Toddler leggings are as much a wardrobe staple for your LO as they are for you. (Side note, Mamas: These butt-sculpting leggings are absolute game-changers.) There are so many reasons to stock up on toddler leggings for boys and girls, and if no one’s told you this yet, listen up. Anyone who has potty trained a tot knows just how essential good stretchy pants are to the job. The ability for our babes to dress themselves (because as you know, “ME DO IT!” is perpetually ringing in our ears) and gaining that sense of independence is not only a self-esteem booster but a mommy sanity must. No more diapers and no more dressing a squiggling eel … #winning!
Leggings are traditionally seen as a thing girls wear under dresses or as pants, but there is a whole fashion movement toward slim-legged athleisure wear for boys, toddlers included. A good pair of leggings, a lightweight jacket, and a cute pair of sneakers will become your tot’s spring uniform, since dressing for that in-between weather is like a riddle for kids (and us grown-ups, too). Investing in a few pairs of basic color leggings allows for easy mix and match dressing, (plus, those darker colors will hide stains) while our kiddos stay comfy as they master all those new skills. We also love a good pair of fancy unicorn leggings for those days when they’re feeling extra special, because why not?
We’ve rounded up our favorites for best toddler leggings marketed for boys and girls (really, many options are gender-neutral), but we say: Let them wear what they want!
Best Toddler Girl Leggings
The tie-dye trend doesn’t just stop at with your loungewear, mama. Your little one can look cute, trendy, and comfortable too! These leggings from Gap are ultra soft and stretchy, and if this cotton candy pink isn’t your thing, you’ve got over 10 other colors and patterns to choose from.
Carter’s is known for cute and affordable play clothes for babies and kids of all ages, which is why we love this 3-pack of toddler leggings. Choose from a selection of 7 different combinations of colors and prints, from fun and whimsical to everyday classics. They’re available in sizes 3-6 months to 5T, but we suggest going up a size from your toddler’s normal one.
Amazon’s brand, Spotted Zebra, is taking kids fashion by storm with over 16,000 reviews! We love this 5-pack of bright and basic options for every day of the week. If rainbows and donuts aren’t her thing (although we can’t imagine it!), there are 45 different legging pack combinations to choose from in sizes 2T – XXLarge.
J.Crew has long been known for their pretty styles and unique designs. It’s no wonder that that amazing sense of style has translated down to the toddlers. This polka dot print is like a nice spring day and since it’s J.Crew Factory, it’s a fraction of the price! (Mom hack – yes please!)
Looking for something a little more simple that still let your kiddo’s personality shine through? These J. Crew leggings are the one! The rainbow and daisy design across the knee is subtle yet completely adorable. If you really want to go all out, make sure to grab the matching top too!
We love Slowera’s Little Girls Ruffle Leggings for adding fun flair to classic style. What toddler doesn’t want a little extra special to wear just because it’s Monday? (This might even prevent the self-administered glitter “design” they’re tempted to make with supplies from their craft box.) These fancy pants come in 8 different colors in sizes 3-6 months – 5-6 years.
Let her channel her inner Ariel with these fabulous Faithtur Mermaid Leggings. They’re like a toddler dance party in a bag (like they really need an excuse)! Whether you’re having an indoor beach day or dressing up for the big day (Halloween or birthday), we think every tot needs a pair of these!
It doesn’t get more basic than Flaryzone’s Toddler 3-pack black leggings, but these are a toddler closet must. Available in sizes 2T – 6 years, they will be able to be swapped out over and over again when they become your kiddo’s favorites.
One mommy reviewer wrote, “When my 2.5 yr old started toilet training, we bought two packs of these in 3T so that we could have spare pants everywhere we might need them. These fit great, the fabric is solid, and they’re just versatile as heck.”
This sweet little 2-pack of toddler girl leggings is both pretty and classic with one pair for those girly girl days and another for letting their t-shirt or dress choice shine. Available in sizes 12-18 months – 5T and priced right, you can gobble up multiples to stow away for next year!
Looking for your toddler’s must-have birthday outfit? Or are they simply obsessed with unicorns (because even we adults are)? Then these are a must-have. Every pair of these SewSweetSewAdorable Iridescent Unicorn Leggings is as unique as our LO. No two pants have the same pattern placement, but they all share the same base colors of pink, purple, and blue. Available in size 0-3 months – size 12.
Best Toddler Boy Leggings
These leggings from Summer in May are snug, yet lightweight — the perfect combo for summer evenings. The rust and black stripes are totally gender neutral, making a look that any and every kid would enjoy.
When they’re little babies, it’s easy to find cute patterned stretchy pants — but as our boys get older, it can be a little tricker. Hudson Baby has curated a massive collection of multi-pack leggings for both boys and girls in over 40 different pattern combinations and colors in sizes 0-3 months – 5T. (We are kind of obsessed with the tutu skirted ones for girls and these fun animal prints for boys)!
We love these simple Unisex Jersey Joggers from Old Navy. A basic grey or navy with a little bit of heathering creates an instant favorite (with over 1000 5-star reviews) that will match with whatever they pull out of the drawer.
One mama reviewer wrote, “Love these! Fits my son perfectly and comfortably. One of his favorite pants to wear around the house.”
Designed for younger toddlers (sizes 0-3 months – 18-24 months) with a little more room in the seat to accommodate a diaper, SOBOWO’s Toddler Crawling Pants are perfect for little ones on the go. When they’re bound to get into something on the floor, the darker colors will help keep them in the same pair of pants all day long!
These are the pants that we’re seriously jealous of for their fashion and function. GapFit Toddler Fit Tech Pull-On Joggers are super cool with their slant-zip pockets and seamed details. These magical pants are also moisture-wicking to keep Junior’s skin dry (because diaper rash on a toddler is no fun) and come in a variety of prints and colors in sizes 12-18 months – 5T.
Amazon’s brand, Spotted Zebra, has created a new twist on the boys jogger with mix and match color combinations of zippers and ties in a stylish fleece pant. Available in 7 colors and prints in sizes 2T – XXLarge, you’ll keep buying these for your LO as they get bigger!
One mama shared, “They are super cute, fit really well, and have held up wonderfully so far. My son is very rough on his clothes, but I still like to dress him nicely, so finding nice clothes on a budget is a must!”
Carter’s Toddler French Terry Active Joggers for boys have great basic colors that are a must for any wardrobe, but they also come in fun prints that any toddler will appreciate. Everything from construction site diggers to dinos to even scenes from outer space (aka, the obsessions of all the toddler boys we’ve ever met) can become part of their daily uniform. Available in 8 combinations in sizes 2T – size 8.
By the time he’s in 7th grade, he will be begging to wear Under Armour Joggers every single day. Under Armour has scaled down the middle school must-have into tiny tot sizing so your littles can look just like your bigs, moisture wicking fabric and all. Available in 6 colors and in sizes 12 months – size 7.
For every little boy who is obsessed with dinosaurs, Fruitsunchen’s Toddler Athletic Pants will turn him into one. We cannot get enough of the dino spikes down the legs of these decorated joggers, and your LO will love the embroidered dino at the hip. Available in 10 different combinations from totally dino to more classic in sizes 2T – 8 years.
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