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Where do you buy your toddler clothes?Shopping for toddler clothes is much more fun than looking for comfy mum shaping jeans in Marks and Spencer. It is very easy to fall in love with the prints, patterns, colours and styles in the kids wear section. Choosing items for a toddler has its challenges. When Norah was a baby, we chose practical gender-neutral items, or Disney themed but now she has her own personality and loves to get herself dressed in the morning! As a family we do a lot of shopping second hand and find lots of cute options for kiddos. Babies tend to outgrow clothes; with toddlers they tend to wear them out! Just like their parents. When I buy from the High-street stores or online, like most mother’s I want to know I am buying quality and getting the most for my money.
Are you looking for ideas where to shop for Toddler Clothing but not break the bank? Or perhaps a statement piece for a wedding or special occasion?
These are our top tips on building a wardrobe for your one- to three-year-old.
#Choose a size up from your child’s actual age, especially in Joules.
While your toddler’s growth rate is a bit slower than as a baby, you will still be lucky to get more than six months of wear from clothing you buy. When sales shopping, get clothes for the coming months. It’s important to get the right size clothes for your little one so she’s comfortable.
#Consider the material – will the clothing hold up?
Toddler clothes need to withstand a lot of wear, many many puddles and a lot of washing. Their skin is sensitive so soft, stretchy fabric is a good choice. Cotton is our everyday favourite. Think strong seams, look for breathability, no itchy labels. I prefer small patches of fabric decoration or pattern rather than tassels, sequins etc that can be uncomfortable. Remember, you should wash them before first wear.
Make toddler dressing as me-do-able as possible. They need to be able to get clothes on and off easily. Think bottoms with elastic waists, wide neck hole jumpers, and poppers. Little people get frustrated easily!
So, to help you out why not check out our showcase some of our top clothing picks in children’s fashion—from well-known brands, to boutique retailers and emerging labels. Get a peek at some of this season’s latest arrivals to some of are all year round favourites.
Founded in 2013, specialising in Spanish kids clothing and with two stores in London – Hampstead and Notting Hill, the luxury clothing brand sells a beautiful range of clothing. The timeless designs have a vintage feel with hand stitched frills, Peter Pan collars, and delicate florals. The company only use natural materials such as wool, linen and cotton, and craft buttons from iridescent mother of pearl from seashells. Created by Celia Munoz, a mum of five, she seeks to keep traditional Spanish design and craftsmanship alive. This brand is truly special. What I loved was that the La Coqueta selling page has a complete the look section where they suggest accessories, shoes etc to offer a complete outfit.
The Manzanilla Dress has a yellow ditsy print perfect for the coming summer. Both the dress and lining are 100% cotton. The bodice has intricate embroidery across the waistband, which, with the cuffs and a tie back gives a classic look. It is hand wash only. The dress fit true to size in length and sleeve. Norah turned two in February but wears age 2-3. I ordered an age 3 dress and the fit was almost tight so when ordering again I would buy larger. She ran around and played comfortably. Whilst the design felt delicate the fabric was robust and barely creased with rolling and climbing! At £88 this is a gorgeous dress perfect for occasion wear and the finish is exceptional. If you are thinking the price tag is on the higher side for toddler clothes, then remember this is an artisan design and is not far off Monsoon’s pricing. Available in ages 2-10 wear with Silver Mary Jane’s, White Openwork Socks and Lemon accessories for a true summer look.
#Lindex toddler clothes.
One of Europe’s leading fashion companies, with 460 stores and sales online – the children’s clothes are affordable with simple but bold patterns and colours. Lindex Swedish heritage translates into the products quality and design. For more than 60 years, they have created fashion, but Lindex is also a company with a strong ethos, to empower women and make a difference for future generations. By 2025, the aim is that 100 per cent of materials will be recycled or sustainably sourced. This promise is evident on the cardboard Organic certification labels attached not with plastic tags, but thick woven fabric string. It gives me a good feeling.
This cute fruit sweatshirt and trouser set retails for £19.99 and is a perfect play outfit. The organic cotton is super soft and brushed on the inside for that extra cosy feel. Offering a gender-neutral style the sizing is perfect with lots of room for movement. The trousers are elasticated with a drawstring and foot cuffs, so they fit to ankles. No toddler needs a trip hazard. After 3 washes the there is no sign of fade or of the print peeling. The company recommend air drying to help clothing last longer. Norah wears this to most of her baby groups as it is stylish but also comfortable.
My daughter gets through about 3 long sleeved soft jersey tops a day. They are a staple of any toddler’s wardrobe, fitting over t-shirts, under dungarees etc! The yellow and black leopards suits multicolour leggings, looks great with denim trousers, jackets or skirts. It is again an organic GOTS certified garment but is no fuss and machine washable at 60°. The price is so reasonable, and the round neckline is designed well so my daughter can pull it over her head when (attempting) to dress herself. Selling here for £9.99.
This soft, sleeveless jumpsuit in a sunny yellow hue is the perfect choice for toddlers. The 100% cotton material is very thin but durable. It will be the perfect outfit on its own in summer but also wearable in March with tights and a long top. The smaller sizes come with push buttons at the inside of both legs for easier nappy changes. There are poppers at the front to make it easier to undress and there are side pockets for tissues, pebbles and to hide cake. Again, the elasticated leg endings mean no trips. Snap it up for £14.99. I found with the collection items all tie in well with each other and there is a sale on where you can get leggings for as little as £3.99. Norah is tall for her age and this fit perfectly so no worries about sizing’s.
#Kuling at alexandalexa.
Now I will hands down admit this is a brand I never heard of but have told all my baby group mums about. All through autumn and winter I have been searching for decent snowsuits and puddle jumpers. They can be expensive on the High-street but often do not meet their purpose! Functionality should always be in the foreground with children’s outdoor and waterproof clothing. From classic and traditional clothing to playful and cutting-edge designs, Alex and Alexa carries an exciting and diverse range of international fashion and sportswear brands, alongside homewares and toys. Kuling designs long-lasting apparel in classic Scandinavian style created for active and adventurous kids in all ages, durable in all weathers. In the range you will find all in ones, overalls, toasty skiing jackets, UV-clothes and more! I was spoilt for choice.
There are a range of styles of hard-working outerwear and I want them all. The £44 Milano shell coverall offers the perfect ‘middle ground’ suit. Crafted from a waterproof (10,000 mm) and windproof fabric that’s also breathable; it includes a double zip front fastening for easy wear, a detachable hood, cuffed sleeves and ankles to keep out the mud and water, and removable foot loops. All of the products featured have the silicone stirrups which make sure legs don’t ride up. I have never seen this before and was blown away by all the considerate design features.The floral design is pretty with delicate pastel colours. The coverall wears well and is lightweight even though well padded. I love that I was confident enough in the standard to never worry that Norah was cold or uncomfortable.
For the cold days fall in love with the bright Ottawa two part set with lining. For £59 you get a lot for your money. The lightweight waterproof jacket has fashionable yellow stripes, elastic wrists and a soft inner fleece. The zipper closure with chin guard means your toddler retains all their warmth. It would be an ideal toddler coat on its own. The separate jumpsuit has a fleece bodice with long zip, velcro straps for ease of removal and size adjustment. It is very helpful when peeling your child out after jumping through a lot of puddles! For durability and safety design features include welded seams and reflective detailing for winter walks. Again, sizes are European, but the guide is simple to understand. I played safe and bought the bigger size and really didn’t need to as the fit is so generous! Having washed the three sets at least 10 times the quality is still perfect, you just need to air dry and not tumble and with the thick fleece liners turn them inside out for faster drying.
My favourite pattern of all the outfits is the Cambridge rain set without lining. This two-piece waterproof (5,000 mm) is really lightweight and thin with a hardwearing and fluorine free water and dirt repellent Bionic Finish® ECO coating. I was worried about it getting ruined but there is no sign of knee wear or tears after weeks of crawling and tree climbing. So many people stopped and complimented the little green apple design and asked where the outfit was from. Perfect for walks on drizzly days. This is also what Norah wears daily to protect her clothing whilst playing in the garden. I have even sneakily used it when painting to protect her clothes! I found the adjustable straps of the dungaree style trousers useful and the fleece lined hood offers warmth if the temperature drops. It can be bought here for £37. There is a huge mid season sale so go grab a bargain! Ps if you have older children this set fits up to the age of 10, the only problem you will have is picking from the huge array of designs.
#Frugi toddler clothes.
Frugi have a gorgeous line of clothes for babies, to kids up to the age of ten that are super soft and chemical free, making them ideal for children’s sensitive skin. They are a fair-trade brand popular with parents that fall in love with the fun designs and bold colours. Frugi clothing was branded in 2008 – made with organically grown cotton that’s eczema friendly, kind to the environment and kind to the cotton farmers. As soon as you receive your clothes, arriving in a rainbow box, beautifully wrapped in bright tissue with coordinating postcard and stickers – that you made the perfect choice in Frugi.
Premiering just last week, the BRAND new Frugi collection has arrived with the sunshine. The adorable seaside inspired Demelza dress has printed sea and sky scenes running around the border, with playful brightly coloured boats. The skirt is lightweight and made from Organic Cotton Cambric with an Organic Cotton Voile lining. It falls between knee and ankle, so Norah has complete freedom to dance and spin. The top is bright yellow striped ready for a nautical adventure with a little embroidered seabird logo. I was so impressed with the design and the effort put into detailing – the neckline binding is sewn in contrasting colours. With cap-sleeves the waist is gathered and popper fastenings at the back help with easy dressing. Check out the other sweet designs from 0-3 months to age 3-4, available here for £30.
We partnered the dress with adorable and soft perfect pair Frugi socks, a steal for £5. A little blue whale and multistripe colours mean these are the most decorative socks I have seen. The elasticated cuffs keep them up and flat seam means no rubbing on tiny toes. I cant get over how bright they are.Norah also wears the Carrie knitted cardigan, in sunflower yellow with star pointelle design and bright rainbow buttons. The perfect thickness to wear alone or layered this is the perfect -all-rounder’ cardigan. Maintaining Frugi’s quality standard it is made from Organic cotton yarn, currently selling with 20% off and is available up to age 10! I wonder if I can fit in one. Shop the look and colour match outfits. Boy or girl, both will love Frugi’s fun style. Like what you see- they have just launched 20% off on 101 select styles!
What are your favourite toddler and children’s clothing brands?
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