I feel like I spend about £150 on kids clothes about every 3 months. Neither Sam nor Kitty seem to me to get much bigger in the interim, but suddenly one day sweaters, which have been loose and baggy, are stretched across tummies like Billy Bunter’s jacket, ankles poke out of the end of trousers, Sam’s cords are so tight that he cannot climb stairs.

Everyone has their sworn-by place to get kids clothes. I have always been a fan of H&M, but the sizes are such pot-luck even outside of sale-time. Whatever size your kid is, everyone else also seems to have a kid that size and they’ve taken all the navy joggers.

I recently had a bit of luck in Next, especially with navy joggers – with the added bonus that if you order online it comes practically within the hour. But there is also something perfunctory and unsatisfying about Next, just generally – not just for children’s clothes.

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The only shop that sells leggings that I find do not instantly sag in the crotch on Kitty are from Little Bird, Jools Oliver’s range for Mothercare. There is a certain sort of mother for whom Little Bird is the apogee of ghastliness, and I get it, but that mother is not me. I bought three pairs of these leggings – two for now and one for when she grows out of them next week.

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I am also on a bit of a rainbow-motif jag at the moment and love this sweater so much that I got one for Kitty and one for Sam.

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I find as long as you avoid the more garish patterns and prints, Boden make good clothes for kids, they’re just so very sturdy. 

If you do want anything for your kids for Spring/Summer – especially swimwear – get it now as Boden sells out quickly after the catalogue arrives, which it will any day now.

Kitty lives in playsuits in the summer – put in by me because a) I can’t bear catching sight of girls’ knickers on climbing frames in the summer and b) I can’t wear playsuits or jumpsuits because of my long back disease but would dearly like to.

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And this sweater for Sam just seemed marvellous. But I may have lost my judgment a bit by that point.

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