All parents find themselves baffled by the sheer amount of baby/kid stuff that somehow ends up in their possession when they begin the path to parenthood. Between gifts, hand-me-down's, those cute finds from Target... the clutter piles up.

Here's the permission you (may) need to hear - until your friends, family members, brand CEO's, and anyone else that has delivered baby items to your home play an active role in your home organization and cleaning, YOU get to determine what stays or goes.

I personally like the Marie Kondo advice and I'm paraphrasing here; "say thank you to the item and pass it along," because it's more likely that it's causing you low-grade stress in the corner that it got deposited in, than doing you or your kid(s) any good. So, pass it along to someone who can use it.

It's time to unburden yourself and tackle that clutter! Because if you're too busy taking care of stuff that isn't adding to your life, then it's depleting you. And amidst everything that has to happen in our day-to-day lives, we need more to build us up! Not break us down.

In our homes, if we could pick one area to spend less time on - it's laundry. This one area alone can really make a difference on available time -> Enter the Capsule Wardrobe.

If you're new to this concept it's described as: "a collection of essential, classic, and versatile pieces of clothing that can all be mixed and matched together. Capsule wardrobes embrace the idea that less is more, and that buying a small group of staple items that are easily interchangeable is the best way to maximize your wardrobe and minimize your spending."* We'll also drop in the unspoken side of this definition - less clothes means less space requirements in dressers/closets AND less laundry! BONUS! A Capsule Wardrobe will also likely save you money in the long haul - double parent points awarded ;).

With that being said, it can also be confusing to anticipate what's worth purchasing, what to nix, and how many of each clothing item you'll actually need when the time comes...

Below is our master list for both babies and toddlers to help you curate the best items for your kids and their closets. Please note: we're covering the basics and depending on where you live, the climate, and the time of year - you can always add or remove on an item or two.

Baby Capsule Wardrobe (1 Yr old & Under)

  1. 4 - 6 sleepers

  2. 8 - 10 onesies/bodysuits (long and short sleeved)

  3. 4 - 6 pairs of pants/leggings

  4. 1 - 2 rompers/overalls

  5. 1 - 2 shorts

  6. 1 - 2 layering pieces (sweater or hoodie)

  7. 1 - 2 cap/bonnet/beanie/hat

  8. 6 - 8 pairs of socks (for ease of convenience, get them all the same)

  9. 1 - 2 pair soft shoe/moccasin

  10. 3 - 4 sleep sacks

Toddler Capsule Wardrobe ( 1 Yr old +)

  1. 5 - 6 everyday tops

  2. 5 - 6 everyday bottoms

  3. 1 - 2 layering pieces (sweater or hoodie)

  4. 5 - 6 onesies or undershirts

  5. 6 - 8 pairs of socks (for ease of convenience, get them all the same)

  6. 5 - 6 underwear/onesies

  7. 1 nice outfit (dress or romper, button-down & pants/nice shorts, etc.) 

  8. 4 - 5 shoes (1-2 pairs of “play in the dirt” sneakers, 1 pair of nicer sneakers, 1 pair of fashion sandals or shoes) 

  9. 1 - 2 beanie/hat

  10. 1 pair of rain/snow boots

  11. 2 coats or jackets

So, you now have your short list of items - read on for our 4 shopping guidelines!

  1. Find brands that fit your kids.

  2. We know this to be too true, different brands have differing size guidelines - ALWAYS check the sizing guidelines to make sure that the items will actually fit as advertised.

  3. Pick items that will all mix and match well.

  4. Brands are very good at keeping consistent to their brand look and feel (especially for apparel!). Purchasing from a select group of brands helps guarantee that the items you purchase will mix and match well, creating *almost* endless versatility in outfits.

  5. Buy everything in 1 - 2 shopping trips.  

  6. When you purchase things in a few trips, the wardrobe will be more cohesive, and deter you from impulse purchases down the road.

  7. Choose comfort and practicality.

  8. The shimmery, fluffy dresses for little girls (although adorable) are not really what your child is interested in wearing regularly... Consider comfort for your kiddo and how they actually wear their clothes. Kids are messy, move all the time, and clothes that don't support these important activities are not going to last long.

 

Thanks to capsule wardrobes, dressing our kids have become less overwhelming and overall easier for all parties involved. We hope it does for you too!


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