Hats & Designs

Where’d the name beanie hat come from?

No one is sure where the name “beanie hat” came from, but there are several theories.

Some think it’s from the slang term “bean” referring to the head. Others point out that the button that was commonly found on top of beanie hats a long time ago was about the size of a bean.

Academics like to think the name beanie hat might have come from the term bejaunus, which means

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Hats & Designs

Spring hats for girls

Pink bucket hat for girls

Pink bucket hat for girls

It’s Spring and time for a new hat for your little girl! Let me tell you about a couple precious, oh-so-girly hat designs that Beanie Designs sent me to review for the blog.

First of all, here’s the entire luscious collection of spring hats for kids, both boys and girls. Today I’m sharing with you the sweetest little girl hats, starting with a bucket hat, a beanie visor cap, and an adorable sun hat.

Girl’s crochet bucket hat with flower

This little number has an adorable rim all the way around. You can flip it up or down to protect your little girl’s eyes from the sun. The crochet hat style allows for plenty of airflow, so she won’t overheat on those coming hot spring days. Available in sizes 0-3 months up to preteen. There are

teal visor cap for girls

Girl's visor cap bursting with color

tons of other colors and styles of bucket hats, so check out the sun hats category for more choices.

Girl’s visor cap with flower

Okay, so maybe you consider your little girl more of a tomboy. Then a beanie visor cap may be right up her alley. (It’s still pretty girly, but perhaps it says “cool” more than “glamorous diva”. See the sun hat next if that’s your girl.) The visor cap is pretty similar to the bucket hat in that it’s crocheted for great airflow, but the flower is simpler and the visor gives a brim only in the front. Love the saturated teal and raspberry/burgundy colors! Available in sizes 0-3 months up to preteen.

Girl’s brimmed sunhat

girls sunhat

Glamorous sunhat fit for a princess

What little princess does not love pink and purple? Deliciously decked out in this sunhat, your little girl is set to melt hearts. If she has a Spring birthday or any special occasion coming up, surprise her with this glamorous sunhat! It’s sure to be her favorite hat when she’s dressed up or just playing around in the fresh Spring air. Available in sizes 0-3 months up to preteen.

Do you have a Beanie Designs hat for the Spring yet? Share with us which one you chose!

Toddler Tenderness

Fun props for little boys’ photos

Baby boy photosMost boys love cars and airplanes. They adore bulldozers and the like. But you don’t want your little guy’s favorite Caterpillar digger in your family portraits, right?

Here are some ideas of fun props for your little boy’s photo session:

Musical instruments – The rock star toddler with a guitar seems to be a popular theme these days. What about setting him up with a beautifully painted drum and letting him make his music? Holding a violin or fiddle and bow could be so sweet if you want to go for a vintage look. And what about letting him explore dad’s grownup sized tuba or guitar? The scale mix-up could make for a stunning photo. Top it off with this baby boy’s cap to match the mood.

Something handmade – If there’s a grandpa in the picture who’s good with a carving knife, see what he can fashion for your little man. It will have that much more meaning when you look at the photos years down the road. My dad carved an airplane for my son, and the photographer loved the bright blue in it. It just happened to match a blue quilt my grandmother made for me when I was little. We posed for a family picnic on it, even showing a few other cute toys from family members in the pictures.

Beautiful colors – An intense shot of red or other vibrant color can liven up photos, so look for toys or props that will complement your child’s skin coloring and any clothing you may want him to wear. If your son loves fire trucks, for example, you might find a beautiful wooden one that matches the feel you’d like for your photos.

One tip: see if you can help create some form of bond with the props before your photo session. That way, he’ll be sure to smile when he sees them and he’ll know just what to do. You may also have an idea of the sorts of poses that you can realistically expect as he’s playing with the item.

Tell us about some of the props that have worked for you!