Back to School, Back to Reality

Welcome back to The Kids Style File with Lindsay! This week we are looking at how to dress our littles for “back to school” – whether it’s play- or preschool.

Children want to be comfortable, above all else. They also tend to be hot little beings by nature and remove their layers as the day goes on; and with the insanely hot weather we’ve been experiencing lately, it’s only fair that we do our best to dress our kids appropriately and comfortably as they return or start pre- or play school.

In order to assist you in not losing all your kids clothes in the first term of school, label everything. Iron on labels or label stamps work best (no kids like irritating labels scratching them all day). Knowing this when you shop for new school clothes, like most of us are doing at present, don’t buy designer and expensive items. They will inevitably lose and/or damage their clothes. Purchase affordable and comfortable clothes that they’ll be able to wear through winter and summer.

TKSF Back to school labels

Some No-No items

Dungarees
As adorable as little ones look in them, they’re not user-friendly. Fastening straps, getting straps over the correct shoulder – it’s hard work. Not to mention when they go to the bathroom and these straps dangle in the toilet water. Yuck.

TKSF Back to school dungarees

Belts
Expecting a 2 year old to manage a belt buckle is insane. We need to make things easier for them and belts don’t assist. For the narrow waisted kidlings, look for items with built in elasticated waistbands or draw string.

TKSF Back to school elastic waistband

New Jeans
There’s nothing more uncomfortable than being confined to stiff and hard new jeans. It limits movement, it’s scratchy and restricts their movement. Just don’t do it. If you prefer them to wear jeans, then aim for soft denim or let them wear an old pair instead.

Appropriate dress sense
Think practically and dress them appropriately. I’m referring to little girls wearing high heels, shorts skirts and bodycon dresses or little boys wearing stiff shirts. How do you expect them to run, play, climb trees, when running around in heels? On any given day your kids will be running, jumping, bending and rolling around, maybe wearing skirts and dress shirts aren’t the best choice. There’s a time and place for this, but it’s NOT at preschool.  Just saying.

And while I’m on this, appropriate dress is also aimed at the seasons, with the hotter days, dress kids in cool comfortable breathable fabrics.

TKSF Back to school cotton TKSF Back to school Rayon TKSF Back to school Linen

During the colder months, cover them up; put them in chunky jumpers, scarves, long sleeves and thermal clothing.

Shoes
From babies to adults, being barefoot is one of the greatest things for you. Aside from the feeling of freedom when your toes are unrestricted, there are many added advantages such as;

  • Being barefoot allows your feet to grow and develop the way they are meant to
  • Being barefoot encourages children to walk naturally, soles of shoes encourages us to walk harder, putting more pressure on the feet and knees
  • Its healthier, the inside of the shoes are always warm and damp, which is the perfect environment for fungus and bacteria to thrive.

However we can’t all run around barefoot all day, which is why it is important to get our kids shoes that have their best interest at heart.

Babies : Need soft sole shoes
Toddlers : Supportive shoes
Kids : Supportive structured shoes

Some No-No’s

Flip flops

They break easily and cause blisters. They offer no protection from falls and accidents and have no support.

Incorrect shoe size

Many people purchase shoes a size larger in order for kids to get more wear out of them. However, this poses a big risk – accidents happen, and running around with a shoe that doesn’t fit correctly could lead to falls and broken bones. Wearing shoes that are too small cause pain, are uncomfortable and affect the natural growth of little feet.

Invest in a good running shoe and a good supportive sandal for school.

A great suggestion is the Aqua Shoe / Socks
Traction

  • Aqua shoes are generally designed to provide traction for the user. This can be particularly important where surfaces may be slippery; kids = messy play.

Comfort

  • Quality aqua shoes usually have a stretchy upper portion that will support the foot without constricting it. If the aqua shoes are made from lightweight materials they will tend to dry quickly, allowing for more comfort if the shoes are worn for a long period of time.

Sturdy Soles

  • Aqua shoes are useful for walking on rocky beaches, streams or river beds. Aqua shoes are also helpful for protecting feet from the rough surfaces of pool bottoms. With extended exposure to these surfaces, bare feet can become raw, sore and irritated. Aqua shoes with sturdy soles will protect the bottoms of feet from soreness and injury.

Hygiene

Aqua shoes are readily available and easy to keep clean, hand wash or throw in the washing machine, and they’re fast drying.

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Aqua shoes / socks can be purchased from PEP Stores, Ackermans, Pick ‘n Pay and Woolworths stores

Some great clothing items to own for preschool

Cotton Shorts

TKSF Back to school shorts

Cotton material is breathable and transmits moisture away from the body and absorbs into clothing. Cotton protects you against the heat of summer and provides insulation during winter. It very rarely causes allergic reactions which is especially great with kids and lastly it is durable.

Leggings
A staple in every girl’s (young and old) cupboard

TKSF Back to school leggings
Far left: Panda leggings, Mr Price, R39.99; Yellow Twin Pack, Mr Price, R69.99; Mono Twin Pack, Mr Price, R69.99; Frozen leggings, Mr Price, R59.99

Cotton T-shirts

 

 

TKSF Back to school t-shirts
Top left: Frill vest, Woolworths, R39.99; Aloha tassle, Mr Price, R49.99; Rosetta Cotton T-shirt, Woolworths, R39.95; Graphic T-shirt, Woolworths, R89.95; Awesome T-shirt, Mr Price, R19.99; Stripe Lace, Mr Price, R39.99; Crochet Tank, Mr Price, R39.99

 

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Top left: Plain Cotton T-shirt, Mr Price, R15.99; Batman, Mr Price, R45.99; Avengers, Mr Price, R59.99; Out to Play, Woolworths, R59.95; Life is Better, Woolworths, R49.95

Dress your kids in something that can withstand a long day of messy activities and bathroom accidents.

If kids are not comfortable, they will not be able to focus during the school day. Let’s do our best to make their school day as comfortable as possible, while still managing our budgets and having them look adorable.

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*Lindsay is the owner of Kids Fashion brand Love Made Me

Lindsay Leigh Thomas

Lindsay Leigh Thomas

Lindsay is the owner of kids fashion label Love Made Me, which focuses on customisation and bespoke orders. She is a 29 year old mommy blogger, married to her high school sweetheart Carl and Mommy to 2 boisterous adorable boys, Daniyal and Joshuah. You can find her blogging at Love Made Me. Lindsay works full time as a Property Officer for a large Healthcare, but has had a long term love affair with kiddies fashion and accessories, so in August she took the leap and launched Love Made Me. It has been a huge success and is growing rapidly.

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