After we went to a junior fashion show last weekend, my thoughts wandered to the issue of dressing Heidi, and making her look her best and making her a Fashionable Toddler.
The initial thought was that it doesn’t matter and it didn’t matter whether Heidi was dressed as a girly-girl or a bit of a tomboy. This was particularly true for my first few months of weekend-parenting. Pretty much what was clean, ironed and fit was fair game!
However, as I have developed as a parent, my confidence has developed. I have started to think about it a bit more. As Heidi is becoming her own person with her own thoughts, I have tried to match what she wants and particularly, what she doesn’t know she wants until it’s too late!
Every parent wants what is best for their child although I am a bit behind the game on this one as I am
a) not interested in fashion
b) a dad!
So what do I do? I don’t know the answer….
As with most of parenting, there is a lot of experimentation aka trial and error! Do I put her hair up, down, pig tails, pony tails or plaits?! Or will she actually let me comb it in the first place…?! I’m proud to say that I have attempted and somewhat succeeded in doing a plait…once. However, it is so hit and miss! (Dad tip: wet the hair well and watch YouTube videos!)
As for clothing, I am completely out of my depth! My approach was that anything in big-brand supermarkets would do as it was a safe choice. Whilst can’t really go wrong, I am not sure if they are the most toddler friendly clothes out there.
I have started looking at more “unique” shops online in order to get something a bit different, to tip my toes in the water and gauge the reaction. I bought the ones below from Funky Rascals and they are bright, funky designs. These are what I was looking for to see how both of us would react to them!
However, the overarching sentiment behind this somewhat rambling post is that I don’t have a clue what I am doing in this regard! Heidi is happy and looked after in terms of the clothes she wears now. Is she bothered about being a fashionable toddler? Not really. That is obviously the main thing, although I dread to think the conversations that we will have in a few years time!
In some of my sillier moments, I do wonder if fancy dress is the way to go…
But as with most things in this parenting roller coaster, I seem to be making it up as I go along, and having a blast doing it!