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Pork Chop Kids were invented in 2008 by a Whitefish Bay mom.

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Pork Chops come in many girly styles, but also plain for boys.

"Pork Chops" protect and adorn baby legs

At first, some parents might have a difficult time wrapping their mind around Meaghan Resenhoeft's new product, Pork Chop Kids, but once they do, they're usually instant fans.

"When customers first hear about the product they say, 'so it's like a leg warmer?' But it isn't like a legwarmer because there's a foot attached," says Resenhoeft.

Pork Chop Kids are long, snug socks -- a "thigh high" for kids and babies -- worn in place of tights or even pants. Babies can wear a shirt, diaper, a pair of Pork Chops and be good to go.

The large socks are also intended for the toilet training process, so parents don't have to pull a child's pants up and down a dozen or more times a day.

Pork Chops are $18 and come in a variety of patterns and colors from plain to fancy. Resenhoeft says the best part of her product is that they don't slip off.

"When you dress your child with leg warmers, you still need to put socks on them. Any parent knows it is close to impossible to keep socks on kids, and let's face it, finding the perfect sock to match their leg warmer can be tricky and it ruins the line of their adorable outfit," she says.

Pork Chop Kids was featured in "Pregnancy" and "Newborn" magazines and, recently, an Australian blogger wrote an article about the products which generated international business for the product.

The socks are available locally at Freckle Face, 244 N. Broadway, Boutique Bebe, 2630 N. Downer Ave., Whimsi Kidz, 12898 W. Bluemound Rd., and others.

"I spend most nights on PR efforts, preparing and sending press releases and answering inquiries from bloggers and magazines," says Resenhoeft.

Resenhoeft, 31, lives in Whitefish Bay with her husband and 2-year-old daughter, Tess. She majored in textiles and clothing in college and worked in the fashion industry in New York City prior to moving back to Wisconsin.

Pork Chops Kids are not just for girls, either.

"We live in Wisconsin and it is cold here half the year. Why wouldn't you want that extra coverage for your little boy as he is crawling around the house?" says Resenhoeft.

"A lot of people think because they give a similar coverage to a tight that they are just for girls. I am not saying that an 8-year-old boy is going to be running around in them, but they have many positive aspects for boys, as well. If you think keeping socks on girls is tough, talk to any parent of boys," she says.

Resenhoeft got the idea for her product shortly after her daughter was born. For a year, she discussed her possible product with parents and researched extensively. Finally, she decided there was indeed a need for Pork Chops.

"Pork Chops were born from the evolution of necessity," she says, "warmth, protection, easy diaper changes, no missing socks, non-skid and runway-ready fashion."

Talkbacks

greenelisa32 | Jan. 29, 2010 at 9:11 a.m. (report)

There's another brand of these socks I came across online called Rock a Thigh Baby. These are much less expensive and I like them better than Baby Legs and Pork Chop since they're made here in the USA and are a green product too.

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zaza | Nov. 5, 2009 at 10:45 a.m. (report)

Oh, not sure how I missed that detail. My daughter loves babylegs, so I'll be sure to check these out. Thanks!

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LCar | Nov. 3, 2009 at 2:05 p.m. (report)

BabyLegs are footless... Pork Chops are not...

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poodiddles | Nov. 3, 2009 at 1:57 p.m. (report)

Different in that Baby Legs are leg warmers, according to the link you posted and these things aren't leg warmers. Other than that, I guess they're exactly the same. lol.

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zaza | Nov. 3, 2009 at 1:38 p.m. (report)

How are these different from BabyLegs, which sell for $12 and have been around since at least 2006? http://www.babylegs.com/

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