I started writing a baby goody wish list last November before I was pregnant, so it’s no surprise I started buying must-have baby clothes from Ebay within weeks of finding out I was expecting our baby boy.
I don’t see our baby as a fashion accessory and I don’t want to live through him by making him wear stuff that makes me look good! I do want my tastes and personality to be reflected in the choices I make for him. I want it to be pretty obvious he is our baby. I want him to enjoy wearing the things I have chosen for him. I want to enjoy dressing him in things that make us (baby and me) both smile.
One of my first Ebay purchases – Paul Frank hat and booties. You know how most little girls love teddy bears, baby dolls, or are really into horses? Well in my family, it’s monkeys. My Dad named me monkey chops as a baby. Monkey themed clothes seemed the obvious choice!
Most monkey designs involve calling your little one a cheeky monkey. So I was pleased to find this George outfit complete with monkey faces on the feet.
Both from Ebay. Strong mouse rattle from Ikea.
The other main ‘theme’ I’ve gone for when shopping for our baby is ‘circus’. It started with some circus finger puppets and crib canopy I just had to have. Then we went to Baby Gap. Bunting reminds me of our wedding, and I have bunting up around the house and garden, and even have my own wedding fayre bunting. The bunting outfit and hat are organic cotton which is deliciously super soft and the quilted trousers and jacket are reversible. <3
All Baby Gap: hat from Ebay, other items in the sale in store!
Circus Chic Baby
Completing the circus look are these two gorgeous grows from Mamas & Papas. One of my full price splurges! Not only are they funky circus but they are chic français too! Ben and I are both a bit francophile and feel much more comfortable dressing ourselves and our brood in either nostalgically English or French designs rather than paying attention to high street fashion. The names we have chosen for our babies are all a little bit French, and while I’m not crazy about the blue striped ‘prison’ baby outfits you can get, I will be buying childsized berets!
Some great value multipacks from Mamas & Papas, chosen for the unisex colours and general adorableness. Now our baby need not worry about which outfit to wear each day – there’s one for each day of the week! Our baby is due in July, so these sleeveless, legless body suits will be perfect for keeping fresh and cool.
I have noticed a slight obsession with eggy weggs in this range. Will our baby take after his Daddy and crave boily egg and soldiers every weekend? Anyone else think the gingerbread man’s spoon looks like a tennis racket?
I’m not sure about the fold over hand muffs: he’ll have to have really short arms!
First Day Baby
At the moment, this is the outfit we are thinking our son will wear on his very first day. The little bodysuit says Welcome to the World. I want his first hours with us to be as easy and reassuring for him as possible. I think white will sooth us and let us get to know best him by focusing on his little face. He’ll have these non slip socks in case his feet get cold, his first present from his Nanna, my Mom.
I don’t want to over dress him for the first few months, when he’s a real babe in arms. I like the idea of wrapping him in various blankets for warmth rather than cardies and jackets.
This little fella is Barnaby Button, or Baby Barnaby as we call him. He’s a teddy that holds a comforter blanket for the baby. We fell in love with his sad little face and had to rescue him from his previous home where he was sat on a shelf getting dusty. We are sure he will make our baby very happy.
Grow and bear by Mamas & Papas, from Ebay. Socks from Gap.
Snuggle time Baby
These are all outfits that are comfy, cushdy and cosy. Just looking at them sends me half to sleep. I’m thinking of using them as the baby alternative to ‘best’ pjs. I can just imagine dressing him in these after a nice relaxing bath before we read some bedtime stories. Then again, they are smart enough for visitors, and if everyday can’t be a pj day when you’re a baby when can it?
I love that all these babygrows have built-in feet and cute little collars! I’m a fan of rounded baby collars, but expect they seem a bit old-fashioned, and a bit too feminine for a baby boy, to others!
All Mamas & Papas from Ebay. Yellow babygrow and fluffy booties John Lewis.
These are grow bags from the Gro Company which are baby sleeping pouches with arm holes, not bags of soil for growing tomatoes. I’ve bought one light and one heavier tog to last the first six months. I love this idea and just hope our baby does too! Not only do these bags save me buying bedding for the moses baskets, they save me from worrying the baby will get tangled up in his blankets!
You can see that I’m an awful mother and haven’t ironed any of these things. I’m undecided. I don’t iron our bedding. It could be worse, I could be buying one use disposable baby grows.
Ebay of course
Animal ears on babies are all the rage but so often they don’t belong to any particular animal costume. If our baby is to wear ears on his head, he’ll sport a tigger face and body too! This outfit has proven especially helpful for Ben trying out his baby holding skills, as it gives us an idea of head position. It’s super cute with that tummy area, and we can’t wait to put him in this when it’s time to go in his tigger door frame bouncer.
Bouncer and tigger suit from Ebay, by Disney.
The day we found out at the scan that baby Catley-Richardson is in fact baby boy Catley-Richardson, we set out determined to buy something exclusively boy, which meant blue. I had been buying unisex clothes because I would really like them to be worn by all our babies. I also don’t see any reason to dress boys in blue and girls in pink. No matter their age. Blue is my favourite colour and I’m all woman! I want to bring out our baby boy’s softer side, so I really don’t want his clothes to be plastered with trucks, cars, robots, and planes, builders or surfboards. With his genes, he is much more likely to be a poet or an actor than a mechanic. Hence the beret.
When it comes to bringing our son (or sons as it may be) up, we have pretty strong feelings about teaching him about being a man, not a lad. We want to bring him up to be a gent. So after struggling to find any baby boys clothes that we liked, this little number from Gap seemed to fit the bill. It’s going to be the outfit he wears when Ben very proudly takes him out on his own for the first time.
And finally, without getting too ahead of ourselves, there are just times when you see something so perfect in a shop that you have to get it. Even if it means the purchase will sit in a drawer for 18 months until it fits your baby! This long-sleeved T-shirt (Gap) is for our would-be 12 month old. This is exactly the kind of message we want him to be reminded of every day.
I’m not going to hunt down a whole range of motivational slogan clothing for our kids, (although now I’m curious!) but I do believe our children will benefit from having surroundings and clothes that reinforce the things we teach them. I’m sure we as parents will benefit from being reminded of the things we set out to teach them too.
Stay tuned for similarly opinionated posts about the nursery, the toys, the nappies!