Easy DIY No-Sew Knee Pads For Baby-On-The-Crawl

October 18th, 2010 - filed under: The Farm » Family

Waits Rebhal is a mini man on a mission. The mission: to explore this strange new world; to seek out new objects to put into his mouth; to boldly go where no babe has gone before! *music swells*

In other words, my little man is mobile. And while it’s so amazing to watch his discovery process, I couldn’t help but worry over his tender wee knees! I tried to tell myself I was an overly-paranoid new mommy, but a distinct patter emerged that confirmed my concerns. He modified his crawling style whenever he was on hard surfaces. Unacceptable!

A little ingenuity and a couple of old socks later, and snazzy new knee pads were born. These are so easy guys, and they sure beat the $5-$25 (!!!) going rate on Amazon. You’ll need :

- 2 pairs old socks (that’s 2 pairs, not 2 socks)
- scissors

And it goes like this :

1. Don’t throw away those worn out old socks with the blown out heels. I’d been saving these guys in my sewing box for months . . . I knew they’d be perfect for something some day!

2. Cut off the ‘tube’.

3. Take your 2 tubes and slide one inside the other. You’ll do this twice, one for each pair of socks, to end up with two leg warmers that are each two tubes thick. Is that totally confusing?

For softer surfaces (like our upstairs carpet shown here) you can use them as is, just the tube-within-a-tube. They make great little leg warmers for around the house. Diaper changes are so much easier in leg warmers as opposed to pants! If your little one is young/skinny, turn the tubes elastic side up. For rolly-pollies like Mr Waits, keep them elastic side down.

For harder surfaces, fold the tube into itself once more, to get a shorter knee pad that’s now 4 layers thick. It’s surprisingly durable, won’t slip around, and allows your brave explorer to cruise the floor bruise-free. Wait’s tested, Waits approved!

No more worrying, moms. Let ‘em at it!

  • Rea

    I firmly believe there is nothing in the world cuter than chunky baby legs!! Awwww!!! Waits done growed-ed up! ;-;

  • kate in sb

    the cutest!

  • http://sara-and-company.tumblr.com Sara

    Okay, confession. Every single time I see Waits all I can think is “EYEBROWS!” SO. ADORABLE.

    I hope they never change.

  • http://tabularasahealth.com Hope Hughes

    What a hip kiddo you got there!! :D

  • Rachel

    That is the cutest thing I’ve ever seen. You’re such a genius!

  • http://adrienneaudrey.blogspot.com/ Adrienne Audrey

    Oh my goodness! Those chubby baby legs are adorable! Great idea with the socks. I will keep this in the back of my mind for when I have children…many years from now :)

  • wendi

    good idea! i have those baby leggings but they are too long for my short leg dude!

  • Rebecca

    That top photo is priceless!

  • MathTutor

    ooooooooOOOO i love rollie pollies! rollie pollie babies make me all warm and fuzzy inside! :D

    p.s. proof that vegan babies are not undernourished, please see waits rebhal! =P

  • MathTutor

    p.s.s. I might wanna make myself some legwarmers now? Maybe with REALLY BIG tube socks, soccer socks, or old sweater sleeves???

    legawarmers=da bomb

  • Minna

    I love him! I don’t know how normal it is, but I keep hoping that my own child (in the distant future) will be as cute as Waits :o) It might sound mean, but it’s true that some babies just *aren’t* that cute… I mean, they’re cute, too! But not *that* cute =/

    But I guess the cuteness has a lot to do with being vegan. And all vegan babies are cute cause they’re full of love and happiness!

    By the way – the photos that you posted on Twitter (with Waits and pumpkins)… Almost TOO much cuteness!

    Oh, and is it possible that you’re wearing some sort of hand-warmers also made out of socks in the recent Autumn pictures on your personal blog?

  • http://postcardsfromasmallcountry.blogspot.com/ charlotte

    How cute. I have a seven month old whose desperate to crawl, so when she works it out I’ll make her a pair. Not sure what her father will make of it mind.

  • HeatherG

    Gosh he is edible!!!! Looooove those chub legs in the warmers!!!

  • Jeni

    Great idea!!! Will be making these soon. Good thing there are a bunch of old holey socks around that are up to no good :D

  • http://www.roy-joy.blogspot.com Jessica

    wow! great idea and even cuter pictures :)

  • http://bonzaiaphrodite.com Sayward

    Haha, yay I love that you guys are into this! Though I think the model goes a long way. ;-)

    @ MathTutor – Yes! Big kid leg warmer tutorial is coming next week!

    @ Minna – Yeah, you’re on it girl! I make all my own hand/arm warmers and wear them religiously through fall and winter. Should I post a tutorial for those too?

    @ charlotte & @ Jeni – Ooh have fun making them! I’d love to hear how they turn out. =)

  • wendi

    Yeah make a tutorial for those too :)

  • Tenise Rae

    Yeah, that’s cool!! Post a tutorial for arm/leg warmers. I usually just make my own but I’d like to see how you do it too. :D

  • Minna

    A tutorial would be great =)

  • Kelly H.

    Say: You rule.

    That is all.

    Not really all. I would also love a tutorial on leg/hand warmers and I thoroughly concur about the Epic cuteness of this babe of yours – such a smiley, sweet thing with the best, yes, of eyebrows!

  • MathTutor

    Can’t wait for that tutorial, Sayward! I’ll start watching Dirty Dancing…now! =P

  • http://bonzaiaphrodite.com Sayward

    Thanks guys! Two tutorials on the lineup next week! =D

  • saundra

    i love those wish i had thought of them when my babies were little b/c carpet just tears up their knees. and i used to make my own arm warmers all the time (before they were back in style) and all the kids at my school were always like madonna called she wants her wardrobe back lol.. actually i should make some more of those my arms were never more comfy :) and waits is so cute i know i say it everytime but he’s just too cute.. makes me want another small monster…

  • Angela

    Thank you, any thoughts about putting no-skid on them so the baby does not slip on hard surfaces? Or do they need to slide, I can not remember.
    Thank you

  • http://bonzaiaphrodite.com Sayward

    @ Angela – We never had slipping issues (even on our bamboo floor) but you could certainly add a no-skid if you wanted to. Maybe affix (sew or glue) an extra rubber (or something) pad?

  • Rebecca

    Re: slipping–you could put some puffy paint on them (think no-skid socks they give you at the hospital).

  • Audra

    I love this! I ordered a cute pair for crawling in church, etc but this perfect for home! Thanks!

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  • Felicia

    Love it!!! I just made some for my son!!! Thanks

  • Victoria H

    This is perfect. My 18 month old is a hemophiliac and bumps and bruises are a big problem for us. This is going to be much easier than sewing patches into all of his current and future pairs of pants. Thank you! :)

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