Who & What is Peekaboo Beans?
Peekaboo Beans is a Canadian-based kids clothing company that has recently branched into the US market. Their mission, according to their website, is to promote play with clothes that kids feel good wearing. I can totally get behind that!
Their clothes are sold through Play Stylists, and the clothes used and pictured in this review were provided for me by Kelly Zarifa. You can visit her website here: www.peekaboobeans.net/kzarifa. Since the company prides themselves in some sensory-friendly features in their design, this appeals to me as an SLP, PLUS having two small kids at home - I was happy to do an honest review.
Naturally, the first thing I did was log onto the website. I'll admit that my very first impression was a bit of sticker shock. For someone who buys most of her kids' clothes from Target for less than $10 a piece, these pieces were definitely outside my budget comfort zone.
However, I did notice that a lot of their piece are designed to "Grow with Me" so my three-year-old's dress will fit her as a tunic next year and a shirt the next. The pieces are also all pre-shrunk, and after washing them, I'll attest to the fact that they look exactly the same now both in shape and color as they did when they arrived in the package.
When the package arrived I could definitely tell that the quality was great. The fabric is sort of heavy enough to be durable, but still mostly cotton and super breathable. My biggest complaint was that as soon as it arrived, the "fall" weather in Pittsburgh turned into 80-90 degree days and so the outfits just sat there for ages waiting for some cooler weather.
But, I had some time to look (and take photos of) all the details.
I just love the fabric and the flat hems, and my daughter LOVES those little thumb holes! Plus, they make for easy coat-donning.
Finally, we got a perfect, cool day to wear the new outfits.
It was a super brisk morning and we were walking down to a local parade. I was worried they'd be too cold, but by the time we were walking back up, the sun was out and I was worried my daughter was going to be too hot. I was sweating in what I was wearing, but she was comfy and I was definitely happy with the fabric.
Both kids played all day in the outfits and they really are perfect play clothes like the company advertises. Super stretchy, but not tight. My daughter is a pretty average sized 3-year-old and is wearing size 3. I would absolutely say the style will grow with her. It's long enough for a dress right now but I'm sure it'll fit her the next two years as a tunic and then a shirt.
So yes, these clothes are a bit pricier than I'm inclined to fill their entire closets with...
HOWEVER, I know for sure that I have donated or tossed out other clothes of both kids that have been worn only once or twice before they're either too small, too short (because they shrunk), or just generally too grubby and faded. I definitely do not see that happening with either of these outfits and would almost bet on the fact that they'll still be wearing them this time next year. They've been washed now twice and look literally like new.
As any parent of a three-year-old knows, the fact that she loves her dress is awesome because I'm happy to send her to preschool in it knowing it's stretchy and washable and she can play her little heart out.
These clothes are absolutely one of those quality vs. cost/quantity conundrums. They're more expensive than your average Target leggings and graphic tee, but the quality and longevity makes it worth it. While I won't be filling wardrobes with them, I would definitely buy a few more staples that I know will last the next few seasons without hesitation. I have my eye on this one...
If you're interested in taking a look, don't forget to check out Kelly's website here!
Disclaimer: I was provided with a free product in return for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.
Let me start with how Kiwi Speech got its name. I currently live in Pittsburgh, but it took living in a few different states and countries to get here. One of which (and the one that is truly "home"), was New Zealand. When I was first starting my business, I wanted a name that represented who I was, but was also catchy and kid-friendly. A person from New Zealand is colloquially referred to as a "kiwi", hence, Kiwi Speech was born.
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