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What should my 4 month old wear?

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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?!


blindlyovertherainbow Fri 22-Feb-13 10:32:34

I like the "day" routine of clothes and the "bedtime" routine of babygro. I'm not sure whether DS knows the difference clothing wise yet, but it helped me to feel we were doing something else to tell him night is for bed!

notso Fri 22-Feb-13 10:29:05

Purplecatti The grass is always greener on the other side I find myself looking longingly at lovely flowery dungarees for little girls and sighing as I wade through the boring transport theme or 'little asbo' type slogans for my 3 boys ( I have a DD but she's nearly 13 so it's skinny jeans and Jack Wills all the way hmm).

My youngest is 10 months and now he is crawling I prefer dungarees or soft trousers for him rather than babygro's. Most of our floors are hard and freezing and I think his knees need a bit of protection. I love Frugi dungarees the straps are really long so they last for ages, I don't use a vest but put a babygro underneath so there is no problem with lost socks or trouser ride up.

Purplecatti Fri 22-Feb-13 10:02:54

My 4 month old wears babygros at night and clothes during the day, mainly because I was given loads of outfits and want her to get the wear out of them.
I like some little people clothes but most are a PITA. Dresses are just silly and why do baby clothes have pockets???
Dd lives in leggings and tops really with the odd knitted cardi. Hoodies are only good when going out in the pram as hats dont stay on my baby's pin head. I can't stand slogans on tops. And why are boys clothes so much cuter than girls? Dd gas loads of boys stuff or she'd just end up in pink which I can't stand!
I think it can be largely therapeutic. I'll put her in pretty clothes if I've had no sleep and been unable to shower or something so at least the baby looks cared for

scratchandsniff Fri 22-Feb-13 09:05:36

DS is 4 months and for the first 3 he was in babygros all the time. I was given jeans, shirts and hoodies in 0-3 and they were never used. Looked uncomfy and I couldn't be arsed with manhandling him into them. Now if we're going somewhere I will make more effort and put him in dungarees, cords, jumpers etc. More often than not he's still in babygros, especially in colder weather. I hate it when trouser legs ride up. I have daytime and nightime babygros.

TheMaskedHorror Fri 22-Feb-13 08:57:01

I have a 4 month old.
Up to 3 months, she was in vests and babygros but now I dress her if we are going out or if we're having people over. She got a fair bit of 3-6 months clothes so it would be a shame not to use them.
If we're at home then she'll probably stay in her babygro (at least til she pukes up on it!)

As an aside, she got a gorgeous little outfit from in laws (which cost quite a bit). I was all set to dress her in it as in laws were due over only to notice that it had 3 big buttons down the back! how impractical.

TheCountessOlenska Fri 22-Feb-13 08:37:06

I had DD in babygros till she could sit up, then I felt she could pull off leggings, t-shirts, little pinafore dresses, dungarees (with poppers), pjs - everything soft and comfy with vest underneath. I was sad when she got to 2 and I couldn't find vest with poppers to fit anymore. Oh, and I've never liked jeans on DD, always look too uncomfy - she's nearly 3 now and still never wears them!

blindlyovertherainbow Fri 22-Feb-13 08:22:30

It really doesn't matter what your baby wears as long as it's comfy and practical for both of you! I dress DS in trousers during the day because he is completely obsessed with his bare feet. He's also trying to crawl and the bare feet grip seems to help. But each baby is different!

CoolaSchmoola Fri 22-Feb-13 00:03:47

DD wore a mix from being about 12 weeks old, but always soft, always stretchy and comfort was the most important thing.

She had daytime babygros but also nighttime sleepsuits.

It may not be your decision when to stop putting your DD in babygros - my DD could, and did, take them off at 9 months old. I had no option but to put her in pyjamas - which she could also take off by 10 months. Now she's 16 months and takes her sleeping bag and nappy off as well. I regularly wake up to a naked baby in the cot.

The only thing she can't get off yet is dungarees and dresses that fasten up the back.

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.

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

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

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

Yes vest underneath smile

Asda were good for baby pjs.

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

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!

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.

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!

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.

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.

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

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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.

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.

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

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

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

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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!

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!

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