My very strong feelings about socks

Socks? Yes, socks. I’m talking baby socks, toddler socks, preschool socks, and all manner of little kid socks from infant on up. I realize in confessing this, I might sound a little crazy. But the truth is that I only buy certain makes, models, and colors of socks and I’ve come to have very strong opinions about them. It’s the engineer in me; I can’t help it.

It all started innocently enough with my first little baby. We lucked into a dozen or so super awesome socks along with a mixed bag of other varieties. Then, inspired by an old Parent Hacks post, I began to look at the big picture.

Babies:
Trumpette socks are the very best. They don’t fall off little feet and they come in cute mix-and-match colors and patterns. Buy a dozen – yes they cost more! – and be done. You’re welcome.

They come in skater vans, Mary Janes, + lots more varieties

Toddlers and Preschoolers:
Gap makes the best triple-roll socks for this age group. I suggest you buy 10 or so in the same color and never worry about matching socks again. Yes, I color-code my kids. Currently Holden wears grey and Milo wears red. (His choice, not mine.) The basic colors and grippy writing on the bottom of the foot make these little guys great for new walkers and the kids who like to sprint through my kitchen. I prefer to buy dark colors to hide the playground dirt better. Old Navy ones are decent, but I’ve found that sharp little toenails make holes in these socks faster than the Gap variety. Visit the gap.com baby socks selection.

Big preschoolers on up:
My friend Alissa turned me on to Children’s Place as the best place to get solid colored socks. Around shoe size 11, Gap socks veer away from the solid colors with the grippy bottoms toward something else entirely. See the boy/girl solid socks assortment hidden under accessories at childrensplace.com.

Is there a topic you have irrationally strong opinions about? Bring it.

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RookieMoms co-founder & mom to 3 boys in Berkeley, CA. Bossy big sister and project manager turned blogger helping moms enjoy their first years of motherhood. Find me on my other site on 510families.com or hiding in my minivan eating dark chocolate.