As I've been purging and organizing my stash of tiny human clothing while I'm on my self-imposed one-year foster care break, I've decided to be very particular about the types of outfits I will keep for future babies. I figure I've been dressing infants for over five years now, and I can safely say what I will and will not be putting on my child. As I started going through my foster care closet (aka. My "Monica" Hidden Closet of Doom), I realized that I have established rather clear-cut "rules" on infant clothing. Let me introduce you to:
Mimi's Infant Dress Code
Rule #2 - Snaps must not be "hidden." It is hard enough snapping pajamas in the dark after a diaper change. Those "fancy" jammies where you have to turn the seams inside out so the snaps don't show are just not right! Whoever came up with that design clearly didn't have children or they never would have released those garments into the market.
he was capable of wrestling the squirming octopus into submission! The look she gave me when I walked in the door to pick up my little Bugmeister that afternoon made me rethink my position on the matter in the future. I believe she said something along the lines of "Don't you ever do that again!" ...and I am fairly certain that chocolate made its way to daycare the next week as I grovelled for forgiveness.
Rule #4 - I am all about the zipper! My mom has always said that she hates zippers because she worries about all of the awkward positions you have to put the baby into to get them in the outfit. I maintain that any child who can suck on their own toes with ease will have absolutely no problem bending in half to get their leg into that one non-zippered side of the outfit. Zippers just make life easier. Bring on the zippers!!!
Rule #6 - This one is more a personal "rule" than one that I would impose on others, but I simply can not let my kids run around without pants. I don't know why. It's not like a baby in nothing but a diaper and a t-shirt is hurting anything. Heck! It might even be more convenient to forgo the pants altogether, but for some reason I just can't do it! My babies wear bottoms. Period. The ironic thing about this rule is that I tend to sleep in a t-shirt and undies myself. (TMI, I know. You're welcome for that! ;-) I can't tell you the number of times that Monkey has exclaimed when he calls me into his room in the middle of the night, "Mommy! You no having any pants!" So the fact that my children are always bottom-covered due to my crazy hang-up really is rather funny.
I'm sure I could list another dozen rules if I really thought about it, but these seemed to be the ones that immediately came to mind. What about you? Do you have an unspoken dress code for your little ones?