Coming home outfits for infants and toddlers should be easy to put on and take off. Choose something that the caregiver will not have trouble getting over their head, or maneuvering around arms and legs without too much fuss.
Coming home outfits for infants and toddlers should be washable. Newborns can go through several changes of clothes a day, so whatever you choose to make will need to be able to go into the laundry clean and come out looking good as new.
1. Basic Bodysuit
Basics bodysuits are fast and easy to make, but still stylish. This is a great garment to use as an all-purpose top for infants and toddlers.
For babies during the summer months, choose something sleeveless. Otherwise, if it’s cold where you live, just add lining and cuffs made from ribbing or another stretchy material.
2. One-Tie Bibs
These work up quickly, so this is a very practical addition to any baby wardrobe. The ties can be used to adjust the size for longer wear, and they are easy enough to remove once your child graduates from drooling and gets on to more solid food!
3. Simple Hoodie
Hooded garments are very popular. If you can find some soft, stretchy material that matches the outfit you’re trying to put together, this would be a great addition. Just be sure to cut out two pieces of lining fabric inside the hood so it doesn’t stretch out of shape when you wash and dry it.
T-shirts are comfortable and practical, but not very interesting. If you’re looking for something more original, perhaps try making a polo shirt instead. This is slightly more complicated than the t-shirt because it requires using different pieces of fabric to attach the collar and cuffs. Once you get the hang of it, though, you’ll be able to whip out a whole wardrobe for your little one!
5. Onesie or Rompers
Onesies and rompers are also practical, but many parents feel that they’re too juvenile-looking. If you want to make a onesie or romper, try picking up some fun appliques at your local fabric store. You can sew them onto the garment, or use iron-on interfacing if you’re feeling lazy.
Dresses are a traditional favorite in any little girl’s wardrobe, but they can also be a practical choice for the summer months when parents want to let their infant girls get some fresh air without worrying about them getting too chilly.
7. Pants and Shorts (to go with dresses)
Pants and shorts can be useful when it’s time for your baby to graduate from dresses and start exploring their surroundings. It’s important to choose something comfortable, but also easily rolled up or adjusted if they need a diaper change in a hurry.
They’re all very easy to alter based on what might be in fashion at the time of year you need them, so there’s no excuse not to make one for your child. Just be sure to make a couple more than you think you need because they’re bound to outgrow them very quickly!