mimiTENS Mittens and Booties in Classic Black
With the weather getting chilly, it’s time to break out the winter gear for our little ones. Two essential pieces of winter wear are mittens and booties, and Canadian company mimiTENS have both covered! I first heard of mimiTENS when a friend was telling me about the awesome mittens she had for her son. She was telling me that the women who worked at their daycare wished all the children were wearing mimiTENS. I can’t imagine anyone who sees more mittens for tiny hands than daycare providers. So I figured if they were fans, I would be too.
When ordering the mittens for my little guy, I learned that they now make booties as well (and make both in Canada I might add!). The booties work on the same premise as the mittens and have a long elastic cuff that goes up the baby’s arms or legs, keeping them in place. The cuff is stretchy enough that it can be worn up over pants or sweaters, but soft enough that you can wear it under jackets or pants as well. I like putting them on under pants/jackets because it makes for a tidier look. But when you’re in a hurry, pulling them up over clothes is a great option.
mimiTENS mittens and booties are both lined with Oeko-Tex certified 3M Thinsulate and a bamboo-organic cotton rayon fleece, surrounded by a water-repellant nylon outer layer. They feel nice and soft inside, but aren’t overly thick. I’ve pulled the mittens off as soon as we get inside and checked my little guys hands, and they feel pretty good. For some reason, his hands felt warmer than his feet though. His feet weren’t cold, so that’s the important part – they just weren’t as toasty as his hands. I like the fact that the mittens are on the thinner side, it allows my 9 month old to still hold some larger objects between his two hands. But maybe the booties could be a tiny bit thicker? Even if it were just for my own piece of mind? I might have a bit of my mother in me, Baby J may be destined to be “over-bundled” in winter weather.
mimiTENS Booties -Great for Babywearing
The soles of the booties are ultra suede, so they have some grip for babies that stand. If your babe is walking though, I’m not sure how well these would do in the snow? They’d certainly make a fantastic liner under something like the Stonz booties for those that might be needing boots to run around in. mimiTENS tell me they used ultra suede instead of leather because their customers were saying they prefer vegetarian products. So they’re listening to their customers. In fact, it was their customers who asked them to make a bootie! Lovers of the mittens wanted a bootie that would work well for babywearing – and these booties definitely fit the bill! If you ever wear your little one in a carrier, you might be familiar with the little gap between their shoes and the bottom of their pant leg. Then there’s also the fear that one of those little shoes might just drop off while you’re walking along. mimiTENS booties solve both of these problems. The stretchy cuff covers that little pant/shoe gap and those little booties aren’t going anywhere. But I’ve been using the mimiTENS booties every time we leave the house though- car, stroller, whatever.
Stretchy cuffs go up to his thighs and upper arms.
Baby J modelling the Mittens and Booties
Baby J has a real thing for pulling off his shoe and chewing it. Right before we got the mimiTENS, I actually lost one of his shoes in the mall parking lot after he pulled it off because it blew away. It. Blew. Away. I mean, come on. Ain’t nobody got time for that. Thankfully that’s not an issue with these booties. He has tried, but he can’t seem to get them off. I can’t tell you how happy that makes me. The same goes for the mittens. He doesn’t even try to take them off. So when we go shopping, I just leave them on him. He’s happy, and I don’t have to put them back on to go to the car. Bonus.
Booties in both sizes: 0-6 and 6-12 monts
The booties come in two sizes: 0-6 months (4.5 inch sole) and 6-12 months (5.5 inch sole). I’d say that the sizing is pretty spot on. Baby J was too big for the 0-6 months when he was 7 months. And now at 9 months, I’m confident we’ll get through the winter in the 6-12 month size.
The mittens are also available in a few sizes: Baby (no thumb), 1-2yrs, 2-3yrs, 3-4yrs, and 4-5yrs. We’re using the Baby size right now. They’ve recently launched “Big Kids Mittens” in two sizes (6-9 yrs and 9-12 yrs).
To sum up, I’m really happy with the products I have from mimiTENS. Mittens and booties that stay on, in eco-conscious fabrics, keep baby warm and are made in Canada. What’s not to like? I’m incredibly thankful that I won’t be chasing these puppies around the mall parking lot.
**Full Disclosure: I purchased the mimiTENS mittens based solely on an awesome recommendation. I was given a discount on the booties for review purposes, but all opinions and thoughts on the booties are my own. I’m truly a fan. And the kind folks at mimiTENS maaaay have given us a little something to share with you…so keep your eyes on the blog! **