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When it comes to toddlers, physical changes are most apparent as little ones advance from infants to preschool kids. Their physical growth and motor changes keep toddlers active, socially curious and playful each day. Toddler clothing too goes through changes as it needs to be flexible yet well-fitting, and super comfortable as toddlers begin to walk alone, run, kick a ball, and climb on and off the furniture. Read on for five Bay Area kids clothing stores with toddler sized clothing in a range of style and price.

3108 Fillmore Street
San Francisco, CA 94123
(415) 771-0570

Opened since 2006 on San Francisco’s Fillmore Street, a hip and easy walking shopping, dining, and entertainment district, Bubble fits right into the eclectic neighborhood ambiance. Bubble carries fashionable, affordable, and comfortable children’s clothing, including a wide range of toddler-sized items for boys and girls.

Dottie Dolittle
3680 Sacramento Street
San Francisco, CA 94118
(415) 563-3244

Dottie Dolittle is one of San Francisco’s loveliest and most high-end children’s clothing boutiques, dedicated to offering beautiful well-made American and European designer pieces. Toddler sizes begin at 2T, sometimes referred to as 24 months, and generally go up through size 5T. Dottie Doolitle carries a varied assortment of current stylish, casual and dressy items, with prices from moderate to expensive. Dottie Doolittle also carries a collection of eye-catching accessories for the little ones, such as shoes, jewelry, robes, backpacks, and personalized and custom-made items (allow 6 -8 weeks for custom made items). Loyal multi-generational customers love to return to the shop for its consistent quality items, attentive customer service, plus some added perks such as free ground shipping on all clothing orders.

Bird In The Nest
1568 Laurel Street
San Carlos, CA 94070
(650) 592-1983

Bird in the Nest is one of the most popular, well curated, and affordable consignment stores in the Bay Area, giving parents and grandparents a greener and more affordable alternative to new and pricey kids’ clothing for kids 7 years and under, including toddler sizes. The selection begins with maternity items (hence the shop name) and includes gently used and new children’s clothing and accessories, toys, books and and other items as part of the mix. Bird in the Nest advises customers to look for a recycle symbol the shop puts on its tags to find previously owned items in new or great condition, and tags without the symbol indicating the brand-new, parent-recommended items.

Stripes Boutique

327 E. Campbell Avenue
Campbell, CA 95008
(408) 813-2050

Located in downtown Campbell’s Courtyard Shops, Stripes Boutique stands apart from its competition in offering handmade quality children’s products from a variety of local makers. This is particularly special when looking for baby and toddler clothing and accessories that are affordable and uniquely original. Within its relatively small space, Stripes prides itself on featuring carefully selected clothing and handmade accessories that are fresh and hip yet offer quality, comfort and affordable items for babies, toddlers and children.

Janie and Jack
Village at Corte Madera
1732 Redwood Highway
Corte Madera, CA 949425
(415) 924-7273

Noted for having absolutely precious children’s clothing, shoes, and nifty accessories, Janie and Jack has beautiful clothing for babies, toddlers, and young boys and girls at moderate prices. A few steps up from the kids clothing chain stores, not as pricey as the high-end shops, and nowhere near the recycled stuff, Janie and Jack has the edge for adorable, well-made clothing, along with shoes and accessories that would look terrific on your toddler. Bonus: there seems to always be a sale section here too. There are two Janie and Jack locations in San Francisco, on Chestnut Street and at the downtown San Francisco Center.

Melanie Graysmith is a writer, artist and educator based in the San Francisco Bay Area. She writes on adult education, art and culture, business, and lifestyle topics, and enjoys writing short stories and poetry. She is also a part of the Bay Area independent film community. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.