After a long break between babies, I had my third child — a little girl — this summer. In the six years since I had my last baby, something amazing happened. Instagram!
Through all the night feedings I accidentally discovered the wonderful world of small-shop fashion for littles. Handmade knits, custom rompers and bloomers, (gender neutral!) bonnets made of recycled vintage materials, beautiful leather shoes, hand-tied bows … it just goes on and on. I have become obsessed with these small shops and the incredibly talented and energetic mamas who run them. Even though most of the shops are quite reasonable priced (especially considering many of the items are made-to-order), my wallet has taken a significant hit.
The best part of it all — besides the adorably dressed babies and toddlers — is the supportive and friendly community that has emerged on the social platform. I’ve seen them rally together to support one another, feature each other’s work and love on each other’s children. And not only are the products impeccable but I feel really good about where my money is going.
A word of advice: Because of the nature of these small businesses, it is common for small shops to have only monthly or seasonal openings where orders are placed until they hit capacity. Then they will close their doors while they fulfill the orders, redesign/restock and do it all over again. Sometimes these limited items go *fast* and those looking to score have been known to set alarms for favorite shop openings. Following the shops listed below on Instagram is the best way to be in the know about shop openings.
So if you’re ready to have the best-dressed babe in town, here are my top 10 children’s clothing and accessories:
- Starry Knight Design
Creating the most gorgeous handmade soft-soled leather moccasins and shoes for both babes and big kids, Starry Knight Design offers loads of really unique designs and colors. The leather is thick, soft and smells incredible. They fit those chubby little feet without squeezing and actually STAY ON. I found a pair we loved so much (these bow Porter T-straps) that I may have ordered them in the next TWO sizes in case I couldn’t get them later!
- Harlow & Co.
From sweet sweaters to bonnets and little ruffled rompers, these custom hand-knit items will not disappoint. These are truly heirloom pieces that are beautiful enough to save but durable enough for your child to wear … and wear and wear! An incredible gift or a great purchase for your own little.
- Sawyer and Halle
Hand-dyed and made-to-order baby and toddler clothing in a variety of rich earth tones. Each item is created using super soft eco-friendly materials and sent in packaging that is 100-percent recyclable. Each carefully packaged item comes with a charming note illustrating the behind-the-scenes creation of your garment.
- Sweet as April
Here you will find the most delightful baby bonnets — for boys and girls — lovingly designed and handmade using pre-loved clothing and vintage materials. Honestly, it just doesn’t get cuter than babes in bonnets. For major outfit inspiration and discovery of more shops, follow her sweet daughter, @little_lady_leia
- June Bee Baby
June Bee Baby’s Instagram feed makes you want to grab the nearest baby and swaddle yourselves in the cozy, cuddly bamboo knits. You’ll find a huge variety of hand-knit items clothing made with cotton bamboo to create the softest, vintage-inspired designs that are sure to be cherished and passed on throughout the years. Custom pieces also available!
- Canvas House Designs
This mother of five (5!) started this successful business while her husband was deployed. She designs and sews the most beautifully classic clothing. Primarily created using soft, durable linen fabrics, Canvas House designs has the most precious and timeless pinafores, playsuits and a mix-and-match “every day” collection that changes seasonally. Clothing is wearable, durable AND photo-shoot worthy.
- Modern Piggy
The cutest bows, bow ties, suspenders and even baby flower crowns! The bows come in a wide variety of sizes, styles, colors and fabrics and can be made on a soft nylon headband for littles without much hair, clips or pigtail sets. Matching bow-ties and suspenders are just too adorable for family photos and special occasions. And baby flower crowns? There are no words – just see for yourself.
- Magnolia Kids
Magnolia Kids is a favorite for beautiful tights and knee-high socks in the sweetest colors and textures. They fit perfectly and are both cozy and durable – perfect for layering under bloomers, rompers and more. The crochet knee-high socks paired with exposed baby thighs are perfection!!
- Tate and Adele
Here you’ll find playful prints with unexpected details. Tate & Adele offers a wide variety of clothing for boys and girls and even stocks a few sweet stuffed animals and dolls as well as the occasional mommy-and-me matching designs. They even have custom design offerings, a fun option when you need a really special, one-of-a-kind item!
- Rose & Rail Clothier
Rose & Rail’s beautiful, timeless handmade clothing will have you counting down the days until this sweet shop is open for business. The vintage-inspired rompers, dresses and bloomers come in soft, muted colors and are great for layering or just on their own.
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