Smafolk Size Guide – How to Find Your Child’s Size

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Here is the handy Smafolk Size Guide to help you decide which size you need when you’re looking to buy Smafolk clothing.

This is a comprehensive guide which shows you where to measure for t-shirts and trousers, plus less frequently purchased items like gloves. It is recommended that you measure your child without clothes. Then find the measurement in the tables below which will indicate which is likely to be the best fitting size.

Smafolk Size Guide
Smafolk Size Guide

All Smafolk clothing is designed to be generous in width, for comfort when moving about. If you’re looking to buy tops and dresses look at the chest measurements, and for bottoms look at the waist and hip measurements.

How to measure your child:

1. Height
Ask your child to stand against a wall with their legs together and measure from the top of their head to the floor.

2. Chest width (for t-shirts and tops)
Measure around your child’s chest, right below the armpit where they are widest. Your child needs to stand with their arms relaxed by their sides.

3. Waist width (for trousers, shorts, skirts etc)
Measure around their waist, which is the the narrowest point around on your child’s upper body. Again your child needs to stand with their arms relaxed by the sides.

4. Hip width
Measure around the hips, which are at the widest place on the bottom.

5. Inner leg length (for trousers, leggings etc)
Measure from crotch to floor, along the leg.

6. Head circumference (for hats)
Measure around the head, at the widest place. The measurement must be taken tightly around the head.

7. Length of hand (for gloves & mittens)
Measure from wrist to fingertip, along the back of your child’s hand.

8. Length of foot (for shoes, moccasins, boots etc)
Measure the length from heel to tip of the big toe. Your child must be standing up so the weight is distributed correctly on the foot. Placing your child’s foot on top of a measuring tape makes it easier to read. Then to allow a little room for growing, add 1½ cm to the measurement and choose a size equivalent to the length of the inner sole in the table below.

Kids Shoe Size Conversion Chart

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We’re now in the time of year when our thoughts turn to wellies and warmer shoes for the little people. If you need a Kids Shoe Size Conversion Chart to convert between UK, European and US shoe sizes: we’re here to help.

When you’re shopping for Children’s Boots and Shoes online it can be confusing, depending on where in the world you are and where in the world you’re shopping! This is the Kids Shoe Size Conversion Chart we’ve been using for years when boots and shoes arrive in the shop:

Shoe Size Conversion Chart for Kids Sizes
Want to convert kids shoe sizes between UK, European and/or US sizing?

I don’t know about your children, but ours hate (and I really mean hate) trudging the High Street looking for shoes. If the first shop doesn’t have exactly the right thing in the right size… it’s over.

So shopping online for them suits us down to the ground. And whilst the ideal way to know that shoes and boots will fit is to try them on, there are things you can do to ensure you’re buying the right size for your child. The above size chart will help you to convert babies’ and children’s shoe sizes between UK, European and US sizes. 

When you’re deciding which size to choose, sometimes it’s helpful to have something to measure your child’s foot against. Our biggest footwear range is Hatley Wellington Boots and they provide this helpful chart to do just that:

Shoe Size Conversion Chart for Kids
Hatley Boots Sizing Chart

You can download the Hatley Boots Size Chart Here to measure your child’s feet at home – it’s designed to be printed A4 size.

Bear in mind that Wellington Boots sizing is not typical of all shoe sizing. Some brands allow a little for thick socks (Hatley do this to some extent) and others don’t. So it’s always as well to go by the standard European size conversion chart above if the manufacturer of your favourite kids shoes or boots don’t provide a printable chart like this.

If in doubt you can always drop us an email – we’ll always be glad to help.

Christmas Posting Cut-off Dates 2014

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So it’s October already. Are you scared yet?

Christmas Posting Cut-off Dates 2014
This is a Royal Mail Christmas Stamp from 2010. This year’s designs have not yet been released.

Most of us haven’t given a second thought to last posting dates for Christmas. In fact I can hear some of you cursing me for mentioning such a thing even as I write this.

However if you were hoping to send gifts via International Economy (previously known as Surface Mail) then you’ve already missed the last recommended posting dates for some parts of the world.

Unless it doesn’t matter at all when your parcel arrives, we would not recommend International Economy as a posting method overseas anyhow. The recommended dates are just that (ie not guaranteed). In tests we’ve carried out parcels have taken 12 weeks or more to arrive :-/ which makes it a high risk method if you really want your goodies to get to the lucky recipient in time for Christmas.

Hence we’re coming straight in with the faster methods, now known as International Standard (which we keep forgetting and referring to as Airmail) and International Tracking & Signature.

Last recommended posting dates for International Standard (formerly Airmail) and all
International Tracking and Signature Services (formerly Airsure® and International Signed For®)

Wednesday 3 December Asia, Far East (including Japan), New Zealand
Thursday 4 December Australia
Friday 5 December Africa, Caribbean, Central & South America, Middle East
Monday 8 December Cyprus, Eastern Europe, Greece
Tuesday 9 December Canada, Poland
Friday 12 December USA
Saturday 13 December Western Europe (excluding Greece, Poland)

Last recommended posting dates for International Standard HM Forces Mail – British Forces Post Office (BFPO)

Friday 28 November Operational BFPOs                                    .
Friday 12 December Static BFPOs

The last recommended UK posting dates from Royal Mail are:

Thursday 18 December 2nd Class and Royal Mail Signed For®
Saturday 20 December 1st Class and Royal Mail Signed For®
Tuesday 23 December Royal Mail Special Delivery Guaranteed®           .

We’ll remind you of cut-off dates on the Little Sunflowers Facebook Page as well.

If you have any questions about last posting dates for Christmas drop us an email and we’ll be happy to help if we can.

And remember you always have the option of delayed despatch if you think you might forget to post your gifts in time. Simply place your order with us, selected delayed despatch and indicate the date you want it to be posted at checkout, select free gift wrapping. Then we’ll take care of everything for you.

 

5 Things that could be Preventing your Child from Getting to Sleep

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Does your child find it hard to get to sleep? Even when they’re shattered do they still seem unable (or unwilling!) to settle themselves at bedtime?

5 Things that could be Preventing your Child from Getting to Sleep
Is anything more interesting than going to sleep?

These 5 things have been shown to interfere with a child’s ability to go to sleep:

1. Over stimulation

Over-stimulation at bedtime is a major reason why your child may have difficulty getting to sleep. Electronic games, televisions and computers are the main culprits, although other toys and games can also make it difficult for a child to become calm enough for sleep.

tv-screen

The bluish light emitted by most televisions and computer screens is also thought to stimulate the brains of children (and adults too), making it more difficult to get into a deep sleep.

If you haven’t yet put a TV in your child’s bedroom: try to avoid it. If it’s already there, is there any way it could come out again, or at least not go on in the evening? Easy for me to say I know…

2. Noise

Loud noises are obviously likely to wake children and adults, but this is much more significant when the noises are unusual or frightening. A child who is used to hearing cars, trains and aeroplanes will probably sleep through such noises, while just the sound of the sea or a ticking clock can keep others awake.

A child who is used to silence at bedtime will struggle to fall asleep in a noisy environment. For that reason, getting a young child used to a certain level of disturbance will usually be better in the longer term.

3. Worry, anxiety and stress

Children may worry about things that seem trivial to adults, but these worries are very real to your child and can make it difficult for him to get to sleep or to sleep through the night. No matter how illogical the problem may seem, try to treat all worries seriously and discuss them with your child.

Any change in routine can be a stress in itself for some children and may affect your child’s ability to get to sleep, especially if their normal routine is very rigid. On the other hand, a regular routine will help the majority of children to settle better and sleep more easily.

We were never ‘go back to the same holiday destination year after year’ people until we had our children. In fact I could never understand why anyone would want to go back to the same place twice. How things change! Our boys settle and sleep far better in familiar places from the moment we arrive than if we go to exciting, different places year after year. We have picked our family favourites and we try to visit at least one of them every year.

There may be particular toys, blankets or other factors like managing light and noise levels that will help your child to feel secure and may help to compensate for a change in her routine. Our boys are prone to becoming unsettled so we take their own pillows with favourite pillow cases on whenever possible. It felt like pandering to begin with, but it helps massively.

4. Lack of Exercise

A lack of exercise can disrupt sleep patterns. Children are designed to move.

Encourage them to run around, cycle, skate, skip, swoop and spin. It will not only help build their vital skills of balance and sensing their relative body parts (known as proprioception), it will also help them sleep more soundly.

That said, keep the later hours before bedtime for more sedentary and relaxing pursuits (such as reading, eating, playing a board game and having a bath) or they may still be too wired up to sleep.

5. Diet

Some foods are known to affect children’s ability to sleep and their daytime behaviour, especially sugars and some food additives. My rule of thumb is: if there are labels on the food I’m thinking of buying and these labels have more than three ingredients and/or are names I don’t understand, then I do my best to avoid them.

Do you have any tips for helping your child get to sleep?

Getting the Scandi Style when Dressing your Children

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Getting the Scandi Style when dressing your children
Denmark, Sweden and Norway are the 3 countries which technically form Scandinavia

As our website will confirm, we love a bit of Scandi Style for children.

When we opened the shop 10 years ago, Scandinavian children’s clothing was relatively hard to come by in the UK.

Becoming a shop which sold so many Scandinavian brands came about by accident for us. We were looking for bright and bold childrenswear that was a little bit different, helped children stand out from the crowd, withstood play and could be washed again and again and still look great. When I went to trade shows my eye was drawn to the colours and the quality, not the country of design. Yet I found myself often favouring Scandinavian styling and, before I realised what I’d done, the shop was packed with these fabulous brands.

Part of it may have been because I’d worked for a well known Swedish company for many years in my previous life. I was lucky enough to visit Sweden and Denmark frequently and used to wander the streets in the evening ooh’ing and aah’ing at the shop windows.

When we opened our doors I jokingly used to refer to us as ‘Little Sunflowers aka the Dressed in the Dark shop’. Red and purple were my favourite colours for dressing our boys in those days, regardless of who designed the collections. They still are actually. Those two colours were always the last to sell in our shop. I persisted. Still they didn’t sell.

Getting the Scandi Style when Dressing your Children
Smafolk – bright colours, ethically produced, gorgeous!

I have a vivid memory of the occasional customer walking into the shop for a baby gift in the early days and looking at me as though I were mad. Pink and blue was pretty much the universal new baby gift option and, even as recently as 2004, many of our customers didn’t feel comfortable buying an orange baby romper with green elephants for new parents.  We realised pretty early on that, if we didn’t offer choice including pink and blue, we weren’t going to be in business for very long.

I asked for feedback. Essentially the issue seemed to be that neither red nor purple were universally defined as being for a boy or girl and that was a problem.

Wind forward 10 years. The UK is in the grip of a love of all things Scandi right now. You might not realise it, but Denmark, Norway and Sweden are technically Scandinavia. Finland, Iceland, Greenland, the Faroe Islands and Aaland, together with Scandinavia, form the Nordic countries.  However we love the style of all those countries so Finland, Iceland etc often get referred to as ‘Scandi’ when technically they are not.

Geography aside, we’re often asked by customers how to get that fabulous Scandinavian look. I see lots of articles about getting the look in your home and how to get the taste in our kitchens. But there’s very little around about how to capture ‘that’ look when dressing your children.

So I’ve been finding out why the Scandi look is so appealing to parents. What is it that makes this such a distinctive look?  And how do you create the look, even with brands that are not necessarily designed in Scandinavia?

Rebecca said: I think it’s appealing because it’s comfortable and looks like children’s clothes as opposed to mini adults clothes. It’s also difficult for a toddler to explore in jeans! I think for boys Smafolk-style baggy pants or bright leggings, 90s colour blocking, helmet hats and bright prints are what I associate with Scandi style. As far as recreating that look without Scandinavian brands: look for bright colour blocking and repetitive prints, don’t be afraid to scour the girls section as boys stuff is so restrictive and it’s not like all they have is frilly pink dresses. The look would usually be pretty unisex whatever the gender anyway.

Kelly Ann said: Layering, bright colours, contrast and distinctive patterns. I could make a non scandi outfit look scandi by layering it over a rainbow long sleeved vest and adding some leg warmers. 

And Michelle said: I love the gender neutral aspect but for me scandi style is about being able to dress my sons in comfy, bright, funky clothes that aren’t little versions of what their dad or even grandad would wear. Children’s clothes should be bright & fun & easy to wear in my opinion… to recreate Scandi, look for basics in primary colours, all over print & retro styles like baggy cords & dungarees.

Whether or not you embrace the gender neutral parenting style, there is another very practical angle to all this. Many of us buy the independent brands not only because they are different, but because they are often of better quality than the mass produced designs on the high street. You spend a bit more knowing that it will last, not only for one child but the next too. So a bit of gender neutrality goes a long way.

Gemma said: Gender neutral bright funky patterns allow me to dress my boy girl twins the same and them be comfy to boot.

What is it about the Scandi brands that make them so brilliant for children do you think? Is it the comfort and quality, the bright colours, the child-like prints, the gender neutral approach that so many of them have… or something else? And do you have any tips about how to create the look? Is it layering? Contrasting and/or bright colours? Repeat prints?

We’d love to know what you think.