It feels a little like deja vu or groundhog day because I have written this blog post before. It’s pretty much the same words but different pictures. I’m repeating myself because I’ve sewn another baby sleep gown in some more beautiful fabric but I doubt I’ll be able to write another blog post quite as funny as the original.
So if you missed it last time, read on. But if it’s going to be like groundhog day for you too, just hang around and look at the pretty pictures of the nice fabric.
I always thought the reason some baby clothes have envelope necklines was to make it easier to get on and off. I assume most people thought the same. But last year not one, not two but three people told me that when your baby does a tsunami of a poo, lets just call it a ‘poonami’ for want of a better word. You know the ones that are really wet, really huge, and more ends up outside the nappy than inside the nappy.Then, instead of pulling his* clothes (and stinky, sopping, sticky poo) up over his body, over his face, up his nose, in his eyes and in his hair, you can slide his clothes down off his shoulders and over his body to avoid poonami spreading further.
Did you know that?
I’m a bit cynical of this new-to-me information. It seems very strange and unlikely that I had never heard of this before during raising 2 children and having copious amounts of advice from multiple demographic groups. Then in October 2014, even though I no longer have a child of the poonami age, I am told of this discovery by no less than three people. Hmmm! Am I wrong to be suspicious?
My theory is that Mr & Mrs Thatsabetterwaytodoit realised that they may be the only ones practicing this clever technique. They told their friends, who in turn told their friends and their friends told me (and after hearing it 3 times on 3 consecutive days in October 2014, I must confess, it did feel a little like déjà poo.)
I’m wondering if it may be one of those urban myths like the hotel toothbrush story**.
I actually think it’s a really good idea, next time you are met with baby poonami, please try it out and let me know if it works. I’m not convinced that Mr and Mrs Envelopeneckline had thought of it when they designed it back in 19whenever, but if it does work, how innovative is that?
What do you think?
Anyway I do believe, sleep gowns like this, were specifically designed to make nappy changing easier, with no press fasteners to fiddle with whilst baby sleeps.
A friend of mine has just had a baby girl and she ‘hinted’ to me at the beginning of her pregnancy that a baby sleep gown like the one I made earlier in the year would make a lovely gift for a baby. I’m really good at taking hints so a baby sleep gown it had to be.
The amazing fabric I used this time was from LuckyShop0228 on Etsy. It was posted from Korea but only took a week to arrive in the UK, how’s that for service? It’s called Little Tree Pattern Cotton Interlock Knit, it comes in 5 different colours (but it was only natural that I would choose grey). My goodness, the fabric is heavenly. It’s thick and soft and couldn’t be more perfect for a baby. It’s very reasonably priced and I thoroughly recommend it.
To make the sleep gown I used this brilliant free pattern from Stitched Together.
Free pattern + beautiful fabric = contented sewing lady
*I say ‘his’ but it could be ‘hers’ too, I just didn’t want to confuse the matter by getting pedantic.
**Whilst on holiday, a couple returned to their hotel room to find that they had been robbed. The thieves had made off with most of their possessions, but the couple were pleased to discover that their camera was still there. When they got home a few days later, and developed the roll of film still in the camera, there were pictures of two strangers in their hotel room, each with a toothbrush up their bums. The couple were horrified when they realised it was their toothbrushes.