Fun, Reasonably-Priced Clothes for Toddler Boys
I revisited some career/skills mapping I documented about a year ago, and as it turns out, this past year has changed many of my interests and vision. As Theo has turned into a little boy rather than a baby, I've found new passions in parenting books/philosophies, Montessori children's toys, and CLOTHES! Honestly, I found dressing up a baby to be completely overrated. It just looks silly to put an infant who can't even sit up in an actual outfit. Regular shirts (as opposed to onesies) always rode up and just were awkward. Simple onesies are where it's at for babies. It really allows their squishy limbs and crusty new faces to shine. I've been trying to shop for the new baby and just end up getting Theo more clothes, because I can't bring myself to care much about newborn clothes.
Now Theo is a moving and grooving toddler, and I'm loving shopping for him. I try to be practical, set limits on what I'll spend on one item for him, and not accumulate too many outfits (just buying for next year when something's on sale that he doesn't need any more of this season).
There really are cute boy clothes out there if you look, but they can be pricey sometimes. I find these brands to be reasonably priced, at least if you can find something on sale.
Tea Collection and Zara Kids are great for fun, whimsical prints, but there comes a time for a solid print, whether you're needing to match a top to a printed pant or just wanting a refresh from the distracting images. Primary is an online children's clothing company that sells solid colored items in a variety of colors. Their prices are reasonable, the fabrics are soft, and I find the fit to be great (Theo is a little on the longer and slimmer side, so they aren't super wide and they also have snaps at the neck to help squeeze the shirt over his head.).
In general, I like to strike a balance between dressing Theo like a mini version of his dad and also remembering he's a kid and taking full advantage of his right to wear banana print pants any day of the week. The only issue is now that he's finding his own will, he's constantly asking for a particular color of diaper or to wear his fire truck sweatshirt. It's a good time to bring in those Montessori tactics of allowing choice between two options each morning to allow him some independence but also allow me to choose something I want him to wear. :)