It’s been 9 months since I had Riley. Can you believe that?! She’s been on the outside as long as she was on the inside now, and I’ve been reflecting on the weirdness of pregnant and postpartum bodies. It’s absolutely incredible how dramatically they change in such a short span of time, but it’s a bit alien as well. I loved my pregnancies, but having my body stretched out in all directions to accommodate a tiny human inside of me felt otherworldly at times, and not being able to fit into my regular wardrobe only intensified that feeling.
Although I had some cute maternity clothing, it would have been such a comfort to be able to wear something familiar. One man from Montreal, while seeing his wife go through this transformation with their first child, decided to do something about it. The frigid winter temperatures—and having to sacrifice his own jacket to fit over her baby bump—prompted him to create the MakeMyBellyFit jacket extender.
Here’s the best part: this jacket extender is so customizable, it fits comfortably over any type of front carrying baby carrier or wrap as well as pregnant bellies! If you love to wear your babies like I do, this means you’ll be able to use the Make My Belly Fit extender beyond the maternity season and for as long as your little ones enjoy being front carried. Which, for Riley, might be until she’s twelve or so.
Look how snuggly this girl is! I could wear her forever.
This jacket extender has impressed me in so many ways. First of all, it was easy to figure out. I’m not much of an instructions reader. I like to try and work it out myself, and I don’t turn to the instructions for help unless I’ve royally messed things up, and I’m starting to swear under my breath.
MakeMyBellyFit was pleasantly self-explanatory and passed my little test.
They make 16 different zip adapters to fit almost any jacket, and it’s simple to figure out which one you need with their online questionnaire. My C1 adapter fits my favorite winter soft-shell coat.
Whether you’re pregnant or baby carrying, you can snap the sides together above and below your belly to eliminate excess fabric and provide a snug fit. They also include a Snaperoo, a little strip of elastic that can be placed anywhere on the extender for even more customization.
I love the certainty of knowing Riley is warm enough when she’s zipped into my very own jacket with me. And for extra cold occasions, they also make a snap-in Warmth Layer made of polar fleece.
If you have a shorter jacket like I do, any excess fabric from the extender folds down and snaps upon itself, keeping it out of the way. The soft-shell material even looks and feels like it was made specifically for my jacket. MakeMyBellyFit offers the extender in three colors—black, grey, and red—so it’s easy to coordinate with different jacket styles. They really thought of everything, and I can’t imagine a better look and fit.
We first wore the extender to a company picnic a few weeks ago. It was a truly dreary and cold day in Washington state, the kind that makes you want to curl up with a blanket and a grilled cheese sandwich, not be outdoors socializing with coworkers. But MakeMyBellyFit saved the day, and Riley and I actually ended up having a great time out in the fall weather, both cozy inside my own jacket. I even got several questions and compliments from other parents!
This is really a must-have if you live in a temperate or cold climate, and it would make a perfect gift-that-keeps-on-giving for any expecting or new parents. I’d recommend making sure the zipper works (with adapters, if necessary) for both parents as well as any other frequent caretakers that enjoy front-carrying. Why should moms have all the fun?
Bring it on, winter! We’re ready for you!
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Disclosure: I received sample items for review. All opinions expressed are completely honest and my own, based on my personal experience. Your experience may differ.
Samantha Levang is a contributor at This West Coast Mommy, specializing in cloth diaper and baby item reviews. She lives in Washington state with her husband, toddler son, Brooks, and new baby girl, Riley. Between diaper changes and loads of laundry, she enjoys landscape photography and the never-ending process of home decorating.