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The following is a list of all entries from the baby clothes category.

Driving toys for tots: Vtech Learn and Discover Driver


I love to pretend I'm driving!

I love to pretend I'm driving!

At a lovely neighbourhood boutique purveying upcycled goods called La Bonne Volonté (aka Goodwill), my friend S urged me to buy this Vtech Learn and Discover Driver toy for $2.99. It retails regularly for $22.99  at Toys R Us.

Bargain time!

Even at full price, it’s worth it. C grabbed the wheel immediately and started turning it, which allowed me to shop LBV a little longer. Where, by the way, I picked up a pair of impeccable-condition snow pants from The Children’s Place for $1.99. Full disclosure here: La Bonne Volonté is totally S’s coinage, and man, she can shop that place like a pro! She’s actually the one who found EVERY item I came out of there with, and I had like 5 things. 

After I scrubbed the toy and sunned it, I put two AA batteries in it, and C has been tearing up the roads ever since. I must take some points away however for the annoying sounds this little contraption makes. Mind you, those sounds are still less annoying than crying/whining, so I’ll take ’em. Maybe I’ll just find some duct tape to cover the sound holes with.

What Cillian is doing now: Trying to grab my laptop from me. He can stand really good these days, he has 5 teeth, and he took one teeny tiny almost-step toward me today! He’s 10.5 months old, hard to believe.


The reason for baby booties

Short post today: I finally figured out why you so often see booties for babies, and not shoes.

Shoes don’t stay on! At least not on Mr C’s little feet. I bought him the cutest pair of navy-blue leather shoe-sandals by TenderFeet (on sale at my local baby-stuff store). Alas, they won’t stay on! He kicks them off of they just fall off, particularly if he’s in his stroller. I think his heels maybe are too narrow. Thus the need for booties. But in this hot weather? I think it might be a barefoot summer for my little friend.


What Cillian did yesterday: A whole lot of nuthin. It was a rainy day so we stayed inside mostly. Today we went to Starbucks and met up with S and Zach, and played in the park where there were something like thirty kids and their parents. Crazy! There’s a population explosion in my ‘hood.

Where to get cute baby clothes for boys

Finding cute, reasonably stylish clothes for a baby boy is harder than you’d think. Cute girls clothes? Sure, no problem. Just about every children’s clothes store does up-to-date adorable dresses and other sweet outfits for little ladies.

But boys’ stuff? There’s usually little to choose from (like four outfit choices for boys, and twelve for girls) and it’s usually the same boring stuff that doesn’t seem to change from year to year. 

Cillian has gone from size 3 months clothing to size 18 months, even though he’s only six months old. And this isn’t just mom hyperbole. His doctor says he’s basically the size of a one year old. Weight, and height. So I’ve bought a lot of clothes.

Basically, these are my fave trio of  boy- and budget-friendly shops:

-H&M for comfy pants, jackets, cute t-shirts and sweaters, hats and socks

-Costco for rompers and onesies

-Joe Fresh Style for rompers, button-up long sleeve shirts, and affordable organic clothes

Surprisingly, I’ve never found anything at:

-Baby Gap

-Old Navy


And just forget about Petit Bateau and Jacadi and all of those places. I ain’t got that kind of cash, and even if I did, Cillian would probably outgrow the outfits before I brought them home from the store.


What Cillian did today: Ate avocado, grudgingly. Sat up in the Peg Perego with his H&M Australian-style sun hat on, smiling at all the ladies. Taught himself a new step in his Jolly Jumper…three small hops.

Just say no to the kimono


Look at me in my messy looking kimono style shirt!

Look at me in my messy looking kimono style shirt!

Before I had baby C, I was all over kimono style everything, onesies, shirts, sleepers. How convenient, I thought, I won’t have to pull them over my newborn’s head! And so cute! Then when I had baby, I realized they are a royal pain. I could never figure out the snap configuration on the first try, and pretty much the last thing you have patience for is clothing you can’t figure out when you’re a no-sleep zombie.

My husband still can’t figure them out six months later, bless his heart. Just look at the Gordian knot C’s shirt is tied into, above.

Just get shirts with snaps down the front, and save yourself the aggravation, I say. 


What Cillian is doing now: Sleeping pressed against me on the bed with his head snuggled into my pillow, feet pressed onto my thigh.