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Recent Children’s Buys: May 2024.

By: Jen Shoop

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Above: mini in her Minnow dress. She love these soft terry-cloth dresses! Boots are an Amazon steal — she lives in these!

Over the weekend, I took advantage of Hanna Andersson’s early memorial day sale (the entire site is on sale, some items 50% off) by ordering some everyday summer clothes for my daughter, with her input! She made all of these color/pattern selections herself. She chose…

THIS DRESS IN THE FRUIT SALAD PRINT

THIS DRESS IN THE LEMON PRINT

THESE TEES (FOR HER AND HER BROTHER FOR THE FOURTH!)

THESE SHORTS IN THE RAINBOW STRIPE

AND A FEW OF THESE TUMBLE SHORTS, TANKS, AND TEES IN DIFFERENT COLORS

I also ordered several pairs of Oso & Me shorts and Willie tees for my son. The fit of the shorts is absolutely perfect (on the shorter side) and I love the color selections.

I also ordered him these $20 swim trunks after Caro Chambers raved about them as a cute, inexpensive alternative to higher end brands — great patterns/stripes/colors. (I did already buy him a few pairs of the spendier Minnow ones.)

Over the rainy weekend, I took my children to the bookstore to pick out a few books and ended up stocking my activity book bin for summer travel and rainy days. My kids already broke into a few of them, and these dry erase activity cards have been a huge hit. My son’s already been through them 2x and finds them thoroughly entertaining. Heads up / fair warning: if your child cannot yet read, you will need to be fairly involved in reading them the prompts every few minutes. This was fine for a rainy Saturday. I’d get in a few minutes of reading between each prompt, and we were both happy! I was so impressed with the quality of this card set — funny, clever prompts; good design. I ordered another set with different prompts for my daughter, because she was so envious of them! I also picked up a few other Lonely Planet brand children’s activity books since I was so impressed: this safari activity book, this travel journal, this lift the flap encyclopedia. Not LP, but also ordered this airplane activity book and some Usborne (IMO, the most trust-worthy activity book producer), including mazes and pencil and paper games. I know several of you cautioned against over-packing the carry-on backpacks for kids (very helpful suggestions/thoughts along these lines in the comments on this post), as they’ll usually end up watching an iPad for much of the trip, and you’ll be happy for their sustained calm, but I do want to keep a few items for travel there/back (to Colorado), and I know we’ll also get use out of these on rainy weekends / while in restaurants / etc.

A few other great pre-summer kids finds: this wet-or-dry-application SPF stick for faces (going straight into my pool bag); re-chargeable mini fan (a must-have for babies in strollers!); quick-dry, super lightweight picnic blanket; a solar buddy.

P.S. More summer finds here and here.

P.P.S. It’s their day, too.

P.P.P.S. On letting go of lapsed friendships.

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