I told you about one of the creative mamas at Alfie and Kitty’s school, the other week, but she’s just one of many talented parents I’m lucky enough to share playground banter with. Cath and Debbie first told me about their plans for Buddy Pockets back in the summer at Sports’ Day and I thought it was an absolutely brilliant idea. As mama to Alfie and Kitty, both huge fans of small things, I’m constantly pulling ‘interesting’ pebbles, old tickets, baby Sylvanians, pieces of stick, shells, badges, Maileg mice, teeny puppies in tins and other detritus out of my pockets and bags at inappropriate moments. Buddy Pockets aims to allow parents to reclaim their own pockets, so obviously that was a massive tick for me.
Hop over to the website and you’ll find a collection of t-shirts and sweatshirts with a plethora of pockets – each piece has one big zipped pouch, a smaller pocket and two see-through (trading card-sized) pockets to show off treasures. The super-soft cotton Show and Tell sweatshirts, £25, come in blue, coral or grey, whereas the t-shirts, £15, are lilac, turquoise and grey – all have block colour contrast pockets and zips and come in sizes from age two to nine. There are also the genius Cards of Me, £6, which either have activities (think invitations to draw and lists of favourites) or feelings on that fit perfectly into the pockets and are brilliant entertainment if you’re out and about. Kitty has been really enjoying her sweatshirt (which she was kindly gifted), displaying the cards to reflect her emotions – usually hungry or happy – and filling the pockets with all her tiny treasures.
Unlike many items of children’s novelty clothing, Buddy Pockets are stylish, superb quality (the sweat is really cosy and comfy: Kitty loves wearing it) and practical (machine washable and no need to iron – yay!) Perfect for storing Lego cards swaps (yup, us too), they make super gifts – maybe pop the recipient’s favourite figurine in a pocket. Stay tuned for new designs – there’s even a rumour of adult sizes in the future. What would you put in yours?