What should my 4 month old wear?

(33 Posts)
shoppingtrolley Thu 21-Feb-13 15:30:20

My friend's 4 month old dresses like a proper little person: jeans and sweaters and tshirts. I assume she changes him into a sleepsuit for bed.

But I always have my 4 month old in the same thing as when she was a tiny baby: a vest, sleepsuit and maybe a jumper over it. She then wears the same thing to bed.

Is this ok? Is there some reason to dress them in little person clothes? Also: can anyone recommend some attractive baby socks that don't fall off?!

Thanks!

kilmuir Thu 21-Feb-13 15:31:40

think is more comfortable and practical to put them in sleepsuits etc at such a young age.

Ruprekt Thu 21-Feb-13 15:34:24

I love little babies in white sleepsuits.

Hate proper people clothes for babies. Friend put her 4 week old in a skirt which i didnt like.

Gap socks were best for not falling off.

Eskino Thu 21-Feb-13 15:41:57

Vest, babygro and cardie. Not keen on tiny babies in 'proper' clothes either. I've got a 4 week old who was given an assortment of little leggings and frocks as gifts. They are just too impractical and anything with an elastic waistband makes me wince for her sad

peanutMD Thu 21-Feb-13 15:44:54

I did the whole little person clothes for DS and thinking back it was rediculous so for DC2 I have kept sleepsuits and hand knitted cardigans which I plan to use for atleast 6 months unless we are going anywhere special which is unlikely grin

ThedementedPenguin Thu 21-Feb-13 15:48:42

I dress my ds in proper clothes. Not all the time but most days. However some days I keep him in sleep suits.

I'd suggest you dress your baby whatever way you want.

SmileAndPeopleSmileWithYou Thu 21-Feb-13 15:52:13

I think it's possibly more impractical with a girl (I'm guessing).

I have a 12 wk old boy. I dress him in trousers and a t-shirt in the day time and a baby grow for bed. However, I only put him in soft clothes that look comfortable and can be pulled on/off easily, he can nap in these too. Still practical for changing, e.g. new t-shirt once he's been sick, new trousers if we've had a nappy situation etc. Just as easy as a baby-grow with a boy!

I don't think tights and skirts seem all that practical for girls, I would imagine it is harder to dress them as little people and remain practical.

HappyAsEyeAm Thu 21-Feb-13 15:52:31

Put her in whatever is comfortable for her, and easy for you to get on her and to wash and dry!

My favourite things for babies are soft velour/cotton dungree type things with sewn in feet and a vest underneath and a cardi on top. That is what my DS2 (10 mo) has been wearing for months. It solves the problem of socks not stayoing on! IO've bought most of those types of outfits in Next 'my first wardrobe'. Next (and JoJo and Gap) also do soft legging type trousers with feet, and matching tops which are very sweet.

I found Gap socks best for staying on. Sock Ons are also good, but I find they come up quite small. I know they need to be tight so that they grip the foot and sock, so maybe DS2 has chunky feet!

RedwingOnFire Thu 21-Feb-13 15:52:46

Lol at little person clothes!

First time i did. Second time not. Don't think it matters really!

shoppingtrolley Thu 21-Feb-13 15:53:30

Ok -- I just wondered if was that people had found it better if they have their feet free (i.e. in proper trousers), or that somehow it was important they didn't wear their pjs all day.... I feel absolved of guilt by how many others are still in sleep suits!

FirstTimeForEverything Thu 21-Feb-13 15:55:32

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shoppingtrolley Thu 21-Feb-13 15:55:41

At what age do you think I should ditch the sleepsuits? When she starts walking?

bonzo77 Thu 21-Feb-13 16:05:17

DS1 was in sleep suits till 12 months. DS2 will be too as will be in hand me downs! Theoretically no need for separates till they are toilet trained, though once they are walking they balance best in bare feet, and once they're in shoes they need socks rather than the feet on baby grows which have seams and are restrictive.

paperclips Thu 21-Feb-13 16:45:53

Babygros are fine. They always used to be babygros. Has anyone else noticed this? At some point, people started calling them sleepsuits, I think this was to convince parents to buy unnecessary "day clothes", rather than just wearing baby-gros all day.

I started dressing DS in trousers and tops at about 8-12 weeks mostly because we got given loads of lovely things i wanted him to wear. But they are all very obviously baby clothes, very soft little trousers, cute soft tops with animals, bright stripes etc. At first i looked out for trousers with feet, but now I find as long as socks are not too big they stay on, until he pulls them off which hes started doing!

Agree about hating mini grown-up clothes. Jeans on babies look so wrong to me, same for cargo pants, heavy trousers, shirts, or dark, dull, colours. And tights/skirts on girls look so uncomfortable.

Its just about comfort and what works fir you, but there are plenty of seperates which are soft, comfortable and cosy and suitably baby-appropriate.

MariusEarlobe Thu 21-Feb-13 16:51:00

Baby grows are fine, I bought baby grows and then little outfits when she was 12 months although she did have some from other people too.

I second gap socks!

Kyrptonite Thu 21-Feb-13 16:54:25

I found real people clothes easier for changing etc. trousers not dresses and tights though.

DD was in pjs from 5 months once I realised it was easier to swipe off trousers to change during night then faff with poppers and squishing her legs back in.

ticklebug74 Thu 21-Feb-13 16:58:09

I have basic baby grows for night time and if we go out in the day I have prettier day tume :-) baby grows or dungarees and long sleeve vests. She has a couple of impractical but very pretty outfits she will probably only wear once!!! I can't believe how much she was given that she will never ever wear.

shoppingtrolley Thu 21-Feb-13 16:59:13

Hi kryptonite -- did your DD wear a baby body-vest under the PJs?

As you can see I am clueless!

It's ok to keep your 4mo in a sleepsuit of course! When I was on maternity, all the mums were dressing their babies in proper outfits - jeans, shirts, cardigans, socks, shoes, etc. It was so competitive. I felt I was a bad mum just by taking DD out in a babygro. I caved and bought her dresses. It's a major PITA to change DD in and out of these outfits. To be honest, I don't think they are as comfortable as vests and babygros.

With hindsight, I can see there comes a point when you known babygros are no longer suitable. For my DD, it's when she's over 9mo and crawling a lot. She keeps stepping on the legs of her babygro (ie her feet no longer stays in the feet area). This stretches the babygro and looks sort of ridiculous grin. That's when I really know she needs to get into pyjamas (so her clothes do not hinder her play).

If I were to do it again, I would not be bowing to the competativeness and put my DD through all the pain of getting in and out of outfits. And socks.

paperclips Thu 21-Feb-13 17:03:07

oooh i would definitely put vest under pj,s or the top would ride up and they'd get a gap round the waist.

There's nowt worse than a gap round the waist!

shoppingtrolley you wear vests or not depending on the weather. There is no fashion rule that says thou must layer baby clothes. That said, I like short sleeve vests for when it's cooler so my toddler because her midriff will always be covered. I also prefer short sleeve because I find it hard to put a t-shirt over a long sleeve vest.

For babies in babygros, there isn't a exposed belly problem. But layering keeps them warming. Also, sometimes the vests limits the damage those leaky poos do grin

Kyrptonite Thu 21-Feb-13 17:06:19

Yes vest underneath smile

Asda were good for baby pjs.

shoppingtrolley Thu 21-Feb-13 17:22:24

These are very helpful replies! OneLittle I know what you mean, I think I do feel slightly sheepish when I see the efforts others mums have gone to... I do spend time choosing cheerful babygrows though! Also: onesies are completely on-trend at the moment! lol

canran Thu 21-Feb-13 17:30:45

I found when dd was very small (1/2 months) and couldn't really hold her head well a babygro was the best thing to put her in as I could just lay her in it and pop it up. Then I got worried because her toes kept getting squashed at the end of the babygro and I couldn't get ones that fitted her well. Now she's almost 5 months and for the past couple of months she has worn a longsleeved vest with a light jumper and cardi (and maybe an extra layer if cold) and tights. I don't like things with a waistband that would sit on top of the tights so she wears them like leggings I guess? Her toes are warm without stupid socks that keep falling off!
At night she goes in a babygro because I have been bought so many and I have to use them at some point...however I also use pyjama's with feet too.
I find getting her dressed sitting up between my legs much easier than laying her down. Also changing her is so much quicker and easier in tights than in a babygro.
Because she has a tonne of dark hair and bright blue eyes I put her in dark colours because I think it makes her look cuter.
I think babies look lovely in anything and you should work out what makes your life easier and do that. smile

Startail Thu 21-Feb-13 17:40:21

once they can sit up and squirm and you start weaning, long sleeved T shirts and leggings are great. Buy as many sets that go with each other as possible.

Then you only need to change top our bottom dependent on whether it's poo or dinner.

This logic follows until DCs are at least 5 and at school.

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