Ever feel like ripping your hair out while shopping for toddler clothes?
August 16, 2012
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I recently started shopping for my daughter’s fall wardrobe (yep, she wears other brands. She’d be naked most of the time if she depended on Technigirl for most of her clothing since we make limited quantities!). Shopping for toddler clothes is soooo frustrating! A 2T in one brand is often nowhere near a 2T in another brand. And, even worse, a 2T size of similar items within the same brand can be bizarrely different. Case in point: I often buy outerwear at the Gap for my daughter. Usually, their coats are HUGE. Last year, I bought her a 12-18M (she hit 12M last November) and it was huge on her when the season started, but fit perfectly by the end of the season. I figured I would do the same this year and it would work out great. Yeah, not so much. I bought her a 2T in this super cute jacket, only to find out that it barely covered her belly, and left no room for sweaters, etc. underneath! And my daughter is a little on the small side (she’s almost never been above the 25% for weight). So I bought a 3T for my 21 month old daughter to wear this winter. Crazy.
The worst offenders are those oh-so-cute and matchy “sets”. That’s right, I’m talking to you, Carter’s. It’s such a great idea on the surface – for one reasonable price, you get a cute top with a matching pant or legging. I don’t know about you, but my toddler is not exactly proportioned like an adult. She has short-ish legs and a long torso. Yet many of the pants in these sets seem to be sized as though these kids had Amazonian legs. So what ends up happening is, I pay good money for the set, but she only gets to wear the top. The pants stretch 6 inches past her feet and basically just sit unused in her drawer. By the time they fit, she’s outgrown the top! Now I mentioned Carter’s because they seem to be one of the worst for this. I’ve had better luck with certain other brands, particularly the more expensive ones like Tea Collection. But ya know, I don’t have the money to dress my daughter entirely in Tea Collection, so she gets a mix of stuff from Carter’s, Target, Gap, and a few others, including Technigirl of course!
So I’m boycotting sets. From here on out, this kid gets separates only!