Getting ready for this baby has been the best. Truly. For the first 23 weeks we had no idea if we were having a boy or girl but I couldn’t keep myself from picking up tiny onesies and sweaters when I saw them. We knew either way that we wanted to have multiple kids so we agreed it would be best to design a gender neutral nursery and to also pick up as many neutral clothes as we could. Because let’s be real, having a baby is expensive and anything you can use and nestle away for next time is extremely helpful!
While we have some definite man pieces in the mix, for the most part, everything will be useful if we’re ever blessed with a little lady. I developed a bit of a system when shopping for clothes and wanted to share with you all in case you’re looking to curate the same!
01. Pick neutral prints. There’s a lot of them out there, though it may take some searching. Be open to crossovers themes like space and animals or block prints like the one above. Because little boys can love kittens and little girls can love spaceships. Gingham and plaid are always great go tos as well!
02. Pick a neutral color palette. For our babe, we went with mostly blue, gray, green and cream. Sticking to these colors actually made it really easy to find the neutral pieces while shopping. We just made sure to stay away from a lot of baby blue and stuck with darker navies and royals.
03. Be careful when picking cuts. This is probably the most challenging. I did end up picking up some pieces and then rethinking them because I thought they were too ladylike after all. Good cuts to look for are the basic onesie, rompers, overalls, and joggers. Stay away from anything too frilly or that has a lot of extra design elements. These are all things that look sweet on the hanger but can read very ladybabe when on.
04. Pick good bases. I completely understand that you might want a lady babe to look a bit more delicate at times and that you might not be able to refuse baseball hats and sunglasses for your little man. So if you pick a good base outfit that can be accompanied by a sweet bib, pair of shoes or hat, that accentuates your lady or gentleman, it can transition easily to the next babe. Plus, you’ll end up paying less in the long run for one outfit, hairbow and cap rather than two full separate outfits.
05. Don’t be afraid to look in both departments. You never know what you’re going to find so if you’re looking for a boy, don’t avoid the girls’ section. You never know what you’ll be able to find and if you can stick to the rules above, it might be easier than you think to find sweet pieces across the aisle.
I hope those tips were helpful! It’s really not that difficult once you change your mindset on what you’re looking for. What’s really great is if you can convince your friends to play along. Then you can all trade and borrow pieces with each other as babes grow out of things. This definitely helps with the cost of babes who grow quickly!
Until next time!