Thursday, December 4, 2008

Wool vs. Clothes

Sigh, I am angst-ridden about something right now. Every morning I have to choose between putting Evie in an adorable outfit from her enormous wardrobe (of 3-6 month clothes right now) OR putting her in her beautiful new wool longies (a type of diaper cover) with one of her pretty long sleeved shirts. What a problem...

I have found "longie" love in the past few weeks. Sock monkey Crankypants: and her super soft girly longies made by a work-at-home mom (I got these second hand on Diaperswappers):
What I am loving about the longies is that they are warm for winter, plus cute and comfy for her. Imagine, if you will, how your own bum would feel if it were enclosed in plastic all day, every day. No wonder babies in disposables or in cloth diapers with plastic covers end up getting rashes sometimes. Wool diaper covers stay dry on the outside (for an explanation click over here) but still let air circulate against Evie's skin.
I'm loving them so much that I'd be happy keeping her in them most days. But, what about her other clothes? I can't put her in onesies (the bottom part of them would snap over her wet diaper and that would be gross) and of course there's no need for all of her cute pants, either. It wouldn't be such a big deal except for the fact that she has TONS of clothes. Between my own bargain hunting, J's mom's shopping trips, the generosity of my sister-in-law, my mom's many purchases and many gifts from friends and family (people love to give 3-6 month clothes for new babies, I've found, because they think you have too many 0-3 month clothes already, which is true), Evie has an obscene amount of clothing in general and in 3-6 month size in particular. I mean it. Really. Obscene. I could clothe sextuplets who all spit up like Evie and still not have to do laundry more than 2x per week. And all of those clothes are sitting, lonely, in their drawers and on their hangers, while Evie is wearing her longies more often than not.
Because we're still using our miracle blanket, Evie's is wearing pocket diapers and sleepers at night, so at least those are getting some use. But, just thinking about all of the money that we and others spent on the other clothes makes me feel anxious and guilty. Sigh.


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  2. I have never heard of either of the items you mentioned! I checked out the CrankyPants and they are TOO cute. Very interesting....I'll have to add it to my to-do list for later...

  3. Put her in the comfy stuff! But only for a couple years....I nanny for older kids who only ever wore comfy-super-soft clothes (never jeans, sweaters, etc) so now they are older and will only wear "snuggy" clothes. Do you know how hard it is to find cute, soft pants for a 7 year old?

  4. I've never heard of longies, but they look very cozy and comfy (besides being so cute!)

    I totally get you about the glut of 3-6 month clothing! Snippet also has a ton of stuff in that size and I'm a little sick about the fact that I'm sure some of it will never be worn. On the other hand, the large selection means that the clothes are staying in really good shape, so most of them will definitely last for another baby (ours, or someone we pass the clothes along to.)

  5. I hear you! I'm still finding stuff in Elizabeth's closet that she never got to wear, and it was cute stuff! Sigh...

  6. Grant has always had more clothes than he could ever possibly need. I am a bargain addict and have a number of friends who regularly give me hand-me-downs. All on top of having had three baby showers before he even got here.
    I likely won't have any more children, but I have a younger sister who just got married and they want 3 or more kids. Certainly one will be a boy and I can pass along all these wonderful clothes. I've sealed everything up in space bags, by size, until such a day. :)

  7. So I LOVE the name Evie. In fact, if we're ever blessed with a girl, that is to be her name!!!

    And my son wore disposable diapers but had a pair of knitted pants that look very similar to those on your daughter. They were so cute!!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog yesterday. I do hope you come back!

  8. I had never heard of them before... one learns something new everyday!

    make it a great day!

  9. Having too much clothes for an infant seems to be a problem for most moms I know. Who could resist picking up a bunch of them every time we go shopping?! Then you add what everyone else gives you and you have a whole store. I had the same problem with my twins when they were babies. They didn't even get to wear half of their clothes before they outgrew them. My suggestion for you would be to put your daughter in the most comfortable clothing for now. Whatever she wears, she'll still be adorable.


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