Simple tips for stress-free newborn dressing

October 25, 2015

Looking for simple tips for dressing newborns…? One of the pre-baby rites of passage is when you wash all the baby clothes ready for your imminent new arrival. I think every mum does that double take where they look at their pregnancy bump and back at the piles of freshly washed, tiny babygros and can’t really imagine a baby ever fitting in them (I even ironed all the vests and sleepsuits first time round reasoning it was the only time I’d ever do that. I suspect that was the last time I used the iron even. Also; how much free time did I have?!).

Simple tips and hacks for dressing newborns and getting babies dressed - read this if you're pregnant or have a new baby

But what about when the baby’s actually here? Persil Non-Bio and Comfort Pure asked me to share some of my thoughts on baby clothes and getting newborns dressed in the most stress-free way possible. So here’s my top tips, with input from a couple of other bloggers who’ve been there and bought the babygro:

1) Everyone told me not to bother with newborn sized baby clothes as babies grow out of them so quickly, so I only bought for 0-3 months. Turns out that despite being a pretty average weight both my babies were TINY and even the three-pack of newborn babygros I panic-bought the week before were huge. Both my children wore ‘tiny baby’ sizes for weeks, and didn’t fit into 0-3 for months and months

2) Confession time: I’ve often put vests on the wrong way and been too tired to change them. But who will ever know?

3) Everyone will buy your baby outfits, but what you need for the first few weeks are practical vests and babygros. And keep it as simple as possible. ‘You do not want to be fussing around with too many buttons, bows, and layers, regardless of how pretty they might look ‘ says Mim, Mamamim

4) The law of baby dressing; the prettier, more expensive or fancy the babygro, the higher the chances that you’ll need to change it almost immediately after putting it on them. Don’t just take my word for it…’The most expensive (and whitest) outfit is the one most likely to be on the receiving end of an explosive nappy. Fact’ says Hannah from Make do and Push

5) You don’t have to do all the poppers up on vests and babygros when you’re at home…

6) Because it’s inevitable that the minute you snap the last popper shut, there’ll be a nappy incident and you’ll need to change the whole thing again

7) The more expensive, designer-type babygros as will often they’ll be footless and have and no front poppers meaning they are a nightmare to put on (and seprate socks should be the last of your worries).

8) Another easy tip, ‘Did you know that you can roll down the onesie over the shoulders instead of pulling it up over babies head?’ says Kerry from Oh So Amelia.

9) The more you say ‘no pink for a girl, please’ means the more pink clothes you’ll be given (but you’ll probably love them all anyway, in spite of yourself).

What are your easy tips for getting babies dressed in the early days?

All photos are newborn Florence and her tiny baby clothes from my Instagram. More posts…Ten things I’ve forgotton about newborns,  crying over spilt milk, and the story of my life.

Sponsored by Persil Non-Bio and Comfort Pure – all opinions in this post are those of me and not Persil Non-Bio and Comfort Pure. More info here.

5 Comments

  • Sugar&Rhubarb

    October 26, 2015 at 10:37 pm

    We are totally obsessed with Bonds wondersuits. They are absolutely genius and worth shipping over! I don’t know why we British faff around with poppers when a double ended zip affair is so much easier on the fourth change of the night! Plus the feet can fold over to make it a footless romper, talk about growing with bubs! I’m not an ambassador of them, by any means, I just think they’re a fab idea! x

  • laura redburn

    October 27, 2015 at 11:50 am

    ha, the comment about expensive baby clothes and inevitably needing to change them! i think, especially if you’re at home all day there’s really no need is there. as long as it’s nice looking and practical, that’s all you really need, right?

  • Rachel

    October 27, 2015 at 6:13 pm

    Those days seem so far removed from my current school place decisions I struggle to even remember 🙂 I do remember folding everything in a drawer for about, ooh, 3 weeks, before getting some baskets to throw different options in. Also, I think we got a lot of white things as they are easier to clean and don’t fade.

  • fritha

    October 28, 2015 at 4:28 pm

    I’m pretty much there right now when it comes to looking a teeny tiny baby grow ( I would never have ironed then though, even first time round ha! ) how funny about the 0-3’s not fitting, we did it the other way round had ‘tiny baby’ and ‘newborn’ that never saw the light of day and he was in 3-6 months within about 6 weeks, what a monster baby he was! x

  • Kathryn

    November 1, 2015 at 10:13 pm

    OMG why hadn’t i ever heard that tip about rolling the baby gro down rather than pulling over the head? That is genius! Bit late now but will have to remember for the grand kids! 😉 xx

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