Summer Wardrobe for Kids


I did a post this past fall about a warm winter wardrobe for kids, detailing the list of clothing that I acquire for my children each fall.  It got some great responses and I was asked to do a follow up with a summer wardrobe as well.

I try to keep pretty exactly one week's worth of clothing for each child in the house, year round.  I always inventory just before time for the seasons to change.  I've developed the following list to use as a guideline when making sure the kids have enough clothing every year, without having too much or spending a fortune.

  
Each child should have:
1 Lightweight Sweater or Jacket
7 Shorts or 3-4 Wool Shorties (if still diapered)
4-5 Short Sleeve T Shirts
4-5 Tank Tops (for girls) in light weight fabric or Button Up Cotton Shirts (for boys)
2-4 Sundresses and Coordinating Bloomers for girls
7-10 Pair Underpants
2 Pair Jeans for cool days
5-7 Pair Pajamas, several being cotton nightgowns for hotter nights
1 Pair Rain Boots, optional
1 Pair Sandals - You could have a nice pair for away from home times and a pair for at home play, but my children tend to be barefoot at home.
1 Bathing Suit - even if you don't foresee being at a pool, this is handy for the sprinkler, or an unexpected invitation to go swimming.

To keep the costs low, I tend to buy fairly gender neutral clothing, and save it for the smaller children. Walter tends to be 1 size behind Sofi, so he often ends up with her clothes from the year before. I make most of Sofi's sundresses and I try to make them sized so that they will last 2 years. They sometimes get extra life as longer shirts after she has outgrown them as dresses.

I try to pick a palette to work from that all of the clothing works with.  At this point, the kids have got favorite colors that they tend to build around anyway. I aim for basic pieces without a lot of logos or pictures. That way, most shirts will match most pants, and our odds of having crazy toddler outfits is pretty low.

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Our Mindful Life: Summer Wardrobe for Kids

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Our Mindful Life is about paying attention to what it is that we do on a day to day basis and how we impact each other and the planet. We will talk about all of the things that we do here at home to make ourselves and the world a better place.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Summer Wardrobe for Kids


I did a post this past fall about a warm winter wardrobe for kids, detailing the list of clothing that I acquire for my children each fall.  It got some great responses and I was asked to do a follow up with a summer wardrobe as well.

I try to keep pretty exactly one week's worth of clothing for each child in the house, year round.  I always inventory just before time for the seasons to change.  I've developed the following list to use as a guideline when making sure the kids have enough clothing every year, without having too much or spending a fortune.

  
Each child should have:
1 Lightweight Sweater or Jacket
7 Shorts or 3-4 Wool Shorties (if still diapered)
4-5 Short Sleeve T Shirts
4-5 Tank Tops (for girls) in light weight fabric or Button Up Cotton Shirts (for boys)
2-4 Sundresses and Coordinating Bloomers for girls
7-10 Pair Underpants
2 Pair Jeans for cool days
5-7 Pair Pajamas, several being cotton nightgowns for hotter nights
1 Pair Rain Boots, optional
1 Pair Sandals - You could have a nice pair for away from home times and a pair for at home play, but my children tend to be barefoot at home.
1 Bathing Suit - even if you don't foresee being at a pool, this is handy for the sprinkler, or an unexpected invitation to go swimming.

To keep the costs low, I tend to buy fairly gender neutral clothing, and save it for the smaller children. Walter tends to be 1 size behind Sofi, so he often ends up with her clothes from the year before. I make most of Sofi's sundresses and I try to make them sized so that they will last 2 years. They sometimes get extra life as longer shirts after she has outgrown them as dresses.

I try to pick a palette to work from that all of the clothing works with.  At this point, the kids have got favorite colors that they tend to build around anyway. I aim for basic pieces without a lot of logos or pictures. That way, most shirts will match most pants, and our odds of having crazy toddler outfits is pretty low.

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