Publish date:

Playground Approved: Practical Outfits for a Day at the Park

Like most energetic toddlers, my almost three year old is obsessed with "the playground." And it doesn't seem to matter if we're talking about an amazing fully tricked out "adventure land" or one measly tire swing and a mini slide... My guy doesn't discriminate. A playground is a playground—and he'll make the most of it.

Image placeholder title

Despite his endless enthusiasm and perpetual playground pleads, the G-man, as I call him, is still rather timid once we get there. He's fine when we're alone, but he's extra cautious, careful, and shy around other kids. He'll climb the stairs to the twisty slide, and freeze in fear if another eager tot rushes passed him. Just last month, another two year old got frustrated with my boy's trepidatious nature, turned around, pushed him and stole his hat. My sweet, timid baby didn't even know how to react—it was honestly heartbreaking.

We're working on my dude's confidence at the playground—encouraging him to assert himself and play without the palpable apprehension that's inhibited him in the past. Practice makes perfect—and we're trying. (#CantStopWontStop.) Recently, he happily played with a girl who called herself "Fire Marshal Penny." WIN! And, he'll race down the slide with his best buddy (pictured above and below!) any given day.

Image placeholder title

Recommended Articles

Five Tips To For a Girl's First Leg Shave

Five Tips To For a Girl's First Leg Shave

Do you remember your first time shaving? Mine wasn’t pretty. I snuck my dad’s razor and shaved my legs dry. It wasn’t pretty. Get your daughter ready for this rite of passage with the right tools and a quick education. We've got five tips to help you navigate your daughter's ...read more

Why You Should Add Wild Blueberries to Your Diet

Why You Should Add Wild Blueberries to Your Diet

Do your New Year's goals involve healthier eating? Adding more fruits and vegetables to your diet? Or even adding tasty new recipes to your repertoire? We've got five reasons for you to add wild blueberries to your diet. Our friends from the Wild Blueberry Association have ...read more

Why Moms are Loving This Blueberry Couscous Salad

Why Moms are Loving This Blueberry Couscous Salad

It's blueberry picking time. And while most blueberry recipes revolve around baked goods, we've got something different to share. First, a few sentences singing the praises of this lovely fruit. Blueberries are high in antioxidants, improve memory function and reduce the effects ...read more

It might sound silly and superficial, but I'm also trying to be more cognizant of the clothes I dress him in for a trip to the park. I want him to be comfortable and happy and feel free and secure. He needs to be sure of himself while climbing the monkey bars or conquering the steep slide, and he shouldn't be deterred by tight jeans, superfluous zippers, and unnecessary accessories. First and foremost, he needs to feel good... And if he looks stylish too—well, that's a bonus!

To celebrate spring (the season of outdoor play!), I've rounded up a few super-practical and absolutely adorable outfit picks for boys and girls. From the swings to see-saw to the rock-climbing wall, these pieces are most definitely playground approved!

1. Gap Logo Baseball Hat, $15/ 2. Gap Vintage Wagon Tank, $15/ 3. Save Planet Earth Hoodie, $25/ 4. Old Navy Graphic Zebra Tee, $11/ 5. Carter’s Ripstop Cargo Shorts, $18/ 6. Old Navy “See You Later” Graphic Tee, $9/ 7. Kids’ Classic Crocs, $28/ 8. Gap Printed Slip-on Sneakers, $25/ 9. Tea Collection French Terry Shorts, $30

Image placeholder title

1. Palm Trees Romper, $10/ 2. Gap Embellished Knot-Back Tank, $16/ 3. San Diego Aloha Truckers Hat, $18/ 4. Pleated Terry-Fleece Pants, $13/ 5. Gap Stripe Soft Shorts, $25/ 6. Old Navy “Messy Hair” Graphic Tank, $9/ 7. Baja Split-Neck Lightweight Hoodie, $58/ 8. Old Navy Printed Slip-ons, $17/ 9. Tea Collection Roll-Cuff Shorts, $23

Image placeholder title

Related Articles