Review + Giveaway: Make My Belly Fit

Giveaway details are at the bottom.

Any woman who has been through a pregnancy knows the frustration of finding a jacket to wear over her growing belly through the cooler and/or wetter months. Donning your husband’s jacket – if that’ll even fit – can be practical, but doesn’t feel all that glamorous. Maternity jackets can be pricey, and you’re only wearing one for less than a year. There’s something to be said for finding comfort in your own clothing, especially through pregnancy.

Enter: Make My Belly Fit. I first came across this company back when I was expecting my first baby back in 2012. They were in start-up mode then, but they were onto something. In addition to providing the perfect solution for a growing belly, their panels could be worn with a soft baby carrier (by either mom or dad), extending the life of the panel for any one family. I have also seen a few passed on through the grapevine, giving more mothers a solid solution to their jacket woes.

Fast-forward five years and I’m expecting (and growing) again. Make My Belly Fit is growing, too. I’m so stoked for this small family-run business: they (successfully) pitched their product on Dragon’s Den and made a deal with Manjit Minhas. It’s great to see a thoughtfully-made and Canadian product in the spotlight and see founder Ben (and father of four!) in action (check out the episode here).

For another demo, here’s me zipping in my own BellyFit:

More about Make My Belly Fit:

The BellyFit ($69.99 CAD for Black and $59.99 CAD for Charcoal) is made of windproof, softshell material, while the Extra Warmth Layer ($17.99 CAD) adds a fleece liner for harsher temperatures. Add on the Zip Adapters ($15.99 CAD) – if your jacket even requires one – and, voila, you have created your very own maternity jacket.

We’re giving away a BellyFit package below, as well as one of their new BabyCovers. Otherwise, ordering is simple through the Make My Belly Fit website, or check out their list of retailers.

What I love about this product:

  • Make My Belly Fit allows a pregnant woman to feel a bit of normalcy. It feels good to be in your own clothing.
  • It is easy to use and stylish enough.
  • It’s fast and easy to switch from jacket to jacket.
  • Husbands can keep their jackets. (Check out the story behind the company).
  • If you get your hands on one early and use it as soon as you start running out of room in your jacket, you really get your money’s worth.
  • It is warm and wind-proof, even without the fleece insert (but that comes in handy!)
  • You can expand the life of the product by using it for baby-carrying. Also, your partner can use it, so long as the zippers are compatible.
  • Most jackets do not require a zipper adapter. If you’re does, an easy quiz on their website will help you find the right one.
Top down view of the BellyFit in my rain jacket on a milder day here in Banff. Photo Meghan J. Ward.

I couple things to consider:

  • The panel is too short for my longer jacket, so I have a three-inch gap along the neckline. I can see how it would be difficult for Make My Belly Fit to customize these panels even further, so it’s not a big deal. I use a scarf to fill the gap and cover it up. Some panels may be too long, and pop out the top – they can easily be rolled down or tucked in.
  • If you require an adapter, it adds width to the panel. This isn’t an issue later in pregnancy (when you’re wider, too!) but, towards the beginning of my pregnancy, I felt like the panel was great for the belly, but too big up top.

Overall, I think Make My Belly Fit has done an incredible job of creating a product that really fulfills a need. Some women who saw mine jokingly said they’d consider having another child just so that they could use the product. I believe this shows just how women feel about finding jackets to wear through pregnancy.

I’d give it a 5/5! Check out Make My Belly Fit online and on Facebook – and spread the word!

GIVEAWAY!

We’re giving away the following two prizes:

  1. First prize: BellyFit + Warmth Layer + Zip Adapter (if needed)
  2. Second prize: BabyCover – A unique feature on the front of the cover, clips that attach to each side of your jacket, provide you and your baby with the ultimate comfort-control and protection in just about any weather in all four seasons.

To enter: Simply leave a comment below and let me know which prize you’d like! I’ll choose a winner* on February 9, 2018, after 11:59MST.

*Open to North America only.

 


Thanks to Make My Belly Fit for providing me with the BellyFit, Warmth Insert, Zip Adapters and BabyCover so that I could give this product a try. This article was not reviewed by them prior to posting, nor was I paid to create this review (beyond the product sponsorship).

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Author: Meghan J. Ward

Meghan J. Ward is an outdoor, travel and adventure writer based in Banff, Alberta, and the co-founder/editor at Crowfoot Media. Her work has been published by a variety of magazines throughout North America, including IMPACT Magazine, Where.ca, Kootenay Mountain Culture and Alpinist.com. She specializes in creating marketing materials and web content for the tourism industry and beyond.

37 thoughts

  1. Consider the following:
    I bought a maternity jacket for 50$, worth 100$. More or less what you paid. And you know what a maternity jacket looks like? A huge thing that makes you look fat. At least mine was. With this one, I am sure you looked pregnant. Important difference!

    Another winter/ spring baby and you’ll think this was VERY worth it! 🙂

    1. I think it’s worth it with just one winter/spring baby. 🙂 Make My Belly Fit does fit in such a way that you do look pregnant – not simply draped in an over-sized piece of material!

  2. I read this post early in my second pregnancy and ordered one! I live in Whitehorse, Yukon and have used mine almost everyday – both with my rain jacket and with a couple of my down jackets. My little guy is four weeks old now and it is -30C outside and we are still able to get out for our daily walks! I am a big fan.

  3. I bought the Make My Belly Fit and thought it was great – was also very impressed by the customer service from the company when I emailed with questions! I’d love to try out the BabyCover, as I’m due any day now!

  4. I can’t wait to try this out! My old coat’s zipper is falling apart, and I don’t want to get a new babywearing coat or borrow my husband’s coat anymore! I hope I can win the babycover since I’ll have to order an extender soon to keep my baby girl warm. Thanks for sharing about it!

  5. Would love to win the baby cover. Baby #3 is on the way and I would love to not be wearing my husbands sweaters over the carrier this time.

  6. I have the Jacket extender. I loved it and used it during pregnancy and for baby wearing. I would really like to try the baby cover as this would extend the amount of baby wearing since I could use it with my fall and spring jackets. Right now, I am primarily using the belly fit during the winter months only…I would be very happy to try this newest addition…I love their products!

  7. Amazing product! I wanted one during my pregnancy, but it just wasn’t in the budget. Now I still want one, to cuddle my 10 month old in! I would love to win either prize, as they would make winter walks in SK so much nicer!!

  8. I’d like to win the first prize. Having just given birth to my first today, i’d Love to have an extender that would make getting out with my babe easier.

  9. I would love the first prize! I’m due in April….already busting out of my winter coat….and it’s cold here in NH til May!

  10. My wife’s going through this right now. We’re due in May and its hard to find any jackets that actually fit. Make my belly fit (just my wife’s, not mine :)) would be awesome to get for her.

  11. Great review for what sounds like an awesome product! I would love a make my belly fit for my next baby belly! Prize #1 pls! 🙂

  12. I would love to win the belly fit and warmth layer! This would be perfect timing for our little family and we would get so much use out of this being outdoors often.

    I wish I would have known about this the first time around!

  13. I find it so frustrating that there isn’t aforable maternity/babywearing outerwear options that actually encourage women to be outside! Being out helps me keep my sanity during this time! I would love a Make my Belly Fit to make this season of life just a bit easier!

  14. Currently pregnant with my second and showing a lot quicker! thought I’d be able to make it threw winter with my coat but my belly will be saying otherwise. Would love a chance to winBellyFit + Warmth Layer + Zip Adapter

  15. The struggle is definitely real! What a great product. I would love prize #2, this go around the belly won’t be big enough in the winter, but babe will definitely need some coverage next winter! Thanks for a great giveaway 🙂

  16. Love this! My friend has one and I have been envious as we hang outside together her in Alaska. I would love either one but right now the carrier cover would change our world! Then baby could be warn by dad too instead of just me under his big down. Thank you!!!

  17. Would love to try the belly fit for this current second pregnancy so I don’t have to resort to the giant jacket that made me look like a whale like I did with the first… super flattering!

  18. Would love to try the belly fit for this current second pregnancy instead of wearing the giant jacket that made me look like a whale the first time around… super flattering!

  19. Have been trying to decide between both options! May try for baby number two so would use the extender for belly then but currently need something for baby wearing and the cover or extender could both work. I’m leaning towards the cover so would love to win that for spring and fall walks!

  20. I’d love to win first prize for my wife who is our baby wearer in the house, added bonus is getting my winter jacket back!

  21. So functional. Love that the warmth layer is removable so can be used fall, spring and winter! I’ve looked at other brands that dont have any zipper on the extender so this is more cost effective as you may not even need an adapter. Would love to win first prize 🙂 thank you for the contest Meghan and Makemybellyfit!

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