When it comes to putting a wardrobe together, most of us are basically professionals at doing so. We know how to rotate our clothes between spring and summer, the styles that suit us, and the on-trend fashion pieces that will only last six months (but we will love them with a passion for those six months).
When it comes to putting a wardrobe together for your baby however? That’s trickier, especially if you’re a first time Mom. There are so many gorgeous clothes and only so many outfit changes in the day – it hardly seems fair! Limiting yourself to three, very specific, categories can both halt overspend and make organizing outfits far easier.
- Daily Clothes
While it may be tempting to throw yourself headfirst into baby boutique clothing where every outfit is a tribute to style, but it’s not the most practical idea. The first focus for your baby’s wardrobe has got to be on practicality.
Now don’t panic! That doesn’t mean you have to go without the perfect delightful outfits, but it does mean you have to acknowledge they’re not for everyday use. You can either come to this conclusion by yourself, or with grim acknowledgment as you yet again have to wash the expensive designer skirt that’s now covered in baby food.
For the thirteenth time.
Stick to simple, dark colors for daily wear. If possible, go for natural fabrics like cotton or linen. Not only are they hard-wearing, but they are also softer and can handle being wet better than synthetics.
- Special Clothes
Now you can go wild in the aisles of that boutique and pick out the most delightful, darling outfits that you could imagine.
It’s only sensible to try and limit these outfits, as they tend to be more expensive – and they will be grown out of relatively quickly. If you find an item that you really love, it’s worth buying both the current size and one for your baby to grow into. Otherwise, you could find yourself with an expensive wardrobe that no longer fits, and you might not be able to find anything you like as much.
Look for outfits rather than individual garments. It’s all very well finding a perfect little slogan t-shirt, but if you don’t have anything to pair it with, then it’s not going to be used. Seven outfits is generally sufficient, to be worn on days out or when you have visitors coming.
- Extra Special Clothes
If you have a special event on the horizon – such as a birthday or family get together – then it’s normal to want to buy a special outfit for your child. Make this the opportunity to eschew practicality and go for something that both you and your child love; it can be glitzy, silly, and totally disposable.
Unless you have a fortune to spend however, try and limit these outfits to one or two complete sets. Otherwise, you’ll have the perfect outfit for tea with the Queen of England… but absolutely nothing to wear for an afternoon playing in the garden!