It’s baby boom time in my neck of the woods. “Don’t drink the water.” Is the common phrase heard from all around. This is great, because this means we can all share items and pass on un-needed things. Including clothes. Except that I’ve found that when I have outfits that I used all the time, I’m not willing to pass them on, because I may want them again and don’t want to spend the money on them.

Thanks to baby showers, expectant moms tend to get lots of darling outfits for their little ones. When it comes time to actually dress your wee one for the day, you may look at it for the tenth time and pass it over because it’s just not realistic to think that’s a daily wear outfit, for any number of reasons.

Here is what a group of us moms are finding, especially those with babies in daycare:

Long sleeved pull over anything is HORRIBLE! It’s hard to wrestle the baby into the outfit in the first place, and the baby usually hates the wrestling and is soon screaming, which means that he’s now writhing, so it makes it harder to dress than it already was. Soon you both dread dressing for the day.

Multi-piece outfits, while cute, are just a pain and likely will only have 1 or 2 pieces put to use. The matching hats/bib/jacket will stay in the drawer after the first time it was put on and quickly pulled off by child or parent because child was screaming about said item.

Onesies seem to breed in your drawers. You don’t think there are that many, yet when you open the drawer to find clothes for the day, all you can find are onesies of every size, shape, color and print available. While you use onesies at times, just don’t buy any. They breed themselves.

Baby shoes will never be worn until that baby is starting to walk. Don’t waste your money. Socks, yes. Shoes, no.

If the outfit is remotely complicated at all, daddy won’t dress the baby. Don’t waste your breath on the argument. Be happy that he changes diapers and holds the tiny little wiggly worm in his big hands. It’s a scary thing to him to try to put all the octopus limbs in the correct places.

Snap crotches are great. 12 snaps in a crotch are a nightmare! Imagine that you have to change a diaper just before walking out the door or while Jr. is in the middle of teething and everything makes him mad. Trying to get through all those snaps is like trying to play Whack A Mole, but the game board is moving and in the end there is no prize.

So what should you buy? What does get used?

First and foremost are snap or zip front outfits. Anything you don’t have to pull over the head is a blessing. Why? Easier to dress yes, but imagine a scenario; You have your child dressed in a 1 piece long sleeve, long pant play suit that pulls over the head. Said child has just quietly, without warning, thrown up the last 14 meals she ate all down the front of both of you. The only part of her that is clean in the least is her head and hair and she’s upset because she just threw up. Now, remove the outfit and try not to get nasty puke in her hair. You can imagine this scenario in so many ways.

Single outfits are lifesavers. Long sleeved, short sleeved, shorts or pants, it doesn’t matter, as long as you don’t have to find matching parts while rushing to get ready for work you will be satisfied.

Snap crotches are great! Count the snaps. You can get a snap crotch pant outfit with 6 snaps. They exist, I know I have several. I even have one with 5 snaps. The things you will start to concern yourself with will surprise you. If it has more snaps than that, pass on that item. Onesies should never have more than 3 snaps and short outfits, no more than 4.

Fabric is somewhat important. Knits win the day. Searsucker is cute, but it just won’t get used except for special dress up occasions. Keep the fabrics practical. For that matter, no whites. Really, unless you like to throw the clothes away after one use.

Daddy does. What will Daddy dress the baby in? A single piece outfit that will snap up the front and can not be confusing with it’s snaps. No kimonos for him. Straight up the front and just a few snaps in the crotch. No matching pants or skirts. In fact, don’t even ask him to replace the pants when he changes a diaper. My son came back to me one time with the pants turned inside out and worn on his head.

I have given away 75% of all merino clothing after they are used, because I don’t want to use them ever again if I have another. The ones that I used frequently have been stored carefully away after making sure they were stain free, to be loved another day.