I really love kids clothes. Well, I love what I like and as I’ve said so many times before I’m quite particular about what they wear. Comfy, practical, durable, simple and fun are my key criteria.
Having an older brother means that Felix already has a full wardrobe. However there have been a few additions which I just have to blog about. This post will be a bit photo-heavy but hey, he’s gorgeous!
These bonnet hats are all from Maxomorra. Another fabulous Scandi brand where the cotton is soft and the print is bold. They work so well with baby wearing and actually stay on his head thanks to the ties under his chin. I’m definitely on the look out for more bonnets. Practical and I think he looks beyond adorable!
The Knitted Cardigans
Thanks to my aunt, the children have all received numerous hand knitted cardigans. I think they work so well for babies because, firstly they are warm, but secondly they are so soft the baby can still move their arms and body freely. It’s a bugbear of mine that often children’s coats are so padded they can hardly move their arms! Well with my pretty substantial collection of knitted cardigans this isn’t an issue. The children are really comfy in them and they also work fantastically for baby wearing in a way that padded coats would not.
We just love leggings. So soft and let Felix be able to move freely. We have quite a collection, but featured here are Polarn O. Pyret, Joules and Bear & Babe. No buttons or poppers to worry about and once again they work so well with baby wearing.
Did I say already, I love baby clothes!!
As I’ve said previously on the blog, I am quite particular when it comes to the children’s clothes. I like bright, colourful and practical clothes. Much to Violet’s dismay I’m not into frills and embellishments. And I really don’t like slogans! I like soft fabric which is comfy and durable. The Scandi style is my favourite. Effortlessly cool and beautiful.
So to have a school friend who recently launched her own children’s clothing label which fits all of my key criteria is just the bee’s knees!
Mary is the brains, blood, sweat and tears behind Bear & Babe. She’s mum to a 3 year old boy (Bear) and 1 year old girl (Babe) and lives in Sheffield. She started off making clothes for her daughter and then decided to set up her own business. The brand is quickly gathering momentum, orders are coming in thick and fast. I wonder how Mary finds the time between looking after her family and her job as a nanny!
At the Bear & Babe shop you’ll find leggings, harem pants, rompers, bibs and hoodies. Mary is always coming up with new designs so this isn’t an exhaustive list.
The cotton jersey is super soft, the seams are strong and the elastic is not too tight. Violet can be hard to please when it comes to clothes. She has sensory issues with sleeves, seams and elastic. So for her to put on her leggings and just run off and play is a testament to how comfortable they are!
They wash beautifully and the seams have all stayed intact. The colours have remained bright despite the wear of young children and regular washing. I absolutely love seeing my children in bright, fun clothing which is so comfortable.
So go and have a browse on etsy. You can’t go wrong with handmade leggings for £10 or a hoodie for £15! By supporting a small business you are helping make dreams a reality!
Check out Bear & Babe on
We were sent these clothes in return of an honest review.
As I’ve said previously, I am quite particular about what the children wear. Not from a point of view that I want them to look fashionable… I’m not particularly on-trend myself! First and foremost I want them to be comfortable. I see so many kids clothes which have bits sticking out, are hard and unforgiving or the material is just impractical for children. I have noticed that shops will generally dedicate about 65% of their space to girl’s clothes. Boyswear often seems a little neglected, same-y and a lot of slogans which quite frankly aren’t my thing.
Having had a daughter first I found shopping for her easy, loads of comfy outfits and cute dresses and leggings a-plenty. I love leggings; so easy to pull on/off and deal with when changing nappies, very accommodating for cloth nappies, lovely and comfortable when learning to crawl and walk, easy for kids to learn to pull their own trousers down when potty training…the list goes on.
Now that I have Ezra I have 1 big question…. WHERE ARE ALL THE BOY LEGGINGS?? The boys section generally has 2 types of trousers, jeans or jogging bottoms. What about the leggings?? I’m not a big fan of jeans on kids, especially babies. I just haven’t been able to find a pair which are soft enough and allow him to move freely. Jogging bottoms are really useful and we have several pairs but they don’t really look that good. I like fun, bright, comfortable clothes and overall there isn’t much variety in jeans and jogging bottoms. So I am on a mission to find boys leggings.
Last week I bought these from John Lewis. They are by Donna Wilson and sooooooooo soft. However they were both in the girls section. I think the foxes are unisex so bought some for Ezra. He looks so cute and comfy in them so I know they will get a lot of wear. Violet has loved hers too and I did have a smile on my face sending them into nursery matching.
Please – if you know of any good brands which stock unisex/boys leggings at a reasonable price, pop a comment below and I’ll be eternally grateful!
Today Ezra has been wearing one of Violet’s hand-me-downs. It’s a beautiful Sture & Lisa gro with retro brown, orange and red hearts.
Not only is it utterly beautiful, but even better it’s made of fair trade and GOT certified cotton from India. The Sture & Lisa website says;
“All our clothes are made of fair trade and GOTS certified cotton from India. Fairtrade means paying the workers a fair price, but also help people in the world´s most marginalised communities escape povery and promote sustainability. Our suppliers main objective are to provide paid employment to the disabled and rehabilitate them in the society. The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) is recognised as the leading processing standard for organic textile worldwide. All our clothes are hand printed with watedbased screen print. We avoid using all kind of damaging chemicals in our production”.
You don’t often see brown in kids clothes but somehow Scandi style makes it work. I love this outfit and Ezra will be getting as much wear as possible until it’s too small.