It was appropriate and fun dressing your baby girl in frills and fancy little dresses. Unfortunately this is not very practical when your baby reaches the toddler stage. Now you should be thinking of functional clothing. Clothing that will allow your little girl the freedom to crawl, learn to walk and eventually climb, run and tumble. Toddler clothes should be easy to get on and off as during this stage not only will most little girls go through the potty training phase, they will also start wanting to dress themselves.
Toddler girl clothing must be comfortable and durable. You should be able to relax and let your toddler girl explore things without the stress of fancy clothes that cost a fortune and must be kept clean and tidy at all costs. This exploration stage is an important learning phase during which your little girl needs to develop a lot of skills that will stand her in good stead throughout her childhood. During the toddler years your little girl will learn to feed herself, dress herself and help herself with a toilet routine. You are going to need clothes that will help her to master these skills and stand up to all the spoils. It is recommended that all her clothing should be machine washable and winter clothes should preferably be suitable for tumble drying.
It is a given that your little girl will have a party dress or two. If your little girl looks particularly sweet in pastel colors limit these to the party outfits. Choose practical colors for play wear for your little girl. Patterned fabric tends not to show up the odd mark or two whereas stains are almost accentuated on solid color garments. When selecting solid color garments bright reds, greens and blues are more practical than the softer hues. Pastel colors in sleep wear should be fine as most toddlers fall asleep shortly after bath time and therefore these clothes are usually not subjected to the same amount of wear and tear as day clothes.
When it comes to sizing make sure that you buy the correct size. Buying to last more than one season is just not worth it. Over-sized clothing never looks good on a toddler and inhibits play. There is no guarantee either that the clothing will fit properly when the next season comes round. Buying toddler clothing that is made with a stretch fabric makes more sense. This means that clothing that fit snugly will stretch as your toddler grows and most of this clothing will fit your little girl for an entire season.
If you are planning on potty training your little girl during the season make sure that all clothing can be put on and more importantly taken off quickly and with ease. Avoid one-piece clothing that buttons at the crotch during the potty training period. Look for pants with elasticized waists as this will make potty training easier for both you and your little girl.
As you approach the age when your little girl will want to dress herself make sure that you choose clothing that will make this easier for her to master. It is a big challenge for little hands and small things can make a big difference as to how well they cope. Shoes with velcro fastening instead of laces, necklines with rib knits that slip over the little heads easily and as mentioned before pants with elastic in the waist can all make dressing much more fun and less of a battle.