Only what you need for your baby. Really. (OK – and some fantastic things you don’t that are pretty cool.)
OK, so it’s a shopping time of year and minimalist though I may be, I’ve got another item for your Christmas wish list. I don’t recommend getting hooked on Tea Collection clothing any more than I do Kissy Kissy, but it’s nice to have a few tasteful pieces for special occasions, showing off the new baby and taking photos he’ll thank you for later! (And, in the scope of expensive baby clothes, at $30-ish per piece, this is still on the low end of that category.)
Tea Collection is a San Francisco-based company that started making baby clothing a few years ago and now runs all the way up to size 12 (kids) plus has started a women’s line. The clothing is made from heavy cotton that wears and washes really, really well, and the patterns are great. The last couple of seasons have been Mexico/Spain-inspired but the hues are always subtle: plums and indigos and the like. Although I know little ones can pull it off in a way that I can’t, I’m still not a big, bold pattern fan, but I love theirs. More like small, stylish patterns, especially in their infant line.
Note on their blankets by the way: they’re in the category of larger-than-most + stretchy jersey that I recommend for swaddling, so you might think about investing in one at their post-Christmas sale. And, as I say, once you’re post-swaddle, that large size will work well in the crib for your toddler.
In my experience, the clothing runs a little narrow, so order on the large side. The baby styles largest size is 6-9 months. Of course, their toddler clothes are adorable too, but the bigger they get, the harder it is to find adorable footie pajamas, so now’s the time!