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The Tale of Tom Kitten by Beatrix Potter

Updated: Nov 10, 2020

In Beatrix Potter's The Tale of Tom Kitten it is mentioned that when Mrs Tabitha Twitchit was having friends to visit she wanted to be able to introduce her kittens looking vaguely presentable. Having washed and brushed them she dresses them in their fine clothes and puts on their pinafores to keep them clean and tidy. While things don't go so well for Mittens and Moppet (let alone poor Tom) the sentiment that covering up their clean clothes with a pinafore is something I rather wished I had had on occasions when my children were small. It was once common for children to wear a pinafore over their clothes (think The Railway Children). This not only protected them from wear and tear but also kept them clean at a time when clothes were expensive and most people wore the same outfit every day. No washing machines in those days. Perhaps our motivation might be different today but it makes a lot of sense to cut down on waste and washing.

In my experience as a teacher in Early Years I find that modern plastic aprons are not always the answer for children. They often fall off and while give some protection the fact that they are waterproof means that any spillages and splashes just end up in a puddle on the floor or the table. The Tablier Childrens aprons are our solution. Practical, fun and easy to wear your children will want to put them on. They can be thrown into the washing machine time after time and improve with age and wear.

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