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Archive for the ‘ Toddler Clothing ’ Category

Summertime Clothing! The Top 5!

Thursday, May 28th, 2015

childrens summer clothesWhen it comes to growing toddlers, it is hard to just roll out the wardrobe from last summer and let the kids rock the hand-me-downs. Parents have to look for new clothes every season simply due to the fact that the kids do not fit in last years clothes. But, if shopping must be done, parents should have some fun with it. To get started, here are the five “toddler must haves” for this summer season.


Neon Wear


Neon colors have made a huge comeback in fashion over the past few years. This summer is no exception. Bright yellows, greens, purples, oranges, blues and pinks are popping up everywhere, especially on the kids. More often than not, neon colors are seen on casual t-shirts, tank tops or skirts rather than formal wear. Look for the bright colors and let the kids choose their favorites.


Bold Jumpers


summer childrens clothingNothing is cuter than a little girl in a summer jumper. This year, bold patterns and pictures are very popular. Big, brightly-colored flowers on a flowing skirt are beautiful choices. Faint sparkles are also popular among little princesses. Look for the bold choices with small extras that are classy but fun. Big bows that tie in the back, built in belts or flowers on the front. Choose light fabrics that are good for summer and designs that will make a little girl feel beautiful.


Summer Accessories


Summer is the season to accessorize. Let the kids have a little fun and choose plastic jewelry, such as necklaces, bracelets or rings, sunglasses, backpacks or handbags. Useful summer accessories include baseball caps or sunhats, sandals and summertime-colored toddler belts. When looking for sandals, try and choose styles that will be comfortable while playing during the summer months. Also look for bright colors when it comes to both shoes and hook and loop toddler belts.

When in Doubt, Size Up!

Saturday, April 25th, 2015

All children's clothing items have the same thing, a convenient sizing chart that matches clothing to a specific age. What the companies forgot to take into consideration is that not every child comes from the same womb. Sizing charts often do not coordinate with all children. Instead, they follow basic sizing patterns and forget about the kids that have different body types other than basic. This results in several children that find themselves in between sizes.


Parents do not need to worry when their child does not fit into one of the sizing categories. There are several ways to make clothing work for all body types that have found their way into “the between.”


Always Size Up


When in doubt, always go for the size that is bigger rather than smaller. It is better to have pants that are too long than pants that are too short. Keep in mind that larger clothes can be adjusted to fit a smaller body type, but it takes a lot more work to make smaller clothing get larger.


Roll It Up


For pants and long sleeves, rolling them up can be an easy answer. Cuffing pant legs or bunching up sleeves can fix the issue of something being too long. It does not always look as clean or put together but can be a great solution for everyday wear.


Keep It Secure


If pants, shorts or skirts are a little too loose, a secure toddler belt is a great way to keep them where they belong. A hook and loop toddler belt works great for tightening bottoms that need a little help. Another option is using ribbons around the waist for girls.


Sew It Shorter


If a parent is handy with a sewing machine they can often adjust clothing themselves. Sewing pant legs shorter or a shirt a little snugger is often an easy fix for someone who is skilled with a sewing machine. It can be time consuming with a lot of clothing but it will look a lot more clean cut.


Find the Right Brand


Not every clothing brand follows the exact same sizing pattern. Often, parents can find one specific brand that works best for their child. Parents should have their children try on clothes from a lot of different brands in order to find the one that suits the child best. Once that brand is found, commit to it throughout their childhood for easier shopping.


Tie It Up


Sometimes tying up clothing can be a cute fashion statement while also helping with items that are too large. Tying the bottom of a shirt into a knot can be a quick fix with a fashionable appearance. Another option is cutting the sides of a shirt and tying them into small knots all along the sides in order to make it a little more snug.


All children are different and clothing companies do not always cater to those differences. But by making a few easy adjustments, children that are in the in between sizes can have clothing that fits just right.

When it is Potty Training Time

Thursday, April 16th, 2015

potty trainingPotty training has never been what a parent looks forward to the most. Some children catch on right away, making it a breeze for everyone involved. Others need a little more time. Their potty training tends to be filled with accidents, puddles on the floor and falling into toilets. In order for parents to make the process a little easier, they should make sure their kids are wearing the very best in potty training clothing.


Easy Access


When potty training a child, it is best that parents have their kids wear clothing that is easily taken off and opened up. This is especially important with bottoms. Rather than using pants with buttons and zippers, have the kids wear pants with Velcro or elastic bands. When wearing belts, choose ones that are easy to unbuckle, such as hook and loop toddler belts. Clothing should be easily accessible for emergencies and those quick trips to the bathroom.


Pull-Up Power


When a child is getting potty trained, they are on their way to becoming a “big boy/girl.” Because of this, they do not want to feel like they are being treated like a baby. So during the day put away the diapers and have them wear pull-ups. Pull-ups protect against any accidents while still making a child feel like they are growing up. They are also easy to put on and off, making quick trips to the bathroom easier to accomplish.


Loosey Goosey


Tight clothing has never been a very good friend to children learning how to use the potty. The tighter the clothing items, the harder they are to pull down. Have the kids wear looser pants and shirts that are easy to pull down and up when using the bathroom. Having looser clothing can also reduce the amount of accidents since the items will hang out of the way.


Replacement Extras


Having a replacement pair of clothing handy in the bathroom at all times creates a protective covering for kids who are learning. That way, they do not have to feel embarrassed when they have an accident and have to scream for Mom or Dad. Instead, they can put on a new pair of clothes on their own. This method also boosts a child's feeling of independence, which can only help their confidence when learning how to use the potty.


Potty Training PantsAccident Protection


Along with an extra pair of clothing in the bathroom, make sure that there are extra add-ons for accident protection. Having a smaller toddler toilet seat on top of the toilet makes it easier for little bottoms. Also, make sure there is a stool under the toilet so the kids can get up on their own. Another great option is have a rubber mat underneath the toilet for easy cleanup after accidents.


Potty training is not always easy, but with a few precautions and a little extra cushioning, potty training can be a breeze. So, help the kids feel good about growing up and help them learn on their own as much as possible.

Outsmart Those Stains

Thursday, April 9th, 2015

Stained ClothingBeing a toddler is a messy job and cleaning up after them is even messier. Eventually, every parent has to face the simple fact that their children's clothing is going to get messy. But they do not have to accept a stain on every article of clothing. There are several ways to prevent stained clothing without having to put the kids in a plastic bubble.


Provide Play Clothes


It will not always prevent stain-filled accidents, but it is a good idea for parents to invest in good, durable play clothes. If the kids are going into a situation where stains are more likely, such as playing outside or doing arts and crafts, having play clothes set aside can make a huge difference. This reduces the risk of nicer clothing items getting stained or ruined. Good play clothing options are durable jeans, plain t-shirts, sneakers and a good toddler belt.


Break Out the Bleach


White clothing is a mom's number one enemy. Bleach can whiten those clothing items and, often, remove stains. Parents should keep a close eye on the kids when it comes to bleach. Several kids have no problems, but sometimes bleach can cause allergic reactions within children. If it seems like it is irritating their skin or causing any other problems, do not use it. Another option in place of bleach is Baby Oxyclean.


Spray Before Washing


If a stain has found its way onto some of the kids clothing, make sure to take care of it before putting it in the washing machine. Using a good stain remover can help a lot when it comes to those tough stains. Sometimes a trip through the washing machine just is not enough. Spray the stain down with baby-safe stain remover and scrub it with an old brush. Often, that will take care of most problems.


Stained children clothingDo Not Dry Until They are Gone


If a clothing item has a stain, putting it into the dryer is the best way to make sure it stays there forever. After taking the clothes out of the washing machine, look at the area that has the stain to make sure it came out in the washing machine. If it is still there, try another round of stain remover and a second trip through the wash rather than putting it through the dryer.


Cold Water is Best


Warm or hot water often assists a stain with getting settled. Cold water is the best option for removing stains, especially when it comes to blood. Set the washing machine to cold or for really tough stains try to wash the clothing by hand with stain remover, soap and ice water. Using cold water also prevents the risk of any clothes shrinking in the wash.


Taking a few precautions on a stained clothing item is often all it takes to make the stain go away. But remember, stains are not the end of the world. If they no not come out, just use the clothing for paint clothes or play clothes.

Jumping into Spring!

Sunday, March 15th, 2015

kids spring funAs spring days start to bloom, parents can join in the fun along with their kids. Spring is the time for bright colors, bright smiles and bright activities. So, get the kids decked out for the season and be one of the first to start it off with a bang!


Brighten Up the Day


After a harsh winter, spring works to bring new life into the world. As flowers bloom and grass turns green, parents can also work make sure it is not just their yard that gets brighter. As parents shop for their children's springtime wardrobe, they should keep bright colors in the forefront of their thoughts. Light pinks, blues, yellows, greens and purples are the best choices for flattering springtime colors. Parents can also add a little splash of color with a springtime toddler belt.


Think Sunshine


Gloomy days are out the window once spring hits. So parents should look for lighter clothing items that welcome those sunny spring days. The days will get warmer but not hot, so keep in mind that a lot of days will still require pants and jackets. As parents shop for their children, the main items to look out for are light pants, long skirts, sundresses, light short-sleeved button-ups, t-shirts, light jackets, caps and bright colored hook-and-loop toddler belts.


Plant a Proper Welcoming


A great way to help the kids get ready for spring is by helping them create a proper welcoming. Take them to a local flower shop and let them pick out some of their favorite blooms. Once they bring their flowers home, help the kids plant their flowers in the front yard. Make sure to remind them to keep them watered and to plant them in the sun. Also, help the kids make a “Welcome Springtime!” sign to post in the front yard. Once the kids are decked out, the flowers are planted and the house is ready, take some pictures of the kids saying hello to spring.


Enjoy the Benefits


Now that winter is over, parents can help the kids enjoy the benefits of spring by taking them outside for some hands-on activities. Take the kids for a walk around the lake to feed the ducks, draw with sidewalk chalk or plant a garden. The most important thing is that they are getting out and enjoying everything that the season has to offer.

boy spring fujCapture the Season


Once spring hits, the whole world is in bloom. As the yards, parks and gardens start to sprout those blooms, take the kids out to capture their beauty. Parents can let their kids take pictures of different flowers to make a photo book, pick different flowers to press and make gifts for their grandparents or draw pictures of nature. If kids can make an effort to capture the beauty of the season, they can appreciate it all the more.


As the season of new beginnings takes hold of everything around it, parents all over the country look into the eyes of their children and realize one thing, their kids are growing up. So, take advantage of the time while it lasts, go outside and say hello to spring.

You Name It! Label Clothing

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

children labeling clothesEvery parent has a similar story, the kids go to a sleepover or off to camp and come back with missing clothes, or worse, with clothes that are not theirs. With all the fun and playing that children have to do, the last thing on their mind is keeping track of their clothes. In order to reduce the amount of calls parents have to make in search of their child's missing clothing, a great way to keep things organized is to label clothing.


Be Aware


Young children tend to not care so much if they have a giant sparkly letter on the front of their shirt indicating that it is theirs, but as children get older, it can be a little more embarrassing. If the kids have a hard time keeping track of their clothing, then labeling may be needed, but parents should be aware of the age of their child before choosing what kind of labeling they want to use.


Marker Labels


The most basic way to label clothing is to use a permanent marker and write a name or letter on the tags of various clothing items. This way, children can make sure they are packing their own clothes in their bag and not someone else's. The problem with marker labeling is, if another child has the same name, clothing can still be mixed up. Since there is only so much room to write on a tag, it can be hard to be more detailed. Also, there are clothing items that do not have tags and writing on tags often fades over time.


Visible Labels


If the kids are still at the age that having their name across their shirt is cool, parents can often use iron-on lettering in order to label clothing. labeling childrens clothesThis can work great on t-shirts, jeans, skirts and shorts. Iron-on lettering also comes in various shapes, which makes it easy to put them anywhere. If parents are handy with a sewing machine, they can also sew a label onto their children's clothes, rather than spending money on multiple iron-on letters. The problem with this kind of labeling is parents may not want to iron a letter onto some of their children's nicer clothing items.


Non-Damaging Labels


Parents often do not want to put a permanent, or possibly damaging, label on their children's clothing just in case they want to use them for future children or sell them in consignment shops. There are also accessories, such as hook and loop toddler belts, that do not work very well with markers or irons. Parents can often fix this problem with some colorful string or ribbon. If a child is leaving for a friend's house or going off to camp, parents can tie a colored piece of string or ribbon onto the belt loops of their children's pants or on a belt buckle. This method does not work as well with things such as t-shirts or underpants, but it does protect from permanent labeling.


Parents should not have to keep track of clothing for their kids

Choosing the Correct Size

Thursday, January 8th, 2015

Growing ChildIt is no secret that children grow like weeds, a few weeks pass and they need a whole new wardrobe. But how do parents know how to shop for a child that will not stop growing? Although it can sometimes be hard to keep up with a growing toddler, there are several ways for parents to choose correct sizes that will fit in the present as well as the future.


Establish a Guide


Parents need some way to measure their child as they continue to grow that will assist with buying a variety of clothing items. Parents can use a tape measure to measure the child's waist every week in order to keep track of how quickly the kids are growing. They can also use it to measure how tall their child is getting. Once they have established what rate their child is growing, they will have an idea of how often to buy new clothing.


Learn the Sizing


There are several infant and toddler sizing charts online that can help parents figure out what sizes their children will need, and at what age. Sometimes larger or smaller children do not follow the basic charts, but as long as parents keep track of how their child grows, this should not be a problem. Parents need to combine the rate their child grows, along with a sizing chart, in order to establish what sizes their children will need.


Dare to Compare


It can be hard to take a restless toddler shopping, so in order for parents to avoid having to bring their children to try on clothes, they can have Kleiner Junge beim Anziehenthem try on one piece and then use that as a guide. If parents take clothing items along with them, they can compare with newer items in order to purchase the correct sizes. Toddler belts are also a great item to use for shopping. Measure a child's waist with the belt and then use that measurement to compare with new pairs of pants, skirts or shorts.


Measure Up

Shoes can be a difficult thing when it comes to sizing. There are several measurement tools available for infant and toddler sizing when it comes to footwear. Before going shopping, measure the child's foot in order to know what size they are going to need. Also, pay attention to things such as wider feet or higher arches that can effect what kind of shoes should be purchased.


When in Doubt, Go Big


It is better to have clothing that is too big than too small. So if a parent is not sure, they should try and go for the sizes that look a little too big. Since children grow so fast, it will not take long for them to grow into any clothing that is too large. Also, if something is a little too big, that does not necessarily mean that they cannot wear it.


Children are going to grow a lot during the first years of their life. No child is the same, and the more they grow, the more different their clothing needs will become. So, pay attention to the changes and do not forget to measure.

One Less Thing to Worry About!

Monday, December 1st, 2014

Stress Mother Running Late with KidsMothers of young children can all agree that the list of things to worry about never really gets any shorter. Children running through the house, piles of laundry and mounds diapers getting bigger by the second are just the start to lengthy worry lists.


There is no need to keep adding to an already long list. Having to catch rambunctious children to pull up their sagging pants, or buying new clothes every couple of weeks because they just grow too fast, is something that can be easily avoided with a little preparation.


Proper Fit


Too many parents make the mistake of putting their children in clothing that is too big or too small. Tummies sticking out of shirts and pants falling down around ankles are not the best choices. It can be difficult to take toddlers shopping on every single trip, so make sure the clothing fits properly before taking a tag off of a newly bought item. This way, if they do not fit, they can be easily returned. Another way to keep clothing secure is to tuck in shirts and keep bottoms in place with a good infant or toddler belt.


Growing Up Fast


Young children tend to grow like weeds, which can be difficult in the clothing department. Instead of parents buying a lot of clothing items for one age group, just buy a few things, because the kids will probably be growing out of them within a month. Once a child grows out of their clothing, selling items to a second hand shop can bring a little extra cash to the wallet, or they can be donated, but it is wise for parents to cycle out clothing rather than keep it lying in dresser drawers for months.


Woman shopping in children's clothing store.Be Prepared


It would be overly stressful for a mother to have to go shopping every two weeks because her child is growing so fast. An easy way to avoid this is to buy clothing in advance. Instead of going shopping every couple of weeks, go shopping every couple of months and buy clothes for the weeks to come. If a child is six months old, go ahead and shop for eight month clothing. This way, mothers can feel prepared with new outfits even if they do not have time to go shopping. This can be done with shoes or hook and loop toddler belts as well. Remember to leave on the tags just in case they do not work out.


Be Realistic


When shopping for clothing in advance, be realistic about what kind of clothing is going to be used and what seasons they will be worn in. Do not buy sundresses for a future age group if it is going to be in January. Also, keep in mind what makes sense for each child. Do not buy overly frilly outfits that serve no purpose other than looking cute, because more than likely they will be worn one time at the most. Buy smart and purchase clothing that fits best with an active child.


Having the right clothing for the kids and feeling prepared for the inevitable “growing out” periods grants moms with one or two things to check off their worry list and gives them a little extra time to breathe.