The “ugly Christmas sweater” has become as ubiquitous 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 (say, rompers, footed onesies, giant head bows and the list goes on) we may not have the sartorial courage to. 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!
It’s a Rudolph Rave
To heck with Dasher, Dancer, Blitzen and the rest of those non-flashy reindeer. This kid sweater knows how to party, featuring the one and only all-star Rudolph and his festive nose. In this, your kiddo will surely hog the kudos at your next baby ugly Christmas sweater par-tay.
Buy it: $20, Amazon.com
Colorful Reindeer Cardi Combo
This too-cute ensemble looks like a classic cardi over a bow-tied top, but it’s actually a comfy and adorable onesie with a snap-on tie. Your festive Poindexter will steal the show at any so-called baby ugly Christmas sweater party in this getup.
Buy it: $40 for the set, Etsy.com
Penguin Power in Cashmere
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 holiday sweater shindig. Just look at his cute wee beak!
Buy it: $50, Jojomamanbebe.com
Pocket Full of Cute
Christmas cardigans are the best for layering. Add a teeny pocket that houses an equally teeny knitted reindeer? That’s beyond. This 3D sweater will, no doubt, kill it at your baby ugly Christmas sweater party.
Buy it: $55, BodenUSA.com
Dapper Penguin Sweater
Penguins are clearly nudging reindeer out of the holiday spotlight. Check out this baby ugly Christmas sweater: He’s a penguin in a top hat. And the glasses? Don’t even get us started. The only way to make that any cuter is to have a baby wear it.
Buy it: $12, ToysRUs.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 outing. It comes in red, white or gray.
Buy it: $15, Etsy.com
Classic Casual Cardi
You can show everyone who’s truly the special snowflake at the annual ugly baby Christmas sweater playdate with this can’t-go-wrong cozy holiday zip-up.
Buy it: $20, Kohls.com
Oh My Deer Pullover
Could Rudolph be more charming and aloof in this simple crew neck pullover? It’s like he doesn’t even care that someone strung holiday lights on his antlers. Sigh.
Buy it: $28, Amazon.com
Stranger Santa Romper
This red-eyed Santa right is perhaps a tad, well, bleary-eyed, but that’s what makes him the perfect adornment to your baby’s first ugly Christmas romper. It’s charming! It’s nostalgic! It’s creepy! It’s the Stranger Things of ugly Christmas sweaters.
Buy it: $30, Amazon.com
Polar Eclipse of My Heart
Oh my cuteness! Leave it to OshKosh to lay the preciousness on thick. Here, the dashing polar bear on your child’s sweater is, in fact, wearing his own classic striped sweater. A sweater within a sweater—a can’t-miss combo at your next baby ugly Christmas sweater get-together.
Buy it: $15, Kohls.com
A Reindeer Romp
It’s a Christmas sweater with pants. Sweater pants! (Hands up if you’d so wear this to an ugly sweater party if it came in your size?) This cuddly one-piece will not only win the baby ugly Christmas sweater game, but it’ll keep your babe toasty too.
Buy it: $19, Amazon.com
There’s just something about a wee boy in a wee vest at Christmastime. Trust us, you only have a few years of being able to sneak a train-laden knit over your kiddo’s head. Enjoy it all the way to your baby ugly Christmas sweater party.
Buy it: $12, Janieandjack.com
Furry Fun In A Sweater
We’re not sure the technical term for the dingly-do on the tip of this baby Christmas sweater hoodie, but we know we can’t get enough of it. That, plus the faux fur (!) and the on-point jacquard work make this the ultimate posh baby ugly Christmas get-up of the season.
Buy it: $66, Hannaandersson.com
Who can resist a bitty boy in toy soldier cardi? He’ll steal the show at any baby ugly sweater shindig with this festive bright red top with patch pockets.
Buy it: $84, BestDressedChild.com
Purr-chance are you looking for a nontraditional animal, say, a cat (or 10!) to bring good cheer? There are plenty of squee-dorable kitties on this holiday baby onesie, which comes in black or white. Meeowee, indeed!
Buy it: $15, Amazon.com
Published October 2017