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Posted at 01:49 PM ET, 05/03/2012

Socks that stay on your baby’s feet

When caring for an infant, there are some recurring questions. “Why won’t you go to sleep?” “How are you hungry again?”

And, of course, “Where did your socks go?”

Keeping socks or booties on a baby’s feet is a frustrating exercise.  When my daughter was about three months old, a mom in our playgroup recommended a brand of booties that she claimed never fell off. We all scrambled for our smartphones to write down the brand (Zutano, see below).

 Here are three snippets of sock expertise I’ve accumulated over the past nine months as a mom. Note that anatomy has something to do with it. Some socks that work for my baby might not work for yours, and vice versa.

You should try...

Zutano socks (Rachel Saslow)
Zutano: They really don’t fall off! I bought them at Giggle days after hearing about them and have since purchased two more pairs in bigger sizes. They’re a cinch to put on with a flexible tongue flap and two side snaps. At $20-24 a pair, they’re a little expensive, especially when you inevitably give in and buy the matching hat because it’s so darn cute.

Robeez: Most people know this brand for their popular soft-soled shoes, but the Canadian company also makes a mean pair of baby socks ($10 for 3).
Robeez socks (Rachel Saslow)
Robeez' "kick-proof ankle design" involves two bands of slightly tighter, stretchy material along the leg so they don't fall off. With tons of bright, fun patterns to choose from and plenty of traction along the sole for crawlers and walkers, these are a good bet. 

You should avoid...

 Nordstrom Lace Socks: These somewhat pricey socks (sold for $6 a pair) act like magnets to the ground because the leg and cuff are so loose.
Nordstrom Lace socks (Rachel Saslow)
They constantly fall off my daughter unless she wears shoes to keep them on. It's a pity, too, because they're adorable with their lacy eyelet trim.

Which socks stay glued to your baby’s feet? Which brands have you found unsuccessful? Leave your recommendations in the comments section.

 Rachel Saslow, a former editorial aide for The Washington Post, lives in the District with her husband and daughter.

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