It has been very busy over here at Bebe au Lait over the past few weeks…From getting all of our products certified as CPSIA compliant to launching our latest design pattern: Valencia, to our most exciting news of 2009: The launching of our hooded towels.
Let’s take a closer look at these gorgeous new towels!
The Beginning of the Hooded Towel Concept…
The Bebe au Lait hooded towel project began close to a year ago. Our talented design team produced several mock-ups on paper, with several different designs. Two of the designs eventually emerged as our favorites: One design focused on the needs of toddlers, and the other design focused on babies. While we realized that it would be much easier to produce one design in two sizes, we couldn’t get past the idea that babies and toddlers are very different, and have different needs in a hooded towel. It was then decided that the baby hooded towel and the toddler hooded towel would be based on two different designs.
The Bebe au Lait “Look”
With our concepts on paper, it was time to add the Bebe au Lait touch. How would we integrate our unique prints and style with the hooded towels? We knew that we could not print our designs straight on the terry cloth fabric and have a satisfactory result. We toyed with the idea of making the hood out of our signature prints as well, but knew this would defeat the entire purpose of the hood. We eventually decided that we could trim the hooded towel with our signature prints. In addition to giving the Bebe au Lait look to the product, this extra-wide trim would protect the edges of the towel, making the towel more durable. We added piping in our signature prints to the inside of the hood, giving a subtle design embellishment to the towel. We also added a loop, so the towel could be hung to dry easily.
Bebe au Lait’s Thoughtful Features
Bebe au Lait is legendary for our subtle, yet practical design features. From the rigid neckline on our nursing covers, to the magnetic closure on our bibs, Bebe au Lait has always been about making our products easy to use. Our hooded towels are no exception. The first feature common to both our toddler and baby sized hooded towels is the signature Bebe au Lait trim along the edges of the towel. This serves the purpose of making our towels attractive and more durable. We also opted for a double-ply hood. Both the Baby and Toddler hooded towels have a thick hood to more easily dry wet hair.
Baby Hooded Towel Features:
The main difference between our two hooded towels are features related to mobility. We knew that our baby hooded towels would be used by children who are not yet mobile. We knew that parents would want to swaddle their baby as soon as bath time is over. We designed the baby hooded towel exactly for this purpose. After a warm, comfortable bath, babies tend to get upset over the sudden change in temperature. The baby hooded towel is designed to wrap the baby up to maintain warmth, and swaddle them so they become relaxed very quickly. The hood helps to maintain that comfortable warmth. We also knew that babies are not yet walking, so we designed the towel to be long enough to cover the baby’s feet. The result is a beautifully designed hooded towel with the baby’s and parent’s needs in mind.
Toddler Hooded Towel Features:
While the baby hooded towel was designed for babies and parents, the toddler hooded towel was designed with toddlers in mind. Because toddlers are mobile, we needed to make the hooded towel long enough for full coverage, yet not too long so the towel causes a trip hazard. We also added sleeves that open on the bottom, so toddlers can bundle themselves up with ease. To finish off the design, we added an elegant magnetic closure at the base of the hood that helps the towel stay put and keep the warmth in. These thoughtful features are sure to make this towel your toddler’s favorite.
With all of the thought, design, testing, and material sourcing that went into our hooded towels, Bebe au Lait is proud to release this new addition to our product family to the world.
Bebe au Lait Hooded Towels are available in Baby and Toddler sizes, in 11 of our signature prints. MSRP is $40. See the designs in our online store today!
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