Capsule Wardrobe || Newborn Wardrobe Essentials

If you could see our office / third bedroom / soon to be nursery right now (and actually I should probably story it on Instagram so that you can), you would understand why I feel more than a bit behind prepping for this babe.  Part of the problem is that we are making a lot of big decisions lately for our new house that is coming together (and that I also owe you an update on!) and the other part is that I feel like at the end of the day they just don’t need that much in the beginning.  Here’s what they do need: a place to sleep, a dresser to house their clothes and blankets and diapers, and some clothes and blankets and diapers. I kept a lot of my favorite things from Parker, but have yet to unpack or wash them.  I’m actually dying to go through them all but since we don’t have a dresser to store them it seems futile to pull them out already.  Also, as for a place to sleep, I think we are going to borrow the Halo Bassinet from my sister. Has anyone used it yet?  We won’t move into our new place until the baby is about 6 weeks old, so I’ve been toying with the idea of not even putting a crib up in our rental at all, but Parker went straight to her crib around 3 or 4 days old so it makes me a little nervous not to have the option.  Anyways, back to clothes. I remember we had so many things that Parker never even ended up wearing or that turned out to be not so practical for that newborn stage, so for anyone else out there expecting or anyone else out there looking to give a super practical baby gift here are my newborn wardrobe essentials that I loved and used the most (and what I didn’t):

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Here’s my list of newborn wardrobe essentials:

  • 5 zippered pajamas: No one wants to be dealing with buttons or snaps in the middle of the night, so I’m a zippers only gal when it comes to pjs.
  • 5 pairs of pants: Pants are great for layering over onesies and sometime easier than one pieces since you can take them on or off depending on the temperature. Feet vs No Feet? I feel like footed pants would be ideal in cold climates, but with Parker being born in April in California neither footed pants or socks were necessary.
  • 10 short-sleeved onesies: The basic of all basics and a must when it comes to newborn wardrobe essentials!  These are your every day go tos. They’re easy, you can layer them, and they’re inexpensive which is a plus since your babe is going to grow out of the newborn stage so fast.
  • 2-3 swaddles: I prefer actual swaddles over swaddle blankets because they stay in place and are a total no-brainer to use.  My favorite with Parker was the Miracle Blanket (#14), but I’m interested in trying the Ergo Swaddle (#13) this time around since I’m a big fan of their carriers.  I’ve also heard really great things about the Ollie Swaddle and the entire site is currently sold out, so there must be a whole lot of fans out there!
  • Blankets on blankets on blankets!  We used these for everything from diaper changes on the go to cleaning up messes, makeshift nursing covers, and just a cozy place to lay her down somewhere if we were out and about. (#21 is great to use for swaddling and super soft and gauzy. #22 is flannel and great for laying baby on.)
  • I’m definitely a fan of simple, cotton basics at the age, but it is nice to have some cuter little pieces for special occasions. (like #23, #24, and #25)
  • There is nothing less useful than shoes for a baby under six months old
  • We never used socks with Parker– maybe because she was a California baby?
  • I don’t find dresses or t-shirts to be super practical at this age. They always end of all twisted up around them and you’re trying to hold them and pull their clothes back down around their bellies at the same time.

Initial image via Treasures and Travels

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