Baby Footies Onesies
Baby footies (footie pajamas, sleepers, coveralls, among other names) are, in our view, the single most essential part of any baby wardrobe.
Can’t tell your baby bodysuits from your footies? No worries—we’re here to help. A footie is an all-in-one baby outfit with long sleeves and full pants that also cover baby's feet. They are often made from cotton or fleece to keep tiny humans warm and cozy. Traditionally intended for sleeping, these styles are actually perfect for all day and all night wear!
Baby footies can be worn at home during tummy time or on outings. More often than not, baby footies have long sleeves and ours even have handy mitten cuffs, which fold over baby’s hands to keep them warm and to also protect them from scratching themselves with those laser sharp fingernails.
Word of caution: and this is just our honest opinion, never buy footies (or any baby one-piece, for that matter) that use snaps to close the entire body from head-to-toe. You will rue the day. Picture it: 3 am, pitch black and you’re *this* close to finishing a bleary-eyed diaper change but you just cannot, for the life of you, manage to match up all those snaps from head-to-toe. They may as well be hook and eyes at this point and baby isn’t having any of it! Nightmare scenario. They are hard enough to handle during the light of the day. Do yourself a favour and buy footies with zippers. Consider it an act of self-love.
These lil gems are styles you’ll likely use at least once a day. Our son practically lived in footies day and night until well beyond 12 months of age. As a quick recap, here are some of the best features you'll find on these styles:
-Mitten cuffs that fold over baby’s hands to keep them toasty and prevent scratching
-Zipper placket, which covers the somewhat rough zipper and also hides it
-A single snap button cover that goes over the zipper pull, so it always stays in a downward position (never irritating your wee one’s neck
-Soft or rubberized sole grips on the footies to prevent slipping and sliding once your baby attempts walking.
-Lastly, of course, the footie provides an amazing canvas to apply the most incredible, outrageous designs and colours, so why settle for powder blue or ballet pink when you can go all-out print-gasm?!
Good question. Since babies come in all shapes and sizes, it can be a challenge to size according to traditional measurements like chest, waist, hip and length. Typically, what you’ll find is sizing based on age and sometimes cross-referenced against weight, which is also how we do things.
Premature or “preemie” baby clothing is marked as PM and newborn clothing is marked as NB. Infant clothing is indicated by month, like 0-3M; toddler clothing is marked by age, like 2T for two-year-olds). However, there are some hiccups with these conventions. Ask any seasoned parent and they’ll probably tell you that their baby’s clothing didn’t perfectly match his or her age. Maybe they wore newborn clothing well into their third month or maybe they were already in 3-6M at 9 weeks old.
For this reason, it’s important that you pay close attention to those other factors - baby’s height and weight. When purchasing new baby clothes after baby is born, reference our size chart and buy the size that corresponds to baby’s weight, rather than their age. The fact is that babies grow at their own pace, so you’ll get a much more accurate fit when you go off your babe’s size, not their age.
A comfy, cozy baby is a happy baby, so we don’t need to tell how important the right fit is! Make sure that you pick baby clothes and bodysuits that are snug but not tight—especially around the neckline and leg openings—so, baby doesn’t get irritated throughout the day. When your bundle becomes more and more mobile, you’ll want clothes that don’t restrict their range of motion when they’re crawling, dancing and, eventually, running!
Here are some pretty solid guidelines to go by:
- Eyeball it: If you’re in an actual brick-and-mortar store, sometimes it’s better to go by the look of the size than the actual size. Some brands do better than others at accuracy, and some clothes shrink or stretch more as they are worn and washed.
- Sort by length: sort by length and not by what the tag says, especially if you’re faced with multiple brands and hand-me-downs.
- Get familiar with what sizes mean: anything labeled by a specific month, instead of a month range, will fit on the smaller side. For example, 3 M versus 3-6 M.
- Some brands run small or large: this is something you’ll discover pretty quickly, by talking to other mamas or checking out mama message boards. We like to think we hit that sweet spot but, honestly, it all depends on what brands you’re used to and most familiar with.
We think a better question is how many footies is too many? And the answer is, you cannot have too many footies in baby’s wardrobe rotation. Let’s do the math… Baby will likely need their outfit changed between 1-4 times per day. And, let’s be real, if you can get away with only changing your wee one’s outfit once per day, consider yourself winning. That’s four footies in one day. One. Day. Seven days a week, that adds up to 28 footies.
Ok, this is an extreme example and clearly you’ll be doing laundry much more frequently, so with that in mind, we’d recommend about 8 footies. This is especially true if your wee’un is going to be wearing this style as daywear and as pajamas.
Now, if you’re considering buying footies to gift to new parents, you can’t go wrong with a selection of 3-4 styles. This will cover off a full day and night of costume changes for the wiggly one. Plus this gift gives you some space to choose some super-fun prints that reflect the season, a holiday, baby’s big personality, your style and the parents’ style too!
Yes! The American Academy of Pediatrics has made recommendations for creating a safe sleeping environment for babies. Their statement includes excellent information that can help you choose the right sleepwear to keep your baby both safe and comfortable:
Rest assured, our footies meet all CPSIA guidelines and their are also safety labels attached to our sizes 9-12, 12-18 and 18-24 month styles for reference.