Since I like to keep my son’s wardrobe to a minimum size, we tend to do seasonal capsule wardrobes. Of course for now this is mainly due to the fact that he outgrows his clothes within one season. I tend to split the year into two and order spring/summer and then autumn/winter clothes.
My current preferences for toddler clothes;
- Simple in construction and easy to take on and off.
- Comfortable to wear.
- Good quality (washes well and doesn’t pill or seams split).
- Natural fibres, organic if possible.
- Ethically made.
- Scandinavian design.
- Gender neutral colors and design.
- Regarding footwear, barefoot compatible shoes.
Most of my preferences come from a Montessori or environmental perspective. For example, special care should be given to choosing clothes for a toddler in order to maximize independence and learning. There is nothing better than seeing my toddler grinning with joy when he is able to successfully take off, and put back on, his own underwear after a trip to the toilet. Regarding environmental considerations, organic cotton is my preference due to the reasons listed in this Organic Trade Associate (OTA) post HERE. Natural fibers are preferred over synthetic due to the recent studies showing microfibers found to be ingested by deep sea organisms in the ocean. You can read more about that HERE.
Of course, my preferences are just that, preferences. It isn’t always possible every season to buy articles of clothing that adhere to all of the above.
Okay so let’s take a look at what my son will be wearing over autumn and winter.
- 3 Long sleeved t-shirts. Two from Smafolk and one is from Duns Sweden.
- 3 pairs of trousers all from Uniqlo. These are elasticated-waist, legging type trousers. I chose these since my son is 30 months old and is now pretty much potty trained but still struggles a little with getting undressed. These are to make it easier for him to remove independently.
- 1 cardigan and 2 sweaters. One of the cardigans is from Uniqlo and the other two are from Joha (ecolabel merino wool).
- 2 sets of pyajamas from Uniqlo.
- 4-8 pairs of underpants. Organic cotton. A combination of Muji, Hanna Andersson organic cotton trainers and two pairs from Maxomorra.
- 4 vests. Organic cotton. From Muji.
- 4 pairs of socks. 2 pairs are fine merino wool and 2 pairs are organic cotton. All from Grödo.
- 1 coat from Disana. 100% boiled merino wool. We had the same brand coat last year and it was brilliant quality. I’d really recommend them. The buttons are large and I feel it will help him practice fastening them himself.
- 1 hat from Pickapooh. Merino wool fleece with a brushed organic cotton jersey lining.
- 1 scarf from Disana. Bought last year. 100% merino wool.
- 1 pair of mittens from Disana. 100% merino wool.
- 1 pair of barefoot friendly shoes from Bobux
- 1 pair of barefoot friendly wellingtons from Melton.
In the next post I’d like to show you how we store and organize our clothes in order to make them accessible to our son.