Here’s the thing, I was never that girl who grew up dreaming of having children, I just didn’t see myself ever being a Mother. If I’m honest I saw myself as the cool Auntie with fashionable clothes, amazing holidays… that fresh faced, free spirit type. You can imagine my delight when my older sister had a baby girl. I absolutely loved being that Auntie, I absolutely loved having a baby girl in the family.
Seven years later it was my turn to experience motherhood. At eighteen weeks pregnant we had a gender scan and just like that, our baby boy was on his way. There I was in the ultrasound room, crying my eyes out (Darren was curling his toes with the awkwardness of it all). Immediately after those words ‘it’s a boy,’ I screeched a big awful, “NO, it cant be!” I just couldn’t believe it, a boy, there was no boys in our family, only girls. Pink, glittery, frilly dresses with pretty bows, I’d only ever known girly girls.
Let me explain. I screeched NO for one reason, all I could think of at that moment, he’ll grow up, fall in love, get married and move away, he’s going to leave me! I know I’m so irrational at times, but again, its all girls in my family and I just couldn’t imagine life with a baby boy.
I cried for a day and then quickly got over it and got really excited, our baby boy was new to everyone, not just me. Around 6 months pregnant I started picking up little baby things here and there, I didn’t buy too early but I couldn’t help myself whenever out and about. Oh those tiny little mitts and the smaller the baby grow the cuter (which really wasn’t wise at all as Alfie was a pretty big baby). I was bursting with excitement, I just couldn’t wait for my baby boy to arrive.
When Alfie was born he was just so precious, all I wanted was to wrap him in the softest, most comfortable clothing. He quickly started getting bigger (and messier) and dressing him became a little different, no more white organic baby grows. Before Alfie I pictured all boys clothing to be bright green frogs with illuminous flashes of rainbow colours, or red tractors with blue wheels. I wasn’t too sure how I felt about baby boy clothes and shopping seemed so unfair, for every boys outfit there seemed to be treble the amount for girls . However I done as I would with my own fashion, I found what worked well, what was comfortable and we went with that.
I get asked a lot where I buy Alfie’s clothes which I find rather difficult to answer. I love to shop from a huge variety of brands and small shops. I’m a great supporter of small shops and handmade items. I love Spanish baby wear, all things knitted and traditional British wear. When dressing Alfie I always think what is practical and what is our plans for the day ahead. If we’re having one of those stay at home snuggly days, he’s definitely changing into some soft leggings and knitted cardi. That being said I love to change it up, we don’t have a specific colour palette, just because he is a baby boy does not restrict us to baby blue. We change as the seasons change. I love keeping things simple, adding layers works well for my little one. I like to think of his style as classic with a modern twist, I love traditional but it has to be durable and practical, he’s got to be able to do his thing.
Instagram is an amazing platform for finding small shops and new brands. I can honestly say I rarely shop on the high street and source 90% of all Alfie’s wardrobe via Instagram. I’d like to share some of my favourite brands, small shops and top tips on dressing my little prince.
First up I have to mention the London based family run brand, Trotters Childrenswear. I love the quality and very British feel of this brand. What really grabbed my attention was their super stylish rompers (I do have to say I ordered my first romper named the Alfie romper for obvious reasons). Everything from the packaging to the fine detail in the clothing tag was just beautiful and so my love for the brand was born. I’ve since been fortunate enough to collaborate with the brand and absolutely love their cashmere blend jumpers and handsome classic coats. After getting to know the family behind the brand it’s clear how passionate and dedicated they are to dressing children, that makes me a happy customer.
Did I mentioned Spanish wear gets me every time. I was over the moon to discover Letilusila on Instagram. What I love most about this brand is they have such a small but very unique collection. The same romper in a choice of three colours just works for me. Too much choice and trying to match this top with these trousers is just a hassle. The quality in the clothing is wonderful and the customer service is top marks every time, which really does matter so much. Currently their website is in Spanish however they are working hard to have the new Spring/Summer 18 collection in English. It’s worth while mentioning if you’re not fluent in Spanish, send them a message before ordering, they will be more than happy to draw up an invoice and send it over, anything to make life that little bit easier.
Another absolute favourite of mine has to be Caramel. I find this more of a luxury brand for Alfie’s clothing and tend to go here for more investment pieces, (although how much of an investment is it when he’s growing by the day). I do have to say though, this is my all time favourite find. I would describe this brand as modern day vintage, simplicity mixed with splashes of colour which really does excite me. My little guy has his whole life to wear jeans and super trendy outfits. At this moment he’s still so new and I love getting to experiment and try out new ideas. This brand is exactly what I had been looking for. I often go online for a nosey at their quirky lookbook, its all the inspiration I ever need. Knitted rompers and chunky knit socks are just so practical and stylish for this time of year. Classic coats are so charming, I could go on all day.
Yes I really could go on all day however I have around 15 minutes to spare before the little one wakes from his nap and demands the remainder of my day. What I’d like to do is mention a few small shops I’ve come across on Instagram, genuine go to’s for me.
For anyone that follows along on Instagram you’ll see hats are totally my thing. @mi_loves_ is my go to for Alfie’s hats. I bought his first pom pom hat at 6 months, he still wears it almost daily, he’s now 14 months. I’ve always been a huge fan of baby bloomers. I find bloomers are one of the most overpriced items you can purchase for little ones. I mean come on, it’s a puffy pair of pants. I found the wonderful @evie.et.al who happens to make the most amazing bloomers at a very reasonable price. I’ve been lucky enough to throw in some custom made bloomers to my orders, I just love baby boys in bloomers. If I do have a high street shopping spree you’ll most likely find me in The White Company, H&M Kids or Zara, all of which do amazing boy clothes (although I have been known to have a browse through the girls section in Zara, I’d strongly advise doing so, a lot of pieces are definitely unisex placed in the girls section).
My top tips for dressing a little boy. Definitely shop around until you get a feel for a brand or a small shop. Try not to just follow the crowd. I remember once thinking where on earth do I even buy baby clothes, then Instagram answered all my questions. Take inspiration from others. I love Instagram purely for giving me ideas daily. I’m also a huge fan of Pinterest.
Dressing your baby should be fun but more importantly practical. My little guy is crawling, running and climbing every second that he’s not napping, comfort is vital. Come follow our little catalogue of outfits on Instagram. I tag wherever possible and always take time to reply to those asking about outfits.
I’d love to hear what your thoughts are on dressing your baby. Comfort, fashion, affordability, what do you gravitate towards? Where do you love to shop for your little one, I’d love to hear some of your favourite go to’s. Oh and for the record red tractors with blue wheels are also super cute, boys clothes are awesome.
As always thank you for reading.