There are a lot of stages between a newborn baby and a walking toddler. It’s hard to understand the nuances of each phase until it’s almost over. Before you live through it, you’re clueless. When I had my first child, Rockwell, I had no idea what clothes I needed and when. I was having to do laundry a ton, because I only had a few pairs of pajamas. There were times that I had to change his outfit 3-5 times in one day! Even more heartbreaking, are the things in his closet with the tags still on them. You buy them, but they never get to wear them. Whether it’s bad seasonal timing, age appropriateness, or I just bought too many of something. It can be a real bummer, especially when you are wanting your wardrobe budget to stretch as far as possible. Once I had my second little guy, Phoenix, I knew what to do, and was amazed at how much easier it made my life. Read through the fashion tips below, and hopefully you won’t make the same mistakes I did.
This information is also a good cheat sheet for any non-moms out there who find themselves invited to baby showers, without any idea what to buy as a gift. Most of the clothes I received at my baby shower were for the first month of his life, when they are growing super fast. I had to return a bunch of clothing items and spread out the sizes. So listen up all you friends, aunts, sisters, coworkers, etc., and take notes!
1. Boy or Girl Newborn
Everyone loves to get you newborn outfits for your shower. Everything in that size is adorable: teeny Nikes, a little bow tie and suit, jeans! But let’s get real, you barely leave the house for the first weeks and your in sleepy mode for the majority of it. I recommend stocking up on soft pajamas and blankets. That’s all you really need.
2. Boy 0-6 Months
Once you’re ready to go out into the world, you’ll want to graduate from sleepers. But you still want soft things that your baby could nap comfortably in. Your little one’s skin is so soft and sensitive, so feel is one of the most important things. This is the time boys look the cutest in jumpers and stretch pants. At this stage, I wouldn’t invest in a lot of shoes. They don’t keep them on, and they are being carried around 24/7. Another side note, I preferred cardigans more than pullovers. They aren’t as traumatic to put on.
3. Girl 0-6 Months
Girls at this stage are very similar. However, girls never grow out of jumpers and rompers. They are practical and always look darling in them, lucky gals. Another reason we love leggings for boys or girls at this stage, is because they can wear them for a very long time. Brooke bought these exact leggings, and London was able to wear them for 6 months!
4. Crawling Boy
Once my little guys started crawling, I liked having them in pants that were a little more substantial. They don’t get quite as dirty as knitwear. When they are crawling around onsies are your best friend. They won’t ride up every time you pick up your little one, which is 50 times per day. Moccasins are the most ideal shoes in this time frame too. They protect the feet when you are outside, but they can still feel their toes, which helps them as they are starting to take their first steps.
5. Crawling Girl
Every mom wants to put her baby girl into dresses, but when they spend most of their time on the floor, you have to take some precautions. Brooke’s favorite pieces for London have leggings or bloomers that attach to the skirt or dress, but she warned, “They are really hard to find. You have to always be on the lookout.” She also mentioned that at this age, she wasn’t ready to put her daughter in tough jeans. She preferred a pair like the above. They look like jeans, but they feel like leggings.
6. Walking Boy
Once your little boy is walking, things really start to change. My toddler lives in jeans and t-shirts, just like his dad. I also buy shoes that have a little more support, because he is always running and jumping around. Once they start walking, in my opinion, jumpers and leggings start looking too babyish for them. Most of my friends have come to the same conclusion, but at the end of the day, what you put on your kiddos is up to you.
7. Walking Girl
Both Brooke and I love to throw Toms on our little ones. They are great for a lot of reasons: easy on and off capabilities, machine washable, and our kids are fans of the bright colors and patterns. Once your gal is walking, the skies the limit, but leggings and tights are still great choices. They’re comfy, and help keep your daughter protected from the elements, not to mention lessening the potential of embarrassing Moulin Rouge dress moves. Don’t worry, everyone else thinks they’re adorable.