Ever since Eric was born I always get asked where we get his clothes from. People love his bright coloured outfits and always comment on them. The prints are amazing, they look so unique and you can’t find them on the high street. The secret? Scandi baby clothes! Scandi Baby Clothes: Baby To Toddler Scandi Outfits
Scandi Baby Clothes: Baby To Toddler Scandi Outfits
I used to really like POP but we haven’t had any of that for a while. H&M is scandi on the high street, and sometimes we do manage to bag some nice bits from there, too. We love Frugi; which is made here in the UK in Cornwall so is not technically Scandi but the style and fit is identical to that of a Scandinavian brand. It is so, so soft and made with organic materials.
Molo, though, has to be my one true love when it comes to Scandi. The classic rainbow stripes are Eric’s trademark and I knew this would be my favourite! I really like Molo’s realistic-like prints like the monsters, cars, planets and animals.
2 years on and we’ve gone from a newborn to a toddler and I am still in LOVE with scandi clothes. I’m very loyal to them and don’t like to buy many other brands of clothing as I know this is works for us (and looks amazing!)
Eric’s style is bright, comfortable and different. I love the way he looks in his clothes and can be reassured that they will last for long, fit his big cloth nappies & last through all the mud and dirt he ends up in.
He often gets mistaken as being a girl because of his clothes. I’ve had people say to me… he’s a “hippie child”, or he’s dressed too “silly” and “get him proper clothes”, why do you dress him like that?”. Silly, I know. It’s clothes. It has nothing to do with anyone else. He’s my child, I will dress him as I like. He’s comfortable, he’s clean (well… sometimes ;]) and the clothes we buy for him are practical AND cool! I love how scandi is very unisex. We didn’t find out what eric was going to be when I was pregnant so this was one of the things I loved about scandi.
So, what else does he wear?
We don’t only buy scandi brands for Eric, we do buy high street clothes and supermarket brands sometimes. I also LOVE a bargain and manage to pick up some great things from charity shops and jumble sales. Overall though, I definitely prefer scandi.
The quality is so high quality compared to most, they last longer than any clothes on the high street I’ve found, and the generous sizes mean that his clothes last 5x longer than a UK size would.
How is scandi different to western baby clothing?
Scandi sizes are completely different to UK sizes. You don’t get the 6-9, 9-12, newborn, and so on. Instead, the sizes are in cm’s; such as 74, 82, 86 and so on; the bigger the number, the bigger the item of clothing.
There is a “guide” as to what age fits what number, but this is broad as scandi clothes are typically very generous compared to western sizes. This is brilliant because it means the clothes last MUCH longer and you get good value for money.
Examples of sizing Scandi vs Western
56 = Newborn
62 = 0-3 months
68 = 3-6 months
74 = 6-9 months
80 = 9-12 months
86 = 12-18 months
86-92 = 1-2 years
92-98 = 2-3 years
If you wouldn’t know where to start, I would just buy the equivalent size, for example if your baby is 3-6 months buy 68 size. You’ll probably find this is very generous though so don’t be surprised when it’s way bigger than a 3-6 would be in the UK. Once you get into it, you’ll be able to know what sizes your kid can fit in… what’s small, what fits and what your child might need to wait to fit into (also known as stashing).
Scandi clothes last
It’s surprising, to me, when other parents tell me that they’re always buying clothes for their kids… “they just don’t last” or “they grow so fast, you have to buy the next size up”. With the scandi clothes we buy Eric, we don’t have this problem. Clothes last us years… and they’re still going strong.
The size we usually get him is what fits him now but lasts probably up to a year later. They’re very generous in size, cut for cloth nappies to generous around the bum and waist, and typically have baggy/comfortable style which is PERFECT for play wear. No child wants to feel restricted in tight clothing whilst trying to explore!
Clothes which aren’t scandi that we like include brands like Little Bird at Mothercare, some NEXT Joggers and jumpers, Jojo Maman Bebe (do great leggings) and John Lewis. Little Bird has bright and funky prints with some rainbows, but not similar to the MOLO rainbow.
I do like the Little Bird designs, but I’m really not a fan of their sizing. I find the head holes on all of the clothes especially jumpers, to be really small… Eric is tiny anyway and doesn’t exactly have a huge head, and it’s always a struggle to get his head through and he hates how tight it is. We like buying handmade, too, but find they don’t last as long due to the sizing and can cost quite a lot of money so would prefer to invest in scandi pieces.
Our staple pieces
Our staple pieces are the Molo rainbow puddle suit, tights and dungarees. The puddle suit has been absolutely amazing all year round, for parks, woodland walks, countryside exploring, wet days and cold days. We take it with us nearly everywhere and it’s kept Eric warm and dry. Wherever we go, people always ask about it! It’s lasted us so long, it really is fantastic value for money. It cost us £65 second hand and is worth every penny. We love rainbow!
Vests are a staple for us, too, because they can just be worn with a pair of tights when it’s not really cold for a easy outfit. My favourite dungas are maxomorra; the prints are amazing and the quality second to none. The sizing is great and the dungas last us ages. My favourite print at the moment has to be mushrooms!
Tights I usually pick up from H&M, Next, Frugi and my favourite; Slugs & Snails. I wouldn’t recommend Primark for tights; they don’t last long at all before they start wearing thin and the quality isn’t great. They don’t tend to have nice prints or bright colours either.
But isn’t it expensive?
I often get asked this. Scandi clothes are more expensive than high-street baby clothes in the UK. However, you’d be very lucky to find clothes like scandi on the high-street which offers the same quality and duality. I would rather invest in clothes for Eric knowing they are comfortable, last long and we will get lots of wear out of them. The clothes we buy for him are an investment. They last months and even years… he is still wearing scandi I bought last year. I don’t have to buy new clothes every time he grows, I don’t have to “move up” in sizes from 3-6 or 6-9 or 9-12 when it’s his birthday. We save money in the long run.
Another good point to make is that scandi always keeps its value. In online selling groups (particularly Facebook) there is a very active scandi buy and sell community… parents go nuts for buying second-hand scandi because it’s much cheaper than new and because of the good quality of the clothes, you usually can’t even tell it’s hand-me-down. The market for scandi baby clothes on Facebook is active, it’s in demand and I don’t see that changing for a very long time. If you buy new, you can expect to sell on without losing much of what you originally paid for; as long as you make sure you look after the clothes and take care of them.
When buying second hand scandi online, you can also be reassured that you can get your money back. So when your child has grown out of the clothes, or you don’t care for them anymore, or even if you need to make some cash!… you can just sell on the clothes for the price of what you paid. If you buy a pair of dungas for £12 and the quality is the same as when you bought them, you can sell them on for £12. If you have a rare print or scandi with prints that are exceptionally popular at the moment, you might even be able to make more from selling these pieces.
No other type of clothing which you can buy from the high streets on the west work this way. Can you imagine me trying to sell on a t-shirt I bought from Primark for, maybe £1.50, and asking for £1.50 even though it’s 6 months old? I’d be lucky to make 50p from it, but most likely it would have lost quality so I would probably have to give it away to charity or donate it to a friend.
Where can I buy it?
As I’ve mentioned above about the scandi community on Facebook; this is the place to be! I really recommend buying second-hand where possible. This is my favourite scandi buy and sell group on Facebook and I have never had a bad experience. My top tip? Get familiar with the B/S/T terms… such as, “EUC” and “VGC”. These tags are to describe the quality of the clothing and the price they are sold for will reflect this.
Buying new is a fantastic investment and you can be reassured of high quality, amazing clothes which will last for ages and you can then sell on for a good price. There are great sales on many websites across the internet. Check out natures kids, scandi mini and Babi Pur.
If you live in Sheffield, check out b biscuit which is (real!) shop selling the best scandi brands like molo and maxomorra. Believe me, it’s amazing. I have to really resist buying more than I can afford when I visit there!
Do you love scandi baby clothes, too?! What are your favourite prints, designs and brands?
I’d love to know, I could talk about scandi all day long, haha. I hope this post was useful if you wanted to know about scandi baby clothes, whether you’re new to them or not. Let me know what you thought in the comments below!