41 Kids clothes with animal print outfits | depicted animal or motif

by Joost Nusselder | Updated on:  January 1, 2021

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Animal print, it can look so cute. Or actually cool, but that's so cute!

Your little girl with some animal print.

Still, many of the questions we get about it are also about different animals, so more with the animals depicted on them. Then it is of course also possible for boys.

In this article we look at everything about children's clothing with animal print.

The nicest children's clothing with animal print

That is why we actually distinguish two categories:

  1. prints with animals on it
  2. clothing with animal print like the skin of the animal

Prints with animal images

First some examples of prints with different animals depicted on it. Usually the print will be on something where you can see it, so the outerwear.

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Or for babies also on a romper at the top. Usually T-shirts, sweaters and cardigans.

In each category we will give some examples for boys, for girls and for babies so that there is always something for you.

Plus information on where to buy it.

For example, Elise Joane found some fun animal print here:


Children's clothes with cats

A little kitten, what could be cuter? Nothing right?

Well, maybe the combination with your child. That's why we start the list here with children's clothes with kittens on it.

Here are a few ideas for girls and babies and you can always click the more button for even more pieces:

girls girls
girls shirt with a cat on it dress with a cat
Baby Baby
Baby longsleeve with cat print Baby shirt with cat

Children's clothing with dogs

Dog print is also fun to buy, especially if you are a real dog family rather than a feline family.

Here are two great tips:

Year Backpack
Skirt with dogs dog bag

Children's clothing with elephants

Elephants, one of the most loved animals among children. Fortunately, we were able to find some for your baby:

Bib Crib blanket
Elephant bib Baby crib blanket with elephant print

Children's clothing with horses

Your little girl will probably love horses.

The majestic animals are a great attraction for children and especially if they also want to take riding lessons:

Top Boots
kids shirt with horse print Cute horse boots

Children's clothing with flamingos

Flamingos are just wonderfully colorful and often attract attention at the zoo. Does your child also love these animals? Try these clothes:

Girl dress Girl's dress
Children's clothing with flamingos Flamingo dress

Children's clothes with foxes

I recently saw a couple of baby arctic foxes on YouTube. Really too cute. But ordinary foxes are also allowed to be there.

Here are some nice pieces of clothing with foxes on it:

Sweater Bib
Boys shirt with fox baby bib with foxes

Children's clothing with a tiger on it

Grrrr. The tiger is tough and strong. Both girls and boys want to be tough and strong and probably enjoy wearing this beast on their clothes:

girls girls
Children's clothing with a tiger as an animal print T-shirt for girls with tiger
boys boys
boy's sweater with tiger print boys clothes with tiger print

Children's clothes with panthers

We will soon also have children's clothing with leopard print, but now it's the turn of the real animals. Here a nice shirt with panthers on it:

children's clothes with panthers

Children's clothing with swans

Swans are so beautiful and especially graceful. If your child is in ballet (or likes to feed outside the animals) she probably loves swans too:

Shirt Shirt
children's clothes with swans Shirt with swan print

Children's clothes with sheep

Clothing often comes from a sheep, and it's cute on the clothes too:

Dress with sheep

Children's clothing with deer

Deer are such beautiful animals too. Strong and stately. Here's a nice one on a long sleeve shirt:

Longsleeve t-shirt with deer

Children's clothing with a Walrus

If you've been to the zoo recently, you may have seen the walrus show too. Just very funny, and also nice on your clothes:

Leggings Dress
Leggings with a walrus on it Dress with walrus

Children's clothing with a rabbit

Bunnies are the favorite animals of many children. But you may not want to buy one because it is a lot of work.

A print on their favorite sweater or backpack might be an alternative:

Trui Backpack
Children's clothes with rabbit children's backpack with bunnies

Clothing with animal prints

Above we mainly talked about clothing with an animal print.

But there are also a lot of alternatives with animal print, made for their skin color and patterns.

Children's clothing with leopard print

Panther print may be the most common animal print you can find. Here are some fun examples for girls:

girls girls
Panther print children's top Girls' clothing with leopard print
Panther print skirt bomber jacket with animal print

Children's clothing with Zebra print

The zebra is still a long way from the fashion scene. And here for children a few nice pieces of clothing:

Dress Backpack
Dress with zebra print Backpack for children with zebra print

Children's pajamas with animal print

If your child has to go to sleep, you often read to him or her about animals, right? Why not nice pajamas with animals on it!

Tiger Schaap
Children's pajamas with animal print Pajamas with sheep

Animal print psychology, why do we like this?

The animal print look is a somewhat amusing but increasingly popular psychosocial fashion trend with (mostly female) members of our species adorning themselves and the objects around them with jungle patterns from leopards, cheetahs, tigers and jaguars, to snake, zebra and even giraffe.

Animal print can be seen as hemmed, wrapped, draped and tied on bodies of all types and ages, including children.

It graces the streets of every city and seems to be allowed in almost all cultures on our beautiful planet.

But why?

When something gets picked up as an idea or trend, when campaign results go through the roof, or a viral video joins the multimillion-dollar club, etc., it happens because of a cluster of influences.

A 'perfect storm', a series (usually 2-4) of mutually contributing factors that lead to super sales increases.

Unlocking and explaining how exactly something becomes "in demand" and embraced by a population isn't as difficult as human science can give you the answer.

Animal print explained

It is interesting to think of a consumer, not just as a person who is, say, 30 years old, buying something for their child.

Think of the individual as multiple experiences in their DNA, many of which were instilled much longer ago than in those mere 30 years.

Much of our comings and goings come from long ago times when we lived outside and had to survive.

In essence, animal print obeys multiple homo-sapiens instincts and passion points and is likely to remain popular now and in the future.

You don't have to know everything about human science and our motives, but it is still interesting to look at it that way.

So what we have with animal print clothing is an attempt by the wearer to increase their attractiveness through unconscious and conscious manipulation of others as well as themselves.

Anxiety receptors

When a human sees the pattern of a predator, eg leopard spots, a considerable amount of subconscious instinctual fear is activated in the center of the brain.

Especially in the amygdala.

While the hippocampus is also involved (because it transmits information to and from the amygdala), recent research supports the amygdala as the primary location where anxiety occurs.

It's a snapshot of software stored (and activated faster than any conscious response could ever take place) in the prehistoric part of our hard drive.

It remains in our minds as a part of the human being in us that is several hundred thousand years old.

The pattern can still activate us.

Simply put, the caveman in us immediately finds a leopard-print child scared, or in this case, rather tough or powerful, because of a lingering, age-old instinct designed to avoid being eaten.

We see animal prints and we are immediately automatically activated unconsciously with a version of the classic 'fight or flight' response.

At least, with the same substances in the brain.

Why are only girls in animal print?

Anxiety is a form of excitement. We subconsciously translate that into attraction.

So an instinctual fear is pre-sorted in the center of the brain, and that subconscious fear increases the excitement attributed to the conscious mind as due to the attractiveness of the object being viewed.

You actually misinterpret these anxiety feelings of arousal as arousal feelings for the person.

Then why is it only female animal print that works on men?

Could this misinterpretation work in reverse, from heterosexual male to female?

Not really.

Animal print works best when passed from woman to man, boys don't wear animal print to attract girls.

Almost all women would eventually feel anxious, if not outright frightened by mister leopard, as their brains would translate this directly from subconscious fear to a conscious cognitive label of fear.

The majority of females, at least evolutionarily, would rather not see males in animal print, sorry guys.

Furthermore, more than likely, other men who see mister leopard would attribute the excitement they experience in terms of threat, and so likewise plague this animal print-wearing man with masculine scorn.

In the minds of most males who see females in animal print, the 'attack response' is not literally translated to a conscious threat label because females are not a physical threat.

However, the center of a male's brain forces them to keep an eye out for animal prints, and they are likely to blame this on increased attractiveness as well.

This is why we find it appropriate for women but not men.

And we often design children's clothing in this way, dresses and skirts for girls but not for boys, this also happens with the prints.

The status of the animal print

Let's take a look at one of the other people in all of us, in this case the 300-year-old.

During the recent centuries of social development, we have hunted, killed, skinned and displayed our most feared and revered creatures in our homes as status symbols.

Undoubtedly, the wealthy believed that predator pelts increased the attractiveness of their habitat.

The 300-year-old human in us speaks to our minds through the social sectors of our brain, carried by culture, assisted by archived images from books and media, and it says that an animal skin is valuable, is a sign of status, and represents a trophy of great value that is the envy of others.

It is a symbol of intelligence and achievement.

The skin of an elusive and ubiquitously feared killer is a decorative icon that has become quite closely intertwined with our collective consciousness in recent history.

It makes the owner feel like a 'conqueror', as if they are more valuable and of course they feel just a bit more alive, not to mention cheeky.

It's a status symbol.

Animal print and self-image

The third factor that rounds out most of the animal print 'perfect storm' is the way the wearer perceives their own appearance.

As we know, self-image and respect is projected by the self as much as it is estimated by others.

If you see yourself in the mirror when wearing animal print, you will get the same arousal effects as discussed above in the wearer itself about themselves.

They feel more confident as a result of an alleged increase in their own abilities.


Whenever you see animal prints, remember the principles discussed here and consider whether you can make your child look tough while also giving them confidence.


Joost Nusselder, the founder of Speelkeuze.nl is a content marketer, father and loves trying out new toys. As a child, he came into contact with everything around games when his mother started the Tin Soldier in Ede. Since 2016, he and his team have been creating helpful blog articles to help loyal readers with fun play ideas.