*Photo above by Colettine — a Portuguese brand with the most sophisticated clothing for little ones, including the dress seen above.
Are you sending your children back to school this fall? Or will they be in a distance learning program? Home schooled? Some sort of blended model? I have different friends planning on all of the above options. We’ve been running our own fire drills along these lines on a seemingly weekly basis. One wrinkle for us is that mini’s school is a subway ride away, but it’s looking like Mr. Magpie’s office will not be reopening in the fall, so the convenient drop-off that used to be a part of his daily commute will now be a ~60 minute there-and-back trek for one or the other of us in the morning. (Either myself or our caregiver always had to go down to get her in the afternoon anyway, so we’re used to that.) I’m sure we will figure it all out. I had a therapeutic chat with a friend of mine a few weeks ago and she said, “You know what? We just have to keep telling ourselves that these are extenuating circumstances, but they won’t last forever. We can put up with these mild inconveniences for the short term.” And she’s right. And it’s also possible mini may not even attend in-person; I’m keeping every eventuality on the table so I can mentally prepare myself. Mini’s school was just cleared for reopening in the fall, as NYC has enabled childcare centers to open their doors starting this week, but I remain cautious, especially with the spikes in coronavirus we’re currently seeing, and the possibility of future “waves.” Her school is also preparing intensively to offer a distance learning program for any families unable to send their children to campus for whatever reason. I’ve heard of other schools splitting class sizes, creating morning and afternoon sessions, and more.
Meanwhile, it’s literally beyond my comprehension that I will be applying for micro to attend the twos program at mini’s school in a couple of weeks. How is that possible?! He is still just a bitty baby! But life marches on, doesn’t it? Life finds a way. The mound of outgrown baby gear and too-small baby clothes continues to amass in a corner of our living room as I wait for a local charity to reopen so I can donate them: what was once just a discarded baby seat is now a four foot wide square of bags full of clothing, baby tubs, bibs, and more. I can’t wait to see these items out the door, as I would love for them to be used rather than gathering dust, and I also find them a painful reminder of how quickly the baby years are disappearing in our wake.
At any rate, ever the anticipator, here I am, planning for mini’s back to school gear nonetheless. Sharing below a few options for first-day outfits and accoutrements (many of which we already own).
LAST YEAR I USED ONE OF THESE APPLE-SHAPED BLACKBOARDS FOR HER FIRST SCHOOL PIC, BUT RUINED IT BY USING A PERMANENT CHALK MARKER…IF YOU BUY, JUST USE CHALK!
PBK MONOGRAMMED WET BAG (IN CASE OF ACCIDENT/MESS, SO TEACHERS CAN SEND HOME IN BACKPACK)
MINI’S SCHOOL PROVIDES THE CHILDREN WITH SLEEP MATS (THEY SEND HOME THE SHEETS ON FRIDAYS FOR LAUNDERING), BUT HOW SWEET IS THIS MONOGRAMMED NAP MAT?!
MINI’S SCHOOL ALSO PROVIDES THE CHILDREN WITH A BRANDED BACKPACK, BUT IF NOT, I WOULD BUY (AND HAVE HEARD GREAT THINGS ABOUT) THIS STATE BAGS STYLE AND THIS LIVLY — BOTH GET STRONG MARKS FOR BEING A GOOD SIZE FOR TODDLERS, HAVING A POCKET FOR WATER BOTTLE, AND BEING AESTHETICALLY PLEASING
FACE MASKS (WHAT A TIME WE’RE LIVING IN…)
For back-to-school outfits…
STILL DROOLING OVER THIS DRESS (SEEN ABOVE IN A DIFFERENT COLORWAY), WHICH I’VE HAD AN EYE ON FOREVER BUT THAT $29 SHIPPING CHARGE IS KILLING ME…HAVE IN MIND FOR FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL (IF COOL) OR MAYBE THANKSGIVING DINNER…ALSO LOVE THIS NAVY BEAUTY
FOR YOUR LITTLE MAN: THESE CORDUROY OVERALLS
CLASSIC CARDIGANS (RUN SMALL)
CLASSIC T-STRAPS FOR HER
CLASSIC SPERRY FOR HIM
Speaking of fall clothes, let me put a plug in for Proper Peony’s new pima cotton collections. I think this is only the second season they’ve offered pieces in pima and I AM SMITTEN. They get the traditional look but are so much easier to launder (no ironing required). This is perfection.
P.S. Great toys for little ones and indoor toddler activities for those of us still essentially sheltering in place. Who else is burnt out on the latter? Yikes! Any new suggestions? We’ve done all of these a number of times.
P.P.S. For those traveling at any point this summer with small children: have heard great things about this folding travel baby chair. Unrelated but these inexpensive anti-skid socks get great reviews.
P.P.P.S. I bought these insect repellant wipes (note that DEET is not the same thing as DDT…something I confused myself before doing more research; The American Academy of Pediatrics has concluded that DEET is safe for use on children in concentrations below 30% but not at all on infants under 2 months), but am very intrigued by this non-chemical solution. (Note you have to set it up in the spot you’ll be 20 minutes prior, i.e., 20 minutes before dinner al fresco. Has anyone tried this?!)