If you have a baby, one of the fun things for a parent is dressing them in all the cutie outfits you’ll have bought or have received as gifts. I know it was one of my favourite things to do, especially to cheer myself up after all the crying and feeding and all the boring stuff that comes with looking after a newborn. If you follow my Instagram account, you’ll have seen all the cute photos I’ve been taking of Honey Nut in her outfits.
So I thought I’d do a few blog posts on newborn outfits by type – this week being sleepsuits (aka babygros). Above is my most favourite one on her, it’s a flamingo one from Next in ‘up to one month’ which I had chosen from my ‘Top Tropical Baby Outfits‘ post. I love it so much, I bought it in the next size also.
Most of her sleepsuits are from Next as the prints are so stylish and they are made of really good quality fabric that doesn’t really bobble or wear out in the wash. They do need a good stretch after you’ve washed them, before you hang them to dry – this makes them last a bit longer in terms of size. We didn’t really use the in-built scratch mittens as she likes to chew her fingers and thumbs, so I trimmed her nails weekly instead.
Here are the rest of her sleepsuits from Next. The flamingo one came in a 3-pack with the pink and pale green sleepsuits for £16. The 3 below came in a 3-pack in the Next sale for £7, all in ‘up to one month’, which lasted her until she was 4 weeks old.
The other place I shop for past-season Next clothes is in Choice, where you can buy a brand new Next sleepsuit for £3. These are the ones I got for Honey Nut:
The top two I got in ‘first size’ as I thought Honey Nut would be tiny like newborn Tyler was. She was born weighing 7lb 7oz, so these were actually too small, but as she had her legs still up in the foetal position for the first two days, she managed to wear them then only just! The green polka dot one was chosen by Tyler, and it is ‘up to one month’. And finally the pink one has white bunnies printed on it, and this is ‘0-3 months’ which she wears now. It looks massive compared to her first sleepsuits, but is a good fit on a 2 month old.
I’d say Mothercare is the go to place for people buying newborn gifts, so I got a set of sleepsuits bought by my parents. My mum managed to first a cute tropical 3-pack in ‘up to one month’ for £15. It was so different from the usual pastel pinks that they stock, so I was really happy with them. The fabric is really soft and comfortable, perfect for sleeping in. They do get fuzzy in the wash, but hey, they were only needed for the first 4 weeks of Honey Nut’s life, and they were really comfortable. The fit was looser than the Next ones, and they also had inbuilt scratch mittens.
JOJO MAMAN BEBE:
The other sleepsuit she had was a gift from Jojo Maman Bebe to celebrate them opening a new store in Reading. The print was not something I personally would have chosen as it was white and floral (you know I like bright colours!) BUT it actually looked gorgeous on Honey Nut, she looked all dainty and proper girly. The flowers were embroidered on, making the sleepsuit look special. The fabric was quite thick and the fit was small lengthwise. This was a ‘newborn’ size, but after Day 3 I could not get her legs in any more. So if you are buying this brand, I would say buy the next size up.
And that is all of Honey Nut’s sleepsuits. It was really hot over the summer, so she mostly slept in vests during July and August. Now she is 11 weeks and has been wearing for Flamingo 3-pack sleepsuits in age 0-3. I’ll probably get some 3-6 months sleepsuits from Choice next month.
I hope you found this useful if you are buying for a newborn. It can be hard to decide which brand is best, but from my experience I would recommend Next as a first choice. If you like the designs above, they are no longer available instore but you can find them on eBay.
If you have a new baby, where do you buy your sleepsuits from?