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I often say that there is never a dull moment in our house. And you probably say the same about your own family life. Someone will be going through a great stage or becoming more independent while the sweetest member of the family might be teething or going through a stage of independence or you can’t get to the shops with your little runner who doesn’t want to sit in the pram. You name the stage – well for the under 9’s – and I’ve been there. Pooplosions, teething, toilet training, tantrums right through to door slamming, tears over nothing and cutting their own hair with scissors and acting like they hadn’t.
And the great news is that things are always changing and just when you think you can’t handle another day of crying – oh look the tooth has broken through and you get your happy baby back. And the other great thing is that you learn to laugh at things. That’s my strategy when things get too much, just look for the positive things in life. Like when I put the baby down on a quilt and he just kept rolling and taking the quilt with him. Like all the time. Within a day or two he’s worked out how to roll from one side of the room to the other and taking everything in his path. My toilet breaks are fast so I can duck back to see where he has ended up.
Just smile, laugh and worry about the bigger things that you have to worry about.
It’s the BIG W Baby Sale which is usually my favourite time to stock up on baby and toddler clothes as the weather is getting cooler and we always need new jammies, new winter tops and jackets, someone usually needs some jeans and winter shoes too. And this was the weather on the day I decided we’d take some photos. Definitely getting cooler.
my tips for dressing babies
For the littlest member of our family it’s jumpsuits and leggings all the way. Bonds wondersuits, stretchy tees and leggings are wonderful and you can never have too many jumpsuits. I always buy the next size up when I’m shopping and keep them on hand because babies grow so quickly. Tops with hoods are great to keep little heads warm without needing to remember hats.
When buying baby clothes, look for comfort, stretchy waistbands, press studs on necklines for ease of getting over little baby heads and as sweet as innocent as all white is once you’ve started solids and rusk sticks you’ll want the darker colours. Trust me on that one. Also buy lots of baby socks because you’ll lose them everywhere and you can never have too many bibs either. $10 for the Dymples hoodie – super warm and snuggly and stylish at the same time and $22 for the BONDS jeans.
I love BIG W for singlets, jumpsuits, getting new baby bottles, teething rings, nappies and more. And you’ll also find the bigger items like cots, prams and carseats too. Now the Lamaze toys are just the best with bright colours, crinkly bits and little mirrors and sounds. I picked up two for $12 each on sale (usually $20 each ) and they are so popular in our house. Grass is also popular as you can see.
The inch worm is hilarious as it squeaks and plays some music and it was like my little guy was wrestling a crocodile! Too much fun.
my tips for dressing toddlers
Ahhh toddlers. This is when the fun really begins. It’s their way or the highway. Independence, learning to say no, getting the huffies and then being sweet as pie the next minute. My top tip for winter dressing is layer upon layer upon layer. A long sleeved t-shirt with a short sleeved t-shirt over the top and some jeans and then a vest or jacket can be taken with you. It’s great for when you leave the house and it’s chilly and for mornings at preschool, playgroup, the park or a weekend outing. When you get too warm you can strip a layer off. Toddlers are often discovering how to remove their clothes and are known to strip down to a nappy and run around the house. We have one or two of those. $10 for this cute Dymples fleece jumper.
These cargo pants are sure to be a favourite of mine as they are lined in a warm fabric and since we leave the house early in the morning they will keep my little guy warm while looking smart too.
my tips for dressing preschoolers
Dresses with leggings are a great option for girly girls and anything Frozen is a winner in our house. We are out of nappies so dresses and skirts have been wonderful through toilet training and make it super easy to make it to the toilet in time without needing someone to unbutton jeans or trousers.Always try to remember this on preschool /childcare days. This Frozen dress comes in at $29 and hasn’t been out of a little one’s sight since it arrived at our house. Don’t miss out on this one. It’s already been through the wash a few times.
If you’re not a fan of licensed clothes then keep it for the pjs, undies, t-shirts, bags and lunchboxes. I almost lose my little guy in the bag area at preschool because of the toy story, cars and spiderman bags or lunch boxes that he spies
5 looks I’m loving in the BIG W Baby Sale
1. ANYTHING FROZEN
So now we’ve got 2 sets of frozen jammies and 1 frozen dress which means one little 4 year old is sorted for winter. These flannelette pjs will make the sweetest gift for a little Frozen fan and keep them warm too. $22 for the set.
2. ANYTHING BONDS
You can’t beat the classics like stripey tops and denim. $15 for the top and $20 for the jeans (the jeans are called skinnies but super cute on my chubby).
$16 for the printed tee and $13 for the leggings.
3. CUTE CHARACTER BODYSUITS FOR BABIES
Just $12 for these fun bodysuits in your favourite character. I can’t tell you how excited our 2 year old was to find the buzz lightyear one and how determined he was to put it on (even though it was a size 00)
4. ANYTHING PINK
I remember when I had my first baby girl and started meeting people who were deliberately not dressing their girls in pink and I was like WHAT??? WHY???? I can’t help it. I love pink. I have branched off into navy and other colours but I’ll always love pink. I couldn’t resist these pink foil polka dot leggings with a co-ordinating top. This will be a great outfit for preschool and playgroup days and is girly, fun, comfy and warm. $16 for the sweat top and $9 for the leggings, both from the Emerson range at BIG W and I think this might be my favourite outfit for preschool this year.
5. BOW TIES AND BRACES
Smart outfits for little and big boys and great if you have a special event coming up this year or for church and birthday parties. We have 2 weddings to take our little guy to this year and I just know he’s going to the look the cutest in this set. Peter Morrissey for BIG W, $18 for the chambray shirt and bow tie set and $22 for the pants and braces bringing the outfit in at $40 and for a special occasion I think that’s a pretty good deal.
ND NOW FOR A FUN GIVEAWAY
Because I love shopping and dressing my little ones, I thought it would be fun if I picked out a few outfits for your little one! All you need to do is pick one of your kids – or two (perhaps your best behaved or your hardest to dress or maybe the one who gets all the hand me downs!). Tell me their sizes and what they like (or you like them) to wear! Check out the BIG W Baby sale catalogue here to drop me some hints and I’ll create 5 prize packs for $50 each which will be mailed out to you. I know I’m going to have fun with this one! If you trust me!!!!!! entries close 17th February 2015, one entry per person, full terms of my giveaways can be found here
And thanks to BIG W for sending out the lovely clothes…..and also thanks to the makers of the lollypops and smarties which were the only way I was going to grab some photos and co-operation