Updated: Sep 14, 2021
I want to talk about baby wardrobes. And why us as mothers, fall into the same trap of spending mad amounts of cash on baby clothes and then become overwhelmed at the amounts of laundry the little babe has. It's a trap that a lot of us fall into. Whether we're buying the items or receiving them as gifts, we can easily accumulate so much stuff.
To avoid this, there are many things to consider when it comes to starting your new babes wardrobe, aside from sizing and amounts, you now have to think about -
New vs. Used
Cheap vs. Expensive
Organic vs. Non-Organic
Neutral vs. Gender Specific
I think what is important here is we need to remember that these precious new babies have been naked for the last nine months, comfortable and warm within us. When they arrive into this world, their skin is fragile, they are sore from birth just as we are. We need to remember this when choosing the items we dress our infants in. I personally, would not buy jeans and shoes for my newborn baby. I wouldn't even consider introducing until 6 months or so. Just for pure comfort reasons.
It's also important to remember we do not need an abundance of baby clothes. Creating a capsule wardrobe for newborn baby is actually very easy & creates a simple, clean and organized look for baby.
Make sure to check out my other blog post to find out other ways to prepare for baby.
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The following wardrobe example is based on a 0-6 month wardrobe.
I tried to stay gender neutral and encourage you guys to do the same, not only is it so modern, but when it comes to mixing and matching clothing, the outfit options are endless. Not to mention, if you were to save the clothing and have another child, then you have the existing wardrobe or when you go to sell your baby clothing, you can now sell to anyone who is expecting, not just gender specific.
6 to 8 sleepers is adequate for new baby. You have to remember they have diaper changes a lot throughout the day and I've learned that sleepers are the easiest clothing to get those done quickly! They're comfortable enough to sleep or play in and just flat out EASY. Both my babes pretty much lived in sleepers for the first six months of their lives.
I recommend 6 to 8 onesies. When baby is so new and you're still waiting for the umbilical cord to fall off, I found that putting a onesie on in those early days just helped protect it from getting tugged. Onesies also make a great extra layer of warmth for newborns. As they get older, onesies are a great summer outfit. During those hot, hot summer days I always just had my little ones in a cute onesies and added socks and a muslin blanket if it got chilly.
4 to 6 pairs is a good amount. I often found that pants never stayed on much, but that may have just been my babies preference. My youngest still hates to have pants on. But pants are needed in a wardrobe.
2 to 3 whole outfits, or sets. You know, the ones that come with the onesie, jacket & pants. These are tempting because they tend to be so cute. Baby deserves a few 'going out' outfits, right?
HATS & SOCKS
1 to 2 hats. These are important for outings. Babies get cold easily and this is a safe way to make sure they stay warm in their car-seat or baby carrier while outside.
6 to 8 pairs of socks. This is obvious, they need so many because they tend to get lost often. Baby socks are hard to hang onto!
Notice how I didn't include mittens on this list? Yeah, it's because I used BABY SOCKS as mittens in the early days! They are only needed for such a short period of time, why waste money on some when you can just use their little socks?
BIBS & BURP CLOTHS
2 to 4 bibs. Okay, so bibs were not my thing. I know they are supposed to protect babies clothes, keep them dry from drooling, etc. But I NEVER used them unless they were eating foods. Even then, I chose to go with the silicone bibs because it was easier clean up. Really your preference whether you want to use them or not, but they are helpful in terms of saving babies outfits from drool & spit up.
6 to 8 burp cloths. This is up my alley and in my preference the one thing you want an ABUNDANCE of. Burp cloths can be used for SO many things, from spit up to spills, we always had burp cloths on deck. I ended getting some gifted to me for my first baby shower and the same burp cloths were used for my second. Their life expectancy is great. If you don't want to waste money on burp cloths, I recommend tearing up old towels or receiving blankets and using those as burp cloths. After all, they don't need to be pretty!
BATH TOWELS & WASHCLOTHS
2 to 4 sets of towels. Now, your bathroom towels will work just fine for baby so technically you don't have to purchase these. But having a few towels dedicated to baby is nice when it comes to bath time. Same goes for the washcloths, it's not a necessity to get miniature baby washcloths. Your bathroom washcloths will work just fine.
2 to 3 blankets. Ohh, baby blankets, I think they are my favorite gift to receive. I don't know what it is about little miniature blankets but both my children were blanket babies. I was blessed enough to be gifted two hand knitted blankets by my grandmother while I was pregnant each time so each of my babies had their own 'nana' blanket. We know that blankets get dirty, especially when they are used EVERYDAY. It was always a disaster trying to sneak the nana blanket in the wash while the babies weren't looking. I recommend at least two blankets for this exact reason!
Did I miss something, what would be something you'd add to this list?
Do you like the idea of minimalist baby wardrobe?
Make sure you check out my blog post on how to create a maternity capsule wardrobe!
Can't wait to hear from you guys,