Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Bumby: The Ins & Outs

With Bumby pre-orders quickly coming to a close... are you still hesitating? If you're unsure what to get, what all those options mean, and what you should choose, step right up and be ready to be wow'd!

One of the awesome things about Bumby is the fact that they are open pre-orders, so you can order  something that will exactly work for your little one. Let's walk step by step through the ordering process and figure out what it all means together.

Fuzzy Wool

First, you are going to choose what kind of wool you want. Fuzzy or Silky... what's the difference? Well if you have ever had interlock wool before, you will be familiar to Bumby's fuzzy wool. It is the traditional wool that you will find. "Soft, fluffy, stretchy, fuzzy, thick, and super absorbent."

Silky Wool
"But Marissa, that is so thick! I live in a really hot climate and we just don't need thick, fuzzy wool!"
Solution: Silky wool! Silky wool is thin and super soft, silky soft. This wool is thinner and may tend to pill more if not treated carefully. However, silky is more likely to fit under your little ones clothes if that's what you need.

Second, you get to pick between longies (also can be customized as leggings), shorties, and soakers/covers. Well, hmm. That's pretty much a preference choice. They are basically what they sound like. Longies are the equivalent of pants, based on the inseam (we will get to that later, I promise!) they can fall anywhere to capri length to full pants (with the ability to be cuffed). Shorties are little adorable wool shorts. These are my personal favorites, I think they just look so cute on our little squishy babies! They can fall from capri length to above the knee. Soakers/covers just cover the diaper. These are your "basic" wool. They are diaper covers and cover the bum, but are still uber fantastic.

So, let's say you picked silky shorties (because I know I did!). All of a sudden you have even more options. Eek! Intimidated? I was at first.

Your first option is size. Well that's pretty easy right? You're given a choice between newborn, small, medium, large, and extra-large.

Newborn ~ Rise 13", Waist 11", Hip 13"-17", Inseam 6"
Small ~ Rise 16”, Waist 13", Hip 15"-20”, Inseam 8"
Medium ~ Rise 18”, Waist 15", Hip 17"-22”, Inseam 10"
Large ~ Rise 20”, Waist 17", Hip 19"-24”, Inseam 12"
XLarge ~ Rise 22”, Waist 19", Hip 21"-26”, Inseam 14" 

Ok, but after you see all those numbers... it can get a little scary again. What if that's too big? What if its too small. What if I just know that traditional sized items just don't work for my little one. Time to bust out the tape ladies... the measuring tape! Because, drum roll please, you can custom choose your measurements if necessary. (Let's skip over Color for now, we'll come back to it I promise!)

"Yeah that would work for most babies Marissa, but my little one... is really not so little when it comes to rise! She's kind of a string bean!" First thing you need to do is add some butter and munch away. Once you're done with some yummy baby kisses, head on down to Increase the Rise and you have the choice to add 1" or 2". Still not enough? Go ahead and pick 2" and then put in your notes how much you need to add.

"But Marissa, I have a chunker. Like a super chunker. He has enough rolls to rival a bakery." First of all, squee! I love some chunky babies! Second of all, the only thing you need to do is list your baby's necessary waist size in your notes on check out! Easy peasy. (You can do the exact same thing if you need a smaller waist size for your delicious string bean.)

"Hey, its me again Marissa... with that yummy string bean of a baby girl. Great, I've got her waist and rise all sorted, but seriously, I don't want her shorties to be Daisy Dukes." Well, Bumby has a fix for that too! Next up is Increase the Inseam. Once again, you're given the option to make those shorties just the right size for you. Choose between a 1", 2", and 3" increase. Still not enough? Go ahead and pick 3" and then put in your notes how much you need to add.

"Well Marissa, that's all well and good, but you seriously except me to know my baby's measurements? What do I look like? A seamstress?" Nope! You look like a mama with a baby and a plan! Your first step to getting your baby's measurements are to striiiip dooooown, the baby that is... and to whatever diaper you are planning to put on him under the wool. Take your squirmy bean and measure first around those munch-able thighs (for soakers), then around his ticklish belly, then from baby boy's thigh down to where you want your longies or shorties to fall, and finally from the top of the back of the diaper to the top of the front, right through the middle. Still confused? Check out these handy dandy picture How to's:
(pardon the wiggly baby)

Measure around the thigh for soakers/covers

Measure around the waist

Measuring from the top of the back of the diaper for rise...

...and all the way around to the top of the front of the diaper for rise.

Measure from inner thigh to ankle for inseam.
Please do note that Bumby wool is stretchy and will stretch to fit over your diaper, so try not to overestimate unless you are trying to size up.

Have you ever heard the term "adjustable hem"? Time to blow your mind. You can specifically order an "adjustable hem" for your little one's longies/shorties for them to grow into!
"Why would I do that Marissa? When my little boy outgrows his longies, I'll just buy new ones."
But when your son outgrows his longies... what does he really outgrow? The waist or the length? Personally, we grow out of the length of things muuuuch quicker than the waist. This gives you the option to fashionably fold up your longies and extend them when you're ready! (Please add length in inseam and note adjustable hem and color preference in your comments on checkout)

Adjustable hem folded down
Adjustable hem folded up
Ok, now as promised, colors! Bumby has a large variety of colors for both fuzzy and silky wool, to see their options visit the Bumby site and view their colors here. To see color names click the i.

Let's move on to your next fun option and perhaps the most exciting of all... POCKETS!!!
"Now Marissa... what would my little girl need pockets for? She's only 13 months old!" Why for her Jellystone Smart Phone Teether of course! (Duh, Mom!) All kidding aside, pockets are a great cute way to customize and cute-ize your woolies even more. (Please note where you would like pockets to be located. ex: hip, waist, cargo style, booty. For 2 pockets order 2 singles and note that in comments at check out.)
Your pocket options include:
  • Single pocket
  • Patch pocket/Jean style - Patch pockets are 2 patch pockets that start in the front and wrap around to the back on both side to give the illusion of jean pockets.
  • Coverlock pockets - Please see picture below.
  • Full hidden pockets - Please see picture below.
Dragon Fruit Longies with Coverlock pockets
Full hidden pockets
After that option comes something just for those ordering longies and shorties, for Fuzzy this option is called "Hammock" and for Silky this is called "Peanut". This gives you the ability to add an extra layer in the wetzone for added bullet proof protection!

And last but certainly not least, your "cut". You know how you have those fabulous jeans but you only like boot cut... or maybe flared? You have that possibility for your wool as well. (As always, please note hem cut details in your notes at checkout.)

Flared hem, Standard straight hem and folded up and lightly stitched hem

"Hey Marissa.. thanks for all of this but I have a diva. This just isn't enough customization. She need something mind blowing."
Step right up and let me show you something out of this world. Two words. Bold. Longies. 

Example of Bold Longies
Bold longies are striped longies with multiple colors of wool. You can choose Girly, Boyish, or Gender Neutral. You have the option of increasing rise and inseam like other longies and you can also ask for more stripes. These truly are wool art!

Have a specific idea in mind? Want specific colors or for your longies to be leggings? Please note your preferences in comments at check out and Bumby will do their best to accommodate!

So that's that folks. Everything you need to know to fully customize your stylish little bean into a perfect pair of woolies! Still have questions? Feel free to comment below!

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