This post is sponsored by Carter’s; however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.
Are you pregnant or know someone who is? Are you feeling overwhelmed with all the clothing out there for your impending baby? Take a deep breath, exhale, and read on to learn what you actually need for baby, clothing wise. My minimalist baby clothes cheat sheet will help you buy only what your baby will need. Because an overstuffed closet helps no one. And stress is the last thing you need as a new mom!
I remember one of the first things my husband and I did when we found out I was pregnant: we went to Carter’s to pick out a gender neutral baby outfit to use as a pregnancy announcement for our parents. We picked out two different baby onesies and gave them as gifts and the looks on our parents’ faces were priceless when they learned they were about to become grandparents.
With my first we learned we were having a boy at our anatomy scan and definitely left the appointment with a mission. Buy all the cute baby boy clothes. And my goodness, did we ever accomplish our goal. By the time my son was born, I was overwhelmed with the sheer number of baby clothing pieces. Not to mention, we had a full size run from preemie to about 24 months. So I’m sure you could imagine the number of piles that covered the floor!
My heart broke as I packed away clothing that H never even got to wear; the tags still attached as I placed them into a plastic box that wouldn’t be opened again until he got a sibling.
Two years later, as I was attempting to sort through all the excess baby clothing, it hit me. We had too much, and not only that, but it was a smorgasbord of colors and styles, and it was chaos. SO, here’s what I wish I would have bought for baby clothing, and a realistic take on what you really need for your little bundle of adorableness.
The best thing about this minimalist list of baby clothing necessities is that you can find them all at your local Carter’s! Even better? It’s all super affordable, will last as hand-me-downs, and I have a special money saving 20% off coupon for you to use as well. It doesn’t get much better than that!
Babies grow SO fast. And it seems like the more you have, the faster and faster it goes. I keep my numbers on the smaller size because I have big chunky babies that get taller and more roly-poly as they get older. These numbers of pieces are a great starting point to build the perfect capsule-like wardrobe for your minimalist baby clothes!
Carter’s Little Baby Basics:
I shared a little bit about why we love Carter’s Little Baby Basics a few weeks ago. This sweet collection has everything you ever could need for baby. From newborn to 24 months, your sweet bundle of joy is covered. We stocked up on their onesies, as they’re a definite favorite in our house, and Carter’s original bodysuit is the perfect everyday clothing piece.
As you may remember, we kept the sex of our rainbow baby a surprise. Because of this, I started with a gender neutral wardrobe for baby. Lots of neutrals and basic colors that could work for either sex, and be mixed and matched. Luckily, Carter’s Little Baby Basics has the perfect gender neutral clothing collection! I love that several of the Little Baby Basics sets include coordinating extras, like hats, socks, and jackets. It’s just another way that Carter’s takes the guess work out of shopping for baby clothes!
You will need: 6 – 8 bodysuits, 6 bottoms, 6 socks, 2 hats. I recommend doing about half and half short sleeve and long sleeve, depending on what season baby is born. For example, J is a late September baby (the 26th), so I have 4 long sleeve and 3 short sleeve onesies, 5 pants and 2 shorts in 3 month sizing.
Easy Outfit Sets:
If you’re like me, you’re a busy parent and not always functioning at 100% brain capacity. Carter’s Easy Outfit Sets are the perfect solution for us. With these paired up, made to match two and three piece sets, just grab, dress, and go.
This insanely adorable little monster two piece set is so perfect for my teething tot. The mismatched teeth on the pocket look just like J’s sprouting orthodontia, and the orange color is great for summer.
You’ll need: 2 – 4 Easy Outfit sets. These Easy Outfits and Little Collection outfits (see next) are perfect for special occasion and dresser outfits as well. This includes having a special outfit for church, birthday parties, dinner celebrations, and more.
Another time saver for busy parents, Carter’s Little Collection is offered in sizes newborn to 24 months. These easy baby outfits are perfectly tailored for each season so your baby can be stylish all year long. For Summer, Carter’s Little Collection showcases breezy fabrics, embroidery, bright colors and tropical flair.
I saw this Cactus Poplin Button-Front Shirt and just about died on the spot. It’s the quintessential cool top for summer, and baby J looks even more debonaire in it than I ever thought possible. Pair it up with some of Carter’s flat front shorts, and your little dude will be Instagram-worthy for sure.
You’ll need: 2 – 4 Little Collections outfits.
Baby Sleep Essentials:
Both of my boys practically lived in their sleepwear for the first month. Baby is practically sleeping all day, and it was just so easy to stay in jammies. For the newborn and 3 month stage, I loved the sleep gowns. They made sleepy diaper changes a breeze, and I loved seeing those sweet little baby toes peeking out from underneath. Sleep and play footie pajamas are also a two bird, one stone mom hack – no need for socks that might fall off those tiny feet!
A swaddle and sleep sack are two of my baby necessities – no question. I am in love with the gender neutral options that Carter’s has. These Little Baby Basics 2-Pack Swaddle Blankets are made of soft breathable cotton, and are so easy to use thanks to the velcro. Now that J is 9 months, we use the Cotton Sleep Bag for naps and at night. Diaper changes are super quick thanks to the easy zip on / zip off, and the sleep bag is a great way to transition out of the swaddle (eventually…).
You’ll need: 2-3 sleep gowns, 6 – 8 sleepers, 2 swaddles, 2 sleep sacks. Numbers-wise, I suggest having more when baby is younger and they’re wearing them more often, less as they get older. The swaddles are great for before baby can roll (about 4 months), and then we switch to the sleep sacks afterwards. I also like to have 2-3 gown sleepers for the newborn and first few months and then switch to the footie sleepers as they get older, and include 2 – 4 mix n’ match pajamas after 9 months.
And there you have it – my minimalist baby clothing must-haves. Because when you’re a future or current new parent, the last thing you want to be doing is second-guessing what you’ll really need for your baby. Find all your essential baby clothing at your local Carter’s, and make sure to use the special 20% off coupon when you purchase $40+ to get an even better deal on their everyday great prices. Your baby will be comfy cozy and stylish, and free from an overstuffed closet all year long!