Product Type: Mothercare baby clothes
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Member Name: jo1976
Date: 13/09/10, updated on 30/03/12 (197 review reads)
Advantages: Practical, attractive and comfortable clothing option. Good value for money
Disadvantages: Babies have to grow up and grow out of them eventually!
I'm not one for dressing newborn babies in fancy little outfits, if truth be told. For me, there's nothing more beautiful than the sight of a tiny baby all snug in a cotton sleepsuit - looking like a baby, not a mini adult. Sleepsuits are generally long-sleeved all in one outfits for babies, complete with integrated trousers and socks, which open out for quick nappy changes, thanks to a series of press-studs down the middle. For this reason, sleepsuits are a practical as well as attractive option for young babies as I seem to be constantly changing nappies - day and night! Even as my babies get older, I still like to use sleepsuits for night-time use as they seem warmer and cosier than pyjamas for tiny tots.
Having had three children, I've had considerable experience with different brands and makes of sleepsuit over the years. Mothercare sleepsuits have proven to be of consistently high quality and have always served me well. I still have the original set of Mothercare sleepsuits which we bought when my oldest was born (eight years ago) and my newborn baby is happily making use of them now. These were the 'Tiny Baby' size so, admittedly, had limited wear but they still look brand new and are beautifully soft against my little one's delicate skin. These sleepsuits are ideal for dressing scrunched up tiny babies, as the clothing can be unpoppered and opened up completely, allowing you to lay the baby on top and dress them without too much hassle.
Although cotton sleepsuits are widely available from most major supermarkets and childrenswear stockists, I find Mothercare to be the best option. As Mothercare are the brand leader for baby and nursery items, they have an excellent choice of sleepsuits in all sorts of colours and patterns. Their range includes plain white sleepsuits, bold primary colours, stripes, spots, you name it, as well as cute Disney versions including family favourites such as Winnie the Pooh. They also have a wide selection featuring amusing and cute slogans and images.
The other advantage of purchasing Mothercare sleepsuits over other brands is the range of sizes available. My oldest and youngest son were both under 7lb at birth and regular Newborn sized sleepsuits seemed to bury them! Mothercare's Tiny Baby range of sleepsuits and bodysuits (poppered vests) were ideal, even though they were only needed for a short period. There is also a limited range available for even smaller Premature babies.
On the other end of the spectrum, Mothercare are one of very few stockists that cater for toddlers who still wear sleepsuits at night. Their selection goes all the way up to 2-3 years. I only moved my middle son out of sleepsuits when we started toilet training, as they aren't a practical option at that stage. Prior to that, the sleepsuits kept him warm and comfortable at night, even when he wriggled out of his bedding as his feet remained covered and cosy and he looked cute as a button!
The smaller sizes in the Mothercare range (up to the 3-6 month size) also feature integral scratch mitts. This is a fantastic idea as I've never found any scratch mitts that actually stay on baby's hands and my boys have often woken up with tiny scratches on their faces from their own nails. With these sleepsuits, the sleeves feature a little flap which can be folded over baby's hands at night. They fold over easily so that baby's hands can be freed too, as they also need to learn to control their hands through sucking and exploring them generally.
My collection of Mothercare sleepsuits have been put through various tests by my children. They've survived possetting, sickness, early weaning and messy toddler breakfasts, not to mention leaking nappies! They wash incredibly well in a standard 40 degree wash and have been good enough to keep as hand-me-downs for my youngest children. The press-studs have never failed and I've never noticed any damage to the seams or elsewhere on the clothing, despite regular wear and washing.
The final advantage is that the sleepsuits are surprisingly good value for money. The sleepsuits generally come in packs of three and cost from around £9.50 up to £15 per pack, depending on style and size. That seems good value to me, considering the overall quality and durability of these sleepsuits.
Whilst it might be tempting to spend a small fortune on lots of cute newborn baby outfits, these cotton sleepsuits are a practical, attractive and comfortable option for the early weeks and beyond. I'd certainly recommend them to any new parents.
Summary: Ideal baby wear
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