After becoming a mother I was obsessed with everything organic, all natural and chemical free. I’ve always been passionate about ethical fashion and beauty, having worked many years in fashion and beauty industries. However, the topic of environmental waste and how I can decrease my environmental footprint has become a passion of mine of late. While being realistic and not overwhelming myself into eco-culture shock, my goal is to feel good about making real progress toward living a minimalistic lifestyle (while maintaining an abundance of choice!). What can I say – I like a good fashion challenge!
Baby boy will be one year old during the dead of summer and when it comes to his wardrobe he is wearing 9 month clothing or the largely scaled 6-to-12 month clothing. Therefore, my focus will be on purchasing or selecting items for summer that would be a bit large on him now, even if they were sized 9 months, 6 to 12 months or just 12 months. During this stage in life, baby’s growth can slow down a bit.
With sizing being such an interesting adventure and being over-gifted or handed down such a variety of random items, I was curious if I could take on the 37-piece wardrobe challenge that blogger Caroline Joy of UN-FANCY.com has developed for ladies like myself…yet adapt the challenge for my little bundle of joy. If I’m going to take the challenge for myself, why not include Baby Boy in the mix!
I have adapted the challenge to be 40 pieces, because as many of use know, babies throw-up, drool, get food and other random (what the heck is that) type of stuff all over them all day long. More than likely you’ll be changing your baby’s clothing or whole outfit at any given time during the day.
Summer Wardrobe List:
- 10 Tops
- 10 Bottoms
- 7 Pairs of Pajamas
- 1 Dress Up Outfit
- 7 Pairs of Socks
- 2 Sweaters
- 1 Swimsuit
- 1 Hat
40 Pieces Total!
This list can be adapted for baby girly-girls; just trade out the tops and bottoms for more dresses. Just think about the decreased amount of laundry you’ll need to do, which always saves water (and us in California need to save water!) while also saving time.
Once your baby grows out of their clothing, please practice good recycling habits and give them to another mommy, take them to a clothing exchange or donate them to a charity thrift store or women’s shelter. Currently, Americans contribute to 13 million tons of textile waste every year. Be mindful to reduce waste, especially clothing and textile waste!
Here’s to a successful challenge and remember if you don’t get it or do it perfectly, no big deal. I always say less bad, is more good!