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The Search for Hair Accessories that Stay Put

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After two boys, I looked forward to many things about having a daughter.

The sweet smocked dresses and floppy summer sun hats.

The pink footy pajamas and red Mary Janes.

The headbands and hair bows to match every outfit.

What I didn’t imagine, though, was daily battle to keep them in her hair.

My daughter has always enjoyed wearing barrettes and bows but it was a challenge to find ones that stayed put in her baby-fine hair. With some trial and error we’ve found some styles that work better for her hair type and the rough-and-tumble life of an active gal with two older brothers.

Here are ten of my favorite hair accessories…I hope you’ll like them too!


  • Newsprint Cutie 1 of 10
    Newsprint Cutie
    This bow features a newsprint pattern and would be oh-so-cute on any little girl. Photo credit: Sweet Sapling /Etsy
  • Baby Bouquet 2 of 10
    Baby Bouquet
    We love the colors in this toddler headband and it's designed to fit snugly on your child's head. Photo Credit: Snugars /Etsy
  • Retro Baby 3 of 10
    Retro Baby
    Does your toddler love babies as much as mine does? Then she'll love these vintage-inspired hair clips. Photo Credit: Hair Dolls /Etsy
  • Little Caterpillar 4 of 10
    Little Caterpillar
    Colorful and cute, this little guy will be the hit of the preschool set. Photo Credit: Leigh Ann Evans /Etsy
  • Fancy Flowers 5 of 10
    Fancy Flowers
    This beautiful floral headband is just the thing for your daughter's dressier occasions. Photo Credit: Bambaroos Boutique /Etsy
  • Cute Kitty 6 of 10
    Cute Kitty
    Purrfect, don't you think? Photo Credit: No Slippy Hair Clippy
  • Preppy Grosgrain 7 of 10
    Preppy Grosgrain
    Your preppy baby will love this grosgrain headband! Photo Credit: Preppy Pieces /Etsy
  • Blooming Beauties 8 of 10
    Blooming Beauties
    These flower-shaped clips would be a great match for all those summer sundresses. Photo Credit: Leilei1202 /Etsy
  • Felt and Floral 9 of 10
    Felt and Floral
    We love the vivid colors in these felt barrettes. Photo Credit: Katie's Wildflowers /Etsy
  • Patriotic Pouf 10 of 10
    Patriotic Pouf
    Celebrate the summer in style with this red, white and blue headband. Photo Credit: Little Bitty Blossom /Etsy

    Top photo credit: Snugars/Etsy

    Mary Lauren Weimer is a social worker turned mother turned writer. Her blog, My 3 Little Birds, encourages moms to put down the baby books for a moment and tell their own stories. Connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.

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