~I received a Myself Belt for review. Opinions and stories are my own.~
We’ve been working with Tot for awhile on dressing himself. One of the biggest challenges during the past school year was when he had to wear a belt. Most of the child belts are the ones that have 2 metal loops that allow for easy adjustment, but they aren’t so easy for little ones to take off and put back on; especially those that have motor difficulties. I knew of one place in the world that could help Tot with being able to do the belt on his own, Myself Belts, the only one-handed belt closure invented specifically for kids!
This belt is one of the most ingenious ideas that have ever been created for children. I say this because its simple design allows children the ability to feel proud of themselves and have confidence when learning to dress. My son gets really frustrated sometimes when he can’t do things on his own; especially things he sees other children can do. Being able to fasten his own belt may seem like a small thing, but to him it is monumental. There is nothing greater in a child’s mind than feeling like they’re growing up.
Here is how Myself Belts works. The belt is pulled through the belt loops as you would any other belt. However, there is one snap that goes around the last belt loop. This keeps the belt in place no matter if your child tugs or pulls. You connect the other side of the belt by velcro to the snapped area. This allows children to quickly unfasten the belt and refasten it with one hand. No more accidents!
They also come in dozens of different patterns and fun pictures. Tot of course got the Orange Construction belt. There solid canvas belts, leather belts and even uniform belts for schools! I saw the leather belt in the store with a tiny suit and wanted to dress Tot up in pinstripes. It was the only time I was sad he took over dressing himself.
There are also accessories that can go with the belts, such as an add on Buckle which provides a more traditional look to the belt. Here you can watch a video on how to put on the Teen belt and see an example of the leather belt with a buckle.
I’m certainly not the only one who thinks the world of these belts. They are featured in numerous magazines, newspapers, websites and endorsed by multiple Autism awareness organizations. For back-to-school this year, especially for preschoolers and Kindergartners, I highly suggest letting them pick out their own Myself Belt. You will see from the very first, “I did it by myself!”, why parents the world over absolutely love them.
You also have the opportunity of helping a child in need by adding a book to your order. For each book added to an order online they will donate 1 belt to a child. Each of the books are confidence boosting books which would make great companions to your child’s new Myself Belt! You can also Find a Retailer near you. For those of you in the St. Louis area I suggest heading over to Kids Again or Once Upon a Child!