To think dressing a baby in a babygro isn't trampy or lazy?

(82 Posts)
WhatchuTalkinBoutPhyllis Fri 11-Jan-13 15:20:24

Apparently so according to a friends nan.

Because you wouldn't go out in your pj's, so why would you take your baby out in theirs?

Actually I would if I could

sannaville Fri 11-Jan-13 15:23:01

A babys a baby I don't see any point in poncing them up in frilly dresses and headbands - babygros all the way here!

WhatchuTalkinBoutPhyllis Fri 11-Jan-13 15:23:17

Am I the only person who thinks of gro's as ummm... suitable babywear rather than pj's?

PeazlyPops Fri 11-Jan-13 15:23:46

YANBU, it much more comfy for the baby.

manicbmc Fri 11-Jan-13 15:25:39

Surely clean and warm are the priorities - doesn't really matter otherwise. And tbh I hate seeing babies in overly fussy, frilly things and why would a baby need a headband anyway?

BlablaSos Fri 11-Jan-13 15:26:48

That's so silly. As a new mum you have enough to worry about to be concerned whether your baby looks trendy or not! Take no notice of your friends nan.

stargirl1701 Fri 11-Jan-13 15:26:59


WhatchuTalkinBoutPhyllis Fri 11-Jan-13 15:28:12

I keep mines exclusively in babygros until 12 6+ months at least

nan's face was like shock when I explained my 3mo has no 'real clothes'

KatAndKit Fri 11-Jan-13 15:30:20

YANBU - babies sleep in the day anyway so why not keep them in comfy sleepwear? I went for babygrows much of the time until 6 months and often now at nearly 9 months he stays in a babygrow - i have some "day" ones which are brighter colours. I think little babies in mini adult outfits look ridiculous.

I hate to see babies in tight clothes, stiff jeans, silly clothes poking them. They are all soft and new (can you tell I'm broody). Dress them in babygros. Lovely and comfy.

manicbmc Fri 11-Jan-13 15:31:57

Dd had a tiny black dress for if we went visiting old buggers and they still complained because babies shouldn't wear black ffs hmm

Ds had some dungarees and a stretchy top.

Everything else was babygro type things. Once they were more mobile it was leggings for dd and jersey trousers for ds.

Bananapickle Fri 11-Jan-13 15:32:03

I wish I had the sense to just dress my DD in babygros for the first 6 months! I got all stupid and insisted on 'dressing' her everyday! I won't be making that mistake with number 2!!

1NewMessage Fri 11-Jan-13 15:32:25

My DD wore a babygro til she was 1yo, and then I started putting her in leggings and tops so it wasn't a big step change! I firmly believe that her comfort is more important than whether strangers think I'm trampy or lazy...

My friend with a DD the same age had her in full outfits including shoes from being just a few weeks old. It seemed to hinder her somehow, she couldn't manoeuvre herself properly because of all the blooming frills and clumpy shoes, she always looked very uncomfortable.

witchface Fri 11-Jan-13 15:33:37

We used to call them boiler suits. Dd was always in them and we only changed her if she was sick on them.

Of course that was about 4 times a day.

I saw a giant baby in one at a mcdonalds the other day. Must have been a baby right, because no self respecting adult would leave the house in one?

WakeyCakey Fri 11-Jan-13 15:35:03

I hate (ok hate is strong) seeing babies in jeans when they have ridden up and their legs are out in the cold sad
Put them in a babygrow, they look warm and soft and new and sweet.
Plus the fact it is easier to get vomit and poo out of cotton then it is denim!!

YANBU - my DD wore Babygro's until at least 3 months and then only dressed her if we were off somewhere special.

fishcalledwonder Fri 11-Jan-13 15:36:54

YANBU. It annoys me that shops insist on calling them 'sleep suits'. I kept DD in babygros for months as she is a chubby little thing and i didn't like waistbands round her middle.

EarnestDullard Fri 11-Jan-13 15:37:56

3mo DD2 has worn a dress twice, leggings and a top once, and the rest of the time she's been in a vest and sleepsuit. DD1 was the same, didn't wear 'proper' clothes till 5+ months.

The thing about 'adults not wearing their pyjamas all day' is silly. Adults don't spend all day lying on their backs; babies do, so they need to be in soft comfy clothes. And it seems much easier to wash a load of sleepsuits than to have to wash 3 or 4 outfits every day if they have a leaky nappy or vomit incident.

PogoBob Fri 11-Jan-13 15:38:48

DD stayed in babygros until 6 months and 2 week old DS is living in them at the moment.

Like kitandkat I've got brighter ones for daytime and do have a bedtime routine which includes changing DS into a 'sleeping' babygro.

Surely a baby deserves to be comfortable rather than getting caught up in social convention!!

Sokmonsta Fri 11-Jan-13 15:40:05

Nope. My 9 month olds still wear babygros most of the time. I make exceptions for going out as they've been given some lovey clothes and its nice for them to wear them. But they are all also soft and squishy outfits. I've already stocked up on 12-18 month rompers ready for the summer because they are soooooo much easier than t shirt and shorts etc.

Longdistance Fri 11-Jan-13 15:43:21

Mine were in baby grows til they were 6mo. Hated putting them in outfits like mini adults.

I'm certainly no tramp maybe lazy but loved mine in baby grows, they looked so gorgeous.

auntilin Fri 11-Jan-13 15:48:55

yanbu. Babies need to be comfy & warm, babygros, vests & nappy are all they need for at least 6mnths, indoors.
I would even pop a cardigan over the babygro if it was chilly.

Mobly Fri 11-Jan-13 15:49:03

Not at all trampy or lazy. They look very cute, they're easy & quick to change, and comfy for the baby, what's not to like?

Thingiebob Fri 11-Jan-13 15:49:37

It's not trampy and it's not lazy. Why would put buttons, tight waist bands, and zippers against their lovely snuggly sensitive bodies? It makes sense to dress them in baby suits and layer them up.

You can get lovely baby sets anyway for them to wear.

LoopsInHoops Fri 11-Jan-13 15:50:17

Oh I love snuggly babygros. smile

StrawberriesTasteLikeLipsDo Fri 11-Jan-13 15:50:37

Ds2 is three weeks today, mAjority of time is in baby grow, with jacket or coat over top. He has worn top and trouser sets, or fleecy dungaree and long sleeved vest sets but wont be in jeans or what I think of as proper tops for a while yet.

And, another thing... Why do people insist on putting baby girls who are trying to learn to crawl in dresses? It just makes them look like they are trying to strangle them. Poor little things.

valiumredhead Fri 11-Jan-13 15:51:19

Ds always used to wear baby grows right up until he was about 10 months, with a nice home knit from my mum or nan. I really don't like proper clothes on babies - they look so uncomfy.

florilegia Fri 11-Jan-13 15:52:19

YADNBU! Although, when DS was about 6 months old, we were out in a cafe (him in a babygro), and a little boy of about 3 or 4 was staring at us. He turned to his mum, and said in a loud, affronted voice, "Mum, that baby is out in his pyjamas! And it's lunchtime!" The mum tried to explain that that was quite normal for little babies, but her son was absolutely convinced that it was indecent!

YANBU at all. My DS was in them until 4+ months, and even when I stopped using them in the day he would wear vest, t-shirt and jogging bottom. Who wants to be restricted and trussed up when they are learning how to move properly!?

nickelbabe Fri 11-Jan-13 15:54:00

babies are much more comfy in babygros.

they have no restrictive parts, no stiff bits, not sticking-in-out bits.


NolittleBuddahsorTigerMomshere Fri 11-Jan-13 15:54:33

YANBU, they have their whole lives to be restricted by fancy clothes, and IMHO babies should look like babies, I loathe trendy children's clothes.

valiumredhead Fri 11-Jan-13 15:54:37

Woolworths used to sell lovely cotton ones in a pack of 3 for £9.99 smile

BonaDea Fri 11-Jan-13 15:55:43

YANBU. I hate seeing little tiny babies in jeans and dresses and stuff. So silly. And don't get me started on 'track suits'. Bleugh.

Doubt my baby will be seen in anything other than a babygro for the first 6 months of his/her life!

Graciescotland Fri 11-Jan-13 15:58:01

I love babygros too!

florilegia Fri 11-Jan-13 16:00:08

I heard of a baby who went home from the hospital in an honest-to-goodness three-piece suit. That makes the tiny "proper clothes" look sensible...

Anniegetyourgun Fri 11-Jan-13 16:00:14

Babygros RULE. Eminently practical. No, I wouldn't go out in my pjs, but I wouldn't go out wearing a frilly dress that didn't quite cover a large bulky nappy, either, or scratch mitts, or satin bootees or a pink poke bonnet, because I am not a baby (spookily enough). Some people are just looking for an excuse to look down their noses at other people.

oldraver Fri 11-Jan-13 16:00:18

I think with more adult type clothes being available for babies people seem to of forgotten that babygro's are baby clothes. It shouldn't matter what you dress them in,( though I'm not fond of the jean type stuff) but its certainly not trampy to keep them in all in ones

Lyrasilvertongued Fri 11-Jan-13 16:01:03

YANBU, my 3 month old dd wears them most days and is most comfy in them rather than 'outfits' - dressing her in anything else is more for my benefit than hers!

DameFanny Fri 11-Jan-13 16:03:36

Babygros are proper 'foundation' garments - no need to worry about socks coming off, no gapping at the waist - just layer on top if you're going out.

The only point of putting babies in jeans and combats is to have a spare pocket for your door key grin

bedmonster Fri 11-Jan-13 16:05:12

Not really bothered really. As soon as all mine reached 6 months they were dressed in day clothes and babygros for night. I don't care if others leave their dc in babygros for longer but all my dc have had lovely clothes bought for them, it seemed a shame to waste them.

SmellsLikeTeenStrop Fri 11-Jan-13 16:49:40

YANBU, DS (4 months) has some very fetching babygros in lovely bright colours. For a tiny non crawling baby, they are the most practical clothing choice.

stopgap Fri 11-Jan-13 16:53:36

Huh? My son wore kimonos and onesies until he was at least three-months-old, after which I put snowsuits over said onesies.

We live in NYC and he was born in late August. I think comfort and keeping him cool were my main priorities, not to see him trussed up like a turkey.

(And I'm another one who loathes to see babies under at least a year in jeans.).

CecilyP Fri 11-Jan-13 16:58:40

The clue is in the name, really. So dressing a baby in a babygro isn't trampy or lazy. It is sensible. Babies grow so quickly that it makes no sense in buying them special outfits in the first 6 months. And anything with a waistband tends go get caught in the nappy and gets wet and unpleasant. And having said that, an adult wouldn't normally go out in a nappy either.

Lueji Fri 11-Jan-13 16:59:49

b e c a u s e i t ' s a b a b y .

And babies fall asleep a lot during the day, and they are mostly on their backs?

And it must be bloody umconfortable for them to be in anything other.

Mine lived in babygrows until he started to stand up, basically.

Alibabaandthe40nappies Fri 11-Jan-13 17:00:33


Babygros until 9 months for most days.

One of my friends insisted on stuffing her very chubby DD into 'proper clothes' from about 6 weeks old. The poor child was obviously so uncomfortable with things digging in and tight around her neck sad

Nancy66 Fri 11-Jan-13 17:01:02

babies in babygros make me melt.....they just looks so adorable.

higgle Fri 11-Jan-13 17:03:02

we called them grow bags, and DS 1& 2 wore them mainly until about 9 months. DS1 was signed up for prep school in one.

DoItToJulia Fri 11-Jan-13 17:06:04

YANBU at all! Babygros all the way here!

BegoniaBampot Fri 11-Jan-13 17:10:55

I'll stick to my babygrows and my, erm neighbour can stick to putting her little baby in a red fake leather bomber jacket.

bluebiscuit Fri 11-Jan-13 17:11:44

Dressing a baby in a babygro is sensible. The main thing about them is that they don't have a waistband. I think it is by far the most comfortable item for a baby to wear.

LaCiccolina Fri 11-Jan-13 17:14:03

It was said by someone's NAN. Seriously. Take it as an 'in my day' comment and file under BIN.


needtogetoffsofa Fri 11-Jan-13 17:18:43

ooh was just thinking about this as I,ve just seen a picture in a magazine of beautiful twin girls lying in a washing basket! They are wearing baby grows and just look so gorgeous, I thought how lovely to see their natural beauty and not frilly clothes - made me broody (I'm 54!)

Geekster Fri 11-Jan-13 17:47:23

YANBU my dd lived in them until she was around four months old and went to all the baby groups in them, she was warm and comfy, easy to change her nappy without her getting too cold, no need to faff around changing her for her naps. When she was poorly a month or so ago at nine months old she lived in them again for week. I'm all for practical clothes now she is crawling I dress her in trousers and jumpers, dresses would be no good for crawling in. Someone at our baby group always has their dd dressed in fancy frilly dresses, each to their own but it's so impractical.

specialsubject Fri 11-Jan-13 17:51:02

that's what babies wear because they sleep lots. Once they start crawling, or maybe toddling, they get dressed. Major lifechange.

and how can a baby be 'trampy' or 'lazy'?

DD2 is 1 today and one of the many things I'm feeling emotional about is the fact that I can't really get away with taking her out in a babygro anymore. She only wears tops and leggings though so not too much of a struggle. I can't think of anything more practical and comfy.

CreamOfTomatoSoup Fri 11-Jan-13 17:55:32

I had a conversation with someone about this today. She scoffed about a 1 year old she saw out and about wearing a sleepsuit. She said it was even worse because it was unisex and you couldn't even tell what sex it was!

I'm not sure why that's a thing!

WilsonFrickett Fri 11-Jan-13 17:58:11

Oh YANBU. DS was in them till the ones people bought us were outgrown for 6 months. Lovely and comfy, no wee draughts, snuggly for him and me, easy to change a nappy. Lovely. <wistful>

Fairylea Fri 11-Jan-13 18:04:41

I find it really interesting reading this as the very same discussion was on netmums ages ago and the majority there seemed to see gro's as pjs and also wouldn't put their ds in joggers!! (Why not? They are warm and comfortable!)

I love baby sleepsuits! Babies are babies, they should be primarily comfortable and warm smile ... and cute too smile

TrazzleMISTLEtoes Fri 11-Jan-13 18:07:54

Babygros all the way.

Maryz Fri 11-Jan-13 18:08:52

It depends on the baby.

ds1 wore lovely clothes, gifts from friends. I had the time to actually wash them (and even ironed them occasionally).

dd (two years later) had pretty dresses etc - my mum insisted on ironing them for me.

ds2 (18 months after that) wore babygros until he was able to walk (I had given up by then, and lived in squalor). And I used to cut off the feet when they got too small too!

elizaregina Fri 11-Jan-13 18:15:38

Id say its the most practical thing for baby to be in, what does nan want? jeans and a t ?

Fairylea Fri 11-Jan-13 18:16:42

Maryz I cut the feet off too ! smile

IceNoSlice Fri 11-Jan-13 18:20:36

Mine wears a baby gro every day, pretty much. It's so chilly at the moment, I dress him in vest, socks, baby gro then pop some dungarees and a zip up jumper on top if we are going out (plus the pram suit for walks). Or maybe we just have a cold house confused

FoofFighter Fri 11-Jan-13 18:23:54

Shops call them sleepsuits because they want you to think they are only for night-times and then go on to spend more with them on "day-time" outfits wink

I love babygros, especially white terrytowelling ones, sadly not something that's easy to find these days though, if anyone knows where to buy them please tell me!

I love babygros BUT I fail miserably at getting the bottom poppers done up right first time.

Foof Mothercare had them last time I was in.

TheFallenNinja Fri 11-Jan-13 18:55:58

Some Nans have overly romanticised memories of their own motherhood experiences coupled with an inability to keep their opinions to themselves. smile

IceNoSlice Fri 11-Jan-13 19:06:10

CommanderShepard I'm with you on that. Pesky little blighted, those poppers.

YANBU I kept mine in babygros for aaaaages and once they were wearing 'real' cloths at 12+ months I would still sometimes jsut take them out in babygros if I felt like it

Pigsmummy Fri 11-Jan-13 19:21:02

I don't use anything with a waistband due to umbilical hernia so babygrow/ sleep suit all the way! Sometimes with a nice dress over the top.

YorkshireDeb Fri 11-Jan-13 19:34:34

The first friend to have a baby in my social circle to keep them in babygros as long as possible - they get into clothes quickly enough as it is & once they're in them it lasts forever. Babies look so cute & cuddly in babygros anyway. And they're significantly easier to get a newborn into & out of. X

PeazlyPops Fri 11-Jan-13 23:49:54

foof - Mothercare have them. They are so cute and snuggly, I prefer them for DS to sleep in as they are warmer too.

TheDetective Sat 12-Jan-13 00:16:09

I have a 7 week old. He has some absolutely gorgeous babygrows! I have little cardigans to match. He looks lovely when we take him out, in his babygrows! Much cuter than jeans, or other grown up type stuff! If he wears an 'outfit' it is soft dungarees, or a romper (basically a babygrow minus feet!!). He will be like this for quite some time yet.

Hell, I don't even change his grow unless it's dirty. He wore his last one from 6am yesterday morning (puke incident!) til 3pm today (wee incident!). Why would you make more work for yourself when you can be enjoying your baby!!!!

Disappearing Sat 12-Jan-13 00:18:45

Wow DameFanny - you've just explained one of life's great mysteries for me - i.e. why do baby clothes often have several actual functional pockets, c.w. button/popper fastenings, heavy seams etc. when the baby involved is so young it barely knows up from down -

The only point of putting babies in jeans and combats is to have a spare pocket for your door key

Now it all makes sense.

wibblyjelly Sat 12-Jan-13 00:20:52

Yanbu, its neither lazy nor trashy.

However, I do dress 3 and a half month old ds in 'day' clothes and use the baby gros for bed time. This is only because I read that it is supposed to help them differentiate between day and night. I don't know if there is any truth in that, but it does seem to have helped ds.

We put him in easy to put on trousers, and I don't think its any more difficult to get him in or out of them compared to baby gros.

GanglyGiraffe Sat 12-Jan-13 00:36:19

I don't care what people dress their babies in as long as they aren't smug about it.

Choosing to dress your baby in a sleep suit doesn't make you better than those that don't, and vice-versa.

monsterchild Sat 12-Jan-13 00:41:26

Ugh, Ds1 is only 2.5 weeks, and I can't be bothered trying to get onesies over his head! he hates it, I hate it and since he pees on everything (he's a great stealth widdler) I have to change his clothes almost every time I change a nappy!
Easier of everyone if he just has one zipper and no leg/feet shoving to do!

elkiedee Sat 12-Jan-13 00:55:43

No, babygros come in such fun designs - I particularly liked black and white animal prints - zebra, dalmatian etc. I was told off by a practice nurse when I took DS1 for jabs. In summer with DS2 (February baby so 4-7 months) I put him in short sleeved poppered vests, sometime with pull on elasticated shorts or trousers sometimes.

ProtegeMoi Sat 12-Jan-13 01:23:31

My daughter wore nothing but baby grows with a cardigan for her first 3 months. Then we went onto occasional leggings and loose top.

At 7 months old she has still never worn jeans or other uncomfortable clothing.

Babies sleep so much and spend a long time lying down. Anything comfy, warm with easy access for nappy changes is a winner.

IneedAsockamnesty Sat 12-Jan-13 02:39:19

All of mine use baby grows up to when they start trying to walk along furniture and from then on footless baby grows or ones with grip dots on the feet or leggings and a vest. All combos if needed have a cardi over the top. at about 18 months/2 years ish I add dungeries and I start considering other types of small people's clothing

Its not trampy its putting comfort above fashion/ social pressure/ materialist pressures and IMHO I think more adults should think about prioritising comfort. But that's just me. It works for my family that may e because I'm not a fan of buying things that are not needed and the baby product market is awash with things it wants you to buy and its way of advertising it tends to make people think there a shite parent if they don't have xyz equipment because apparently you have to have these things your unprepared if you don't and its essential to your baby's well being.

So I choose to not feed it by not buying the stuff that's not needed.

MooseBeTimeForCoffee Sat 12-Jan-13 02:56:38

My DS has just turned 1 and we still use babygros. When its -25 outside, it's much easier to slide him into a snowsuit and he stays all toasty and warm smile

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