Tuesday, 11 December 2012

The outfit to begin all outfits

As a second born child myself, I am keen to make sure baby number two doesn't always get the bum deal. It's why I eschew those buggies where the baby is tucked away underneath the main seat, with no view and the smell of toddler fart hanging over it. The baby is not here yet and already I feel awful telling my daughter she is my favourite person in the whole world, even though she is, and presumably will be until this one gets here at which point I'll have two favourites.

It's already posing issues though. We have huge amounts of baby clothes. In truth, we don't need anything for the new baby, with vests and babygros and cardigans bursting out of every drawer, cupboard, suitcase and box under the bed. But, but, but.... my baby should at least get to feel what it is like to wear something new out of the packet, I told myself as I bought just one cute pack of newborn vests. A bit unfair really - it'll only get its hopes up before being forced into a lifetime of hand-me-downs.

I wasn't going to buy the new baby a coming home from hospital outfit, even though this is something I expended huge amounts of energy on before the arrival of baby number one. I wanted something bright, unisex and, dare I say it, funky. I got what a wanted, a posh funky Toby Tiger number costing an arm and a leg yet despite this, having no feet. A friend with a baby already pointed this out to me as a potential problem, what with us having a winter baby, so wintry in fact that as we looked out of the hospital window on night one of her life the snow began to fall, as it also threatens to do this time. Still, the lack of feet wasn't the problem, more that it was aged 0-6 months and, as I now know, there's a big difference in the size of a six month old to that of a newborn. In fact it fit our daughter when she was about four months, and I put her in it for a photoshoot at Snappy Snaps that I'd won in a draw, the kind where you get your shoot for free and they then try to sell you prints for hundreds of pounds. I bought the two cheapest prints, just 7"x5", but I don't like them and they are not on display. The cheesy nature of the shots and the removal of my husband's glasses so he doesn't look like himself is bad enough, but the main thing is that babygro, bought for a newborn and therefore, to me, looking all wrong.

But others have been a little disapproving when I have said I wasn't intending to get this baby something chosen with equal care. So I went to John Lewis and bought a very cute penguin number. It's ultra cute, and I do like it, and yes perhaps I did also buy our toddler matching pyjamas. But will they wear them? Who knows. Because much as I try to remember what my daughter did wear when we bought her home from hospital, so desperate to escape after our several nights inside, I just can't summon up a picture of it at all.


  1. I'm loving that striped number. I'll get an adult sized one, especially if I can just pee through the open poppers.

  2. I saw one of those layered buggies today with the toddler on the bottom shelf and the baby up top! It made me think of you.

    Love the outfits. The only way I can remember what we brought F home in is that we have a picture. I think it was one of the ones you loaned us!

  3. That's a really cute outfit :) I'm pregnant with No. 2 as well and am also the second child myself. I feel lucky to have No. 2 arriving in the same season as No. 1 so that my first-borns clothes will also be able to be worn by my second-born, but it's also been really important to me to get the baby a few outfits of his own plus friends have given me some of their stuff too. Some of that clothing from my first son is just so 'Milo' to me and I'm not sure I want to see another baby wearing them. It feels like I would be cheating on him. So odd I know but it's how I feel. Plus this baby could look really different, or have a completely different personality. I think that should also come with some different clothing. I am thankful to have lots of choice already there though and to not have to buy everything anew!