Size 50

by Waltrui

With only eight weeks ahead, the preparations for our family expansion are getting serious. Birth card: check, gift list: double-check. And of course there's a a fourth wardrobe to fill. Going through Mon's former outfits, I realized that it takes a baby to know how to dress one. By now, I could write a book about my do's, don'ts and bad bargains, but let's start with some tips in a blogpost.

Foremost, don't overspend on small sizes. I'm the first one to ooh and aah over designer bloomers, yet I experienced front row how clever newborns are when it comes to smudging. Many big chains offer mini collections at equally small prices, and although the fabrics are often less qualitative, they're more than fine to catch everyday burps. An insider's tip: the bio cotton rompers from HEMA. You can never have enough of those.

On the other hand, don't buy baby clothes too big, thinking your kid will grow into them. You'll be a lot more relaxed when that diaper is properly packed, believe me. Besides, an oversized playsuit looks sloppy – and by the time the garment fits well, it's likely either covered in milk or out of fashion.

Which brings me to an important style rule. Even the strictest minimalist won't deny a flamingo print looks cute on her little one. However, it's a better idea to stick to simplicity. Timeless pieces are easier to pass on to a brother or sister because they don't look dated after a few years. Stock up on basics, they're perfect to combine mutually or to balance that one colorful piece you really couldn't resist.

And it might seem obvious, but keep the seasons in mind. I prefer (or at least I try) not to shop too much in advance as the Belgian weather's mostly unpredictable. A knitted hat that appears too tight after a hot September month – that is just a waste of good taste.

The pictures belong to ZARA, Petit Bateau, Fred & Ginger, L'asticot and Maurice knitwear, a handful of my favorite labels.