We ooh and aah over the cute lil onesies and tiny lil booties our babies receive, but just where are they all supposed to go? Baby's dresser may have looked big when it was delivered, but once all of the layette items and gifts start rolling it, it's amazing how quickly you run out of space. If you've ever found yourself giving away baby's clothes that still have tags on them because you simply didn't know you had them, this post is for you! Check out our tips for organizing your lil one's clothes — with a few simple steps, you'll shave minutes off your morning dressing routine!
Most of us take those cumbersome snaps on baby clothes as an annoying but necessary part of dressing our little ones. But when Ruth Waddingham was a new mom, she simply refused to accept it. Convinced that there was a better alternative, Waddingham developed Zipit, a clever approach to baby clothing that uses easy-access zippers. The collection launches Nov. 15 and features a modern, clean aesthetic, fun graphics, and a playful color palette for babes 0 to 12 months. To be among the first to order Zipit for your lil one, sign up on their website today!
Sneak a peek at Zipit's first collection. Do you think that zippers will make dressing your baby easier?
Paris has been considered the fashion bastion of the world since black was the new black, with Parisians setting the style standard for the rest of us. It's not just the parents who are impeccably attired. French tots up the style ante as well, and with the debut of Pearls & Popcorn earlier this month, US tots will be dressed just as well as their posh Parisian peers. Debuting exclusively at Bloomingdale's, the collection features expertly tailored basics — think cardigans and slim-fitting pants in mostly solid colors — dressed up with exquisite details. The collection manages to stay on trend — stripes, lots of gray, and denim — without looking trendy. Other than the chic silhouettes, one of the sweetest elements of these clothes is the price: nothing costs over $60!
Click through for 10 of their sweetest looks.
Side note: the clothes are absolutely adorable, but what's up with the creepy dancing babies on pearlsandpopcorn.com?
How many times has someone said, "I wish they made that in my size!" — usually in reference to some super-cute article of kiddie clothes. Even beyond the clothes, there are some kids products that would do very well if they were resized to fit adult proportions and style aesthetics (not too many grown ups want to walk around sporting Thomas or Dora garb).
Keep reading for seven kid-sized items that have a jealous adult following.
It's your first Halloween, baby! While the idea of dressing up baby for Halloween sounds tempting, many mamas opt to skip dressing up baby in a costume for their first time, fearing that baby might be too uncomfortable to enjoy the occasion. If you go this route, you can still get festive all month long with these adorable Halloween onesies for baby!
- Glow in the Dark Baby Bodysuit ($20): Bring the skeletons out of the closet with this black Skeleton in Glow Ink onesie.
- Halloween-Print Bodysuit for Baby ($7): Get spooky with this Halloween-print onesie featuring not-so-spooky mummies, ghosts and jack-o'-lanterns.
- Halloween Graphic Bodysuit ($11): This Halloween onesie features a cute little black cat riding on a broom through an All Hallows' Eve night scene.
- My First Halloween Onesie ($10): Simple and boo-tiful, mama and baby will both love this adorable onesie for baby's first Halloween.
- Junk Food™ Raglan Character Bodysuit ($19): Have a Snoopy Halloween with this hilarious themed onesie for baby.
- Long Sleeve Halloween Bodysuit ($6): Baby will let everyone know "I love my mummy" in this long sleeve bodysuit.
- Spooky Graphic Bodysuit ($11): This little Halloween onesie is "frightfully cute."
- Bootiful Baby Applique Onesie ($17): How adorable! This "Happy Halloween" long sleeve onesie even comes on an adorable pumpkin head hanger.
- Long Sleeve Halloween Onesie ($6): A purrfect appliqued bodysuit will turn baby into a kitty in seconds!
One man's trash is another man's treasure — and that goes for tots, too. Most parents learn before the baby is even born just how much stuff one tiny little bundle requires. Between clothes, diapers, toys, and books, that spacious kid-friendly home can quickly become the before picture on an episode of Hoarders, putting a real dent in parents' eco-friendly aspirations. Going totally waste-free with kids may be too overwhelming a commitment for most, but one simple way to cut down on waste and clutter is to opt for the more eco-friendly option of renting. These websites give parents and parents-to-be access to quality goods without a lifetime commitment.
- Baby Clothes: Since its launch last month, Plum has been so inundated with sign-ups, that the online destination for designer baby clothes — for rent — started a wait list for interested parents. With plans starting at just $16 a month for popular baby brands laundered only in eco-friendly Seventh Generation products, parents-to-be will do themselves a favor by signing up right now. Parents looking for more specific short-term clothes rentals will appreciate bebarang, an online rental service for those "special occasion" clothes babies and kids never get to use more than once or twice before the inevitable growth spurt. Unlike Plum, bebarang is a pay-per-use service and parents only keep the clothes for up to four days, which is all you need to get through a Bar Mitzvah, wedding, etc.
- Toys and Books: For the toys that tots lose interest in well before they're worn out, Toys to Trade is a free online service that allows parents to swap last month's castoffs for this month's dream toy. Keep kids interested in reading with the large selection at Booksfree; set up just like Netflix, plans start at $14 a month, and there's no due date.
- Maternity Clothes: Spending a lot of money on maternity is pretty brutal. Mamas-to-be are pretty much guaranteed a maximum shelf life of 40 weeks, and even families planning for a large brood might not want to keep boxes of last year's maternity fashions around, taking up precious storage space (especially important for city dwellers). Renting maternity gear lets stylish mamas stay on top of the current trends without losing sight of their budget. Mine for Nine is the most recent addition to the world of online maternity clothes rentals, with high-end clothes from top maternity designers including Seraphine, Everly Grey, and Maternité.
Trendtotting: Anchors Away
The Fourth of July has always been a favorite holiday of mine. I don't know if it is the patriotic music, the day-long barbecues, or the firework displays, but it always puts a smile on my face. And, I like to dress the part in patriotic colors. Show me some tot togs in red, white and blue and I get giddy.
I don't technically have kids. But I do have a doghter, which many of you know. I am happy to admit I don't buy and dress Annabelle up in crazy confections. She does sport sequin collars and legwarmers though, so I don't think these Christian Dior Gold Baby Sneakers, $145, are entirely insane. Aren't they one of those novelty items you can put on display after Katie Sugar has outgrown them? I know some of you may think they're crazy, but these are the shoe for the well-heeled baby. Plus, they are so on-trend with the gold metallic!
What seems like a natural product line extension, Juicy Couture is venturing into babywear this Spring. The company will launch a full collection of baby clothes for both male and female tots, called Juicy Couture Baby. The new line will consist of everything from bibs to blankets, swimsuits, T-shirts, onesies, and their signature tracksuits. They will be sold in their flagship stores in NYC and San Francisco as well as Neiman Marcus, Saks and Nordstrom.