6 precious take-home outfits for baby

1. The “basics never looked so good” jammies

6 precious take-home outfits for  baby

When you’re going home after delivery...’ll probably want to stick with some yoga pants and a loose top, or sweatpants and a sweatshirt. But baby’s first time out in fresh air can be an opportunity to play dress-up. After all, it’s probably the first real outfit he or she has even worn, so why not make it a special one?

One thing to keep in mind when you’re shopping... that newborn sizes are generally designed to fit babies up to 8 pounds—so you might want a backup in case your little one is a bit on the bigger side. Don’t worry too much if you have to go with Plan B, though. Baby is guaranteed to look adorable either way!

Here are a few of our favorite styles to get you started:

1. The basics never looked so good jammies

There is no such thing as too many white onesies. Get a few packs of soft and cozy bodysuits, like these wrap-front ones from H&M, and pair with cozy leggings. You really can’t go wrong.

2. The easy-access kimono dress

Turns out all those snaps are harder than they look. You’ll be grateful to have a sweet kimono dress you can easily pull up for quick diaper changes—which you’ll be doing quite a lot of.

3. The two-piece kimono

A well-loved classic for good reason. Soft, sweet and so perfectly adorable for your new little squishy babe.

4. The I’m on cloud 9 pajama set

We’re kind of obsessed with Gap’s organic basics line. And if this outfit doesn’t make your little one look like she’s floating on wispy cloud, we’re not sure what will.

5. The classic bundle

Jammies, a hat and matching booties. Nothing says “Mama’s prepared!” like a matching bringing-home-baby bundle like this one.

6. The eye see you sweats

Fairly certain this needs no explanation, but in case it does: cat eyes + sleeping baby = ?

10 must-have registry items that will change your life, mama

The baby gear heavy hitters that should be top of your list

Calling all mamas-to-be! It's a fundamental truth of (impending) motherhood that your prepping-for-baby To Do list can feel a mile long, but really the best way to feel organized is to sort out the most important item at the top of your list: your registry. Sure the items you choose to include will end up running the gamut from nice-to-haves to absolutely essential game-changers, but mamas in the know quickly learn one thing: Not all baby gear is created equal.

So while you can and should pepper your registry with adorable inclusions that aren't necessarily can't-live-withouts (go ahead, add 'em!), you should make sure you're ticking the boxes on those pieces of baby gear that can be absolute life savers once you're in full-blown mama mode. From car seats to bouncers and playmats, your play and travel gear will be some of the most obvious important items on your list, but so can unexpected things, like a super comfy baby carrier and a snooze-inducing white noise machine. So to help you sort through the must-have options, we turned to the holy grail of motherhood that is buybuy BABY and handpicked 10 of the very best essential pieces that will change your life, we promise.

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The 6 biggest lies I believed before having kids

Just about all of us had set assumptions about raising kids before we became parents ourselves.

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