My toddlers clothes are divided, theoretically, into two sections: house clothes and going out clothes. You may spend more time and thought on what your toddler wears when he’s in public, but it’s likely your child spends most of his time out of the public eye, and what he wears then is just as important. No, it doesn’t really matter if his cuffs are ragged or he has stains on his sleeves; but what’s important in house-clothes is what I call ‘the comfiness factor’. If your house is particularly cold or warm, it’s also important that the clothes are appropriately warm, or else light and breathable.
Since your toddler should spend at least half her time sleeping, and during that period is busy healing, growing, and developing, toddler sleepwear is no small topic. Scratchy clothes that don’t fit right make sleeping hard for anyone, and especially for a sensitive toddler. It’s important that toddlers have soft, comfy sleep clothes that give them room to breathe. If your toddler’s skin is particularly sensitive, you may need to get sleep clothes in hypo-allergenic, organic cotton. But for most little people, the kind of sleepwear that you would feel comfiest in will also be perfect for your toddler.
For daytime houseclothes, you’ll want toddler sweatpants and t-shirts for your toddlers. In some families, toddler socks are just for going out and everyone stays barefoot in the house, but many homes like to keep the feet clad indoors as well. If your floors are cold, toddler slippers are a very nice way to keep your child’s feet comfortable. Slippers for toddlers are, in many ways, better than toddler socks: they provide better traction, give more protection on rough or abrasive surfaces, but are still light and flexible enough to wear all day long.
In general natural materials such as cotton are best for clothes worn everyday. They wear well, they wash well, and they are breathable. Natural materials also have a way of keeping you cool when the weather’s hot, and providing insulation when it’s cold.
Since tot's clothes are forever finding their way into the washer, it’s also important that your toddler’s everyday clothes wash well and don’t show stains quickly. Choose colors or patterns that don’t look dirty in the first five minutes your child plays outside. Solid light colors are generally a poor choice; darker colors, plaids, and prints tend to stay nice looking for longer.
In conclusion, the best toddler house clothes are often comfy cotton knits in darks, plaid, or prints. This combination makes for clothes that look nice around the house—after all, toddlers shouldn’t need an audience to look cute or spiffy—but at the same time are comfortable and offer your child all the flexibility he or she needs.
Home is where you’re comfortable, and it should be where your child is comfortable too. Where he or she can relax and be himself or herself. Let the ‘home wardrobe’ reflect that.