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Saturday, June 16, 2012

gripper socks


My son is crawling now -- he went from sitting on his own to rocking forward onto his hands, to now crawling the distance of up to 10 feet, all within the space of about four days! -- and he is thoroughly enjoying his new freedoms. And so the next stage of development begins, where he is starting to want things up high and is pulling himself up on furniture to get them. We have mainly cement floors and a rug only in the living room in the main part of the house. In bare feet, in summer, that's fine. As I anticipated his further growth and development, I started pricing out Skidders, grippy socks, baby shoes... They're so expensive! And the majority of them kinda squish growing tubby feet. My boy still has lovely fat feet.

So... Homemade skidder socks! I got the idea from this lady -- http://www.iammommahearmeroar.net/. Basically, you start with washed socks. iammomma didn't include this tip but I found it easier to create clean paintings when I stuffed them using other socks. Poof them up a bit so you can see kind of a foot shape, where to put the paint, and the sock doesn't fold over on itself while drying. Then paint! Smaller is better. Long lines tend to fracture more easily, so I avoided large painted designs. If you are lacking in imagination, or don't want a design to show up, use a matching paint color to the sock and stick to only dots. My first pair was white dots on white socks. They barely show, but they did provide a nice grip for my son's feet. Finally, let dry a reaalllllly long time. Twenty-four hours or more. The puffy paint says on the bottle not to wash again until after 72 hours.

I think I will be making a lot of these. There seems no point to me in having socks without grips so that you are constantly searching for the grippy ones, so I will probably go ahead and make all of the boy's socks into grippers. And then some of my own. They look fun!

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