Clockwise from top left: Peace Mohawk hat ($38), Gap Striped Mohawk Hat ($20), Red Skull Nirvana Mohawk Hat ($35), Mohawk Hoodzie ($46), maddieloubeanies' Grey Mohawk Earflap Hat ($33), The Children's Place Peace Knit Hat ($10), Gymboree Mohawk Earflap Hat ($10)
For generations, the youngest members of a family were booted from the dinner table when there was a shortage of space at holiday gatherings. The kids would end up eating in a makeshift space — sitting in kitchen drawers, at a card table, out on the porch or on stairs — (even after they came of age) waiting for a family member to move, divorce, or die so the "child" could secure a sacred seat. But during those meals eaten everywhere from the living room floor to the basement, children bonded with the cousins and friends who ended up in the same situation. Over time, perhaps getting to the adult table didn't matter anymore. In today's age of kid-centric parenting, design-conscious moms are encouraging those same familial relationships by creating space and festive tablescapes that cater to their tots — areas even the adults envy! The bonus is that the youngsters stay occupied (and in their seats to eat) so the adults can relax a bit and enjoy uninterrupted conversation. A little extra effort — like wrapping a table in butcher paper so the little darlings can doodle or putting a serve yourself soda bar in the center of the table — goes a long way to create vivid childhood memories.
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Tinseltown's tots are making Pippi Longstocking proud! Mamas dressed their kids in Breton stripes over the Summer and now are taking the trend a step further. Multi-colored leggings are popping up all over the place. Sarah Jessica Parker was spotted playing on a NYC playground with a wide-striped-wearing Tabitha, 1, while Violet Affleck, 4, has been seen skipping through LA in a thin-lined version. Available in a variety of widths and color combinations, the season's must-have look was borrowed from the beloved braided redhead.
Skinny jeans may slim a mom's figure, but they aren't the most practical trend for tots. Before squeezing your mini me into a pair of tight dungarees, consider these adorable alternatives. From loose harem pants to jeggings and skeggings, we've got active tykes comfortably covered.
Clockwise from top left: BabyGap Silky Harem Pants ($13), 77Kids Skinny Cargo Pant ($30), Pop on Pop Skegging ($21), Chopstix Crown Bling Pants ($37), Miss Sixty Mini Balloon Jeans ($98).
All that glitters isn't gold! Kids love the sparkle and shine that come with flashy jewelry, but 53 percent of LilSugar readers don't allow their lil ones to wear baubles. Necklaces have long been a playground "don't" due to the choking hazard the long strands pose, but a new trend is giving girls the stylish layered look their moms are sporting. Necklace tees – shirts with jewelry graphics either screened or embroidered onto the garment – are popping up everywhere from Target to Tory Burch. Is your tyke in on the trend?
Hollywood's littlest girls are pretty in pink! Suri Cruise and Violet Affleck were spotted in rose-colored dresses while they spent time with their on-location mamas. Tom and Katie's 4 year old sported a casual knit number with some detailing around the waist in Toronto, while Jen and Ben's 4 year old wore a Crewcuts terry drawstring dress (on sale for $25) in New York City. The girls' looks can easily be replicated or warmed up a bit with long-sleeve versions.
Want your lil one to stand out in a sea of name tag affixed tees? Head overseas to PopKid where a selection of fun and colorful designs ($27 per tee) awaits! Founded by a British couple in search of cute shirts following the birth of their twin sons, the site's bold styles subtly work lil tykes' names into their graphics, rather than putting them front and center like many other brands. From Coco Chanel and David Bowie-influenced designs to more conventional apples and monsters, the creative garments make great gifts for babies and toddlers. PopKids ships internationally so wee ones the world over can have their names known.
Love on the rocks may be the lyrics, but milk on the rocks is more like it! Using Japanese influence and alternative fashion style, Paris-based Milk on the Rocks NYC creates cool tees for tots. Their retro-inspired, unisex designs often feature tattoo-inspired graphics and contrasting appliques that still look appropriate on their youngest customers. Available at the company's left-bank Parisian store (along with a great selection of Japanese toys) as well as select US boutiques, the entire clothing collection is currently on sale!
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Oh, the places they'll go! There is no shortage of love for Dr. Seuss these days. With his more than 60 books as popular as ever and a new PBS kids show debuting this Fall, Theodor Geisel's works of rhyming art are alive and well! But for those who just can't get enough, Converse just introduced a new line of Chuck Taylor All-Stars featuring the most beloved Seuss characters. The collection of 13 designs for babies on up to adults includes both double-tongued One Fish, Two Fish low-tops and playful high-tops with Thing One on one shoe and Thing Two on the other. There are also more animated design-oriented options for adults. With such a fanciful selection, Dr. Seuss was right, "You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose."