Can you believe the word toddler is in the title of this post? As you’ve seen in my baby girl fashion posts (these rompers were so cute, and here are some of her fav outfits), I love, love baby girl fashion. There are so many options out there, it’s hard not to get carried away even when she’s growing into new sizes in the blink of an eye. Luckily most of these dresses range from 12 – 24 months, with some other sizes mixed in – hope all you on the hunt will find one you like!
Who here is bringing a young toddler to a holiday gathering? First thing’s first, consider the vibe of the event. If you want some nice Santa photos or are planning for church on Christmas, you might be looking for something more formal. But if you’re not really the formal or preppy type, you’ll want her to wear something more laidback. Ariah is constantly smiling – seriously, girl loves to laugh – which is why I put her in fun tulle skirt and bows so often. I like to show off her playful attitude! But let’s be real, this isn’t your everyday attire. Actually, if you’ll just be lying low and hanging with the fam this season (something we do as much as possible), it’s a good idea to have some cute, casual dresses ready to go. That first polka dot one is perfect for layering, right?
In all seriousness, time FLIES with little ones. Be sure to cherish the memories you’re making whether or not she’s dressed in glitter and sequins.
What do your little ones wear to holiday events? Share your suggestions below!
If there’s one thing dressing little ones has taught me it’s that they won’t be wearing the same outfit long. Sometimes they don’t even get to wear the same outfit twice before growing out of it. No joke! I was so thrilled to dress Ariah in all the adorable clothes I’d been collecting throughout my pregnancy, for example, but the actual window of time that she can wear each piece never fails to surprise me. It’s over in a flash.
The occasions that a baby girl could need a crowd-melting dress for are pretty endless – from kids’ parties to holidays to mom and dad’s events that she makes an appearance at, it’s so easy to end up shopping for a whole collection of dresses. But since babies and toddlers are always growing bigger and stronger, their wardrobe is bound to change too. I now know…It’s much better to be prepared.
The solution? Choosing dresses (though a few impulse purchases just for a photo opp are inevitable ;)) that can work for several occasions at once. Then you can have them on rotation from the time you buy to the time she grows out of it. The dress ideas above are a jumping off point for cute pieces for multiple occasions, so you can still be prepared for any occasion. Think of it kind of like your own wardrobe – you just need to strike a balance between casual and formal, stylish and practical, etc. Basically, it’s a lot easier (and cost effective) to buy three different types of dresses for a six month old than it is a whole new dress collection.
The accessories are what make each dress into countless cute looks. You can always cozy up a satin dress with a cardigan or add a headband on a cute sweater dress to make it just a bit more formal (see my ideas here).
What’s your favorite dress? In the end, no one is more concerned with the pattern on that dress as momma… As long as she’s comfy and smiling, so is everyone else, no matter the event!
When I found out I was having a girl, I experienced such a flood of emotions at once, but it didn’t take long until my mind wandered to baby’s fashion. I love dressing her in fun pieces that really show off her cute lil’ personality. Over 9 months of anticipation, let’s just say I was able to bookmark more than a handful of amazing brands. The ones in Ariah’s wardrobe so far were just too cute not to take pictures of. So, since I’ve already mentioned some must-haves for baby in this post, how about some photos straight from the nursery?
With headbands, you have to first find which are most comfortable for her, such as jersey knits or other cottons. Once you do that, the colors and patterns are endless, especially with shops like Because Pink Designs who are featured above. So cute. Lottie and Me and Free Babes are worth checking out as well.
I’ve been a fan of baby moccs ever since they first came onto the scene so it was no surprise when Ariah ended up with a few pairs. If you’re able to snag a high quality pair (Freshly Picked & Eggy are two brands pictured), they’ll be comfy, stylish and actually last awhile. Warning, you might be tempted to find a mom-sized pair for yourself!
I love a little mix ‘n match when done right so the first thing I did was pair these moccasins with a sweet color blocked knit onesie. With knit fabrics, I don’t have to worry about Ariah getting too chilly, but even so, a little soft blanket like these from Lou Lou & Co or aden + anais just completes the cozy look. If only we could get away with two-in-one outfits like these.
Recognize these bloomers from my People Magazine shoot? Nothing’s more adorable than pink star-printed bloomers! Simply slip them right over her diaper or onesie to complete the outfit. House of Mia and Sneaky Pea have a ton of affordable handmade diaper covers to choose from too if you love this look too.
I’ve got more pictures but I thought I’d start with these. Hope you enjoyed this peek into Ariah’s closet.