Today on the blog, I'm talking about - you guessed it - clothes! But I'm keeping it generally simple and sharing with you one of my Smart Parent Styling Secrets (it's a blend of good fashion and smart parenting) - whenever I go to a park with my littles, I dress us in neon or bright colors AND I make sure we're all wearing the same colors too. Family photo ready? Not quite. It's what I call being safe.
I didn't learn this trick until one beautiful summer day when I was at the playground with my children and so was everyone else and their brother and their sister and mother too. My oldest was almost 3 and the baby was starting to toddle. I always teach my kids, "Stay close to Mama" but it's inevitable at the park that little children will run around. And climb. And come down tunnel slides, etc. and while at the park on this sunny day, I had a teeny, tiny moment of blinking in which my oldest came down a slide, but *I didn't notice he went down the slide* and I didn't see him. It's the kind of thing I swore, BC (Before Children) would never happen but it did and even thinking about that memory makes me want to vomit. It wasn't a long period of time and I spotted him eventually, but when he wasn't where I thought he was and I couldn't spot him amongst the crowd for 30 seconds, it was gut-wrenching.
It was pure luck that the next time we went to the park, my oldest happened to be wearing this ($8) neon shirt from Target:
After our previous "incident," I vowed to just carry the baby (no enjoying of the park, except visual, for her!) and never take my eyes off my son but the fact of the matter was that even if I wanted to NOT see him that day, it was impossible with him wearing neon. I could easily spot him against/behind/between all of the playground equipment and nobody else had neon on their kids. That trip to the park was so easy that I vowed, he would AWLAYS wear that neon shirt when we went.
My son loved this concept and started calling this his "park shirt." I loved it too - and then one day, when he came down a slide and couldn't spot me, he started crying. I could see him and had eyes on him the whole time but the fact was, he came down the slide, didn't see me move 10 feet and he panicked. He actually started freaking out, screaming, "MAMA" and running, in search of me, but running in a direction away from me too. I kept calling his name yelling, "MAMA IS RIGHT HERE!" but he couldn't hear me over the crowd and it was a solid minute before I could navigate this particular playground equipment to get to him (with a baby on my hip too) and on that day, I made another vow: in the same way I wanted to be able to spot my kids easily, I want them to be able to spot me easily too. Hence our "Park Clothes" were born.
Now I know everything there is to know about breastfeeding clothes so I can completely guarantee you there is no neon breastfeeding sweatshirt that is currently available today. BUT, that is why this turquoise breastfeeding hoodie that we stock is one of my favorite #nursingootd (Nursing Outfit(s) Of the Day) - it's super bright, super cute and very easy to breastfeed a baby in (especially when your baby is in a carrier). Further, my children can easily spot me in a crowd when I'm wearing it (it works great at preschool pick-up). It also happens to match this other ($8) Target tech shirt so we can coordinate on park days (helps him remember, just by looking down, what Mama is wearing):
As for my daughter? They don't make these neon/bright shirts under the "Girls" heading but children's fit is generally the same so don't be afraid to purchase these "boy" shirts for any of your girls - I do. She actually loves matching her brother and they both love when Mama matches them too. Does it make for boring park outfits? Never. Instead we all know what to wear and we can find each other easily too. Don't forget, children find comfort and security in rituals - here's just another way your selection of clothes (or repeated selection of same clothes) helps your children grow. Who knew Mama could look cute all the while still being able to play Super Mom too? (hint: we did)
As always Mamas,
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