Your kids are fantastic, but sometimes they can be a challenge to dress. Whether it’s wrangling a cranky baby or dealing with a stubborn toddler, here are three simple tips for getting your kids into great outfits, so they stand out at their next birthday party or another fun event.
So far, your child isn’t fighting you on what to wear, so you get to chose the highest quality, most beautiful outfits you can find. Most importantly, make sure the clothes are comfortable. With snuggly costumes, your baby is less likely to squirm or cry. You don’t want any scratchy material irritating your little one.
There’s no shortage of adorable baby clothes; whether you’re shopping at a specialty baby girls’ clothes boutique or a mega online store, you have a myriad of options. Try a French terry cotton outfit for comfort in a soft pastel, and your baby will be the cutest and most content infant around.
Tip #1: Get comfortable.
Toddlers are known for their stubbornness—and that is good! You want your child to have an opinion and express it. Children should be aware from an early age that they are being heard.
However, when you’re trying to dress your toddler daughter in the morning, you might hope for a little less stubbornness and a bit more cooperation. So, why not bring her along to a great children’s boutique clothing store and let her pick out an outfit that she loves?
Do some research before you go to the store and look at the outfits that they sell. Do you like the quality, selection, and the prices? If you can, call ahead and ask the salesperson to put aside some specific outfits that you love and your daughter will, too. That way, your little girl won’t be overwhelmed by choices, and you know you’re dealing with outfits that will work for both of you. It’s a win-win.
Tip #2: Let your child participate.
There are plenty of trendy boy clothes if you know where to look. You don’t have to settle for a t-shirt with a picture of a truck on it if you don’t want to.
Again, bring your son along when you shop, so he can feel like he’s a participant. Find a particular colour that he likes and aim for coordinating pieces. If he likes blue, then pick out blue pants that and coordinate them with a matching blue (or blue accented) top and hoodie.
Whatever your toddler’s gender, discuss pockets and long-sleeve versus short-sleeve ahead of time. If you don’t want your son walking around with his hands in his pockets all the time (or stuffing his pockets full of rocks and dirt), then only show him pants without pockets. Alternatively, if your daughter doesn’t like the feeling of sleeves, then do your best to avoid long-sleeved tops.
Tip #3: Limit the Choices.
It’s distracting and confusing for a child to see all the possible combination of choices when it comes to clothes, so just present your son or daughter with what is already acceptable to you. Decide on the fabric and the quality level and basic design. From there, your child can have some input into how he or she dresses.
The world is a big place, and children need limits and boundaries. This philosophy applies to clothing, as well. In addition to the tips above, you can be satisfied that your child will look clean, tidy, comfortable, and fashionable at your next outing, whether it’s a birthday party, a trip to the playground, or a fun day at home.
Andrew Hoffman is a freelance writer and journalist from Los Angeles, CA, who has written on behalf of a range of clients including the Livestrong Network and Demand Media. In addition to writing about a variety of topics, he enjoys playing basketball and cooking in his spare time.