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Designer Baby Clothes - Everything You Need To Know

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Are you in the market for designer baby clothes? Are you confused about the reasons to buy designer baby clothes when they grow out of them (or blow out in them) so quickly? Designer baby clothes have been a thing for at least the last century. Couture designs were often reserved for those in the higher echelons who could afford the styles created by major fashion houses like Dior.

Designer baby clothes aren’t always representative of class, especially in their creation. Many designers use fashion to create a little bit of art, magic, and fairy tale in the form of children’s clothing. Let’s take a look at different aspects of designer baby clothes, as well as how to incorporate these styles into your child’s wardrobe without taking out a second mortgage on your house. 

As you read through this article, you may find that designer baby clothes are the right fit for you, and that's okay! For affordable newborn outfits, be sure to browse Bitsy Bug Boutique after reading this fun article. 

Top Designer Baby Clothes

Depending on the criteria of “designer,” there are a variety of different brands that fall under the designer label. There are the more obvious designer labels that you’d envision seeing at New York Fashion Week like Gucci, Dior, Fendi, Burberry, Dolce and Gabbana, Kate Spade, and a zillion others. Oftentimes, these baby clothes are incredibly cute, and overwhelmingly expensive depending on your budget. 

The good news is that you can find these designer baby clothes on a budget. The even better news is that you can doll your wee one up in clothing straight out of a storybook without the designer label, the massive price tag, and with a lot more mindfulness about business practices and quality of the product. 

How To Find Designer Baby Clothing On A Budget

Finding quality clothing on a budget isn’t impossible. In fact, it can be relatively easy if you use the right resources. One simple way to build your baby clothing library is to create a registry of a few favorites from brands that you value and love. Family and friends often love buying those teeny tiny outfits and will be happy to supply you with them. When my kids were babies (and even now when they are a few years older), I find like-new clothing for them by shopping sales, going to garage sales (virtual ones right now), by connecting with friends who have kids that are a couple of seasons older than them, and by opting for equally cute and sustainable fashion without the fancy designer label. 

Some other ways to find designer baby clothes on a budget are:

  • Shop second hand. This can be through local consignment shops that usually have plenty of options at a fraction of the price. You can shop at online social marketplaces through individuals selling their baby clothing as well.
  • Watch for deals or stores that sell name-brand clothes at cheaper prices. You can find discounts and deals by joining mailing lists or looking up your favorite stores during holidays that are known to have steeper discounts. 

What To Look For When Purchasing - Designer Or Not

For many of us, when we think of haute couture, we think of overflowing tulle skirts, scratchy stiff fabrics, and all the things that we would never envision on a baby. Many designer brands do offer soft and functional baby clothing, and some less so. When thinking about what clothes you want for your little one, there are a few things to consider. 

What types of clothing are easier to dress your baby in, and which are more difficult. 

  • Buttons versus snaps. I’m convinced that whoever thought it was a good idea to put actual buttons required for functionality onto baby clothing either don’t have kids themselves, or they value fashion over sanity. Buttons might not be too difficult on a non-moving newborn, but once they start wiggling, it might be impossible to have a fully dressed child if buttoning their clothes is required. Buttons are cute, snaps are functional and don’t detract from the clothing. Even with snaps, it can feel like wrestling an alligator trying to get them on your little one. 
  • Onesies versus two-piece outfits for babies. This one depends on preferences, but onesies can be a lot easier to navigate on smaller babies. Little baby torsos can make two-piece outfits ride up when you carry them, and a onesie ensures everything stays in place. In the summertime, onesies are great as a full outfit if you’re trying to stay cool, and in winter they help keep baby’s skin covered and warm. 

Functionality is an important consideration when purchasing baby clothes. I remember when my son was a baby and zippers would bulge, his head would get stuck in some, his socks would fall off, or the fabrics would be too stiff for a baby to comfortably move. A great test to see if you’ve chosen the right clothes for your kiddo is to feel the fabric. What’s it made of? Is it soft? Is it stretchy? How does it function? Do you pull it over their head? Do you button it up? What is the cost? Is it worth the price? Is it within your budget? Sometimes a cute outfit can tug at your heartstrings because it’s just so dang cute, but it’s worth it to pause and really take a look at the piece first, especially when it comes to designer clothing. 

If you are in the market for adorable clothing, expensive designer options aren’t the only way to find what you want. There are plenty of brands out there who are creating and offering mindfully sourced, and carefully curated baby clothes just for you! One available option for more affordable baby clothing is at Bitsy Bug Boutique. Here you will find some of the sweetest and stylish outfits for your little one that will make others ooh and ahh just as much (or maybe even more) than if they were wearing Gucci. You can find affordable baby clothing items like their sloth onesie and many other fun rompers. When it comes to baby clothes, oftentimes people don’t even know the brands of the clothing that other peoples’ children are wearing. All they see is a super cute outfit framing that soft little face. 

Sam Milam

Sam Milam, author

Sam Milam is a freelance writer, photographer, and yoga teacher. She is passionate about educating herself and others about attachment parenting, social justice, and living an authentic, empowered life. When she isn't working, she can be found exploring the Pacific Northwest with her two kids. Sam is a regular contributor for The Washington Post, The Week, POPSUGAR, Ravishly, and Grok Nation.

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