Back when I was registering for baby, everyone told me to put a few packs of white onesies on my list. But I didn’t really think of myself as a white onesie kind of girl. My baby was destined for fashion stardom, what with her Stella McCartney rompers, her Mini Rodini prints and her teeny tiny Pons. White onesies were so…provincial.

When I caved and registered for a 5-pack from Carter’s, nobody purchased them. I mean, who wants to be the friend that gives the white onesies? Thankfully my own mom, with her infinite parental wisdom, pre-washed and tucked a few into baby’s drawers.

When baby arrived, she spit up. And pooped. A lot. At first, I painstakingly re-outfitted her each time, digging through the piles of designer baby clothes for matching sets, complementary sweaters, something to pick up the shade of ecru in that Liberty of London paisley. And then, in the midst of the madness, I unwittingly pulled out one of those white onesies. Low and behold, it matched everything! It was smartly basic. It was practical. And I had a big old pile of them, which made it essentially disposable.

That white onesie (and the subsequent 25 I ordered online that night), became the foundation of our daily wardrobe. And it will be yours too. Don’t wait for an emergency situation like I did. Here’s 5 amazing white onesies to add to your registry list now.

1. BULK: Carter’s Essentials Bodysuits. $16/5-pack

2. FAST FASHION: H&M Conscious Short-Sleeved Bodysuit. $5.95

3. ORGANIC: giggle Better Basics kimono-style short-sleeve bodysuits. $34/2-pack

4. BASIC: Primary “the babysuit.” $10

5. LUXE: Goatmilk Sleeveless Ribbed Onesie. $28

Illustration by Talia Handler Art.