9 Fashion Dos and Dont’s for Baby
- Do identify a style.
Do you imagine your daughter wearing pink tutus or gender-neutral clothes? Will your son be rocking skulls and guitars, or elephants and monkeys? Casually inform potential gift-givers of your vision. Display outfits that embody the chosen style in the baby's nursery so visitors get an idea of the desired look. Remember that babies are individuals with unique personalities. The “little princess” you imagined may turn out to be an active, demanding baby better suited for an edgy look. Your future “rock and roller” may turn out to be mellow and better suited for a softer look. Be flexible. Personal style is an evolution!
- Don't be rude when you receive a gift that doesn't fit your baby's style.
No matter how many times you tell people that your baby can't pull off lilac, someone will buy her a lilac onesie. Smile and thank your fashion-challenged friend. Bury it deep in your baby's armoire until you plan to see that friend again. When your baby spits up, remove the onesie and dress her in the cute outfit you stashed in the diaper bag.
- Don't spend a ton of money on baby clothes.
Babies outgrow clothing faster than the speed of fashion! Your son may look cute in designer jeans, but how will you feel when he outgrows them in a month, or when a poop blowout stains the designer label?
- Do splurge for special occasions.
Special occasions warrant a special outfit. You want to look back on family photos and see your baby looking her best. Bring that ugly lilac onesie so she doesn't ruin her good clothes during meals and playtime; just demand that nobody photographs her until she's ready.
- Don't buy clothes with unsafe embellishments.
Resist the temptation to dress your boho babe in feathers, your punk rocker in studs, and your princess in rhinestones. Your baby could remove and choke on embellishments and decorative buttons.
Long ties and bows may strangle your baby. Feathers and furs may irritate your baby's delicate skin. Avoid zippers, which are uncomfortable to lie on, and may pinch skin. Even if fashion is everything to you, your baby’s safety has to be more important.
- Do buy clothes that are comfortable and easy to put on and take off.
No matter how cute your baby looks in those ridiculously skinny jeans, babies have to be comfortable and free to move to develop properly. Avoid clothes that restrict movement, or are itchy, irritating, or otherwise uncomfortable. To make dressing your baby faster and easier, choose elastic, Velcro, and snaps over buttons and other difficult closures for everyday clothes.
- Don't turn away hand-me-downs.
Between pooping and spitting up, newborns go through a lot of clothes. You'll be thankful for even the ugliest hand-me-down when it's time for the fifth outfit of the day.
- Don't limit yourself to the choices in stores.
Shop online for handmade, one-of-a-kind pieces, or try creating your own. Print pictures on iron-on transfers and iron them onto plain onesies. If you're crafty, knit or sew fashionable outfits for special occasions. Be sure to choose appropriate materials, and follow patterns for safety and fit purposes.
- Don't go crazy – she's just a baby!
Don't worry if your baby isn't fabulously dressed every minute of every day – her early style won't dictate her fashion future, and people won't judge you if she's sometimes dressed unfashionably. Your baby doesn't care what she's wearing – she just wants to be comfortable enough to cuddle and play with you!