It is easy to be overwhelmed by all the adorable newborn outfits. Some of us are already shopping since we found out that we are pregnant! The idea of a capsule wardrobe for women has grown in popularity over the years.
So, why not create a capsule wardrobe for your baby too?
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A capsule wardrobe for your baby embraces the concept of less is MORE
A capsule wardrobe is based on the premise that we own fewer pieces of clothes, that coordinate well together. Although the quantity is less, the quality and versatility of each piece is more. In that way, we invest in only a few things that we really love.
Plan out the first year carefully and also factor in seasonal changes
Babies grow fast and most often don’t wear clothing out. I cannot tell you how many baby items we have gifted which was either never worn or only worn once!
Additionally, sometimes babies do not fit the standard sizes, and it makes buying clothes ahead of time challenging.
In this post we will cover:
- Principles for creating a capsule wardrobe for your baby from newborn to one year.
- Suggestions on what to include in your baby’s capsule wardrobe.
- Locally available Baby Basics we found online.
Principles for Creating A Capsule Wardrobe for Your Baby
1) Choose Comfort
There are such adorable, frilly dresses and denim outfits for babies. However, are they really comfortable for a baby?
A little baby spends A LOT of time sleeping, lying down and it is best that they are comfortable.
Importantly, you will also get more out of a clothing item if it is something comfortable and versatile.
Example, how many times do we put your baby in a ‘going out outfit’ that gets changed after an hour or two?
2) Keep it simple – and stick to a few colours
Pick a colour scheme that is easy to mix and march. It is a good idea to have a base of neutrals, which then makes it easy to add splashes of colour to outfits.
The goal is to limit time spent planning, and to ensure that most of the items pair well together. If the colours are all over the show pairing will be hard.
Choose basic and neutral colours that are easy to pair up. An idea is to minimize shopping to only two to three stores.
3) Choose quality
If you are buying less items, you need to ensure that the ones you buy are quality items. These are garments that can withstand multiple washes as they will working ‘harder’.
Purchase good quality basics, and you can always play around with lower cost pieces to add colour or flair.
4) Regularly remove clothing that no longer fits
It is super important to regularly declutter and remove clothing that no longer fit your baby. Within the first year you have to take a check point every 2 – 3 months.
Have three piles when you are sorting your baby’s clothes:
- Gift or Donate
- Store and Keep (due to sentimental reasons or if you planning another child)
- Can still wear and stays in the closet!
What to include in your baby capsule wardrobe
|Clothing Item||Newborn||0-3 Months||3 - 6 Months||6-12 Months|
|Vests (Mix Up Short and Long Sleeve)||5||5||5|
|Daytime Rompers/ Bodysuits||6-8||6-8||6-8|
|Jerseys/ Thick Tops||2||2||2|
|Pairs of Socks||6||6||6|
|Soft Shoes||1- 2|
- The above depends on the weight and growth of your baby.
- Furthermore, consider how often will you be doing laundry. The above assumes laundry is done twice a week.
- Be careful with the newborn sizes as babies grow extremely fast.
- Definitely add one or two seasonal pieces, e.g. thicker jacket for winter.
- In addition, adding one to two ‘dress up’ outfits per season is also a good to ensure that you have it all covered!
Here are a few locally available Baby Basics we found online.
Embroidery Bear Ribbed Sleepsuit From Woolworths Baby for R 99.
The Rib Snap Romper for R 229 at Cotton On Kids
Short Sleeve Onesies for R 171 for two at Little Lumps. Little Lumps also have a Baby Blank Range, which are baby clothes without prints. These are good to mix and match and they have the cute prints available too!
Example of Seasonal Pieces To Add your Baby’s Capsule Wardrobe
The above demonstrates options of seasonal pieces to be added to your little one’s wardrobe for winter.
AUTUMN JOY BLUSH PINK POM-POM HAT: R245.00 – R295.00 from Rosiebee Clothing.
Bunny Coat – Dark Grey: R 470.00 from Annapatat
Good Luck with creating your baby’s capsule wardobe!