How to Create a Capsule Wardrobe for Your Baby
How to Create a Capsule Wardrobe for Your Baby
June 22, 2021

How to Create a Capsule Wardrobe for Your Baby

How to Create a Capsule Wardrobe for Your Baby.
How to Create a Capsule Wardrobe for Your Baby

Babies come into the world growing, and once they start, they don’t stop. Creating a capsule wardrobe can make it easier for you to replenish their closet once they outgrow all those gifted newborn outfits.

Not sure what a capsule wardrobe is? (Totally normal.) It’s just a fancy word for a limited wardrobe that’s designed to make it super easy to get your baby dressed in the morning (so that you aren’t drowning in outfit choices). Some of the upsides include:

  • Less storage space needed (especially if you decide to hold onto things after your baby outgrows them)
  • Everything coordinates, so it doesn’t matter which items are clean or dirty
  • You’ll have fewer decisions to make when you’re sleep deprived

A capsule wardrobe might not be possible when your baby is really little (people love to give outfit gifts, and they don’t always shop from your registry). But there’s a lot of getting dressed that comes after those months! Here’s how to do it.

Figure Out What You Need

How many outfits does a baby actually need? That answer kind of depends on how frequently you want to do laundry. But you can use our Clothing Calculator to get a sense of what you’ll need, and when you’ll need to size up. In general, if you do laundry a few times a week, you’ll want to stock up on:

  • 7 bodysuits or rompers
  • 4 sleepers or gowns
  • 3-5 pants
  • 2 caps
  • 5 pairs of socks

Pick a Color Palette

Capsule wardrobes are usually a mix of neutral basics and colorful accents. The nice thing about baby clothes is that baby pants are already often sold in sets of neutrals. And most outfit sets are organized by color palettes (aka a few different colors that coordinate well together). Like this:

This makes coordinating outfits pretty easy! It’s just a matter of putting the two together—and then staying within your chosen palette when it comes time to choose new outfits, outerwear or accessories. Here are a few ways you can do it:

Gerber Capsule Collection - Mustard and Gray

1. Black and Gray Pants Set 2. Tiger Onesies and Pants Set 3. Numbers Set 4. Organic Pants 5. Tiger Sleep N’ Play Set 6. Hooded Cardigan 7. Tiger Rompers 8. Camping Onesies 9. Lion Pocket Tee and Shorts 10. Tiger Gowns 11. Lion Tank Onesies 12. Coverall and Cap Gift Set

Gerber Capsule Collection - Mauve and Gray

1. Organic Pants 2. Floral Onesies 3. Hooded Cardigan 4. Wildflower Pants 5. Ducklings Set 6. Duckling Sleep N’ Play Set 7. Grey Onesies 8. Floral Set 9. Wildflower Romper 10. Duckling Gown 11. Lamb Sleep N’ Play Set 12. Floral Gowns and Cap Set

Buy Your Faves in Multiple Sizes

Depending on how fast your baby grows, you may only get a few months of wear out of your favorite outfits. But most baby clothes are available from newborn sizes up to 18 or 24 months. So if you don’t want to have to rework your baby’s closet every time they hit another growth spurt, buy backups of your favorite pieces in the next size up and simply repeat their signature look. This can be especially helpful if your baby has long legs or a long torso and outgrows bottoms faster than tops or vice versa, and you want to get extra mileage out of existing pieces.

Go Neutral

Does all of this sound a little daunting (color palettes? I thought the goal was to make things easier!). A more neutral wardrobe might be a better fit for you. Stick exclusively to taupes, grays and “muted” colors (like mustard instead of bright yellow) which are easier to mix and match. Then you can always add fun extras—like a denim jacket or cute hat—for flavor.

And remember: this is ultimately for you. Your baby doesn’t care what they wear. So if you want to mix orange polka dot pants with a purple lightning-stripe T-shirt, don’t let us be the ones to stop you! Our parents put us in stranger things when we were little, and that yearbook baby photo has to come from somewhere.

Ready to put together your baby’s capsule wardrobe? Head over to our Clothing Calculator to figure out how many bodysuits, pants and accessories you’ll need.

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