As parents, especially as a parent of multiple children, we are all looking for a way to just make things EASIER. Whether it be a new way to get laundry done (who cares if everything is pink- I did it in one load!) to quick meals for the kids (of COURSE last night's leftovers make a great breakfast!), we often find ourselves compromising. In terms of clothing for our kids, it is often a compromise as well- price vs. quality, aesthetics vs. ease of wear, unique vs. appealing to kids. The brand Naartjie Kids (pronounced pronounced nar chee) is an anomaly in the world of kid's clothing- they put the fun in functional, blending unique, coordinated, high-quality clothing at a reasonable price. They are having a semi-annual sale online for a limited time, so make sure to check it out!
I have been looking for a practical bathing suit for my 6 month old. All of the suits I have purchased thus far have left marks on her skin, were itchy, ill-fitting and poorly constructed. I was incredibly pleased with the quality of the Naartjie Kids swimsuit I received- the material was smooth and soft, the seams weren't bulky or sloppy, and the best part- it has snaps for easy diaper changing! BRILLIANT!
In addition to swimwear, Naartjie Kids offers a full line of clothing for boys and girls from birth to age ten, and even has a line of tween girl clothing for up to age 16 (I remember the traumatic visits to the mall with my mom at that age- avoid the hassle and order online).
About the Clothes
I recently purchased 5 outfits for my daughter at a mass retailer. One wash and they shrunk beyond recognition- she didn't even get to wear them! Naartjie Kids has this problem solved- although they are made of almost 100% cotton, they are pre-shrunk and pre-washed to ensure that the clothes fit the same before and after hitting the laundry. They also garment dye vs. piece dyeing, which results in softer clothing and more vibrant colors.
One of the most unique features of this clothing line is their inter-coordinated ranges that they update with new prints, styles and colors on a regular basis. This means that pieces that you purchase early in the season will coordinate with pieces offered later in the season as well and allows you to mix and match. For example, take the pieces from the Hula Floral collection below- they all have netting detail without being too matchy-matchy. These pieces have the same color in them as other pieces from the collection, like the mixed print ruffled bodysuit.
ruffled netting overlay bodysuit, netting ruffled bottom bloomers, netting rose trimmed headband, netting rose trimmed booties
And what about that name, you ask? Naartjie is is an Afrikaans word for "a small, sweet citrus fruit” found in South Africa. Yes, the clothing brand originated in Cape Town, and they currently serve over 30 countries worldwide.
What items from the Naartjie Kids line do you see your kids wearing this summer?