Since having my son, Ellis, I have had a blast shopping and “styling” him. There are so many cute baby clothes and accessories out there these days. My favorites are the pieces that look mini adult clothing. A cardigan in the winter, a button up dress shirt onesie (you don’t have to worry about it coming un-tucked!), skinny jeans, you get the idea. I steer clear of the cartoon characters and cheesy sayings as much as possible (everyone knows mommy and daddy love him…no need to spell it out!).
Here are a few tips that I have picked up along the way….so far (almost 7 months):
-Accessories are adorable on babies! You have to start early or the child will not want to wear them. If they have worn headbands and/or hats since they were born then they do not know any different. But, if at 6 months you decide to try it most likely they will rip it right off. Since Ellis was born in late October I started him with little beanies. Of course the hospital has them and I just continued with the fun hats all through the winter. Now that it’s spring I have moved to the straw fedoras and baseball caps. Oh my…a baby in a hat is just so cute! Plus it helps shield their heads from the sun…which is especially helpful when they don’t have much hair like Ellis!
-Another favorite accessory are sunglasses. Beyond cute and they help protect the eyes which is really important when they are little. Again you have to start early!!! Ellis does pretty well with them. He occasionally decides they are more fun to chew on but for the most part he keeps them on.
-Legwarmers are a great way to keep babies legs warm while keeping it easy to change diapers. They come in all sorts of patterns and colors that are adorable for both girls and boys.
-Have fun with patterns and colors. Bust out of the typical baby colors and get bold! Most retailers have some great colors and patterns going on. Don’t be afraid to mix and match. Just like multiple patterns are popular in adult clothes, they are even more fun with baby clothes. And just because an outfit comes all nicely put together with matching pants, shorts, hat, and shoes doesn’t mean you have to wear them all at the same time…remember to mix and match just like you personally would. Not many adults would show up matching head to toe (well, except maybe Kim Kardashian) but you get what I mean!
-Layer when possible. It’s hard to be a fun graphic onesie with a sweater, cardigan, or vest over it. Super cute and easy.
When it comes to shopping for Ellis I hit up the sales. Pretty much everything I buy is on sale. If I see something at a great price I will pick it up for later when he is bigger. No need to pass up a $5 sweater that will be perfect for next year. My favorite places to buy clothes are Gap, Target, and H&M (would love to have one here in Tulsa!). Both run sales all the time and have just adorable outfits. I mean check out these little Gap babies….
images via GAP
Here are some favorite items available currently…
Smocked Top Chambray One-Piece, Gap; Hat, H&M; Denim Bubble Short, Target; Elephant Sunrise T, Tea Collection; Sunglasses, H&M; Chambray Romper, Target; Straw Fedora Hat, H&M; Ocean Jewel Wrap Romper, Tea Collection; Boys Romper Neon Yellow, Target
And because I can’t resist a chance to show off my adorable Ellis, here are a few pics of some of the fun little outfits we have put together.
If you have a little cutie you want to show off post a pic on our Facebook page or tag us on Instagram (@prairiehive). Happy shopping and baby styling!