Only what you need for your baby. Really. (OK – and some fantastic things you don’t that are pretty cool.)
OK, so after an “Essentials” post, let’s bounce to the far extreme and talk about overpriced but adorable baby clothes – hooray!
I discovered Kissy Kissy (yes, terrible name) at Granny Made, a store on the Upper West Side of Manhattan that specializes in taking all your money for unbelievably, heart-wrenchingly cute clothes for the very small people that are about to move in with you. Don’t go in there unless you have a pocketful of spending money or some hard core self-control. I love you Granny Made, but I’m just saying.
Kissy Kissy clothing is mostly for the 6-months-and-under crowd and is made out of such unreal-y soft pima cotton that you might want to buy a whole lot of the pajama suits and make a spendy Slanket out of them for yourself. It’s hard to tell from the online catalogs exactly how adorable this clothing is. Trust me: it’s adorable. I, the Minimalist Mama, spent $85 on a Kissy Kissy little white cardigan with pink edging that has a tiny, perfect hummingbird embroidered on the left panel. Eighty. Five. Dollars. Astrid still has it, which amortizes out to about $6/month, which actually isn’t that bad really, right?
It’s hard to find a strong selection of all their designs and sizes in any one place: I haven’t been able to locate one site or store that stocks both the basics (playsuits, pajamas) and the more dressy cardigans and jackets except at Granny Made’s physical store, but Diapers.com has a surprisingly wide selection of the former. (Kissy Kissy’s own web site doesn’t sell their clothes and is annoyingly unhelpful.) Some baby boutiques carry a selection as do Nieman Marcus and Nordstrom, although they veer towards the more saccharine designs – like cupcakes and hearts – which are not my bag. Bloomingdales’ choices are more classic. In San Francisco, Day One carries a collection of their slightly less pricey, more practical pieces. And in New York, Granny Made carries my favorites, the little cardigan sweaters.
In my experience, the brand runs small, specifically a little short, so if you’re buying for an unknown-sized baby, go large.
I don’t believe in spending a ton of money on baby clothes, especially infant ones that they’ll be out of in 20 minutes, but seriously, people: look at these frogs! How do you not want to dress her in duckies every day??
OK, I’ll stop now.