Multi-Purpose Clothing for Baby - Fashion vs Function

Taking baby from play to sleep

Comfortable enough to sleep in, but fashionable enough to wear out.

Since the advent of athleisure wear (athletic wear that is not actually designed for working out), it’s become socially acceptable to wear our yoga pants all day. Moms everywhere are now rejoicing because we finally don’t have to choose between comfort and fashion.

And who hasn’t simply crawled exhausted into bed at the end of the day without changing into pajamas? Because, well, I’m tired and I can’t be bothered!

Our sense of respectability has a tendency to take a back seat during those early years of motherhood (not to mention, our regular accessory of baby spit-up on our shirts). Besides, who other than our husbands is going to know we slept in our clothes, and haven’t they already seen us at our worst?

Some of Baby’s miniature outfits can be completely impractical, and since she spends so much time sleeping and getting her diaper changed, it’s important for her clothes to be uncomplicated as well as relaxed. The good news is, you don’t have to choose between fashion and function for Baby either.

We’ve compiled our favorite brands of adorable multi-purpose outfits – clothes that are cute and fashionable for going out, but comfortable and safe enough for sleeping.

Fashionable and Functional Multi-Purpose Baby Clothes

1. KickeePants – Full of fashion forward, limited release prints, while also being comfortable for baby. Made of super stretchy bamboo that fit well and it stretches for longer wear.

2. ZippyJamz Footed Pajamas – Made with organic cotton, they come in adorable prints – like pink dandelion wishes, grey whales, or purple koalas – and maybe the most ingenious invention yet, an inseam zipper for easy diaper changes.

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3. Magnetic Me – Made of wonderfully soft, all natural cotton or eco-friendly Modal fabric. Comes in fun designs – like giraffes, elephants or trendy unicorns – and most importantly of all, easy magnetic closures.

4. Magnolia Baby Convertible Gowns – Known for their extremely soft Pima cotton, great sizing and inventive design that allows a gown to be converted to a romper with legs for going in the car seat. Choose the pink or blue Tee Time gown the golf lover in the family is sure to appreciate.

For more affordable options, but no less stylish or comfy, choose from:

5. Little Me – These zip front footies come in themes; the all-over prints are 100% cotton, and easy to wash.

6. Kushies – One of the original designers of "convertible gowns" and famous for zip front footies. They are made from great quality, thick cotton and come in many cute prints.

7. Under the Nile - These Side Snap Footies are made from 100% Egyptian cotton; they are convenient for quick changes and come in a variety of stylish designs.

Remember, in order for children’s sleepwear to be safe enough to sleep in, it needs to either pass flammability tests or be tight fitting. For more information about children’s sleepwear, read our guide: What You Need to Know About Children's Sleepwear.

When living in a sleep deprived state, we all need something that is easy and convenient, but also comfy and cozy for Baby too. Any of these brands will offer you soft, natural fabrics that Baby is sure to be comfortable in whether she is playing or sleeping. You can rest easy knowing that she is snug in her clothes without having to sacrifice style.

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Annie Wiesman

Annie Wiesman

Annie Wiesman is the co-author of “Education Begins at Birth: A Parent’s Guide to Preparing Infants, Toddlers, and Preschoolers for Kindergarten.” She is a former kindergarten teacher turned stay-at-home mom who enjoys traveling, hiking in the mountains, and creating memories together with her husband and little girl.

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