How long do/did you dress your baby in baby gros during the day before it became unreasonable?

(159 Posts)
Newmummee Thu 23-Jan-14 08:41:19

Ok I know it's not unreasonable I was just trying to fit it in the titled section that I have done!!

When shall I dress my 7 week old in proper day clothes?

IndigoTea Thu 23-Jan-14 08:48:09

I still dress my 7 month old in babygrows daily, and once a week in a dress/outfit. I'm hoping to move from babygrows at 9 months. I don't actually know anyone who has dressed their baby in babygrows for that long, but it is much more economical grin

ThedementedPenguin Thu 23-Jan-14 08:49:07

Just do it when your ready. There's no right or wrong time to do it, just when you want.

ikeaismylocal Thu 23-Jan-14 08:49:30

I still dress my 13 month old in footless babygrows in the day. I stopped dressing him in babygrows with feet at 6 months when he started crawling as he did much better with bare feet.

Seff Thu 23-Jan-14 08:49:36

With DD, I felt I had to get her dressed. Not helped by my mum telling me that people would think I wasn't looking after her properly if I didn't dress her...

I'm pregnant with DC2, who will be dressed in baby gros for months.

KiwiBanana Thu 23-Jan-14 08:50:25

About 6 months. He had some other soft outfits that I mixed and matched with but he was so huge at 6 months that the sleep suits could only come out at night time sad

InfiniteJest Thu 23-Jan-14 08:50:38

DD is 9 months on Monday, she still wears them. They're just so easy!

Ds only work grows for the first six months. Then it was summer and he wore rompers or just a vest. Then I started putting him in 'proper' clothes. Much easier in grows as it doesn't matter if they're sick/poo all over it!

ifyourehoppyandyouknowit Thu 23-Jan-14 08:53:57

Probably until about six months as it was summer. But it wasnt all the time, I did outfits some days. If I had another I'd stick with baby grows as long as possible. Much less faff.

SecondStarToTheRight Thu 23-Jan-14 08:55:05

My 10mo wears them until I need to get ready to go out, then I dress him.

He is crawling everywhere so it is more comfortable for him to be in loose fitting clothes

LightsPlease Thu 23-Jan-14 08:56:37

I don't like babys in babygros after a few months when they are going out. I see them as bed clothes and would think the parents hadn't dressed them.

TeaAndFag Thu 23-Jan-14 08:58:54

Both mine were dressed in proper clothes during the day, baby grows are pyjamas IMO. Although my DD was born in July 2012 when it was scorching hot so she spent her first few weeks in just vests!

eltsihT Thu 23-Jan-14 08:58:58

When they start crawling knees wear out fast on sleep suits, not so fast on trousers.

cogitosum Thu 23-Jan-14 09:01:06

I was intending to dress ds in baby grows for ages as I find them cute and practical however when he was actually born I changed him between day and night quite quickly.

When he was first born it was so hot he spent day and night in a nappy or vest.

Then i had daytime and nighttime babygrows (daytime were bright colours nighttime pastels) or outfits for daytime. I still buy trousers with feet as socks are a faf and come off and sock ons don't work and get lost in the washing machine!

SoftSheen Thu 23-Jan-14 09:06:11

Almost all the time until 3-4 months (excepting the odd special occasion)

Quite often until about 8-9 months, when she started crawling and dungarees or trousers gave her knees better protection.

Absolutely nothing wrong with a seven week old going out in baby grows- probably the most comfortable thing for them at that age.

LunchLadyWannabe Thu 23-Jan-14 09:06:19

From day one it was proper clothes for day, pjs for bed

The day after dd was born, she had proper clothing on.

No dresses or tights though!

formerbabe Thu 23-Jan-14 09:08:19

Till they can walk, unless it is a special occasion in which case, I dressed them in a proper outfit.

Babygros are the best clothes IMO for babies.

gaggiagirl Thu 23-Jan-14 09:09:07

4 months for my DD. They are just so easy!

Blending Thu 23-Jan-14 09:12:48

My 8 month old twins still live in baby grows, but if we are going out somewhere I do dress them. The only exception is if we are off to somewhere like the park/ supermarket where they won't be taking their snow suits off, and then it's easier just to bung 'em in the suits.

My 3 yo dd on the other hand is fully dressed, even if her choices are a little bizarre!

CrazyOldCatLady Thu 23-Jan-14 09:16:00

DD (PFB) was dressed every day from about 3 weeks.

DS was in babygros every day till he turned 1, except for special occasions like family parties, which might have occured every 2 months or so.

Babygros are practical, comfy, cute, and keep the baby looking like a baby (which is nice when you know it's your last!).

ebwy Thu 23-Jan-14 09:18:46

My 14 month old still goes on the school run to drop his brother at nursery in them about half the time! Mostly I dress him if he's going to be taking his coat off and be seen, though his skeleton one and evening dress one we wear as normal clothing. Tbh once they start walking it would be impractical to wear them anywhere but at home.

Idespair Thu 23-Jan-14 09:22:12

If they are getting up and trying to cruise, it is easier for them not to be wearing a babygro. I regularly dressed both of mine in babygros until they were about 1yo. Babygros are particularly good because they have no waistband. Babies get wind etc and I think it's nicer for their tummies not to have anything more than the nappy restricting them.

Monetbyhimself Thu 23-Jan-14 09:22:24

Babies in babygros with hand knit cardia are the cutest thing EVER!

I much prefer the babygro look to mini Hillfiger jeans and floral head bands on little bald heads grin

callamia Thu 23-Jan-14 09:23:24

14 weeks, and I like him still looking like a baby sometimes.

Although, i mainly compromise with the footless ones for day time. Mainly so people with judgypants up high don't think I haven't bothered to take him out of his nightwear.

PumpkinPie2013 Thu 23-Jan-14 09:23:38

My 9 week old wears baby gros most of the time smile

He has some really cute ones and looks so comfy in them! Plus I find them much easier when changing him so intend to use them as long as possible!

He does have a couple of outfits e.g. dungarees and tracksuit bottoms/tops which people have bought. I put him in them when we see the people who bought them but he never looks comfy to me.

Baby gros are great!

Until about 9 months he was wearing babygros or fleecy onsies all day.
At the moment I'll throw his coat and wellies on top of his onsie to do the walk to take his big sister to nursery..he's nearly three.

Sparklymommy Thu 23-Jan-14 09:28:28

All of my four had proper outfits during the day from the moment they came out of hospital. That was my choice and the girls had lots of dresses and pretty little knickers that went over their nappies.

Now I want a newborn! Definitely missing having a little baby to fill the boredom of housework!

Cookethenook Thu 23-Jan-14 09:32:04

I don't think my ds was out of baby gro's and rompers until about 3 months. Even now, he wears a long sleved cotton top and cotton leggins, which is basically pyjamas! He really hates 'stiff' trousers.

Preciousbane Thu 23-Jan-14 09:33:32

Babygros till about one, DS did have some nice outfits that went on sometimes that had been gifts but babies are sicky and pooey so didn't see the point. I was also given lots of hand knitted cardis that went on top.

It is also cheap as well as easy.

Onsera3 Thu 23-Jan-14 09:35:27

I had a six month cut off. I needed to change him after breakfast anyway once on solids. Then back into baby grow after dinner and bath.

pointythings Thu 23-Jan-14 09:35:28

Mine were in babygros most of the time until summer, when it got too hot - outfits were for special occasions. Babygros are comfortable, practical and cheap - what's not to like? And babies do not need to be 'dressed', they need to be kept warm and comfy. Nothing else matters - they are not dolls for display.

newyearhere Thu 23-Jan-14 09:37:14

Babygros are comfortable and I can't see any benefit to a very young baby in wearing "outfits".

froubylou Thu 23-Jan-14 09:37:38

Well I said ds would be in babygros until he was 12 months old.

However he hates getting dressed and undressed and I'm finding the poppers a faff while he is wiggling around.

So in the day he has soft cords or jogging bottoms on with a vest and a long sleeved top. At night he has babygros on.

Don't think it matters really. As long as the baby is comfortable!

hooochycoo Thu 23-Jan-14 09:37:52

tops/dresses and leggings/tights here. the poppers do my head in on baby grows. much easier with soft separates.

BadChat25 Thu 23-Jan-14 09:38:23

I always thought of them as jammies so never dressed her in them during the day... It appears I'm in the minority.

KuppiKahvia Thu 23-Jan-14 09:39:41

Babygro's until about 9 months for my DC, changed as they started to cruise around. More grown up outfits are uncomfortable when lying down in them, waistbands can irritate. Babygro and a cardigan is lovely.

Ironically with the onesie craze my dad's are now back in essentially a babygro for bed time!

BookroomRed Thu 23-Jan-14 09:39:54

This is THE issue that I had absolutely no awareness of until I joined Mn, the Properly Dressed vs Babygro debate. It is a completely mad and insanely prissily judgemental one. Personally, because I didn't know this was a Thing, I have no idea. Looking at photographs, he was probably mostly in babygros for months, but certainly not exclusively. He also wore soft jersey trousers and dungarees a lot.

ScaredToBeHonest Thu 23-Jan-14 09:42:54

DS is nearly 5 months and wore an outfit for the first time last week - it was some little dungarees and t-shirt that a friend bought him for Christmas. I put him in white or pastel baby grows at night and colourful/dark blue ones during the day. He has a few individual footless baby grows (are they called romper suits?!) which are very obviously daytime ones. One for example has a collar on it, like a polo shirt. He also has some dungarees with feet and coordinating long sleeved vests that are in baby grow material - these are a nice compromise too as they still look babyish IYSWIM.

I've got quite a few outfits in age 6-9 months as they were bought for him as presents but I imagine I will keep him in baby grows or footless baby grows on a day to day basis and keep the outfits for weekends etc. I find the outfits can look a bit too grown up but they were bought as presents so he will certainly be wearing them.

Baby grows are so much more practical I'm too bloody lazy to have to wash proper outfits when he has dribbled milk on them within five minutes of wearing them!

hedwiggywiggerson Thu 23-Jan-14 09:43:04

DS1 wore proper clothes out of the hospital, ds2 was in babygros and soft clothes for longer.

If we have dc3 I would do babygros for a lot longer they're much easier and look so much nicer for babies. I look at photos now of ds1 in jeans as a small baby and think WHY!

LeaveItItsNotWorthIt Thu 23-Jan-14 09:43:56

Dd still wears them at home to be comfy. She wears outfits to go out. She's almost 2.

whatareyoueventalkingabout Thu 23-Jan-14 09:48:16

Leave it me too. Mine is two and a bit how and doesn't fit into 18/24 but if I could I would still be doing it at home. To go out in I reckon once they are walking around it's like wearing a onesie and I wouldn't wear a onesie to go shopping in or out for a nice lunch but I probably would to go round to a friends for a lazy play date.

I couldn't be bothered with cute outfits. I have a loads of nice hand me downs that I used but I exchanged most outfits with gift reciepts for packs of babygrows as cheaper.

my NCT Friends all used to buy expenseive outfits from john lewis or mothercare and dress tiny babies in jeans and shorts or chintzy dresses.

No thanks

HoratiaDrelincourt Thu 23-Jan-14 09:48:39

PFB dolly less than a month. Wore his first outfit on day seven. After that, soft leggings over poppered vest with optional cardigan (summer baby) for a few months.

DC2, no time for dressing up. Lasted far longer. Two or three months probably mainly in babygros but sometimes soft outfits, and romper suits that hot summer (when he was 2-5mo).

DC3, in sizes 0-1m and 0-3m where I had lots of babygros. Once into 3-6m I only had a few - can't work out if they were not worn, or just ruined by nappy trials. So from that point on it's been simple soft outfits - mainly dungarees so won't ride up/down. But fatty poor child was in 3-6m at about six weeks, so yeah, six weeks.

Babygros are plenty though. Rompers if hot. I am never buying actual clothes for a baby for a gift ever again. We were given so many mini-adult clothes that are just hugely impractical.

And I'm that mother that has a total ban on blue denim. None of my children has ever worn blue denim yet, and the eldest is nearly six blush My intention is to carry on with this policy until they actually choose it for themselves. If you can't wear bright orange chinos at two and a half, when can you?

changejustforyou Thu 23-Jan-14 09:51:57

uh, aren't onsies just big babygros??

dietcokeandwine Thu 23-Jan-14 09:53:05

Mine wore babygros or rompers for probably the first three months, then soft dungarees type outfits after that. Never any jeans/top type combos until they were nearer 9 months, simply because I didn't feel they'd be very comfy for a young baby, but dungarees and long sleeved tops looked lovely and were comfy for them too.

I always did white babygros for night time and brighter coloured or stripey ones for daytime when they were little.

Personally I wouldn't dress an older baby in a babygro during the day once past six months, but then I wouldn't dress a tiny one in mini jeans and polo shirt either! All personal preference but at the end of the day as long as a child is clean warm and comfortable it really doesn't matter.

TinyTear Thu 23-Jan-14 09:54:42

I still put mine (23 months) in babygrows after the bath and for bed...

but her first proper outfit was when she was 6 weeks (ish) for mother's day... but still, mostly baby grows and rompers until a few months on...

SaucyJack Thu 23-Jan-14 09:56:19

I never do past the first day or so. Sleepsuits are for sleeping in AFAIC. They just look scruffy when worn as daywear (to me)

Much preferred little leggings and t-shirts for my girls.

TinyTear Thu 23-Jan-14 09:56:24

dietcoke I also have the plain white ones for bed.

marks the difference... I will get her normal pyjamas when she goes into a bed from the cot, but for now we still do the white ones for bed... (helps she is 23 months but in 12-18 clothes so easier to find the plain ones)

dietcokeandwine Thu 23-Jan-14 09:56:47

Horatia what on earth is wrong with blue denim? DS3 is nearly one and has some absolutely gorgeous dark blue denim dungarees...they are fab and comfy and don't show the dirt!

Mind you, I am that mother who refuses to allow her children to wear jogging bottoms. I gritted my teeth and bought a few pairs for potty training but as soon as they got the hang of it it was back in proper trousers!

TinyTear Thu 23-Jan-14 09:57:25

saucy sleepsuits are for sleeping...

well yes, and that is what they do for the first 6 weeks grin

CrispyCrochet Thu 23-Jan-14 09:59:57

I posted a very similar question a week or so ago!

cornflakegirl Thu 23-Jan-14 10:00:45

What CatLady said!

I used a sling all the time with DS2, so a babygrow that didn't ride up made much more sense.

RaspberryTea Thu 23-Jan-14 10:01:27

My 21 month old dd still wears babygrows in the house if we are not going anywhere, they are comfy for her.

BlackholesAndRevelations Thu 23-Jan-14 10:08:33

So what if it looks like you haven't dressed them? So actual fucking what?! They're babies. I just don't even understand why fiddly outfits are even made for newborns. My 4 week old will be in babygros as long as I can get away with it. Especially seeing as she'll be jn the sling a lot and they're the most comfortable and practical thing for her to wear. She's got leggings and soft tops which she'll start wearing occasionally when not going to be in the sling much.

My friend posted pics of her newborn son going home from hospital in a button down shirt, tank top and jeans. FFS.

KarmaVersusGeorgeOsbourne Thu 23-Jan-14 10:14:51

As someone else said, this is something I never thought was an issue until MN. DC was in babygros until about 9 months, though they had some little soft dungarees/dresses as well, so a mixture of both. I don't get how they look 'lazy' or like they aren't dressed- loads of the ones I had were quite thick cotton, lovely bright patterns, very obviously 'day' clothes. I even had a brilliant soft corduroy one that someone gave me. So much more comfortable for the baby IMO. My baby nephew has been in a variety of 'outfits' from day one, and it looks like an awful faff- T-shirts always riding up over his little tummy, and jeans falling down over his nappy when he kicked. SIL is constantly having to fix and adjust his clothes

ShadowFall Thu 23-Jan-14 10:15:32

Is a baby gro the same as a sleepsuit?

Both mine wore sleepsuits all the time until about 3 months, then I started putting them in trousers / dungarees & tops during the daytime.

KarmaVersusGeorgeOsbourne Thu 23-Jan-14 10:17:29

Oh and there is nothing cuter than a row of really soft babygros, smelling lovely, all bobbing on the washing line on a warm spring day


SomethingkindaOod Thu 23-Jan-14 10:22:40

When they started getting mobile they started wearing clothes during the day and sleep suits at night. It became part of the bedtime wind down routine and it helped them to eventually learn the distinction between day and night.
Plus the fact that 2 bum shufflers and a commando crawler are very hard on clothes and sleep suits aren't usually up to the wear and tear!

SpookedMackerel Thu 23-Jan-14 10:24:57

Dd 1 wore babygros until 6 months - she was a winter baby. At 6 months I switched to a short sleeves vest with soft trousers or leggings because I felt the weather was too hot for a babygro.

Dd 2 wore them much less, as it was summer, she wore them for the first couple of months, then was mainly in short rompers or vests and trousers. By the time it as cold enough to wear them again, I'd got out of the habit,and anyway she'd outgrown all her ssister's old ones and I didn't want to buy any more.

But I love babies in babygros, so I would say use them as long as you like!

Artandco Thu 23-Jan-14 10:26:03

About a year. They always had only white ones too as found it far easier to coordinate!

So white babygro, over white vest, with knitted cardigan/ jumper of some sort in winter. Sometimes with a knitted tank top if not as cold. With baby moccasins/ soft leather slippers etc over when crawling/ standing up stage.

By the time they have a jumper and slippers on there's only little big of legs showing anyway.

Oh and a knitted hat to match the cardigan smile

( mind you my 4 year old son is dressed in red tights, with red slippers today, and a large navy knitted baggy jumper and a red pixie hat so he's not really changed attire!- does own jeans though now)

Writerwannabe83 Thu 23-Jan-14 10:30:03

I love babygros!!!

Babies wearing 'children's clothes' always makes me feel a bit sad for some reason grin

I intend for mine to be in babygros for as long as possible - they are just sooooo cute!! smile

My twins were in babygrows for the first 4 months, then summer hit and they were mainly in sleeveless vests and nothing else. Or little rompers. Then they started cruising at 7 months - so mainly outfits (leggings, dungarees and soft tops or jersey dresses for DD) as babygrows are lethal on wooden floors and DTD is so tiny she was still in 3-6 babygrows until 10 months. And they don't have sticky feet in those sizes! We are now mainly in PJs at night now as they are walking and again with wooden floors, it's too dangerous to have all that fabric flapping round their feet (maybe my babies have abnormally short legs or something though!) I was sad to see the end of baby grows but don't miss the poppers!

crazykat Thu 23-Jan-14 10:45:24

With dd1 she was about 2 weeks old when she wore her first proper outfit as it was dh's birthday and we had a big family meal out. She was dressed most days after that but in things like soft dresses/jogging bottoms and soft top.

Ds1 was about 8 weeks when I dressed him in proper clothes most days. Dd2 was about the same.

Ds2 was about 6 months as he was born in October and I had three school runs each day. It was just easier to dress him in a vest and sleep suit with scratch mits and just have to put a coat/pram suit on top for the school run. He did have cute/fancy ones for the day and plainer ones at night though.

I wish I'd left my first three in sleep suits and rompers longer as its much easier and less washing.

weebleswillwobble Thu 23-Jan-14 10:46:09

Only at night, until about 12 - 18 months! I hate the bloody things! All those poppers are a nightmare! It's much easier to do a little vest with cotton trousers / leggins and a cardi.

LostMySocks Thu 23-Jan-14 10:47:31

I love baby grows as DS is so comfortable in them and they're really easy for nappy changes. I've been given/buy cute ones with pictures or patterns. If you pop a jumper or cardi on it's obvious that he is dressed. DS has fleecy ones for bed as he feels the cold. He's 3months now so plan to continue using for a good while yet. He does have some dungerees that were gifts but he wears them less due to the sock issue.

MrsGarlic Thu 23-Jan-14 10:49:05

When he was crawling, as it meant the feet part ended up slipping so there was excess material flapping around (and it happened with both footed and non-footed 'gros... the non-footed were a little better but his feet still slipped inside).

He still wears them for bed mostly, and he is a year old now. I have some in 12-18m size but I don't think they do them any bigger really so once he grows out them then he'll go into regular pyjamas at night.

LegoStillSavesMyLife Thu 23-Jan-14 11:01:29

Mine work footless baby grows until they stopped making them in their size. So ds1 probably stopped at 18 months ds2 a little earlier.

BoysiesBack Thu 23-Jan-14 11:22:36

My DS is 6 months and I've just started dressing him occasionally during the daytime because people bought bought him clothes for Christmas, otherwise he'd still be in babygros until he started crawling as proper clothes are a bit more hard wearing.

IHaveSeenMyHat Thu 23-Jan-14 11:24:19

I kept mine in babygros for about three months. Then I got bored and started putting her in more interesting outfits.

howrudeforme Thu 23-Jan-14 11:28:02

Mine wore babygrows until there were no more in his size.

We were given loads of cool jeans and fiddly tops but as nice as they looked they weren't comfortable for him. Easier to move around in comfy stuff.

Never once thought he wasn't dressed.

Similarly I didn't bother with shoes until he could walk.

pianodoodle Thu 23-Jan-14 11:30:31

Until they start looking like they're out in pyjamas grin

DD wore mostly sleepy suits until 6 or 7 months. It's just easier - and I think babies are cute enough without needing special outfits smile

VerlaineChasedRimbauds Thu 23-Jan-14 11:33:22

Agree with a previous poster who pointed out that onesie's were babygros (or growbags - as my DF used to call them grin ). So some people wear them well in to adulthood...

My feeling is : Put your child in comfortable clothes for their sake - easy to care for clothes for your sake - and pretty/faffy clothes if you feel like it for the camera or a special occasion . Until the child has an opinion of course - which in my dd's case was a lot earlier than I was anticipating! I could have dictated my ds's wardrobe until he was about 10 if I'd felt like it. DD was under 2 when she started making her feelings known!

Ilikecakes Thu 23-Jan-14 11:33:33

Let babies look like babies! Seeing tiny babies dressed in scratchy denim/top combos send me into an unreasonable rage. Mine were in comfy cotton babygros til at least 6 months, and only really moved onto 'proper' clothes when I got fed up of the 'Ooh didn't Mummy dress you today?' type comments......

ReticulatingSplines Thu 23-Jan-14 11:34:36

Both of mine have been in outfits from the start. But I don't care what anyone else does. Babygros have to stop when potty training commences, but til then go for it smile

peppinagiro Thu 23-Jan-14 12:10:00

Mine has been dressed in clothes since a few weeks old, though mainly super soft long sleeved vests with leggings, tights, a dress, etc. Some people bought her grown up jeans and cords with quite a tough waistband but I've returned them - waistbands aren't for babies!

I enjoy dressing her in lots of bright colours and would get bored rigid having her just in babygros day and night. Personally I dont really think they look that nice, I think tiny clothes are much cuter. In any case, she cant wear babygros as her feet are too big so is in 2 piece 'jamas too.

MrsKoala Thu 23-Jan-14 12:20:33

I was planning to put DS in baby gros till he was 1. But i actually found them really difficult to dress him in. He was such a wriggler so doing up the poppers was a chore (and i usually realised i'd done them wrong and had to start again), and he had reflux - so was often sick, needing a change about 6 times a day. I realised at about 8wks it was much easier to have stretchy track suit bottoms and cotton long sleeve t-shirts/jumpers. Then when he yogged i could just change the top/bottoms.

Then he was walking at 9mo so wore socks and shoes which wouldn't go over the baby gro anyway. I was really disappointed as i think babies look lovely in them. But even DS's pyjamas have always been separates too - just so much easier than fiddly poppers.

And then of course there's the sizing, if you have a tall baby like ds, the legs are never long enough. So interchangable tops and bottoms worked best for us.

HoratiaDrelincourt Thu 23-Jan-14 12:22:15

dietcoke it's mainly the fact that denim is so stiff and bulky, but also because it looks too dull and adult. Cotton, linen or jersey trousers here.

I know what you mean about tracksuit bottoms too. I like jersey trousers with straight hems iyswim but not gathered - if it looks like sportswear then it's worn for sport only. Ditto football shirts - for football training only. Possibly for going to watch a match. But otherwise NO.

I'm realising what a terrible snob I am blush

marshmallow2468 Thu 23-Jan-14 12:22:36

5 months here, then the weather got hot so switched to rompers or vest and shorts. Once summer was over he went into proper clothes.

rabbitlady Thu 23-Jan-14 12:24:38

until the health visitor complained. i think baby was about three months. i loved to see her in a grobag and a cardigan. she was a cosy, snuggly little bean. dresses irritate.

SomethingkindaOod Thu 23-Jan-14 12:25:15

Horatia DSis 13 and I still have issues with sportswear now! He's in a track suit bottoms and hoodie phase though and I'm losing this particular battle...

SomethingkindaOod Thu 23-Jan-14 12:25:38

DS. Not DSis.

doodahwhatsit Thu 23-Jan-14 12:26:19

until she can crawl etc

I got millions of clothes as presents for each DC, generally nice and soft comfy clothing so they wore that from the morning but I had a one poo rule, i.e if the outfit was covered in explosive poo - generally once a day until weaning then the baby grows went on until the next morning - or poo . . .

JRmumma Thu 23-Jan-14 12:28:20

Only reason DS had any clothes was because they were bought as gifts. We had to swap most if them anyway as he was in tiny baby for ages and then all of the outfits weren't weather appropriate. So until about6 weeks it was baby grows or vest with cotton trousers and a cardigan.

When he went into 0-3 stuff it was the same, plus some cotton dungarees.

My DH is obsessed with DS having jeans but i hate them. He cant move in them and they are a nightmare when doing nappies. Now he is in 3-6 (and fast growing out of it) he has more proper clothes but its jogging bottom type things and soft jumpers mainly, or daytime babygtow/rompers. He only wears jeans if DH dresses him.

For 6-12 months ive got proper clothes but all soft stretchy ones so he can move freely and learn to crawl etc.

For me, him having freedom of movement is the most important thing.

JRmumma Thu 23-Jan-14 12:32:02

Also- re jeans, one pair we got as a gift were so uncomfortable for DS that they made him cry. Proper jean material. Avoid at all costs!!! And make sure trousers have elasticated waists, not rigid ones with buttons.

Chipandspuds Thu 23-Jan-14 12:35:11

DS had a few outfits which were bought for him, but apart from that, I dressed him in babygrows until he was about 6 months old. It's just so much easier and more comfortable for the baby IMO. I would do the same again and if people don't like it that's up to them smile

TheresLotsOfFarmyardAnimals Thu 23-Jan-14 12:35:15

About 6 months? After 3 months it was mainly outfits and occasional babygros - usually the bright ones for daytime.

Paintyfingers Thu 23-Jan-14 12:36:00

9 months here!

curiousgeorgie Thu 23-Jan-14 12:40:15

With DD1 she was in dresses and outfits during the day from the first few weeks...

DD2 is 7 months old in a couple of days and she lives in baby grows unless its a special occasion like a party or Christmas. Makes her feel like a little baby for longer, and much easier & more comfortable.

DH however is annoyed at all the wasted DD1 clothes wink

lljkk Thu 23-Jan-14 12:44:43

Onesies are so fashionable, at least 4-8yrs old (I am not joking).

LittleBabySqueakSqueak Thu 23-Jan-14 12:44:50

DD was in proper clothes for going out from about 3 weeks old. I was terrified that some nameless "they" would think I wasn't looking after her properly and take her away. I don't like jeans on little babies because I don't think they look comfy, but she's happy enough in soft cords, leggings and dresses. She's 4 months now and enjoys playing with her dresses, in the same way that she feels and explores her toys. DH and I wouldn't wear sportswear except for sport, so we don't put DD in it either.

I'm less anxious now, but I like her cute little outfits and at the moment she's comfy, things might change when she's moving about. DH on the other hand would have her in babygros all the time because they're easy, comfy and practical.

Lj8893 Thu 23-Jan-14 12:45:18

My dd has just turned 12 weeks and I suddenly realised she has all these outfits that people have bought her in size 0-3months that she hasent worn and will soon be too big for them so I've started dressing her in outfits during the day (apart from the odd lazy day).

Also when she's into 3-6months I have loads of outfits but not so many babygrows so it makes sense for me to keep dressing her in outfits during the day.

Lj8893 Thu 23-Jan-14 12:46:49

But I still prefer her in softer clothing rather than stiff dresses etc. she likes wearing long tops and dresses as she can pull and play with the fabric.

CrohnicallyFarting Thu 23-Jan-14 13:02:10

I dressed DD from day one, in things like loose leggings and envelope neck tops, with the occasional dress. I was told it would help her differentiate night and day if I got her changed each morning and night, not sure how true that is though.

Barbeasty Thu 23-Jan-14 13:17:28

We do a mixture but at 13 months DS still wears them in the day- he has pyjamas for night time.

He is walking, but small- he fits perfectly into his 6-9 months babygrow. I love seeing the double takes as people think the walling baby must be much younger than he is.

Although from the day he was born he has managed to get his feet sticking out half way down the legs.

Pascha Thu 23-Jan-14 13:21:12

I don't get whats so easy about babygros. After about 12 weeks the poppers just do my head in so my boys were in pyjamas at night and soft trousers/dungarees & vests in the day from then, if not earlier. Much much easier and no swearing because I've got all the poppers wrong and have to start again.

perfectstorm Thu 23-Jan-14 13:35:08

About 9 months, after which it was t shirts and leggings until maybe 1 or so? They're just comfier in soft cotton jersey. And I used babygrows as pyjamas until they stopped selling them in that size, which I think is 18 months to 2? Just comfy and practical. I used really soft cardies and jumpers for warmth over the top.

I hate seeing little babies in stiff materials with buttons and collars - I always wonder how their parents would like having to sleep in them? And they have skin far thinner and more sensitive than us, too.

SoonToBeSix Thu 23-Jan-14 15:15:52

Until around 6 /7 months

Thatballwasin Thu 23-Jan-14 15:22:28

DCs are 7 and 4, insisted I bought them a onesie each so they're basically still wearing babygros...

bodygoingsouth Thu 23-Jan-14 15:26:15

by dc4 I was cutting the feet off the babygros and putting socks on her.

I luffs babygros

dd3 though after 2 boys was in frilly dresses early on until they got pooed on and sicked on and thought stuff that.

7 weeks is tiny op, do what suits you.

dogindisguise Thu 23-Jan-14 15:28:27

I used baby grows until mine were crawling.

KarmaVersusGeorgeOsbourne Thu 23-Jan-14 15:28:38

Another thing I didn't realise until MN was the headband-on-baby thing. I am quite proud that I worked this out for myself. My mum brought round an outfit for DD (aged about a month at this point) given by my aunt. It was a lovely little jersey dress with wheelbarrows on the pockets- I still have it. The matching flowery headband was attached. I put the dress on DD and of course, automatically added the flowery headband too- it was part of the outfit,yes?

Mum and I watched in mute horror as DD's little fontanelle pulsed away, restricted by the headband, which was swiftly removed and never mentioned again grin

bodygoingsouth Thu 23-Jan-14 15:28:42

ThatBallWasIn yes mine now range from 24 to 13 and all had onsies for Christmas. funny as.

SukiTakeItOffAgain Thu 23-Jan-14 15:34:05

DD1 til 9mo when she went to CMs and I felt I should look like I made an effort.

DD2 will probably be the same. She's refluxy and weaning so there is a LOT of sick, she would get mega pissed off if I kept putting dresses over her head. Plus it would cost a fortune - babygros are cheap and mostly handed down from DD1. She sometimes wears a jumper dress and tights combo for going out, but we don't go out much due to all the vomit.

People can judge us all they like, they're not living our lives.

I'm not a fan of 3wo boys in uncomfortable looking jeans and trainers, or headbands on bald little girls, but each to their own.

Bumpandkind Thu 23-Jan-14 20:14:03

I love baby gro's too. Ds is 7 months and still rocks the colourful or stripy sort. I love the baby blue and cream newborn ones but have stopped dressing him in these during the daytime. Soft, footed, cotton dungarees (the rarest of beasts), I adore but can't seem to find anywhere. apart from the gorgeous but way off budget, petit bateau . Any suggestions?

bluebeanie Thu 23-Jan-14 21:54:56

DD is 4 months. She is in baby gros most of the time, but will have more outfits when in nursery from 6.5 months. She is much more comfortable in the baby gros. I didn't even realise it wasn't the 'done thing' until an nct lady made a face when I mentioned I only changed her once a day if she wasn't soiled. Cow. I've saved a fortune in laundry. Babies grow up so quickly. What's the major rush?

IneedAsockamnesty Thu 23-Jan-14 22:47:06


Don't use nice stuff for nursery you will regret it.

I keep mine in babygros until they walk then its either footless babygros or short rompers dependant on season. The babygros and footless rompers are teamed with hand knitted cardi's at about 18 ish months I switch to very loud leggings like these with pictures on the bums with either long sleeved or short sleeved tshirts. And knitted jumpers if needed. And they stay in that sort of thing until about 3

I also hold off on shoes until they are able to walk propally outside before then they have foot coverings purely intended for warmth.

And I dont much care if anybody thinks they are in nightwear because I know they are not and I think they look lovely.

IneedAsockamnesty Thu 23-Jan-14 22:48:00
yonisareforever Thu 23-Jan-14 23:38:55

my 14th month old still wears them if its cold or we are not going out they are so comfy even adults are in onsies now....

i dont like tight things across waist or the pulling and tugging that goes with dressing small babies...easier all round and with the sick and so on, poo expolsions to keep clothes easy to take on and off....

sleepywombat Thu 23-Jan-14 23:53:03

About one day (live in hot country, so it was only necessary for air con in hospital), but just moved to tshirt/singlet & nappy, which did till potty training!

GTbaby Fri 24-Jan-14 00:01:07

11months still wore baby grows at home. Out and about would dress up.
Baby grows just look so cute grin
He still has a few baby grows for night time but portly wears PJs at now 16months

AdmiralData Fri 24-Jan-14 00:17:31

My son (11months) still wears babygros at home during the day. I change his outfit daily though so sometimes it's pyjamas (with socks if it's cold). I'll put him in an outfit if we're going out but it has to be comfortable. Each to their own.

DizzyZebra Fri 24-Jan-14 00:21:24

About 9 months for DD and DS - Although both were smaller and in 3 - 6 months still. My ten week old doesn't wear proper outfits much at all. I think he's only wore two. I haven't bought him any at all either. Babygrows are nice and practical.

Athrawes Fri 24-Jan-14 00:28:42

I only out him into proper clothes once he could walk. When they are crawling they either crawl up inside their dresses (girls or Victorian boys) or crawl their trousers off and leave them in their wake.

Around 6/7 months with mine and even then I moved them into really simple things like soft pants and top.

Rosieliveson Fri 24-Jan-14 01:32:30

Only a few weeks but I mainly only dress DS in softer clothes like jersey dungarees and crawlers with a top. I don't like him in jeans and more 'grown up' clothes. He's 4 months now.

TenCupsOfTea Fri 24-Jan-14 01:44:41

My nine month old occasionally wears them in the day still, he has plain boring cheap ones for sleeping in, and a couple of nicer ones for day wear. They are smug and comfortable for him, and look nice with a little cardigan on IMO. I think with ds1 I put babygros on him in daytime until he could crawl as the he needed something thicker on his knees (it was winter).

MummyPig24 Fri 24-Jan-14 05:13:44

I guess around 4-6 months. My second was born in march so by the time she was 3 months the weather was warm and she was wearing little vests or short rompers dc3 is also due in march so I imagine will be similar if we have a decent summer.

EmmaBemma Fri 24-Jan-14 05:20:32

I can't really remember, but it was longer for my second anyway - she was in footless babygros until about a year old. I would team them with some knitwear; I always thought she looked the business, and more importantly she was comfortable.

MrsMook Fri 24-Jan-14 06:05:37

DS2 still wears them most days at 9m and commandoing around like he's in the SAS. He wears dungaree outfits for social occasions, which there's not many of, he's in baby grows for house days and general routine, like swimming and buggyfit.

He has a long body sotrousers gape at the waist, and dungarees pull up into his nappy causing more leaks. In a babygrow, he stays covered up from neck to toes which is useful in mid winter. DS1 was smaller, so the current outfits look a bit old, and its odd seeing my baldy crawler in clothes that DS1 was toddling around in until 20m. The wardrobe has been updated a little... with fleecy and velour babygrows.

I think "sleepsuit"is a branding conspiracy to guilt mums into buying outfits at tripple the price.

DS1 has just changed to pajamas, so shortly before his 3rd birthday. M&S sold age 2-3 online. I had to buy some for pajama day for Children in Need as babygrows weren't practical for nursety. I miss them. He looked like a padwan jedi in them!

LydiaCrawford Fri 24-Jan-14 08:00:44

I can't remember exactly but DS was in baby gros most of the time until he was around 7/8 months I think - possibly older.
I have memories of putting him the outfits people gave him for a photo to include in thank you notes and him never wearing them again.
I then swapped to dungarees!

MiaowTheCat Fri 24-Jan-14 08:15:45

Never did - lots of soft legging and top type outfits or romper suits in the summer. Hell I never did babygros at all past 3 months - both kids were too fucking long and outgrew the 3-6 month size ones in under a fortnight at which point I decided fuck it and went over to pyjamas. I find them much easier for nappy changes than the mental challenge of working out babygro poppers.

Not the usually accepted MN hive mind view on dressing babies mind you.

NewtRipley Fri 24-Jan-14 08:18:29

DS1 - was enamoured with "proper clothes"

DS2 - realised the error of my ways and kept him in babygros until he could walk - also, since it was a hot summer, he'd just wear a vest when out. I also used to cut the feet off the babygros when they got a bit small to make them last longer.

NewtRipley Fri 24-Jan-14 08:20:14

I think proper clothes are just a ploy to get us to spend money.

Nice for special occasions, but I think, nicer to remember they are babies

MissBetseyTrotwood Fri 24-Jan-14 08:21:21

Many parents dropping off at DS' school in the mornings are still wearing them at pick up time so I'd say your baby has a while yet. wink

NearTheWindmill Fri 24-Jan-14 08:25:07

My dd wore a babygro onesie all weekend last weekend. It's snug and cosy, she has two and she's nearly 16.

Onefewernow Fri 24-Jan-14 08:31:35

Another lazy trick: I used to put my babies in those long white nightdresses at night for the first three months. Makes night time changes even easier than babygros, if that's possible.

I'm not sure they still make them, but back in the day etc even our local hospital used them for ease and convenience.

Fancyashandy Fri 24-Jan-14 08:58:35

As long as possible, I loved them wearing babygrows. It's the cutest thing they can wear - better then my neighbour who put her young baby in a red leather (probably Plastic) leather jacket.

Sharaluck Fri 24-Jan-14 09:02:58

About 6-7 months

IneedAsockamnesty Fri 24-Jan-14 15:32:54

John Lewis have those night dress type things

roofio87 Fri 24-Jan-14 15:47:37

my 4mo is still in them everyday now. he has had bad colic/wind and hates having trousers on his tummy, he just cries in pain till you take them off!! also, he's a baby, so he wears baby grows!! I saw dnephew last week and he was wearing jeans he couldn't even move in because "we wanted to smarten him up a bit" he's 10mo ffs!!!

MiaowTheCat Fri 24-Jan-14 19:36:09

Both my two regarded babygro as an instruction!

TheNightIsDark Fri 24-Jan-14 19:41:34

From birth with all 3 they had day clothes and night clothes.

my twins were in them most days unless I fancied something different. I also loved a particular item that was even easier than babygros before they started to move around. It was kind of like the thing maggie from the simpsons wears (though they are boys) a sort of long sleeved vest that went straight down to their feet - no poppers, great in the summer as you just whip it up to do a nappy and then pull it back down. Got them from mothercare. Cute blue and white pinstripes.

Pobblewhohasnotoes Fri 24-Jan-14 19:57:08

From about 3 months I think. I always find it a bit weird if one year olds are still wearing babygro's. Especially if they're going to nursery and walking.

deakymom Fri 24-Jan-14 22:28:40

my daughter was a summer baby and we had a heat wave so she wore nothing at all for a good few months!
my boys are both winter and to be honest they were babygrows under there pram suit but if i was going somewhere he would be taking it off i did put real clothes on him!

DownyEmerald Fri 24-Jan-14 22:48:45

A few months. I wish I'd kept dd in them longer. At the time all my friends were dressing theirs in outfits (at least when I saw them), and people gave us outfits as presents. Now looking back at the photos it looks a bit mad - a bit like Baby David on the Royal Family in tiny leather jackets. It wasn't that bad, just tees and leggings, but they are so small a babygro looks much better I think.

CarlaVeloso Sat 25-Jan-14 03:20:59

Denim should be banned for babies!!! I feel so mad when I see babies in jeans. Grrrrrrrrr. It's just cruel.

CarlaVeloso Sat 25-Jan-14 03:22:36

Babygros for first six months should be the law!!

andadietcoke Sat 25-Jan-14 03:27:37

I've got my twins dressed in 'proper' clothes every day since they were about a month old, mainly because when I had no clue what to do with them both it was an easy half an hour to have some nappy free time kicking on the bed while I got them both dressed. I don't believe in all the stuff about getting them to differentiate between night and day, it was just a way of taking up some time (and using all the presents we'd been bought).

TomDaleysTrunks Sat 25-Jan-14 03:28:33

Depends on the morning we are having. If all is going to plan then I've started putting outfits on her. If we are late getting DD1 out the house then she will just stay in her baby gro with a cardi over it. Dd2 is 6months. Boots do lovely footless baby gros which are nice for daywear.

ShadowFall Sat 25-Jan-14 09:16:19

DS2 (4 months) has some little pairs of jeans.

They're lined inside with soft fabric so are lovely and soft for his legs. And he has no problems moving his legs about in them.

GirlWithTheDirtyShirt Sat 25-Jan-14 09:23:54

I have never met anyone in real life who dresses their child in a babygrow in the daytime for longer than three months.

And what's this jeans hurt the baby nonsense?! All the jeans we had for DD were lined with cotton and had soft waistbands no different to any other trousers or leggings.

ThedementedPenguin Sat 25-Jan-14 10:30:40

I dressed my ds in jeans and proper clothes from the start. I have a picture of him in day 4-5 in tiny soft jeans.

I think people on here just act ridiculously on here about clothes for babies.

Babygros for first six months should be the law!! hmm

TheRaniOfYawn Sat 25-Jan-14 10:32:10

I go with babygrows until the baby starts crawling.

DetentionExtension Sat 25-Jan-14 10:33:56

Mine were mostly in baby gros for at least 6 months, and only really stopped once she was walking at 9/10 months.

HoratiaDrelincourt Sat 25-Jan-14 10:57:29

So tempted to start a "jeans for babies" thread in AIBU. grin

Artandco Sat 25-Jan-14 11:09:12

I think anything with a waistband isn't comfy not just jeans. They are laying down half the day, with a nappy already around waist. It just seems another thing to make them uncomfy. The tops also ride up leaving gathered fabric

Actually the most ridiculous thing is cardigans with hoods! The hood is just in the way all day by neck or they have to sleep with it up.

CecilyP Sat 25-Jan-14 11:26:16

Not only is anything with a waist band not as comfortable, but the band tends to get wound round with the top of a disposable nappy and, therefore, wet - really not very nice. So I would go with babygros for as long as possible, maybe in brighter colours for daywear. DS also had some jersey dungaree type oufits with feet to wear over a long sleeve top, which was quite good for a change.

EmmaFreudsGivingMeJip Sat 25-Jan-14 11:31:37

So tempted to start a "jeans for babies" thread in AIBU Do it Horatia. Then run and don't look back.

HoratiaDrelincourt Sat 25-Jan-14 11:37:56


Ahem. No. That would be goady and unnecessary.

And very informative and hilarious.

::sits on hands::

Seff Sat 25-Jan-14 11:40:39

What about designer jeans? Surely they're ok...

(I jest, I jest!)

HoratiaDrelincourt Sat 25-Jan-14 11:41:43

So long as they have VERY LARGE LOGOS.


changedirection Sat 25-Jan-14 11:42:58

DS wore babygrows in the day until just over 1, when he started walking it was no longer practical. Sometimes trousers and jumper before then, but waist bands did look very uncomfortable on him. I think he's an odd shape though! Apart from the babygrows, anything with poppers between legs won't stay popped. Shame as I loved the dungaree style clothed we gad for DD but they just didn't work on him

LittleprincessinGOLDrocks Sat 25-Jan-14 11:55:07

My DC were dressed in day clothes from day 1. The clothes were soft cotton trousers and tops etc.
It is down to personal choice, though I think once they are crawling they need something thicker than a baby grow between the knee and the floor.

MrsDeanAmbrose Sat 25-Jan-14 12:58:03

My 3 month old is very long, so 3-6month babygrows don't fit him already. Also, he's sick after every feed so it's easier to put him in t shirt and jeans/tracksuit bottoms and just change his top where necessary.
All the jeans he has a quite soft. I must admit, I love seeing him in dungarees most, they're unbelievablly cute. I'm making the most of it, because once he's mobile, he'll be dressed in whatever is the most long lasting.

jeanmiguelfangio Sat 25-Jan-14 15:23:09

My nearly 11 month old dd is currently wearing a babygro and pretty much has one on when she is indoors, invariably with the feet tucked up or a footless one because she is standing and I've read barefoot is better for development.

Since she was about 10 weeks its been clothes when we go out, babygros indoors so she is comfy playing. I always think it is whatever you are comfortable with.

RalphLaurenLover Sat 25-Jan-14 15:26:25

My LO was born in April and wore clothes in the day and baby grows in the night as they're pj's (imo) we don't go around in our pj's all day so why should he (was my mentality lol)

He never had any baby grows from around 6 months their comes a time when it doesn't look right (imo) and that was it

RalphLaurenLover Sat 25-Jan-14 15:30:34

My LO also didn't do onsies and footsie pj's after 3-6 months (he's 21 months now and will cry and take them off if you attempt to put trousers with feet on him). 12-18 babygrows just look odd haha just do socks so much easier

My dd wore them until about 9 months,I bought gorgeous, outdoor ones that had matching bib and jackets from boots. he hated anything with a waist band so they were ideal for her.

Plomino Sat 25-Jan-14 16:41:02

My DC's stayed in babygros until about 8 months . Then they wore 'proper' clothes until they discovered onesies , and now we're back where we started . They're now 7, 9, 14, 16 and 18 .

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