand’s largest charity providing help and support for tamariki under the age of five years.
Comfortable Fit: babies cannot tell us if they find something uncomfortable, the only way they can do this is through crying. Therefore it is a caregivers responsibility to clothe their child in clothing that looks and is comfortable. We know and understand that as parents ourselves. We wanted to design clothing that was comfortable and practical, yet beautiful and aesthetically pleasing. Wilderling clothing offers comfort through the use of luxurious natural fabrics which are soft to touch and will not cause irritation. We have also done this through careful consideration and placement of clothing tags. And lastly we have considered comfort in the type of garment we offer for each age group – we only make and sell clothing that works with the developmental stages of babies and kids.
Protection: little babies cannot control their movements and often wriggle around or need to be held before they are able to sit on their own. For this reason bodysuits and rompers off protection for the cold through covering the largest part of the body – the torso or stomach area. By doming up under the body, they snuggly fit over the torso to prevent riding up and exposing bare skin. As Plunket states on their website – babies require an extra layer of clothing in most instances than us as they are more prone to the elements due to their size.
Natural Fabrics: offer a sustainable and gentle option for babies who have more sensitive skin. The skin is one of the largest absorbers of substances into the body, therefore what lies next to it must be free from chemicals and harmful substances. Our fabrics have not been treated or dyed using harmful chemicals. While it is always recommended to wash clothing before putting them on your baby, you can be rest assured that our fabrics are natural and have been handled with care in certified factories, by our skilled machinists.
Easy Access: when designing for babies and toddlers there are a number of physiological attributes that must be considered. For instance, babies and toddlers have larger heads which are disproportionate the their bodies. This is true of new born babies until around the age of 3years. For this reasons our bodysuits offer an envelope neckline design feature that enables the neck opening to be expandable in order to both fit over a head and then return to a small size once on. This avoids having to have a large neckline that gapes and falls down once over the head. The envelope neckline also allows the bodysuit to be pulled down over shoulders in the case of a nappy explosion where you would not want to pull a soiled garment up over a child’s head. With our rompers we have allowed for a larger neckline through elastic in the neckline, so it can be expanded and then retract back to its original shape over the head.
Dome Closures: we use metal domes which easily snap together to close under the body of a baby. This is a machine washable option, that is convenient and can be done quickly or with one hand – something caregivers often find themselves having to navigate.
Machine Washable: bodysuits are designed to be a wardrobe staple. You would be hard pressed to find a baby that is not wearing a bodysuit. As such, we recognise that they will also be one of the most used items in a babies wardrobe and as such will ultimately need to be washed more frequently. For this reason all our bodysuits and rompers are made to be machine washed. While merino is a more delicate fabric than say cotton or linen fabrics – we also recognise that most merino layers will be base layers against the skin with other clothing items over top. Together with merino’s incredible ability to wick moisture and deodorising properties, merino clothing does not need to be washed as frequently and in most cases can be worn repeatedly.
Durable: all our bodysuits and rompers have been designed and constructed with movement in mind. We have encased raw edges, added linings and made sure threads are knotted and secured to ensure the highest quality clothing which is durable and fit for purpose. That purpose being able to move and stretch with the body, frequent wearing and machine washable.
Bodysuits are one of the most versatile and well used piece of clothing for any new born baby or young child. They are a daily staple as a layered piece in winter, through to a short-sleeved option in summer. Our 100% merino wool bodysuits can even go from day to night, as we know all too well how there is little differentiation between the two in those early months. Their close fit, natural merino wool fabric and ability to breath so babies will not overheat – make it the perfect clothing piece to also sleep in.
Rompers are a fun, full outfit piece from our capsule collection that are a ‘babies dress’. The importance of not restricting movement in young children is critical to their development. Rompers offer a lovely wardrobe staple that through its ability to be fastened under the body, will not ride up when a baby is lying flat, or being held, and will not get in the way when learning to crawl and walk.
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