Updated on July 15, 2016
Luxury for Baby: Öko Créations’ Hooded Bath Poncho
I received this item at no cost in order to facilitate my review. All opinions are my own.
This week on the blog I’m doing something special! This week is all about baby’s FIRST birthday! Petit Prince just celebrated his first birthday, and it reminded me of just how challenging it can be to find the perfect gift for a one year old. In fact, a friend of mine just emailed me asking for some gift ideas for her niece and nephew’s first birthdays. What’s that saying about right place, right time? I have lots of ideas for the perfect gift for those little babies that are turning into a toddler and this week I’m going to tell you about my TOP FIVE gifts for a first birthday. At the end of the week, there’ll be a GRAND PRIZE GIVEAWAY where one lucky reader will have the chance to win ALL FIVE of the gifts I’ll be featuring! Are you excited yet? I know I am! Without further ado, let’s get right to gift number one!
If you’ve spent any time kicking around my blog, you’ll know that I have a little soft spot in my life for Canadian made goods. Not only do I love supporting Canadian shops and businesses, but I also adore Canadian made baby products. Let me introduce you to Öko Créations. Öko Créations is a family run, environmentally friendly textile manufacturer based out of Montréal, Quebec. Started by two sisters in 2009, Öko Créations makes some of the most luxurious textiles I’ve ever had the pleasure of getting my hands on. Not only are the items they manufacture sewn here in Canada, but the textiles and fabrics they use are also woven here in Canada too. How’s that for local? Öko Créations makes fabulous textile products for the whole family. From handkerchiefs to cloth pads, cloth diaper inserts to crib sheets, teethers to bibs, they have something for everyone! Though I love so many of the products that Öko Créations makes, there’s one in particular that stands out as a perfect gift for that baby in your life who’s turning one: the Öko Créations Hooded Bath Poncho!
Öko Créations’ Hooded Bath Poncho is made right here in Canada out of 100% organic cotton. The terry cotton is incredible soft and supple, perfect for the tender delicate skin of any soon to be toddler. Not only is it soft, but it’s also thick. This isn’t your typical “baby towel” with the textured terry cotton only on one side. Oh no! Öko Créations’ Hooded Bath Poncho has luxurious organic cotton terry loops inside and out. That means both sides are truly absorbent so you can quickly dry off those feet before they are running off down the hallway.
The hood of poncho is trimmed with a woven organic cotton material in a variety of print options. The trim options available include Little Elephants: a green silhouette of elephants, Pink Flowers: dotted with a pink and red floral pattern, Little Bear: a grey silhouette of bears, and Magic World: an array of forest critters from porcupines to owls and butterflies to snails.
The front of the Öko Créations Hooded Bath Poncho opens up with a snap to allow even the largest of toddler heads to easily slip into the poncho. This may not be a concern for many of you, but somehow my children have particularly large heads, so this matters to me! The snap is embellished with a woven cotton strap that matches the trim around the hood of the poncho adding just the right amount of flair.
One of my favourite features of the Öko Créations Hooded Bath Poncho are the snaps at the side of the poncho. These snaps allow you to make an opening for your toddler’s hands. This creates a sort of sleeve for the child so they aren’t desperately trying to get their hands out of the poncho. It makes it really easy for them to reach up and grab onto the edge of the bath tub while they wait for it to fill, or grab hold of a piece of furniture to pull themselves up.
No detail has been missed with the Öko Créations Hooded Bath Poncho! The edges of the poncho are finished with a natural organic cotton jersey. This makes the edges nice and smooth and adds an additional layer of durability to the poncho. No need to worry that this poncho is going to unravel with extended use.
How It Works:
In a word? Beautifully. The length of Öko Créations’ Hooded Bath Poncho is perfect for a child starting from around age one. It’s not so long that it hits the floor, but it’s not so short that it won’t grow with the child easily to age three and beyond. It hits Petit Prince about an inch off the ground (he’s around 29″ tall), so he could walk in it (if he were walking already), and there’s lots of growing room. Despite the fact that he’s not yet walking, he can still crawl around in the Öko Créations Hooded Bath Poncho without getting all caught up in it.
I especially love the snaps at the sides that allow Petit Prince to easily access his hands. This makes banging on the edge of the tub while waiting to get in easy. Those snaps really make the hooded bath poncho much like a bath robe without the tie around the waist. All around, it’s just great!
I love how soft and cozy it is too. It absorbs moisture really well, and it keeps Petit Prince nice and warm after his evening bath. I also love the look of the natural 100% organic cotton with the trim around the hood. It’s one of those baby/toddler items that doesn’t scream “BABY” at you every time you see it.
Hooded bath towels are fantastic for little babies, but as that baby grows into a toddler, there’s going to be a whole lot less rolling baby up in a towel and whole lot more chasing a dripping wet baby around the house! Öko Créations’ Hooded Bath Poncho is the ultimate luxurious solution to this problem. Now you can pop baby into their bath poncho and they can run around to their heart’s content without losing (or tripping on) their towel.
Öko Créations’ Hooded Bath Poncho is a fantastic gift item because it’s one of those splurges that parents may not think to buy for their own kids. It’s amazing quality, well made, Canadian made, and worth every penny. It’s also fully functional and something I’m really glad I have for Petit Prince! The Öko Créations Hooded Bath Poncho retails for $46.99 CAD and you can order one direct from Öko Créations right HERE.
The Baby’s 1st Birthday Bash GIVEAWAY is underway! You could win over $150 in prizes including one Öko Créations Hooded Bath Poncho! The giveaway is open to US and Canadian residents, 18+ and closes on August 2nd at 11:59pm MST. Enter the Baby’s 1st Birthday Bash Giveaway.