10 firework-worthy outfits + accessories for the 4th of July ?

Celebrate the Fourth of July with these firework-worthy items ?

10 firework-worthy outfits + accessories for the 4th of July ?

Whether it’s your baby’s first 4th of July or you’re celebrating the Stars and Stripes with a toddler in tow, these 10 firecracker products will guarantee a festive night for all.

1. The perfect seat for firework-watching: Cosatto’s Pushchairs

There’s no way to not smile when you see Cosatto’s pushchairs. From patriotic stars to cars to unicorns, their bright patterns are infectious for kids and moms alike. Even better, the Supa really is the lightweight do-it-all. Let’s just begin with the fact that—unlike many umbrella-folds—the Supa works from birth with its reclined newborn position. The sunshade, raincover, and zip off liner mean you can take it from wintery weather at home to vacation sunshine. The handle is actually height adjustable. And perhaps most importantly for the hours spent waiting in the airport, is the “window-on-the-world” pocket for holding in place the iPad.


Pro tip: While it comes with pretty much everything you could need, it’s worth getting the matching Cup Holder to hold that needed coffee.


2. Shoes that make little feet feel free: TOMS Classic Slip-on

We’ve put our pint-sized kids in plenty of adorable TOMS, but these definitely take them to a new patriotic level. TOMS Classic Slip-on gives little and bigger kids a way to walk in style and comfort, and no need for you to mess with laces or even velcro. The elastic front on the canvas shoes make them easy to slide on and hard to fall off – at least for most kids. And, like all TOMS, every pair you buy means someone else gets a pair too.

Pro tip: Jealous? Try out the mom version that screams July 4th even more than the kid one. Or just get a pair of classic red or blue.


3. For post-BBQ naps: Red Classic Swaddle Blankets

Deck your peanut up like the flag with some good ‘ole red and white stripes or stars. We love any Aden + Anais swaddle, but the Red Classic set is spot-on for the summer holidays. Softer the more they’re washed, there’s nothing like a little baby burrito. And in summer, these lightweight versions don’t need anything but a diaper underneath.

Pro tip: Remember the many ways a muslin blanket will keep giving back even after baby is ready to let loose those arms and don’t shed them when you are ready to declutter baby gear. Our kids are still using them for tea parties into elementary school.


4. To soothe firework fears: BooginHead Patriotic Pacifier

If your munchkin is still more of the paci-sucking kind than a popsicle eating one, give them a BooginHead Patriotic Pacifier. Free of BPA, PVC, and Phthalate, these pacis let every little person show their American pride.

Pro tip: For those bigger kids, nothing beats 4th of July heat like a classic Rocket Popsicle.


5. To keep them made in the shade: Real Shades

If your kids are like our’s, sunglasses usually take a beating – they’re stepped on, pulled apart, and shoved into unreasonably tight spaces. Real Shades are the first pair we’ve had that have actually lasted. Beyond the cool looks – especially the iconic Surf style in bright red – Real Shades are 100% UVA and UVB protective, and most importantly, they’re unbreakable. No really. Try twisting, pulling, and stretching them.

Pro tip: Register the shades on their website after purchase and in the unlikely event something happens, they’ll happily replace them.


6. To celebrate their roots: MilkBasics Onesie

Etsy is covered in layers of adorable around any holiday, but we can’t help but have some extra love for MIlkBasics version. Printed on one of our favorite staples – Gerber Onesies – it’s soft, washes well, and is sure to get a chuckle out of every July 4th partygoer.

Pro tip: Since most Etsy items are made to order, get this one now before time runs out!


7. To help you keep your cool: Target Americana Stars and Strips Visor

If you’ve grown out of theme-dressing yourself, a priced-right, functional accessory is always the way to add just a little holiday pop. Target’s Americana Stars and Stripes Visor fits the bill (pun, intended) with its patriotic punch of red, white, and blue. It also comes in handy when your kiddo suddenly has a bought of “sun’s-too-bright” at the family picnic.

Pro tip: While you’re at Target, grab some good storage buckets. As your kids get older and more excited about holidays, they’ll inevitably want more decorations every year so start stocking up.


8. For skipping under fireworks: Starry flutter romper

Girls in pigtails. Girls in tutus. Girls in rompers. They get us every time with their extra doses of cute. Gap comes out with an adorable July 4th romper most summers, and we’ve been collecting them and passing them down since buying our first one years ago. This pepper red Starry Flutter Shorty version may be the best yet. All cotton, snapped at the inseam, and plenty airy, you’ll hope this fits well past summer.

Pro tip: We’ve transitioned many a summer dress into a winter jumper with a soft long sleeve tee underneath.


9. For field day racing: Performance Whale Jonjon Overalls

You don’t have to be from the south to fall in love with some classic prep styles. From the party plaid to the whale, Vineyard Vines's adorable boy’s Performance Whale Jonjon is classic perfection. Beyond the adorable styling and great overall quality, it’s made of a quick-drying blend of nylon and spandex – helpful whether your boy gets wet from water balloon, dripping popsicle, or a less fortunate kind of accident.

Pro tip: Can’t get enough of the red, white, blue + whale combo? Check out the equally adorable Girls Stars and Whales Onesie.


10. For the best mama and me photos: USA Unicorn Tank Top

The unicorn trend has taken over everything this year, so why let the Fourth of July stand in its way? Tipsy Elves is known for their over-the-top, funny seasonal attire (think the best tacky Christmas sweaters). They continued the tradition for summer with the Women’s USA Unicorn Tank Top. Whether it’s a one-time wear or keeps going all summer long, we know you’ll feel trendy, comfy, and patriotic.

Pro tip: If your little girl is as obsessed with unicorns as much as ours, try buying an extra small and see if she can get away with it as a pool dress cover-up or nightgown.


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