I’m not going to lie, I really wanted a girl before I had James. It was really all I could see myself having, but I also secretly knew I was having a boy my entire pregnancy, and the thing is, I’m so glad I did. I can’t imagine any other baby being mine besides my little boy. And let’s be serious a huge part of my reasoning for wanting a boy was the cute baby clothes for girls. Meanwhile, the boys clothes are still slim pickings. Yes, I’m told things have gotten better over the years, but honestly, there’s not that much selection. Even though we were blessed to get tons of handy-me-downs from James’ boy cousins, he still has needed some things to fill out his wardrobe at every stage and honestly, I just wanted to buy cute baby clothes, because what could be more fun? Sadly, it has been a bigger challenge than I thought, and it feels like every onesie these days is some sort of funny saying, which I”m just sorta over at this point. In any event, I’ve spent more time shopping for James than myself since he was born, which is saying a lot (I love to shop), and scouring the web for cute boy baby clothes (because even when it comes to my son, I much prefer to online shop). These have become my go-to sources for cute baby clothes so far. But honestly, I”m still struggling so please, I’d love to hear your recs as well.
Janie and Jack
Right now, I’m taking advantage of the fact that I can dress James in whatever I want, and going all out preppy. I love all the cute, preppy styles at Janie and Jack, and the nautical themed summer clothes have been a staple for James, whose room features sailboats. The stuff is a little pricey (I’m also super cheap when it comes to baby clothes because they get food and crap all over them and then outgrow them a day later), but honestly, it’s so cute and not that drastically more than the Baby Gaps. Plus, they have great sales. We’ve gotten James a lot of cute sweaters from there and cute summer clothes and polo shirts and stripes as well as the cutest sun hat and rompers. They actually run bigger than most baby clothes, so James seems pretty true to size with the age range the suggest for each (whereas in Baby Gap he’s already in 18-24 months and he’s not even a year).
They make gorgeous baby clothes. They’re also pricey and a little precious but there’s also a Jacadi store two minutes from our apartment and I can’t help but pop in every time I’m walking back from Trader Joe’s or taking baby J for a walk. The only saving grace has been that their little boy selection is limited and they have some weird sizing that James has been in between recently. But if we had a little girl, we’d be effed because those dresses are beyond. But every season, we get something from there for James to wear for special occasions like Easter, Christmas, Thanksgiving etc. Because it’s funny to put him in adorable expensive dress-up clothes.
Ok so this place is a hidden gem for baby stuff, especially if you love the smocked rompers and monogrammed baby clothes as much as I do. I’ve also purchased quite a few Jack & Lily shoes for James that truly complete his Prince George look. I also have scored a 100 pack of Water Wipes at a serious discount, fun baby toys for our deck, and Aden + Anais oneseis. My gripe? Stuff can take forever to ship and there are no returns, which is tough with baby stuff when they’re constantly changing sizes etc. so I would say order big because at least they can grow into it, ya know?
You know those adorable matching striped Xmas pajamas everyone wore in their Christmas instas last year? Hannah Anderson. They make hands down the softest pajamas, and in every color stripes. I also got James a bunch of striped pants and onesies from here that got him through the winter/spring. They were great for a little one on the move, easy to wash and cute as can be.
This has been a recent find and I’m loving it. It feels like how a cute little British kid would dress, and maybe because my mom’s side of the fam is British, I really love that look. Could also be that I’m convinced my baby is Prince George’s long lost cousin — they seriously look alike, but I digress. Point is there are lots of stripes, which I of course love (have I told you how obsessed I am with stripes.), and some cute animals and patterns (trucks, monkeys, etc.) but they feel classic and not at all cheesy or overplayed. Idk, bottom line, shit’s just cute. But warning: it runs big. I got James some super cute summer stuff from there in sizes 18-24 because he’s been growing so fast, and I am bummed it’s all pretty big on him. This stuff is pricey, so I’m definitely all about the sales section here. Even the sale prices aren’t cheap, but I snagged some adorable styles on mega sale, including a whale cardigan that I cannot wait to put my little bean in come fall. You can also snag their stuff at Nordstrom, where the sales tend to be better.
Roberta Roller Rabbit
Cutest patterns ever. Love everything about these prints — they’re the cutest pajamas and I love their crib sheets and bumpers as well. Their ecommerce selection isn’t great, but their stores are like my favorite place to just hang out in and peruse. I wish I could buy it all, but honestly, I try to limit myself to one pajama set for every new size range he grows into, but I already broke that rule this summer because I have no self control.
Do you guys know the instagram account @babiesinpatagonia? Well, that’s basically all you need to know in order to understand my obsession. But honestly, is there anything cute than a little kid in a Patagonia fleece or vest? Nope. Nope there’s not. I was gifted a cute red fleece jacket before James was born and he wore it for all of fall, winter and spring. I can’t wait until it gets cool again to dress him in a baby vest to match his dad’s and a cute little puffer jacket. I’ve heard their snowsuits are great and also really grow with kiddos, so I’m thinking about getting James one for our annual Christmas trip to Park City. Friends with more than one kid have advised choosing unisex colors so they can be passed down, which is smart, especially since the quality is so good, these pieces last. There are so many colors though to choose from that it’s not hard to go unisex.
Stripes and more stripes. I truly can’t get enough of them, especially when it comes to baby clothes. Navy, light blue, red, I just love love stripes and no one does them better than this French brand.
Nordstrom and Bloomingdales
I’m not usually a department store shopper, but these mega retailers actually have pretty decent ecommerce and a fairly nice, if not random, assortment of baby clothes. Usually they’re my go-to for Ralph Lauren onesies, which I’m a huge fan of. They’re cute and look polished but they’re soft and comfy enough for playing around in. While I love me a cute smocked romper or an adorable pair of denim overalls, I always think they can’t feel very soft and comfy for playing and crawling around in. Plus, it took James awhile to bulk up and I loved how RL’s clothes run small, so he could actually wear clothes a few sizes bigger than him (even if it was a reverse form of vanity size if you will). I do recommend going a size up with RL stuff — they run super small. They also carry brands like Mini Boden as I mentioned, Aden + Anais, Petite Bateau that I love for cute play clothes and pajamas, and they tend to have great designer shoe selection for babes, which is a little ridiculous (I’m not buying my baby Stuart Weitzman shoes, but I say that now with no baby girl to wear their adorable maryjanes), but I found the cutest pair of Adidas sneakers that I’m dying to get James.
If you love smocked and monogrammed baby clothes as much as I do, then shop here with caution because it’s seriously addictive. They also have the absolute cutest striped polos and shirts. If they weren’t $40 a pop, I’d buy them in every color for J. Just be careful when going for the monogram — while suffering from sleep deprivation and serious mom brain, my friend ordered her son a monogrammed romper with the wrong initials, lolz.
To be honest, I have found Baby Gap to be hit or miss, and often their cutest stuff, you see on every baby everywhere, which is sorta the reason I stopped shopping at J.Crew. But I have found Baby Gap to have amazing sales, where I’ve been able to stock up on footed onesies for sleeping, striped jersey pants that have been great for crawling, cotton onesies in white, stripeds, etc., and socks. I also got some cute plaid Christmas pants there and duck boots that James hated but I made him wear for pics. I did get some cute sweater/cardigans with the hood with ears and matching booties that James has lived i and I love. But to be honest, I’m surprised at how expensive their stuff is, so I’ve really only been buying from there when stuff is on super sale (which happens pretty often), and I haven’t bought that much from there in awhile — I found their summer selection hasn’t been as strong.