Fashionable Toddler?

After we went to a junior fashion show last weekend, my thoughts wandered to the issue of dressing Heidi, and making her look her best.

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At the fashion show

The initial thought was that it doesn’t matter and it didn’t matter whether Heidi was dressed as a girly-girl or a bit of a tomboy. This was particularly true for my first few months of weekend-parenting as pretty much what was clean, ironed and fit was fair game!

However, as I have developed as a parent, and developed my confidence, I have started to think about it a bit more and as Heidi is becoming her own person with her own thoughts, I have tried to match what she wants and particularly, what she doesn’t know she wants until it’s too late!

Every parent wants what is best for their child although I am a bit behind the game on this one as I am a) not interested in fashion and b) a dad! So what do I do?

And I don’t know the answer….

As with most of parenting, there is a lot of experimentation aka trial and error! Do I put her hair up, down, pig tails, pony tails or plaits?! Or will she actually let me comb it in the first place…?! I’m proud to say that I have attempted and somewhat succeeded in doing a plait…once, but it is so hit and miss! (Dad tip: wet the hair well and watch YouTube videos!)

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Not my greatest hair achievement!

And as for clothing, I am completely out of my depth! My approach was that anything in big-brand supermarkets would do as it was a safe choice and while you can’t go wrong, I am not sure if they are the most toddler friendly clothes out there.

I have started looking at more “unique” shops online in order to get something a bit different, to tip my toes in the water and gauge the reaction. I bought the ones below from Funky Rascals and they are bright, funky designs which are what I was looking for to see how both of us would react to them!

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From Funky Rascal

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Again from Funky Design

However, the overarching sentiment behind this somewhat rambling post is that I don’t have a clue what I am doing in this regard! Heidi is happy and looked after in terms of the clothes she wears now and that is obviously the main thing, although I dread to think the conversations that we will have in a few years time!

In some of my sillier moments, I do wonder if fancy dress is the way to go…

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Anna!

But as with most things in this parenting roller coaster, I seem to be making it up as I go along, and having a blast doing it!

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