These days, I’m really not much of a fashionista myself – I’m too busy trying to keep my belly covered and figuring out a way to appropriately wear pajama pants to work. So, for the next few weeks, I’m going to be sharing some of my favorite styles for a BABY GIRL… I apologize in advance if these posts present a dangerous situation for your wallet (or your ovaries). 😉
Those of you that have been reading since Sam was born probably remember how picky I am about dressing my babies. I have very strict rules, if you will, like “no jeans until one,” “no characters,” “no tacky sayings,” etc. These rules, of course, get a little harder to follow as babies become kids; but, for the most part, they are pretty hard and fast when it comes to the clothes I buy for the first year or so. (Honest to goodness, I really do not go around judging other moms who don’t have the same guidelines – who has time for that when you have a baby? – it’s just my personal preference.)
This time around, I’m so excited to get to dress a little girl; but, of course, that presents its own new set of challenges. I’m not a fan of tulle, excessive ruffles, too much pink, princesses, etc. I just want my baby to be cozy, cuddly, comfortable, and ADORABLE. Is that too much to ask?
Luckily, thanks to a very extensive online search over the holidays, I’ve found a few places that meet my “criteria,” and I’m excited to get started collecting some cute things for our girl…
My absolute favorite thing to dress young babies (0 – 6 months) in is a one-piece romper.
Here are a few of my favorites at Nordstrom right now:
(All items shown are for sale at Nordstrom.com. Brands include Hanna Anderson, SkipHop, Zebi Baby, Hatley, and Tea Collection. I also love Baby Gap, JCrew Baby, Mini Boden, Hanna Andersson, and some Old Navy, Target, and Carters.)
And a few things I look for when shopping:
– I want my items to be well-made, but not expensive. Especially the smaller sizes will only be worn a couple of times – at most – and often the only people that will see the outfit are our family and strangers at Target. For this reason, I will probably never own most the items shown above… Instead, I love shopping consignment sales and clearance and am SO grateful for generous friends and family.
– Easy access for diaper changes etc. is important. Even almost four years out, I remember the newborn stage well enough to recall the frequency of diaper changes in those early months. Being able to change a baby without taking off her entire outfit is KEY. Honestly, zippers are preferable – they make things so easy and quick – but snaps are fine too. The best outfits snap or zip all the way up, but sometimes I will make an exception in the name of style and buy a piece with snaps only on the legs.
– I will dress my baby is footies and footless rompers; but, in general, I think the footless styles feel a little more like an outfit and less like pajamas. Of course, this baby will be born in a colder month than Sam was, so maybe my opinion will change here. We’ll see.
– Footless feels a little more “outfit” and a little less “pajama” – but I love the feet for very tiny babies
– Finally, I’m not opposed to pink, but I really just love fun, bold patterns (like the polar bears, geese, goats, and bunnies above) most of all. You really can only get away with wearing this sort of thing for so long, so why not live it up?!
Alrighty, that’s all for today… How do you dress your baby girl? Where do you shop mostly?
Stay warm today!
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P.S. Want to know what Sam wears? Check out this post or this one.
P.S.S. Since writing this post, I have discovered that Hanna Andersson is having their big twice a year sale… All of the outfits on the top row of my image are on sale for $24.00 or less right now at www.hannaandersson.com. 🙂
Erika B. says
These are great picks! I’m also not a huge fan of pale pink…but I AM a huge fan of hand-me-downs and gifts…therefore, tons of Millie’s stuff is pale pink. Womp womp. Beggars can’t be choosers, I guess, but anything that I buy (mostly on consignment or clearance) is definitely bright and bold! She doesn’t wear a lot of rompers because I’m also in the ‘they just look like jammies!!’ camp, and also because I feel like you have to take them all the way off practically (or at least enough that her torso is exposed) to change a diaper and that just seems cold…??? So I tend to like two piece outfits. Then again, I’m the world’s biggest fan of jeggings, so our styles may be different. 🙂 OH also, I can never figure out what kind of shoes to wear with rompers. Moccs look great with jeggings, though. 😉
Amanda K. says
why do babies need shoes!??! hah, we always wear socks with rompers 🙂
Amanda K. says
I also almost exclusively put my kids in sleepers/rompers from 0-6 months. outfits are just way too much trouble, and they sleep SO MUCH at that stage that things like jeans and things like that just seem too uncomfortable to me! but maybe that’s just me 🙂 i know most people like babies is “adult clothes”!
i have a TON of hanna hand-me-downs and, as far as my kids’ closets are concerned, they’re the gold standard. they’re cute and incredible quality. but, dude, they are not cheap!
Oh girl. You would SHUDDER to see what’s in my boys closets. I mean, I try to buy things that I think look cool but man, they really get hooked on all the character stuff and it’s really hard to say no when it makes them so happy. Like, the ninja turtle stuff? Totally not what I would pick out for them but they lovvvvve it all.
For Sawyer, I will say I have had a bit more fun. I am on a budget and so I try to just stay out of stores. I have a lot of luck finding high quality stuff at consignment sales though. I’ve bought so much Gap, Children’s Place and Gymboree clothing for her from the sales. It’s hard to leave without a trunk full!
I do love her in pink but I also love finding other colors. Target may not be the best quality but they have adorable choices on a budget!
Our daughter was born in April and we did a lot of cotton dresses with diaper covers her first summer. Super cute, appropriate for pretty much anywhere and awesome diaper access. Carters makes adorable ones every year. I used to have the same rule about “character” stuff but she is almost 3 and we just hit the “princess” stage. So far I’ve been able to limit it to princess jammies with obnoxious print but I think it’s a battle I’m going to lose. Eeek!
I just love dressing my daughter! Rompers were also my favorite from birth – about 6 months. My favorites were also the ones with the zippers, because I’m terrible at getting snaps aligned correctly, and she was a wiggler!
Whats the difference between a romper and a sleeper? i thought rompers were more like one piece short outfits… Just slightly dressier than a onesie.
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