This week’s edition of our onesies article series brings us yet another of those “German classics”, that is a regionally produced and distributed product. Sanetta are a well-known brand for higher-class children’s clothing and they even have their own stores in some bigger cities, but the larger size onesies we discuss here are exclusively available at Inpetto Reha, one of the specialized outlets for handicapped people.
Colors and Patterns
These onesies come in a variety of plain colors and simple patterns, though not as many as the pictures may give the impression (see comment further down). The striped versions are one of those standard patterns that have been around forever. In addition to the ones displayed here, there are e.g. a blue one with green-ish/ cyan alternating stripes, a light blue one, a pink-ish one for the girls and so on. Some of these are however not necessarily available on all shapes/ cut patterns nor are they available perpetually, so this is a bit all over the place and depends on the timing of your shopping spree and selection of your products.
With the solid colors the situation is somewhat similar. There are a few standards that you can purchase at any given time without issues and then occasionally there will be seasonal colors and “special edition” items that are only around for a limited time. In the picture below that would be the hot pink, or as they officially call it, “fuchsia” onesie. When I just checked this morning there was a nice lilac/ purple long sleeve, a light turquoise sleeveless, a light pink with short sleeves and a couple of others. So there’s certainly a choice, if only circumstantial.
With my limited technical equipment I tried to match the colors as best as I could, but on a quite general note most of them are rather muted with the odd exception from the rule like my fuchsia one. The dark blue is really very much on the almost black-ish side as shown and even in the striped version it comes across more as a dark grey with a blue cast. The red is more on the orange-y side, but also slightly washed out. An additional effect with the striped suits is that the white never actually appears perfectly white. This is in part a perceptional thing, in part the colors bleeding slightly over at the borders after a few washes. The spacing is simply too narrow to make it appear pristine and clearly separated.
Size and Fit
When I got my first examples of this brand size 176 was the largest one they had. Those are depicted in the first image in the previous paragraph. At some point so many people must have bugged them with inquiries that they must have decided to just get over it and add another size on top, so the second image shows the products in 188. To me that is a minor distinction, as both sizes remain a tight fit, regardless.
The older size 176 took quite a bit of courage to actually put on fresh out of the bag back then because I was too afraid to damage it. It took quite a bit of force to pull on the flap to make it stretch out enough for buttoning it up. This gets better over time as the whole onesie adapts itself to your body. For me the real limitation is that despite this there’s not enough room left if I take my arms up above my head and I can sometimes hear the buttons pop open under my pants. It’s okay for more ordinary tasks like sitting on the computer and all that, though. As you might imagine, with this tight it’s not a good idea to wear excessively thick diaper packages underneath, but for my daily standard padding it’s just fine.
The size 188 versions fare a bit better, if only by a tiny margin. For me this merely eliminates the exploding button problem and allows slightly thicker diapers to be worn, but ultimately it doesn’t feel like a different size. The jump is not distinct enough in my case. With that said, I don’t think a person who genuinely is taller than 1.85 meters will be able to wear this, even if he/ she might be a lot skinnier than I am.
As the pictures in this article hopefully get across, the overall shape is very narrow, which furthers my point about this perhaps being not suited ideally for people who exceed certain parameters, to put it diplomatically. That’s not just chubby kids like me, but also if you are bulking up too much at the gym. Even getting your arms through the sleeves might be difficult then since they are in line with the overall rather snugly fitting design.
Of course this makes sense on some level as it prevents wrinkling, thus avoiding pressure marks e.g. in bed. It just limits the user base in terms of size, as it were. Speaking of size, while 188 may be the ceiling, in the other direction you typically can go down to size 116, so smaller people shouldn’t have a problem finding the right one.
The lower half appears similarly triangular to the Kiwisto, but in my opinion this works better here for the simple reason that due to the longer shape the back part reaches further down. When wearing the product it ends up being a bit more convenient with less risk of unwanted diaper exposure and more coverage on the rear parts.
One point where the slim shape works to full advantage without any “buts” and “ifs” is the winged body/ American collar model. There’s just not as much material that can flap around and curl up.
As you may already have concluded yourself from the previous paragraphs, diaper fixation is quite good with this model due to the tightness – within the restrictions already mentioned. With the rear part also wrapping nicely around your bum this also helps to press the absorbent pad against your body and keep things airtight, in a manner of speaking.
Surprisingly, Sanetta onesies use the smaller 7 millimeter diameter snaps. Back then I didn’t make much of it because I didn’t know better (the Sanetta bodies were actually my very first even before the Kiwisto), but when you see everyone using bigger buttons it still has you wondering. However, any fears of this being inadequate can quickly be alleviated, because “it simply works”. It can be a bit fiddly to match up the separate halves of the buttons, especially if you have big and clumsy hands, but once they are in place, they secure everything nicely.
As a nice touch all of these onesies have the rings with the claws varnished in a tone matching the actual cloth. This is not essential and in fact may only ever be noticeable on the lighter colors (dark colors simply tend to “swallow” silver rings and make them disappear), but it gives the whole product a nice aura of high quality and classiness. It’s also neat for the button rows on the long-sleeved versions and makes them less visible in case they may be visible under your sweater (but then again, you might also wear visible chest hair to distract audiences *lol*). Talk about going the extra mile!
Materials and Manufacturing Quality
The basic material for these onesies is a 100 percent cotton stretch. It’s very finely woven/ knitted, light and thin. This contributed considerably to my reservations when I first got those products since it seemed too easy to poke a hole into the material, which only goes to show how inexperienced I was and completely misjudged the situation. I couldn’t have been more wrong. Despite mangling and stretching the material quite a bit over time, the usual laundry cycles and not always being gentle it seems rather indestructible.
The seam linings add quite a bit of strength and keep everything in shape, though in some areas they appear slightly crooked, which is even noticeable in the above images. I know that sewing things straight is difficult, but my Asperger-ish, pedantic brain just wants all those lines to be in parallel or perpendicular. ;-) The sewing is spot-on, which of course you would expect from a continental European product put together with care and attention. Even the cross-connections under the sleeves that have a lot of force to bear due to the tight fit so far hold together well.
For some of the the special run products an alternative textile containing a portion of Lycra thread/ Elasthane in addition to the cotton is used. It’s even finer in its texture, but obviously the better stretchiness is beneficial to guys like me that tend to bulge out things. I can’t tell you how durable these materials are, though, since I haven’t had those models long enough. If it wasn’t for my odd liking of intense pink tones in fact I might not even have a sample, since this seems more addressed towards the female crowd.
The very fine cloth in both flavors neatly avoids excessive sweating and dries quickly. I often wear these onesies during my physical therapy and aside from keeping things covered like a gymnastics suit (no belly buttons popping out when laying on the mat and doing a few crunches, if you know what I mean), it’s just nice to know you won’t be wearing a sweaty towel by the time you get up.
Pricing and Availability
Prices for these products are in the usual range, beginning at around 17 Euros for smaller sizes and then ramping up to around 25 to 28 Euros, depending on the material. Occasionally there are promotional or cleanout sales where your can save a few pennies. If you are lucky, you might also snatch some B-Ware (second rate products with minor defects), but this really is a lottery and you have to hit their shop on the date. Which brings us to a point…
Availability is a real stinker and I honestly mean it. I totally understand that any outlet that isn’t named Amazon cannot have a stockpile of all products in all sizes worth thousands of Euros, but c’mon! It would be perfectly acceptable if the large sizes would run out from time to time and you have to wait for a month before new supplies arrive, but doing my occasional checks I definitely get the impression that even smaller sizes share the fate of being totally absent from the online store and unavailable for considerable periods. That’s not good in my opinion.
While it’s a fine product, getting your hands on it can be an exercise in patience and tenacity. I think I tried to get my hands on those three size 188 onesies on and off for a few months because when one was available, the others seemed to be out of stock again. Spontaneous Sunday afternoon shopping? Get out of here! Still, if you are willing to wait and give it a try there’s nothing speaking against it, especially if you are looking for some subtle colors that go well together with other daily attire.