For me one of the most exciting parts about preparing for our first baby is getting to pick out some teeny tiny newborn clothes. Obviously this is pretty easy for most of us now, because knowing the gender of babies before they are born is the new norm. But we are going against the trend a little bit and have decided to have a surprise!
I won’t say I’ve always been 100% on board with this decision, there have been moments during my pregnancy when it drives me absolutely nuts not knowing. However I am really happy we made the decision to find out when baby is born because it’s making the anticipation of meeting our baby even more exciting. I’ve also enjoyed the process of making a list of boy names and girl names and not having something picked out before we meet bub.
But anyway, back to the clothes! Having had capsule wardrobes for myself for the past three years, I already knew this is something I wanted to do for baby too. There are a lot of things I love about having a capsule, but keeping things tidy and minimal is one of the biggest ones. There are already so many other things that come along with having a baby, so keeping things as simple as possible is also helping me to not become too overwhelmed.
When I was looking around for newborn capsule wardrobes, I didn’t come across one formula I felt really happy with so I’ve used a bunch of different resources to create my own. I also didn’t find many gender neutral capsules that excited me. I want to have some colour and fun in there.
And even if we did know the gender of the baby I’d be choosing all my staples in gender neutral tones and patterns so that we can use it all again for the next baby regardless of whether it’s a boy or girl.
SUSTAINABILITY AND ETHICS IN MY CAPSULES ECO
For the past couple of years I have been making a conscious effort to ensure any new pieces I add to my own capsule wardrobes are coming from ethical/sustainable brands. This is a philosophy I have carried through to my baby capsule wardrobe too. I have a mix of very sustainable brands and some pieces from more generic brands that use organic cotton.
Look for the ECO symbol next to items that are from ethical and/or sustainable brands.
COLOUR PALETTE + THEME
WHITE / HONEY / GINGER / BLUEBERRY / BASIL
Like I mentioned earlier, I didn’t want this gender neutral baby capsule wardrobe to be made up of grey and white. So I’ve gone with an earthy rainbow palette using different shades of honey, ginger, blueberry and basil. These are tied together with some staple white pieces to make sure there are lots of mix and match options.
My final gender neutral baby capsule wardrobe came down to 32 pieces, plus accessories like socks, hats and headbands (for a girl).
What I love about this capsule is that it can easily go from gender neutral to more girly simply by adding in around three headbands to mix and match. I think ‘gender neutral’ usually tends to look more boyish so it’s reassuring to know if we have a girl I can quickly order a few headbands and the whole wardrobe is instantly prettier!
I’ve included a mix of light, mid-weight and heavy pieces to cover the different weather we have in spring and summer. Spring often starts off cooler and then by mid summer it’s really warm. I do have more light and mid-weight pieces because for a majority of the time it will be on the warmer side.
If you live somewhere with milder seasons, the mix of pieces might even be suitable for you all year. Or if you don’t really have seasons you can simply swap out the warmer or cooler pieces or remove them all together.
NEWBORN – 3 MONTHS
Because newborn life is mostly sleeping and eating I chose soft, comfy pieces to make up the bulk of this capsule. However I’ve also included four cute rompers on top of more basic onesies.
Chatting with other mamas I did get the advice not to buy anything too fancy because the baby will just wear onesies in the beginning, but to be honest I really enjoyed picking out a few cutesy rompers and this is just something that was special for me. So I decided to include the ‘romper’ category. I was also mindful that the rompers I chose were still soft and cosy but had some nice little details that onesies don’t.
I found that I’ve had a gazillion opinions and ‘you’ll need this’ and ‘you won’t need that’ thrown in my direction since being pregnant. It can be quite overwhelming to deal with so I ended up just shutting my mind down when it started.
Remember this is a special time for you and while some advice is great (especially when you’ve actually asked for it), but you don’t have to take on every little thing you’re told. This is your story and you get to write it the way you want to. Plus what some mamas find essential or not will be different to what experience, so you don’t need to take every word as gospel.
Below I’ve put together just a handful of the outfits you can make up from the pieces in my gender neutral baby capsule wardrobe. If you’d like even more ideas be sure to take a peek at my vlog below where I share 25 outfit ideas!
Want a little tour through my gender neutral baby capsule wardrobe? Take a peek at my vlog:
GENDER NEUTRAL BABY CAPSULE WARDROBE ITEM LIST
Like these pieces? Here’s a little list with links for you:
Short Sleeve Onesies:
- White Onesies Two Pack by Petit Bateau ECO
Long Sleeve Onesies:
- White Onesies Two Pack by Petit Bateau ECO
- Lemon Pattern Onesie from Stadtlandkind (by Konges Sløjd) ECO
- Linen Cross Body Onesie from Stadtlandkind (by Moumout)* ECO
- Ginger Onesie from Stadtlandkind (by Repose AMS)* ECO
- Blueberry Onesie by Quincy Mae ECO
- Safari Animals Romper by Purebaby ECO
- Bamboo Criss Cross Romper by Purebaby ECO (similar here)
- Basil Romper by Cotton On (similar here)
- Blueberry Striped Romper by Target (Organic Cotton) ECO (similar here)
- Ginger Bloomers by Buho ECO
- Honey Bloomers by Cotton On (similar here)
- Light Blueberry Bloomers by Numero 74 ECO
- Dark Blueberry Bloomers by Bonds (similar here)
- White Leggings by Imps and Elfs ECO
- Ginger Leggings from Stadtlandkind (by Repose AMS)* ECO
- Honey Leggings by Quincy Mae ECO
- Blueberry Leggings by Gray Label ECO
- Knot Beanie from Stadtlandkind (by Quincy Mae)* ECO
- Bonnet by Quincy Mae ECO
- Headbands (for a Girl) by Little Daisy Dot ECO
Sometimes I use affiliate links and feature products that were kindly gifted to me, all gifted items are marked with a *. However all opinions are 100% my own. I only ever recommend brands and things that I personally love!