When it's time for your new addition to make his or her "real world" debut, what you choose to dress them in can be a big decision — especially when snap-happy dads and grandparents are going to be there to capture every moment on camera. Eighty-one percent of LilSugar readers say that they bought a special ensemble for their newborn to wear on this momentous day, and if you're planning on following suit, we recommend an outfit that's soft, cozy, and easy to get on and off. Converter gowns and kimono styles are especially desirable, as are pieces that don't go over the new baby's head. Check out our 15 favorite finds, and tell us, what did (or will) you bring home baby in?
Sure, your baby often sports a milk-covered face, but would you cover his entire body in milk? That's exactly what Miniature Milk, a brand-new eco-friendly infant clothing line, suggests. The New York-based company debuts a layette collection this week, and the cow-print rompers, onesies, striped bibs, beanies, and blankets (prices range from $15 to $60) are all made from organic cotton and — get this — milk fiber, a protein that's extracted from cow’s milk.
According to Miniature Milk, milk fiber is perfect for baby clothing because of its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory qualities. "We wanted to create a simple and stylish range of baby clothes that not only looks great but also incorporates a fabric that has positive attributes for the sensitive skin of babies," said Jamie Archer-Perkins, founder of Miniature Milk, in a press release. So would you let your baby drink his milk . . . and wear it, too?
Kiss middle of the night baby button issues goodnight! NYC-based Magnificent Baby (ranging from $28-$34 each) is the world's first layette with magnetic closures. The tiny magnets are sewn into the 100 percent pima cotton garments' seams, the footies, kimono-style tops, gowns, and onesies (ingeniously called burritos because the designer subsided on the tasty Chipotle meals while creating the line). Thoroughly tested and both lead- and phthalate-free, Magnificent Baby makes getting baby dressed a snap.
Babe arrives with a whole new set of lingo. At a couple's shower I attended recently, a few men in the room laughed and pondered the difference between terms like layette, onesie, and sleeper. In case you, too, are curious or confused, we've taken the time to define the infant basics.
- Layette: A layette is simply a newborn’s first collection of clothing. While many stores will tell you how many layette items you need, the quantity should be determined by the frequency with which you will do the laundry.
- Bunting: A bunting is a one-piece snowsuit for infants designed to keep them warm throughout the Winter months. Buntings usually have a hood and hand and foot covers to ensure that the baby is bundled up tight.
- Burp Cloths: Usually placed over the shoulder or the thigh, burp cloths are used to protect an adult’s clothing from the spit-up that can accompany a postfeeding burp. Many people use traditional cloth diapers as burp cloths due to their highly absorbent nature.
- Footies: Also known as stretchies, footies are extended onesies with distinct places for the feet. Footies tend to have snaps all the way up one of the legs in order to facilitate diaper changes.
- Onesie: A onesie is a short-sleeved t-shirt that attaches at the crotch with either snaps or Velcro. The closure provides easy access for diaper changes.
- Receiving Blankets: Sometimes called a swaddling blanket, receiving blankets are the thin cotton blankets babies are wrapped in to help them sleep.
- Side-snap tees: Also known as kimono tops, these shirts are typically worn during a newborn’s first two weeks in order to prevent friction between the shirt and the umbilical cord. Once the umbilical cord falls off, most parents switch to onesies.
- Sleepers: Sleepers are often apron-like garments made from blanket or fleece material that are used to keep babies warm at night. Given that blankets are not supposed to be placed in cribs, sleepers ensure that a baby is warm enough.
If you’ve never felt a piece of Kissy Kissy clothing, you are in for a treat. Made of cotton the company works with a village of women in Zimbabwe to hand-embroider and hand-smock their designs (think stars and moons, bunnies, boats, etc.) on onesies, gowns and two-piece coming home outfits.
For Fall, the company is featuring its first foray into the world of organic clothing with onesies, gowns, hats, blankets and playsuits made of some of the softest organic Pima cotton we have ever felt. The line is produced without harsh chemical bleaches or dyes and features hand-embroidered lambs on natural ecru cotton. The pieces will be available in sizes premature to 24 months and make beautiful layette pieces for newborns.
The Organic Sheep line will debut in early September and will be available at major department stores and specialty boutiques. The current Kissy Kissy line is available at fine boutiques, as well as Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Saks, Bloomingdales and Harrods.