3 Rules for dressing young children

When I had my first two children 6 years apart, it’s fair to say I spent a lot of money on clothes for them. I splashed out regularly on a either a designer pair of jeans for my oldest son, or a dress & coat combo for my baby daughter, even though she probably had no real need for it! I loved it and it gave me a lot of pleasure to see them looking so stylish.

But as time wore on and especially since my twins came along, splashing the cash on clothes that would still get end up getting food stains on them or that they would grow out of in no time, wasn’t so appealing. Buying two of everything for my twins simply meant I had to buy much cheaper items!

And do THEY even notice? Of course not, but dressing young children can still feel like an uphill struggle at times,  so what are the three main ‘rules’ to adhere to when dressing young children?

Don’t give in to the latest trends

From Frozen to Lego to Big Hero 6 our children are ruled by what they see on the cinema screen and what their friends are wearing. Don’t give in to their cries of ‘Becky at school has one’, but if they really won’t let up (just remember how bad peer pressure was when you were young) do some research and find a cheaper alternative. Sites, such as LamaLoLi, offer discounted branded clothing featuring all your kid’s favourite characters. I’m not a fan of novelty clothing but I do give in because the children love it so much!

Don’t dress them up like little adults

I can’t stand this. I think kids should look like kids. Stylish yes, but mini adults – oh no! I recently saw some little girls boots that looked like a young woman would wear, snake skin with high heels… yuk!

There has been recent heavy debate over a campaign by Burberry, which had young female models depicting older supermodels Kate Moss and Cara Delivigne. With their contoured cheekbones and grown up outfits making them appear years older than they actually are, Burberry has received a backlash from the advertising campaign. You may think they look cute but for many it’s unsettling, kids already seem to be dressing and acting older than they should – as this Buzzfeed post attempts to convey – so let’s stick to more age appropriate clothing.

Let them choose

Gender-neutral clothing is a hot topic at the moment, with many parents refusing to dress their children in clothing that reflects their gender to avoid sexist viewpoints being inflicted on them. It doesn’t just apply to clothing though, many toy companies and shops are having to act more ‘gender neutral’ and suggest that their products can be worn or played with by both boys and girls, not one or the other.

I wouldn’t say I’m all for going gender neutral but letting your children choose what they want to wear, unless it’s just their underwear and wellies, is fine…. go with it. It’s important that they are allowed to discover what they like and who they really are on their own terms and as a parent it’s important that you are open to this path of self-discovery – plus, kids change their minds so often that what they want to wear for a week could quickly change the next.

Children apparently only become aware of their gender between the ages of 3 and 4 and do not realise it’s permanent until they are 6 or 7. The concept of blue and pink clothing for children to tell apart the sexes actually came about in the 1980s, when prenatal testing for the baby’s sex became available. That’s when parents wanted to buy gender depicting clothing and accessories for their child. Nurseries would be decked out in pink or blue themes and children would be dressed only in a style that reflected their gender.

This couldn’t be more different from earlier times. For example, boys in the 1800s would wear dresses and their hair shoulder length until the age of 6 or 7, which was also when they would receive their first hair cut. The concept of pink and blue for babies was once determined by eye colour, blue was best for blue-eyed babies and pink for brown eyes.

Don’t believe that by letting your little boy try on a dress or allowing your little girl to wear a football kit that they will grow up confused. My twins have often been forced into wearing dressed up in all sorts of girlie ensembles by their big sister – leotards, tutu’s, hair bands etc…. they are quite happy to oblige her – for a while!

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