HOW TO BUILD A FALL CAPSULE WARDROBE FOR KIDS

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Now that it’s starting to cool down here in North Texas, I finally got around to buying both boys some fall clothes.

Honestly, most of the time we’re at home, the boys are just in diapers (at most) so we don’t have a big need for large amounts of clothes. That, on top of the fact that we’ll be in an airstream in the next few months, means we need to keep their clothes to a minimum.

WHY HAVE A SEASONAL CAPSULE WARDROBE?

When it comes to kids and their clothes, the idea of a capsule wardrobe seems silly at first. It sounds like such a fancy, adult term that only those who can buy the best of the best should really participate in.

In my opinion, kids are the ones who really need a capsule wardrobe. They grow so quickly that by the next season, they need a whole new set of clothing.

Traditionally, a capsule wardrobe is meant to last long term. It’s meant to have high quality items that could potentially last a lifetime. For a kid’s capsule wardrobe, I think of it as challenging yourself to buy as little as possible because you know they’ll outgrow it by next year.

When you think in terms of “capsule wardrobes,” you’re already in the mindset of less. You can put on some critical goggles when deciding what your children really need in their wardrobe.

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HOW TO BUILD A CAPSULE WARDROBE FOR KIDS

I think everyone has different needs for their wardrobes. Numbers really can’t be suggested because what works for us may not work for you. Kids have so many variables that effect how many clothes they need.

So rather than tell you a number or give you a list of “essentials,” I’m just going to give you some things to think about as you plan their seasonal wardrobes.

THINGS TO CONSIDER:

  • ARE THEY MESSY EATERS (or messy in general)? | I basically undress my kids for every meal we eat at home. They just can’t help but get food on their clothes and I don’t want to stress the whole meal about how clean or messy they’re getting. I just want to hand them some food and let them figure out how to get it from the plate to their mouths - sauce dripping down their stomachs and all.

    If you have messy kids (lets face it, who doesn’t?) and you don’t always have the desire/ability to dress or undress them, they’ll probably need more clothes for changes throughout the day. Really, they’ll probably need some clothes that aren’t super nice so you don’t have to stress about how much their shirt cost when they walk through the door covered in mud.

  • IT’S OKAY IF THEY WEAR THE SAME THING ALL THE TIME | I think variety is something that’s easy to stress about. If people see your kids in the same clothes all the time, will they think you’re lazy? Will they wonder if you’re poor? Will they worry you’re not providing your kids with the best you can?

    Honestly, anyone who would think that based on how often your kid wears a shirt was probably going to think that no matter what. Most likely though, I’m sure there are very few people who really notice what your kid is wearing. The important thing is, do your kids like their clothes?

  • SIZE UP | Something I know about babies (which is my youngest) is that they grow ridiculously fast. I feel like he’s a new size every month and it’s hard for me to justify buying him nice clothes that he’s only going to wear for a little while. So I sized up his clothes! By the time the weather is really cold and his fall clothes become essential layers, they should fit nice and snug. If he has to look like Harry Potter under the stairwell for a bit, so be it!

  • KEEP IT COMFY | Of course, this is totally based on your own activities and taste, but for me personally, I like to give my kids comfy clothes. I tried the whole stiff jeans and button up shirts thing with Ollie when he was little and he just seemed stuck. He couldn’t climb the way he wanted to or move as effectively. He just seemed uncomfortable. Now, I try to buy him mostly knit wear. Loose, breathable stuff. He seems so much more confident in his movements and he looks more comfortable in general.

PLANNING THE WARDROBE

The actual planning of a wardrobe is what gets overwhelming for me. There are so many choices out there and I right before I pull the trigger on a purchase, I worry if I’ve actually considered all my option or that maybe something cuter will come around soon.

So I simplified this by getting practical. There are a few things you can think about when deciding what your kids really need in their wardrobe. Thinking through these things can help narrow your options and help to simplify your decision making.

  • THINK ABOUT YOUR WEEK | Do your kids go to school? Do they play sports? Do they run around naked all the time like mine? What kind of outings do they need to dress for? Kids who have activities to go to will probably need more than kids who stay home. This is also helpful in determining what kind of clothes they’ll need. A sports kid will probably need more athletic wear than a kid who does art classes.

    Besides just thinking about there personal style, their weekly activities effect the type and amount of clothes they’ll need.

  • THINK ABOUT THE WEATHER | Obviously, weather is a key player. Right now, we don’t really need coats, just sweaters and good layers. Other places, you may just need one pair of pants and a bunch of shorts year round.

    Think about your climate, when the weather will actually start to change, how drastically it will change, any trips you may take, any activities you’ll do, and plan accordingly.

  • HOW OFTEN DO YOU WANT TO DO LAUNDRY | Along with that whole messy thing, they will go through lots of laundry. Personally, I don’t mind doing laundry often so I only need enough clothes to get us through about 2 days.

    Think about your laundry routine and make sure you’re taking into account how often an amount of clothes will need to be laundered.

  • STICK TO A COLOR PALETTE | I like having my boys wear colors. It’s just fun. I’ve seen others who don’t let any pigment into their wardrobe and that looks great too. Whatever you do, make sure everything goes with everything. If you have multiple kids, why not give them the same color palette to work with? They will always look like they go together!

    When considering a color palette, I like to pick three colors that all look good together and pick out items that all fit in that range.

    Blue is a personal favorite because it feels like a neutral that’s still fun. It basically goes with everything.

To keep all of these thoughts in one place, I’ve made a free printable for you to hide you through the planning!

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PLAN THEIR WARDROBE

OUR KID’S WARDROBE

We have two capsules: one for the toddler and one for the baby. Though, I did make them fairly similar because I’m obsessed with aesthetics and gotta keep the gram feed consistent.

When putting together their wardrobes, I knew I wanted actual colors (blue, yellow, pink*ish/red) and I knew I wanted everything to be comfy. Our weather is a bit all over the place so I needed clothing that could keep them warm but also cool at the same time, so layers.

I also thought through what clothing we go through the fastest in a week. Shirts were definitely something we needed more of because, well, they just don’t wear pants all that often and when they do they don’t get too dirty.

I wound up getting them both clothes that were one size bigger than what they are currently wearing. Yes, they look a little Harry Potter under the staircase right now, but I’m thinking when we get the real cold weather here, their clothes will fit perfect!

I’m also able to combine their summer capsules with their fall capsules which basically means very fitted shorts with loose long sleeves. I don’t look like a TOTAL Petunia Dursley quite yet. (Now I’m in the mood for a Harry Potter binge)

My strategy here is, buy them a new, minimal wardrobe and if they wind up with gaps or they grow out of something, it will be thrifted until next season. This way, I can have some really nice items for them that I can make sure we all love, but I don’t have to break the bank or stress too much about making sure they have EVERYTHING on the front end.

THE TODDLER

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For Ollie’s wardrobe, we already had shorts, t-shirts, shoes, and a jacket, so my main focus were pants and long sleeves. We will probably put away the shorts and t-shirts soon which will leave him with just what you see here to get through fall.

A FALL CAPSULE WARDROBE FOR A TODDLER - This Wild Home
HOW TO BUILD A FALL CAPSULE WARDROBE FOR KIDS - This Wild Home

For Charlie, we had a few t-shirt and jacket hand-me-downs from Ollie, but I don’t want him to get the classic little brother curse of having ONLY hand-me-downs, so he got some of his own stuff!

For the most part, this is all he’ll be wearing this fall and then I’ll probably grab him some shoes when he starts crawling and a heavier coat when the temperatures drop.

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HOW TO BUILD A FALL CAPSULE WARDROBE FOR KIDS - This Wild Home
HOW TO BUILD A FALL CAPSULE WARDROBE FOR KIDS + A FREE PRINTABLE PLANNER- This Wild Home
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HOME IMPROVEMENT: THE NEWBORN CART

HOME IMPROVEMENT: THE NEWBORN CART - This Wild Home

We’ve been very cozied over here with the baby and the toddler and all of the slow days we can get. We’re getting used to our new rhythm with a newborn and we’re slowly starting to feel normal again.

Honestly, I’d say it takes about a month to start feeling like a person after having a baby. You get used to the sleep deprivation and your newborn starts to get used to being in the world. Your body starts feeling much better and all in all, you have the ability to actually start doing some normal things.

The one thing that doesn’t change is how much your baby poops and pees. How messy their clothes get. How often you need to quickly access burp rags and things that you don’t always think to have on hand. All the little accessories that babies need is quite surprising given that they’re so little and can’t do much. But any sized human can make a mess and for newborn messes, you need a lot of supplies.

I put a little something together before my second was born. A cart to carry all of his stuff from one room to another with ease. It’s been one of the best things for these newborn days so I can have easy access to all the little things babies need.

THE NEWBORN CART

It may not be the most amazing discovery in the whole world, but it sure has made our lives much easier. Like I said, I have a toddler to keep an eye on all day along with newborn duty (and also newborn doody). For the sake of not making my toddler follow me around the house all day, not having to coop us all up in one room, and not having to lug a baby all around the house, I decided I needed something that can move all of the things I need around with me.

So rather than get drawers or some kind of permanent storage for Charlie’s clothes, diapers, and other necessities that would make me have to run to his room every five seconds everyday, I opted to put together this cart. The set up isn’t too complicated. I had this cart lying around and realized that it’s three compartments would be perfect since I had about three categories of things I needed to keep with me.

TOP - DIAPERS

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At the moment, we’re a hybrid disposable diaper/cloth diaper family. We use the cloth diapers during the day and the disposable diapers at night.

So the top row has a few disposable diapers, since we only use a couple a night, and lots of cloth diaper inserts along with a few covers. The wipes will usually float somewhere on top of all that or just around the house since both boys need them. This way, anywhere my toddler is or anywhere we’re all hanging out, I can take the cart and have all my diapering necessities right there. I just have a designated diaper changing burp cloth that I’ll lay the baby on and change his diaper anywhere on the ground. (It works for now since we have carpet, but I may get a larger mat soon that isn’t quite as thin so we can still use that when we travel or on surfaces that aren’t already padded)

Any extra diapers or cloths we have stay in our closet so if we go through a lot in a day or get behind on laundry, there’s some back up there.

MIDDLE - CLOTHES

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Babies go through a lot of clothes. There’s diaper blowouts, extreme spit-ups, and just general stuff that comes out of babies pretty much all day.

With all of that, and the fact that I didn’t buy my newborn his own dresser for his clothes, we keep his clothes on the cart to grab with ease if anything happens to them. It’s also nice to help keep the amount of clothes we get for him smaller. Babies go through clothes so fast that it doesn’t make much sense to me for them to have a ton of clothes for each stage. Just a few PJs and about a weeks worth of daytime outfits has worked great for us.

BOTTOM - ETC.

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The bottom row is mostly just burp rags along with a hat, some socks, and any swaddles that aren’t in use.

Again, we try to keep a small amount of things for the baby because you can always just wash what you have. So we have a few burp cloths, only about 3 pairs of socks since they always fall off anyway, one hat, and two swaddle blankets. It’s so nice to be able to grab a burp cloth without having to scramble around. Or a swaddle when the baby gets fussy and we’re desperate for something to keep him calm.

So that is the newborn cart! Super convenient and easy to put together. Also, surprisingly easy to keep organized!

A MINIMALIST'S NEWBORN CHECKLIST (0-3 MONTHS)

A MINIMALIST'S NEWBORN CHECKLIST (0-3 MONTHS) - This Wild Home

Our days have been crazy over here. Poor Charlie has come into our lives during extreme and frequent transition. I mean, we’re about to move for the second time since we found out I was pregnant with him and both of these moves were unexpected, borderline last minute decisions. That means lots of transitions in short amounts of time all while growing our second son.

So, as it tends to be for any kid after the first, he hasn’t been #1. Not that he’s not a priority. Of course he and Oliver are both #1 on that list. But, unlike his older brother, Charlie has not been the center of my attention and it’s time for me to give him a moment in the spotlight.

While there’s lots of stuff we have left over from Oliver (and our two nephews - we’ve got lots of boys in this family), there’s still a good amount of stuff we’ll need for Charlie. Plus, I don’t want him to fall victim to having 100% hand-me-downs. It’d be nice to at least have a few things that are all his own. So I’m taking the time to make a list of all the necessities for a newborn. From stuff we have to stuff we need to get, these are all the things I remember being most useful my first time around.

A MINIMALIST’S NEWBORN CHECKLIST

Honestly, newborns don’t need much. Mostly they just need food and diapers and a cozy place to sleep. There are many gadgets and things all over the internet that claim to be a must-have for any new human. Honestly, after getting rid of half the stuff we never used with Oliver and taking note of what was truly useful, I’ve found that it’s best to start with the true essentials and go from there. Every kid is different. What Oliver loved and used frequently, Charlie may not bat an eye at.

That’s why, this time around, I’m going to be prepared with all the stuff he really needs and if I feel I want extras along the way, I’ll grab them as I go.

GADGETS

  • CAR SEAT | Of course. You can’t even take the baby home without one! We have Oliver’s old car seat that we’ll be using since he outgrew it very quickly. But, I’d honestly recommend his new car seat if you want to get one that will last you all the way through. It’s good for a 5 lb baby all the way to a 50 lb toddler, so it’ll basically last you through all the years they need a car seat. The only downside to the new one is you can’t take the whole seat out of the car to transport baby which is a little inconvenient when they’re super little and sleepy. The old one, however, clicks in and out of the base making it very easy for transporting a baby, though Oliver grew out of it in a year!

  • SWING | It may seem like a big item for a minimalist’s list, and honestly, I don’t think you NEED to start with this, but it is so handy to help create some kind of nap schedule before you’re ready to put baby in a crib. It’s so cozy and soothing and, at the very least, it gives you a few minutes to be your own person which is very valuable in the newborn days.

  • PUMP | If you’re planning on pumping or you’re a working mom or you just want to have a pump handy, I recommend Medela. I exclusively pumped with Oliver, so I’m a bit of an expert on the subject. I’d love to breastfeed with Charlie, but I know having the pump around, especially after the first month or so, will be really nice so I can at least have the option if I ever want some time by myself or I need to go somewhere without the boys.

CLOTHES

It may seem silly to only have two types of clothes for your baby, but these are really the only things we dressed Oliver in for a while. You don’t need a ton of either thing. But these are really good options for being able to easily dress baby without having to pull clothes over their head or button and unbutton things all dang day.

I’ve intentionally left off socks, gloves, and hats (unless you’re going outdoors in freezing weather. Then definitely bundle that baby!) because it’s impossible to keep them on a baby. Just have blankets handy and make sure most of their clothes have the little hand covers.

  • 3-4 KIMONO BODY SUITS | I love this for day time. It’s cute and simple which makes it perfect for outings and you can keep a swaddle for them so pants aren’t super necessary. My favorite features are the front buttons, which make it so you never have to struggle with pulling a onesie over a brand new baby’s head (which is terrifying and difficult) and the hand flaps or covers, whatever you want to call them. It’s so convenient for during the day when baby is most active so you don’t have to worry about them scratching their little faces (or strangers getting their germs all over their hands).

  • 2-3 DRESSES | Also known as bunting bags. I was hesitant to get a dress for Oliver because, well, he’s a boy. But newborn dresses are for anyone and everyone should have these, especially as PJ’s. The ease of simply lifting the bottom of the dress for those midnight diaper changes you’ll be doing is a life saver. It keeps baby warm because you don’t have to undress them (which is always a plus) and it prevents you from having to unbutton and re-button all the time. Seriously, get your son some dresses and make sure they always wear a dress for bed. At least until they stop waking up for night feedings. I also really love the ones I linked because they have a piece that wraps over baby’s feet which will prevent it from riding up (which is a problem with most newborn stuff that isn’t secured at the bottom).

I’d recommend only getting one or two things in a true newborn size and getting the majority of your clothes in 0-3 month sizes (with one or two 3-6 month). 0-3 month is the most versatile size for small and big babies and you really have no idea what you’re going to have until you have them. If you have a smaller baby, you can always grab more newborn sizes and the 0-3 month will still be useful very soon down the road!

BEDDING

  • BASSINET | Honestly, I didn’t see a need to get a bassinet with the first baby, especially at first when all they really do is lay in one spot or cuddle. I’m mostly getting a bassinet this round because I’m thinking it’ll be really nice to have a portable place for Charlie to lay and sleep where his big brother can’t accidentally trample him, but he can still be apart of the action. Oliver also loves his crib still so I’m not sure when he’ll be ready to hand it over to his little brother. That’s why I’m also going to get a stand for when we transition Charlie to sleeping on his own.

  • SWADDLES | You really don’t need more than 2-3. I liked having one that was always with the car seat, one on the bed, and one for playing. And of course, if one of those got dirty, we still had backup! You don’t need to go crazy on swaddles. Just a few that are nice and soft are good.

  • VELCRO SWADDLE | These things look hilarious. And while your baby may look like a psych patient, I promise they are very cozy. Honestly, from the first night we used these things, Oliver slept.. well.. like a baby! All the way through the night. I never mastered the art of swaddling with an actual blanket. Plus, babies move sporadically when they sleep and it can be the very thing that wakes them up in the night. These little swaddles are so helpful for giving them a snug and secure nights sleep, especially when they start sleeping in their own space.

DIAPERS

I did not and don’t plan on doing reusable diapers. The zero-waster in me hates that, but I’m sorry world and all who inhabit it. I like the ease of throwing away diapers. So, obviously diapers and wipes are things you need. And here are a few little extras.

  • CHANGING MAT | We rarely left the bed when Oliver was born. We just used a little mat to prevent any spillage or surprise attacks from getting on the bed. It’s also great for when you leave the house because it’s super easy to roll or fold. Honesty, I’m thinking about getting rid of our changing station at home all together and just having a changing cart with a few of the essentials because it’s less space and way more convenient.

  • BABY POWDER | I got this at our baby shower and it was an amazing thing to have. To start, all of the ingredients are natural so you don’t have to worry about harsh chemicals on baby. Second, the powder is diaper rash magic. The first diaper rash Oliver had was horrifying. He screamed all night and we couldn’t figure out what was wrong until we found that, TA-DA, his butt was bright red. So we put the powder on him and by the next diaper change, he was all clear.

BATH TIME

As far as where to put baby for the first few months, until he could sit up, I’d either just climb in the bath with Oliver and let him rest in my arms or lap OR lay a hand towel in the bottom of the tub and have him lay in very shallow water (heavily supervised!!). Honestly, he loved the latter around 2 months because he could splash which was lots of fun for him!

  • TOWEL | I have the space towel for Oliver and I love these little things. You really only need one or two because you’ll be doing enough laundry to keep them clean with all the spit up and blowouts newborns like to do.

  • SOAP | Honestly, I’d just make a bubble bath and use a washcloth to wet Oliver’s hair and make sure water was reaching in-between all the baby-chub creases (don’t forget behind the ears. They get really gross back there). The same way I don’t really wash my hair, I don’t make it a priority to get soap directly on my kid’s hair because, well, he’s doing fine without it! I also don’t like the idea of having soap go directly on baby’s sensitive and naturally soft skin. The soapy water is usually enough to get ‘em clean!

  • LOTION | Baby massage time is a really good time for having a little one-on-one interaction with your new one. I love any sleepy time lotion because it’s a good addition to nighttime routines and helps to keep baby’s skin soft and smooth. Since it can tend to become irritated easily, a daily dose of moisturizer is always a good idea.

  • BABY BALM | This baby balm is amazing for those dry patches or cradle cap that baby’s can get. Oliver had a bit of baby eczema and this balm was really great for that (along with this bath treatment which was an actual life saver).

EXTRAS

While not everything listed below is essential, they are all nice to have to help with baby’s development or to just give you a moment of having free hands, put baby down, or have some time alone.

  • PACIFIER | I was very against the idea of pacifiers for some reason, but for a little while, they were super helpful. Sometimes babies just want something to do, so rather than have them mindlessly hanging on your boob all day, a pacifier is a nice alternative. Especially when you want to indulge in a little luxury like eating a meal without holding a baby or taking a shower by yourself. - just make sure you get a clip! It’s a little mortifying when a pacifier hits the ground, especially in public.

  • MAT | So this is technically a blanket, but I think this pattern makes it a good option for a play mat. We have a mud cloth hanging on our wall that Oliver couldn’t take his eyes off of so I like the idea of giving Charlie his very own intricate pattern to look at. Plus, dual purpose is always nice!
    Really, just having a surface for tummy time that is some kind of design is helpful. Something that is interesting for them to look at but still keeps them off the floor. It’s also a good motivator when they’re ready to start rolling over.

  • PLAY GYM | If you choose to opt out of a swing with a mobile, a play gym is actually pretty nice to have. It’s good for giving baby time to play and entertain himself before he can really start moving his body. We also have this chair that has a little mobile on it which is great for when I’m cooking or cleaning and want to bring baby with me, but still need a free hand to focus on what I’m doing.

  • BURP CLOTHS/BIBS | Babies spit up. A lot. Really, stuff that goes in there body quickly leaves it one way or another. Burp cloths should be kept anywhere and everywhere. Really, just a rag will do, or a swaddle. But having one or two actual soft, thick burb cloths is nice for cleaning off baby. Bibs are amazing for protecting their cute clothes and it’s much easier to change a bib than a whole onesie.

  • CARRIER | Something for wearing baby is definitely nice. I didn’t love leaving Oliver in the carseat or a stroller when he was super little. Having him close brought me ease and him comfort. I have a Solly Baby wrap from Ollie’s baby days, but I’ve heard great things about WildBird and I think I may give it a try with Charlie!

  • TOYS | There’s not a ton a newborn is going to play with at first, but you’d be surprised how quickly they start learning and getting into stuff. Having a few rattles or teether type toys on hand to put with them during playtime will help motivate them to explore and entertain themselves.

  • BOOKS | Little plush books for newborns are great. We had one colorful one and one black and white one. Oliver LOVED the black and white one as a newborn. All the interesting shapes and animals made for a great time.

I’m a big planner, so sitting down and thinking of all the things Charlie will need gets me excited about all of those first moments you get with your baby. The newborn stage is tough, but it goes by so quickly. The sweet cuddles and chunky baby legs don’t last forever so enjoy it all while you can and don’t get too caught up in all the stuff.

I’m excited to meet you baby Charlie. I think you’re going to fit in nicely over here.