Life Simplifiers: Kids Clothes

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photo by Carissa Graham from a grandparent shoot earlier this year

I was talking with my friend recently about kids clothes and she was telling me that she almost gets more enjoyment from dressing her kids (two boys) than dressing herself.

I literally could not feel more opposite than her. And I must admit, I thought I would care more about what my kids wore before I became a mom, but as it turns out I’m pretty apathetic about what they wear.

I *do* care that their hair is done and that they don’t have food on their faces or hands, but as far as their outfits go I let them choose almost every morning.

When buying new clothes for the boys, I try to stay within a dedicated colorway for each kid. It’s not something I consciously decided, but I found myself getting more navy, blue, green, or white for Luke, and more black, grey, orange and red for David.

This makes it easy for them to pick out whichever shirt or shorts they want to wear and still look coordinated. It sets them up for success, empowers them to feel responsible for their clothes, and saves me from having to ask them to change clothes.

As far as Emily goes, she still wears whatever we chose for her and has only expressed dissatisfaction with some dresses. She’s a busy little girl so putting her in dresses, especially ones that hit mid-calf on her, is a recipe for disaster. She’ll trip on it and seem annoyed that it’s getting in her way, so I generally put her in stretchy shorts and a simple or tunic-length top. We love the Cat & Jack bike shorts to go under some of her longer tops.

Some of my favorite places to shop for kids clothes are Target, Old Navy, H&M (online since in-store can be a little challenging), and Carters. We also absolutely love Hanna Andersson pajamas too!

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Comments (14)

  1. Posted August 14, 2019

    Awww, so cute! I think you have a great system going on! ❤️✨

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  2. Sherry says
    Posted August 14, 2019

    What size does Dave wear in Cat and Jack? My 5.5 year old is too big for the baby side but the 4/5 size in the big kids side just seems so “old” for him.

    • Kate says
      Posted August 14, 2019

      David doesn’t wear much of that brand but Luke does!

  3. Meredith says
    Posted August 14, 2019

    Such a sweet photo! Have you tried the discount HA pjs on Amazon? They are called Moon and Back.

    • Erin says
      Posted August 14, 2019

      I love Moon and Back! My son is 4 mths old and I’ve purchased their onesies in 3 sizes and their pjs. Quality is great and I love the designs.

    • Kate says
      Posted August 14, 2019

      I haven’t but that is great to know!

  4. Janna says
    Posted August 14, 2019

    I think this is really helpful for gifting as well. I told grandma for my youngest baby I was sticking with black, white, pinks and grays. Made her shopping easier and fit cohesively into what I already owned for her. So helpful. My oldest dresses in all colors like a rainbow 24/7- just as she prefers!

  5. Angie says
    Posted August 17, 2019

    I love the suggestion of buying certain colors for each kid! Thanks for the good ideas!

  6. Jodie says
    Posted August 17, 2019

    Do you do hand-me-downs from David to Luke? Or are they too close in age for hand-me-downs?

    • Cait says
      Posted August 24, 2020

      I had the same question!

  7. Rachel says
    Posted August 28, 2020

    You’re such a selfish person. It shows in EVERYTHING you say and do. I feel so sorry for your children. Normally I would just ignore your snotty attitude towards your children but I’m compelled to say something in hopes you actually read this and take it to heart. For your children’s sake.

    • Kate says
      Posted August 28, 2020

      Channel your feelings into something productive…For some reason, you have invented a narrative that seems to be causing you frustration and anger. Move on, find something useful to do with your time. I assure you that you will enjoy your life more. Also, you may be able to then stop embarrassing yourself on a public forum, which would also be a positive step in your life. I don’t take hateful advice from strangers who don’t know me, so your comment will impact me in no way.

      • Liza says
        Posted August 28, 2020

        Wow! What a horrible response.

  8. Caroline says
    Posted August 28, 2020

    Strange. Who doesn’t enjoy buying cute clothes for their children? I feel like you style/ shop for yourself often enough and figured that would translate into enjoying clothing for them as well.