The “ugly Christmas sweater” has become as quintessential to the holiday season as mistletoe, Christmas caroling and good ol’ shopping mall Santa Claus himself. While the tradition may have started in the early 2000s as a tongue-in-cheek homage to sappy Christmas sweaters past, it’s lingered for a reason: We’re suckers for nostalgia, for parties with a (silly) purpose and an excuse to wear something festive. We also love a good tradition to pass down to our children, who, until they have a say in the matter, are the perfect pint-size models to pull off looks we may not have the sartorial courage to wear ourselves. So turn up the holiday cheer this season by having baby don some of the cutest ugly Christmas sweaters around. Because if anyone can pull off a cherry red, cable knit baby “ugly” Christmas sweater featuring a parade of prancing reindeer, it’s a baby!
Cutest Baby Ugly Christmas Sweaters
A Reindeer Romp
Hands up if you’d wear this to an ugly sweater party if it came in your size! This cuddly two-piece will not only win the baby ugly Christmas sweater game, but it’ll keep your babe toasty too.
Buy it: $14, Carters.com
Llama Llama No Holiday Drama
The totally “it” animal right now is the one and only llama. And this dude knows he’s the leader of the Christmas pack, rocking those glittery antlers and smarty-pants glasses. But the absolute best part? The festive llama isn’t just on this baby ugly Christmas sweater—Target sells the llama sweater in big kid and grown-up sizes too. One more reason to be merry!
Buy it: $20, Target.com
Has baby been an awful good girl (or boy) this year? Give the gift of this precious baby ugly Christmas sweater. As a cardigan, it’s great for layering. And those two wee crochets santas on each pocket? Well, that’s just beyond.
Buy it: $52, Nordstrom
A Nose for Cuteness
Is there anything more awww-worthy than a baby ugly Christmas sweater romper? YES! One with a pom-pom Rudolph nose right where baby’s belly button is. Are you dying? We’re dying. (Bonus points for the easy on-off button closures.)
Buy it: $25, Amazon
Bring the magic, the mythical and the modern to your next holiday bash: Dress your mini-me in this too-cool-for-Christmas, unicorn-adorned holiday sweater. The hipster-worthy look will kill it at your baby ugly Christmas sweater party.
Buy it: $25, Amazon
It’s a Rudolph Rave
To heck with Dasher, Dancer, Blitzen and the rest of those non-flashy reindeer. This baby ugly Christmas sweater knows how to party, featuring the one and only all-star Rudolph and his festive nose.
Buy it: $20, Amazon.com
The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear—and dressing your baby just like Elf. No, not the On The Shelf guy, but the one and only Buddy from Will Ferrell’s hysterical holiday movie Elf. (Props to the party guest who spies your wee Buddy and calls him a son of a nutcracker.)
Buy it: $23, Amazon
Dropping Xmas Beats
This little drum boy is beating his way directly into our hearts with these precious baby ugly Christmas sweater overalls. Hanna Andersson even has a big kid pullover sweater version so baby and older bro can take the matchy-matchy sibling look to a sophisticated level at your next holiday gathering.
Buy it: $56, HanaAnderson.com
Colorful Reindeer Cardi Combo
This too-cute ensemble looks like a classic cardigan over a bow tie top, but it’s actually a comfy onesie with a snap-on tie. Your festive tot is sure to steal the show in this baby ugly Christmas sweater getup.
Buy it: Starting at $30, Etsy.com
Whether you’ve got a newborn, a 6 year old or kiddo in between, this bundled-up penguin is one of the most charming ways to stay warm and catch plenty of oohs and ahhs at the annual baby ugly Christmas sweater shindig. Just look at his cute wee beak!
Buy it: $49, JojoMamanBebe.com
Have Dino-Mite Holiday
Dinosaurs are cool. Dinosaurs in Santa’s hats are even cooler. But the coolest thing about this soft knit kids’ ugly Christmas sweater is that your opinionated toddler will be amped to wear it.
Buy it: $18, Hm.com
Rockin’ Robin Cardigan
Nothing brings holiday cheer like a robin redbreast on this beyond cute mini Christmas cardigan for baby: Your child will be warm and cozy and take the seasonal sweater game to an all-time classy level.
Buy it: $49, JojoMamanBebe.com
Irony With a Snap Crotch
It’s not ugly, nor is it a sweater—making this deer-and-penguin festooned onesie the perfect outfit for your little one’s very first tongue-in-cheek baby ugly christmas sweater. It comes in red, white or gray.
Buy it: $16, Etsy.com
Oh My Deer Pullover
Decked out in a cozy scarf and twinkling holiday lights, Rudolph is ready to party—as will your toddler in this snuggly kids’ ugly Christmas sweater.
Buy it: $26, Amazon.com
Deck the Halls
‘Tis the season to be jolly—so what better holiday outfit for your merry babe than this fa-la-labulous baby ugly Christmas sweater dress? Available in sizes 3 to 24 months.
Buy it: $39, Norstrom.com
Hoodie for the Holidays
Okay, so this ugly baby Christmas sweater is technically a cotton hoodie-and-sweats set, but come on! It’s as festive as can be, with the hood, kangaroo pocket and matching pants decked out in a deer and fir tree print. For $5, you really can’t go wrong.
Buy it: $5, Amazon.com
There’s just something about a wee boy with a train at Christmastime. Trust us, you only have a few years of being able to sneak a kids’ ugly Christmas sweater over your kiddo’s head, even if it is train-themed.
Buy it: $54, JanieandJack.com
Updated November 2018