Toddler Boy and Girl Style Basics

I am kicking off the week with a post about toddler boy and girl style basics!  There are so many options for picking out clothes for your littles, and I thought I would break it down for you when it comes to every day essentials.

Toddler Boy and Girl Basics

Our kids go to daycare 5 days a week, which means they are pretty hard on their clothes.  Between playing outside and doing arts and crafts, we need pieces that last but don’t break the bank.  That doesn’t mean they have to look like ragamuffins though!  Old Navy is by far my number 1 place to shop for some of the basics such as leggings, cotton dresses, tees and pants for both kiddos.  It’s also a great place to stock up on festive attire for any given holiday.  Target’s Cat & Jack line is another go to of mine.  And for spring and summer every day shoes, I always buy them each a pair of Natives.

Old Navy is definitely my go to for tees and leggings.  And as I previously mentioned, you can always find the greatest toddler style for any upcoming festive holiday (St. Pat’s is less than 2 weeks away).

toddler boy and girl clothing

Toddler Boy Raglan Tee

Toddler Girl Graphic Tee

Toddler Girl Denim Skirt

Toddler Girl Leggings

For the boys

When shopping for Henry, I love buying pants/joggers that have elastic in the waist band because they are easy to get on and off since changing his diaper is nearly impossible these days.  But I think these are great for potty trained kiddos too so they can work on getting them on and off by themselves.  I love this pair from Gap because they have the elastic waist band and aren’t overly baggy.

toddler boy elastic waistband jeans

Toddler Boy Super Denim Joggers

Toddler Green Native Shoes

Target’s Cat & Jack brand also carries a variety of these jogger types of pants too and the price tag is muy bueno!  I love how all of their tees coordinate so well too.  I’m linking some of my current faves below:

toddler boy jogger style dress pant

Toddler Boy Cat and Jack Joggers

We have two pairs of these below – soooo good!

toddler boy pull on cat and jack pants

Toddler Boy Cat and Jack Pull on Pants w/reinforced knee

toddler boy cat and jack striped t-shirt

Toddler Boy Cat and Jack Striped T-shirt

toddler boy cat and jack pocket t-shirt

Toddler Boy Cat and Jack Pocket T-shirt


toddler boy cat and jack henley

Toddler Boy Cat and Jack Long Sleeve Henley

 For the Girls

I love buying coordinating tees and leggings for Layla, as well as cute little cotton dresses that she can wear with the leggings or biker shorts underneath.  Old Navy is pretty much my one stop shop for her.  I’m linking all of my current faves below so you can stock up for your mini me as well!

old navy toddler girl basics

Toddler Girl Denim Skirt

Toddler Girl Pointy Toe Huarache Flats

These tutu dresses from Old Navy are amazing because they can be worn to daycare with leggings OR you can put one on her when she needs to be a little more dressed up too!  Can’t beat the price either.


old navy toddler girl tutu dress

Toddler Girl Tutu Dress

I love stocking up on leggings and the three pack of plain tees for her because they mix and match perfectly!

old navy toddler girl three pack tshirts toddler girl printed leggings



















Toddler Girl Leggings

Toddler Girl Crew Neck 3-pack

Every year I stock up on the biker shorts because they are perfect for throwing on underneath dresses and skirts in the summertime.

old navy toddler girl 4 pack biker shorts

Toddler Girl Biker Shorts 4-pack

For boys and girls

And lastly, if you’re not familiar with Natives then let me introduce you.  These shoes are shock absorbent, odor resistant, hand-washable, and come in an endless amount of color options.  I was sold at hand washable!  These are great for spring and summer because you can slip them right on your kiddos (without socks) and go.  Most styles are under $40 and worth every penny.  I will say if your little one has a wider foot, then the Jefferson style might be too narrow for him/her.  Try the Verona or Miller styles instead.

toddler native jefferson shoe in green

Native Jefferson in green

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Target Toddler Faves

We all know Target has insanely cute kids clothes, and since I can’t get enough of said insanely cute kids clothes I thought I’d share my current faves with all of you!

We always buy our kids an outfit to open on Xmas morning in addition to all of the toys, and perhaps some of you do the same.  I can also assure you that if you don’t have kids and are buying for people who do have kids, the parents would FOR SURE appreciate clothes in place of toys for their kiddos.  I’ve included my favorite boy and girl items.  Enjoy!

Let’s start with PJ’s.  You can never have too many of these!  Layla is almost 4 and is super into My Little Pony right now (as most 4 y/o’s are).  I don’t love characters plastered on everything, but on pajamas you can’t resist.  Henry is 15 months and his fave book is Brown Bear Brown Bear – how perfect are these?!  They also have a Goodnight Moon version and a Where the Wild Things Are – FYI.










Brown Bear Brown Bear Pajamas / / My Little Pony Pajamas

The Cat & Jack graphic tees say the cutest most meaningful things and have cute prints too.  These are perfect for daycare and super cheap!

Be Kind Graphic Tee // Bee Strong Tee

Outerwear is another thing little ones always seem to need.  Fluctuating temps call for different levels of layers!  Can we just admire this vintage looking vest for a minute?!

  Zip Up Sherpa Hoodie / / Sherpa Puffer Vest / / Plaid Dress Coat 

Alright, so “fancy” clothes aren’t something kids need a ton of, but they are always so fun to buy!  Layla has this mustard dress and it looks so cute paired with those tights (check my IG feed).

Yellow Dress with navy bow / / Cat & Jack Polka Dot Tights / / Red+Pink plaid flutter sleeve dress / / Red Pom Pom Flats

This adorable plaid blazer is only $20!  And the plaid pants are so great too (just not all together at once) haha.  A simple solid v-neck sweater would look so cute with those pants.

Plaid Pants / / Red Sweater / / Plaid Blazer


Happy Shopping, friends!


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