This photo is from a year ago. (A year! Time, you are cruel.)
So my no-so-little boy is starting preschool the day after Labor Day. Part of me is a little sensitive to the fact that my baby is starting school; but my other part is really excited for him. I think he’s going to love school. He’s so social and loves learning new things; I think this big change will be good for all of us.
Declan has never had a shortage of clothes, thanks to our loving and generous family (shout out to the grandparents!). So I never really do a big shopping spree for him; it’s always a shirt or shorts here and there. I try to only buy what he needs at the time.
I try to choose bottoms that are solid print and neutral in color so that they’ll pair easily with all his shirts. I’m not a fan of shirts with characters; but I remind myself that it’s what Declan likes that matters. So bring on the TMNT and Paw Patrol shirts.
I also try to choose clothes that is comfortable for Declan and, now especially, easy for him to take on and off since he is being potty trained and taught to be more independent by dressing himself.
Since San Diego rarely requires a sweater, maybe just in the mornings; Declan only has about 2 to 3 hoodies. I like to get them a larger size so that they will last him awhile since he hardly uses them. My favorite hoodies are American Apparel ones because they’re quality and basic. I’ve actually saved all of his AA hoodies for Vida.
For shoes, I’m a fan of Vans because they’re easy to put on, especially the Velcro ones, and for socks I love the funky patterned/colored kind. Target always has a good selection. Although it drives me nuts when I can’t find the pair to one; I’ve contemplated buying solid colored socks to save my sanity.
My go-to places for buying Declan clothes are Target, Old Navy, H&M, American Apparel and Gap. These places always have sales and have a good selection of basics and not-so-basics. Speaking of Target, have you seen their new Cat & Jack line? Dangerously cute and affordable.
GEAR / SUPPLIES
What’s nice about Declan’s preschool is that they provide lunch; but I still pack him a lunch when he goes out with one of his grandparents, even if it’s just snacks. I like using small tupperware for his snacks instead of sandwich bags (or reusable snack/sandwich bags).