Your child is unique, and his wardrobe should reflect that. Personalize baby and toddler clothes for one-of-a-kind outfits. Customized clothing is perfect for photos, holidays, play dates and gift-giving. Here are some suggestions for customizing a child’s wardrobe:
One of the first words toddlers recognize is their name; seeing it on clothing is fun for them. There’s also no easier way to help people distinguish between identical twins than with personalized baby clothes or take-me-home sets. If you want some variety, or are fearful of strangers reading your child’s full name, monogramming is another option. Choose your child’s first initial or arrange all three in a cute design. Alternatively, pick a special nickname and use that instead.
Embroidery is an easy, cute way to personalize children’s clothing. It holds up well and is perfect for dressier pieces like polo-style shirts and holiday dresses. If you don’t sew, take your items to an embroidery shop or invest in a sewing machine that will do the work for you.
Patches and iron-ons are effortless ways to add personality to your tot’s togs. Sew an initial patch on some jeans, or iron a name onto a bodysuit. Personalization doesn’t have to mean lettering. If you call your daughter ‘Love Bug,’ add ladybug patches to her clothing. For something extra special, make your own iron-ons with computer transfer paper.
There’s no more personal way to customize clothing than with your own two hands. Use fabric paint and fabric markers to transform almost any piece into a one-of-a-kind showstopper. Draw a picture, or create a design using rubber stamps or stencils. With supervision and help, toddlers can create their own special clothing by drawing pictures on clothes themselves.
Today’s photo printing technology allows us to print photographs on almost anything, including onesies and t-shirts. Turn a favorite photo of your little one or her relatives, pets and friends into a keepsake with ease.
Perhaps you’re worried about handing down clothes. You don’t want to personalize wardrobe mainstays because your future babies won’t be able to wear them. You can still add names, initials and adorable graphics to hats, socks and booties. Bibs and diaper covers lend themselves really well to personalization and can be worn with almost any outfit.
Create sentimental baby clothes by passing fabric markers around a baby shower and asking guests to design a bodysuit. You can also have your baby’s first visitors sign a special receiving blanket. At a toddler birthday party, have little guests “sign” a t-shirt for the birthday.
Personalize clothes with the whole family in mind. What grandmother wouldn’t love to see her darling grandchild in a sweet ‘Grandma Lulu loves me’ t-shirt? For larger families, add numbers to your child’s clothing: ‘Baby #3.’ Siblings will love showing off matched sets of ‘Big Brother’ or ’Little Brother’ tops.
Whether you want to showcase the differences between twins or ensure that your child stands apart from his peers, personalizing baby and toddler clothes is a fun, easy way to make sure your child looks special.
Janice Kanelos is a stay-at-home mother of 4 children, her youngest being less than a year old and her oldest approaching middle school a little too quickly. In her spare time, she maintains a blog 3 Kids and a Baby where she writes about keeping your kids stylish without breaking the bank.
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