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10-31-2013 12:30 PM

I guess it depends how waterproof the cloth is-ie, if you use a cover or not. Basically, if its not waterproof, changing a onesie is a nuisance...

10-31-2013 11:38 AM
monkeyscience Why no onesies with cloth? We cloth diaper and use onesies no problem. Pants are a problem, though! And yeah, onesies and EC don't go well together. Lack of non-onesie options did inhibit our attempt at EC.
10-31-2013 07:25 AM

Depends on the season-if its summer, then yes. However, if you EC or use cloth, not so much. Its better just to have shirts.

So...if you have a summer baby, and use disposibles, bring on the onsies!

10-30-2013 06:52 PM

LOL... I didn't put a onesie UNDER my baby's outfit.. it WAS his outfit! Except occasionally in the winter when it was cold. Then I'd put pants over the onesie. At a little over a year, I'm finally transitioning to dressing him in shirts and shorts/pants. Part of the issue of shirts/pants with little babies is that the shirts constantly ride up to their armpits, due to them laying down all the time and wiggling. Once they start crawling/walking, that issue isn't so bad. For us, it's warm most of the year, and we're inside most of the time, anyway, so just a onesie was perfect for us the vast majority of the time. Plus then I didn't have to drag pants off and then back on for every diaper change. Just do and undo 3 snaps. :)


My baby also slept in just a onesie and a swaddle blanket until he was too big for his swaddle. He's a furnace like his daddy, and if I dressed him any more than that, he woke up soaked in sweat, poor thing. He will not keep a hat on his head for any reason, or socks for longer than 5 minutes, usually, so it's good he's an oven. Honestly, he wakes up sometimes now with icy little fingers, but it doesn't seem to bother him in the least, so I don't let it bother me. (He sleeps in one-piece jammies now, some with feet, some without, with long or short sleeves depending on weather.)

10-29-2013 06:28 AM

I loved onesies for my babies. They were easy to deal with for me. I also loved footed pajamas. T-shirts and baby gowns annoyed me because they always rolled up, never stayed where I wanted them to. The baby gowns are so cute, but they roll up... what's the point? They are covered up and stay that way with a onesie. They are also good to use to layer clothing with in cooler weather.

10-29-2013 06:08 AM
deailedlace I skipped onsies completely. I found them to be a complete nuisance. I had dd in january and even though it was chilly outside our house is heated by wood and is always warm
she spent a lot of time naked the first two months...easy to diaper or ec and I dressed in a robe and easily breastfed and snuggled skin to skin! If only we lived in a warmer climate, I think my whole family would wear as little clothings possible lol smile.gif
10-29-2013 05:09 AM

With my first my mother was insane about how often she insisted on overdressing him.  I live in Colorado and NEVER put a onsie on under clothing on either of my two and wont do it on this one either its just extra laundry to do and extra to get in the way when changing diapers for me. If its cold I add a blanket or a hat and maybe an extra pair of socks but usually I go by the old "if you are cold baby is probably cold if you are comfortable baby is probably comfortable too and if they arent then I fix it. 

10-28-2013 09:18 AM

I think onesies work well for babies because there's no elastic pressing against the tummy. I like sleepers with footies during cold weather for the same reason.

10-28-2013 05:34 AM
Serena Enke We live in a very warm climate. We have a swamp cooler but no AC. We use onsies sometimes as the only thing on for a crawling baby, but don't really ever use them as an undershirt under an outfit. We also EC (with diapers), so I don't like onsies because the flap can fall into the potty if you're not careful. We also pretty much never use footy pajamas. When the baby is newborn, I use those long nightgowns that go past the baby's feet and are elastic around the hem. Not sure what they are called--we call them "who-dresses" (I think from Cindy Lou Who from the grinch). When it's colder at night, I use sleep sacks. I pretty much don't want to do snaps or try to get baby's legs into the right holes in the middle of the night in the dark. I also like non-onsie shirts because when we do a diaper without a cover, if the baby wets the diaper I don't have to change the shirt.
10-26-2013 12:53 PM

With my first child I wasn't so sure about the necessity of onesies either, but her shirts had a tendency to ride up and so I would up layering them underneath so that her precious baby skin was always protected from sun, drafts, dog tongues, etc. 

10-26-2013 07:25 AM

I'd put a onesie on underneath because with separates the shirt always goes up.  

10-26-2013 12:45 AM

I think tshirts are annoying because they always lift up to about armpit level and baby's cute little belly sticks out. I agree about keeping babies warm. And when they are older, onesies keep little hands from digging in little diapers.

10-25-2013 07:43 PM

Onesies never worked for us either.  They often wouldn't snap over my kids' cloth diapers.  If they were wearing wool longies/shorties, the onesies would have to snap on the outside of the pants, which is sorta cute but kinda silly.  They got in the way when potty training or ECing.  If there was a diaper leak, I not only had to change the pants but the top too.  And they were just one more thing to have to fiddle with every time I changed a diaper.  Unfortunately it's not easy to find just plain ol' shirts here, so I ended up with onesies anyway and just chopped off the bottom.

10-25-2013 03:11 PM

I remember that confusion about what clothes I would need before my daughter was born.  As a summer newborn, she did spend some time in just a diaper& onesie.  Add a blanket or swaddle & your baby's toasty warm.  By 2 months my go-to outfits became the long sleeve, no feet one-piece play suits.  She's warm, there's a snap-crotch for quick changes & it's comfortable for playing.  If we go out, socks and a sweater make it an outfit.  If she makes it to bedtime without a blowout, I add a sleepsack.

10-25-2013 01:05 PM
Originally Posted by Tiffa View Post

Hello. I have kind of a silly question.

I am 7 1/2 months pregnant with my first child. Today I was sorting individual baby outfits into baggies (strange nesting urge), and I realized I am not sure I know how to dress a baby. I mean I would think it's pretty much the same as dressing myself. Right?

One thing I have noticed is that most moms around here seem to ALWAYS put a onesie on underneath their baby's outfits. Is that normal in other areas? Do you do this? Why? I guess maybe if extra warmth is needed. Or if you have jammies with an itchy applique or zipper.
But I don't see why little pants and a shirt aren't fine on their own. I am just curious about the thought process here.
I actually do not use onesies. They don't seem to get on well with wool diaper covers. I get lots more soak through with onesies than without. I'm not worried about warmth--babies that tiny are sleeping with me at night and in a sling and/or nursing most of the day, anyhow.
10-25-2013 01:02 PM
TrumpetMom Keeps their back covered; keeps them from taking diaper off (when they're older and figure it out - learned that one the hard way). Those are my main reasons. Once the child is older and learning to use the toilet (if you're not doing EC) onesies are a pain in the butt, though. Once I start toilet training them, they go out of traditional diapers (cloth or disposable, since we use both) and into some time of training pant or underwear and they get shirts instead. Some onesies are just too stinkin' cute for me to pass up on too. Have fun with your LO and dress him/her how you like in terms of style. :-)
10-25-2013 12:39 PM

I don't know about putting a onsie *under* an outfit... My guys never had "outfits", per se, anyway.  In warm weather, they'd often wear just a onsie, or a onsie with soft, stretchy pants.  In cold weather, they wore those head-to-foot things with feet attached, day and night.  


I think it comes down to, 'outfits'!  Some people really do dress their babies in real 'people clothes' every day, then change them into "pajamas" at night.  Others, (like me! ) think that the "pajamas" are utterly appropriate for any time of day, at that age.  If you dress your baby in pants/ shorts/ skirts with tiny little sweaters/ tops, and socks and shoes, then you would probably want that onsie underneath, since clothes ride all over the place at that age-- shirts riding up leaving the belly and back exposed to the elements.  Me, I prefered the ease of keeping them in a single piece of clothing that covered them from toes to neck, and it seems more comfortable for the babies, too-- especially younger than 6 months or so.  

10-25-2013 12:28 PM

I live in Switzerland now with a son, but never had kids in the States though I am American. I can say that here they have a big thing about keeping their backs warm and onesies help do it, which can be connected to keeping the kidneys in good shape. As you said keeping them warm is important. Layers help. 

10-25-2013 12:21 PM

I personally cut the snaps off of all my daughter's onesies after she was about three months old.  We EC and cloth diaper, and that combo is just not onesie friendly (onesies don't easily fit over cloth diapers).  I just put a t shirt on my daughter as a layer when it is colder.  I also MUCH prefer pants and shirts to one piece outfits after about the 3 month mark as well, but, again that may be due to our EC/cloth diaper choices.  

10-25-2013 12:18 PM

I used them a lot for my first, because he was in diapers most of the time and it helped to hold them on and kept him from ending up bare around the middle when I picked him up under the armpits. With my second, we did EC, so it was less helpful.

10-24-2013 06:42 PM
Originally Posted by mareseatoats View Post

And special tip! You can take most onesies off over the body, that's why they have the shoulders like they are. Helpful for little babies and poopy onesies smile.gif

My friends' daughter was a NICU baby and came home on oxygen and a heart monitor (she's done with both now), so they usually did this to avoid having to unhook all the tubes. They did find that they had to go up a size in the onesies sooner than they would have otherwise. 


I think the "why" on the shoulders might actually be to accommodate their big heads, but this is a nice side effect if you need it.

10-24-2013 01:36 PM

I have no strong opinion on this.  In the beginning when my newborn was just wearing sleepers all day, I had a onesie underneath just because.  Then spring and summer came and it was very hot and she just wore all her other outfits, no onesies.  I might return to a onesie beneath now that it should be getting colder (though my area is trapped in an Indian Summer--not complaining).

10-24-2013 10:08 AM
mareseatoats I only read half the replies, so forgive me if I repeat something. I agree with all the reasons above: they don't ride up, they protect baby's skin from irritants like pants bands, appliqués and zippers, they're cute as full outfits, they're warm. I also found they helped keep diapers in place and sometimes protect outer clothes from blow outs.

And special tip! You can take most onesies off over the body, that's why they have the shoulders like they are. Helpful for little babies and poopy onesies smile.gif
10-24-2013 08:13 AM

wow. you know i never even thought about this question.


i never even thought about clothes riding up.


i am guessing by your post that you are having a boy? :D 


first of all living in california my baby only wore clothes to go out in. and onesies it was. so really you dont need that many clothes.


actually onsies can go a lot longer if you get extenders. because babies grow more in length than width. 


during winter when it does get to freezing temp. i had to learn about dd's body temp. she just never got cold that much. a good way to gauge her temp. was to check the back of her neck. she got overheated easily and would sweat profusely and get v. flushed. so she wore unbelievable clothes in winter. never kept a hat on or socks. (btw she STILL is that way at 11 YEARS old).

we go camping in the snow and she STILL wears flip flops in the snow. while i'd have lots of layers in sub zero temp. she'd have maybe 2 layers at teh most. she wore socks mainly for the hike. nowadays she wears a beanie for style rather than warmth. 


future reference. we spent our first two winters in teh snow with gma. we coslept. dd could not handle footies. actually any clothes. when older i realised she would get night terrors from her toes being covered. she's never had nightwear till she started sleepovers. 

10-24-2013 06:44 AM

There is some very strange advice out there about how freezing your baby should be, isn't there? Some people say that a room should be 16°, baby should be in a thin long-sleeved PJ, no hat and that is plenty. 


My boy was FREEZING when I did that. Blue-lipped and cold-handed. That surely can't be the optimum? 


He was born in September, so it was cold pretty quickly. We dressed him in a short-sleeved onesie, over that a long-sleeved onesie, plus socks and a warm sleeping bag. That way he was snug, happy, perfect temp and slept like a trooper.


I love onesies, because there is no cold bit on their belly and it stays in place. And it is CUTE!

10-23-2013 02:12 PM
Harebell What I like about them is that the babys belly is free, so you don't have to worry about the healing belly button or pants being too tight.
10-23-2013 12:00 PM
abiyhayil Onesies always seemed to wick wetness from the cloth diapers, and the snaps were annoying. My newborns hardly ever wore outfits, rather they were in a gown with baby legs, a cotton sleeper or a tshirt with a fleece sleeper. I don't like fleece directly on my skin, so I put a cotton layer between for the baby too. I suggest the side snaps too
10-22-2013 07:52 PM

Oh-by PP I actually meant post #20, Brambleberry from page one :yeah

10-22-2013 07:49 PM

What PP said! Love them with leggings and even an additional t-shirt/cardigan or something on top that adds warmth but not diaper difficulty. With my first I cut and sewed all the onesies into t-shirts because we EC'd him and used cloth diapers mostly without a cover, so he would have t-shirt and diaper with snappi and wool pants when cold. Also socks and leather booties for older baby in cooler temps. 


With DS2 I use onsies all the time. I'm using paper diapers this time, for various reasons, and love the simple, smooth, ease of a few snaps and off the dirty diaper. He is so cute with leggings! Now that fall is here I put pants over the onsies but I can see that this wont last and I'm already digging out my old wool pants. He will probably transition to pants and shirt, with onsies for warmth if I feel it is necessary. 


With little babies and babies in sposies onsies are great. With bulkier cloth diapers they look a little weird and add an additional step to diapering.

10-22-2013 12:09 PM

Personally, I always disliked onesies.  It was extra work getting them dressed and extra work when changing diapers.  I like them when it is warm and that is all they need under a blanket, but rarely ever used them as an extra layer.  I really like the full body sleepers instead.

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