Dressing your baby when he has splints or a gastric tube is often an obstacle course for young parents. Angelique Maurat, a nurse’s aide from Toulouse, had the bitter experience of the birth of her granddaughter, fifteen months ago. As soon as she was pregnant, she was given congenital equinus varus clubfoot. And when Mandy was born, she had to be put in casts that she kept for several weeks, then splints day and night. And putting on babygros turned out to be very complicated, if not impossible.
To dress it, she therefore tinkered, widened the pants to be able to pass the plasters. Far from the nice little outfits she imagined her baby wearing. And talking with other parents, she realized that she was not the only one facing this difficulty.
This gave Angélique the idea of creating suitable clothing to simplify the daily life of parents and improve the comfort of children. “I’ve had issues, especially in sizes 0-12 months, as most pajamas don’t open in the front and have feet. I was really struggling to change my daughter so I said to myself: “Why not create a specific collection? “says this caregiver in vascular neurology.
This is how was born Atypik’Baby, clothes designed to meet certain disabilities, but also to “standardize it by offering pretty products”, far from those worn by toddlers in hospital wards. “They’re 3-4cm wider at the legs and ankles and can open completely at the crotch, which makes dressing easier, especially when kids don’t have to move around too much.” There are also some with a window at stomach level for gastrotomies”, explains the young woman who has created a self-employed business alongside her work.
It is a seamstress installed in the outskirts of Toulouse, a former nurse by trade, who makes the patterns and assembles them, before the clothes are sold by Angélique, around 40 euros for pajamas made in France. The latter regularly exchanges with parents to improve the models, change snaps to make them more aesthetic, for example. To make the brand more accessible, a merchant website will be seen by May and will sell the future summer collection.