Skip to main content

Using a Capsule Wardrobe with a Newborn - Montessori Baby Week 8

In a Montessori environment we want to provide a child with the opportunity to participate in practical tasks as much as possible. Dressing is included in this area. But, in order for that to be successful the environment has to be prepared for success. This often means only have a limited amount of clothes available for a child at any given time. I've found that using a capsule wardrobe with my older kids help to meet this need in our environment. 

For many babies the opportunity to actively engage in the dressing process is one of the first practical life experiences they will do. So, to me it makes sense to offer a limited number of choices to babies as well. Plus, it saves money and hassle and all those other great things about a capsule wardrobe. For these reason, I decided that we would use a capsule with Theodore from birth. With the older kids, I wasn't all that intentional about the number of clothes we had. Many of their clothes were only worn a couple times before they were outgrown.

A look at our baby capsule wardrobe, plus a free planner to make your own!

It's been very different with Teddy. And, honestly, it's been great. I don't have a dresser that is overflowing with clothes for him that he will barely wear. The clothes mostly coordinate so that if he spits up on his shirt, and his pants are still clean, I can just change his shirt and avoid extra laundry. The older kids can pick outfits for him that mix and match. I have loved it. 

I put together a little newborn (birth to 6 months) capsule wardrobe planner for you, if you are interested. I did this based on our experience with Teddy. Now, if you have a super spitty baby, you may need more. If you don't like nightgowns, then replace those with something you do use. I also just used the language "seasonally appropriate" instead of long sleeve or short, fill in based on your weather. I also only included separates, again, thats a personal choice, replace a top + bottom for every one piece outfit you choose.

This only includes little babies because I'm assuming I'll need a little more for a baby learning to eat. In my experience they tend to go through a few month clothes at that age. I'll keep you updated as Teddy reaches that point.

A look at our baby capsule wardrobe, plus a free planner to make your own!

Here are a few things to keep in mind when planning a newborn capsule: 

Choose clothes that coordinate. You want things that are going to match so you can make multiple combinations with a smaller amount of clothes.

Respect freedom of movement. Choose clothes that your baby can move in. There are so many cute outfits out there but we want thing that feel good, and let your baby roll, wiggle, and stretch.

Be flexible for your situation. If you want/need more or less, go for it! This is just a guide of what works for us. 

Have you done a capsule wardrobe for your baby? 

A look at our baby capsule wardrobe, plus a free planner to make your own!



Anonymous said…
How do you manage your laundry though? Daily?

Popular Posts

The Ultimate Montessori Toy List -- Birth to Five -- UPDATED 2020

When you are interested in Montessori, it can be difficult to know exactly what types of products you should get for your home. Or which types of "Montessori" materials are really worth the price. There are no rules about types of products can use the name Montessori which can add to the confusion. Not to mention, every toy manufacturer slaps the word "educational" on the package for good measure! 2020 UPDATE: This list is updated for another year! Enjoy a variety of Montessori friendly finds from both major retailers and smaller shops!  So, with this post, I'm going to try to help with this confusion! Here's a list of Montessori-friendly toys and materials for babies, toddlers and preschoolers.  First, let's clarify that there is no such thing as a "Montessori toy." Montessori never created toys, but only works for classroom settings. While there are many works that I recommend for home school use, you won't find these

Sensitive Periods from Birth to 6 - A Chart and Guide

Dr. Maria Montessori spent her life observing, studying, and writing about children. During her lifetime of work she discovered that young children move through a series of special times when they are particularly attracted to specific developmental needs and interests. She called these times, sensitive periods. During the sensitive period, children learn skills related to the sensitive period with ease. They don't tire of that work, but seek it, crave it and need it. When the sensitive period passes, this intense desire is gone, never to return.  That doesn't mean the skill is lost forever once the sensitive period is over. Instead, it just means that it will take a more conscious effort to learn. As Dr. Montessori explains,  This post contains affiliate links at no cost to you. "A child learns to adjust himself and make acquisitions in his sensitive periods. These are like a beam that lights interiorly a battery that furnishes energy. It is this sensibility which enables

Our Kids' Montessori Gift Lists 2020

With the holiday season upon us we've been making lists and gathering gifts for the Kavanaugh children. It's always a fun process of observing my children, seeing what they would really be interested in and making some decisions based on what I see. This year is different because I'm also making decisions knowing that we are looking at a very long and quiet winter ahead. So that's influencing the amount I will buy and the specific choices I will/have made.  Henry and Nora are also at the point, being into the second plane of development, where they heavily influence the items on the list and what is ultimately purchased. So, you'll see that while Montessori influences what I will purchase and what goes on their list, so does their own preferences and personality.  This post contains affiliate links at no cost to you.  Theodore Teddy is 14-months-old right now and as the fourth baby, we have so many toddler things. But, there are a few things I've still found tha