How to Handle a Baby: The Put This On Way!
Since Pete’s about to be up to his ankles in drool and spit up, I thought I’d answer a question that comes up surprisingly frequently in our email inbox. How do you deal with the combination of young kids and nice clothes?
The answer, to be honest, is pretty simple: you put your gosh-darned baby first. And take some reasonable precautions. To wit:
When you’re feeding or burping your baby, or your baby’s eaten recently, take off your coat. It’s probably dry-clean only, and it’ll be an expensive hassle to get clean.
The same goes for your tie. Ties can’t really be cleaned, so a stain is pretty much fatal. (Technically you can dry clean a tie, but most dry cleaners will crush it in the process.)
Use a burp cloth, and be quick to deploy it to problem areas. Don’t get arrogant and think you’re the zen barfmaster who can anticipate these things. A cloth on the shoulder can save your shirt.
Don’t be afraid to change when you get home. I presume that if you’re wearing dry clean only clothing it’s mostly to work. Put on a t-shirt and a sweatshirt when you get back to the house. Something washable. Your infant will not judge you.
Be prepared to have a little barf on you, and to do some extra laundry. This is what moms have been doing for centuries, and honestly - it’s just fine. It’s milk, not poison.
Look: having a baby barf on you can be quite trying. Sometimes I wonder if my baby even cares about my shirts. Sometimes I feel like he only cares about bright lights and my wife’s bosom. Overall, though, it’s worth it. (Bringing life into the world, I mean.)

How to Handle a Baby: The Put This On Way!

Since Pete’s about to be up to his ankles in drool and spit up, I thought I’d answer a question that comes up surprisingly frequently in our email inbox. How do you deal with the combination of young kids and nice clothes?

The answer, to be honest, is pretty simple: you put your gosh-darned baby first. And take some reasonable precautions. To wit:

  • When you’re feeding or burping your baby, or your baby’s eaten recently, take off your coat. It’s probably dry-clean only, and it’ll be an expensive hassle to get clean.
  • The same goes for your tie. Ties can’t really be cleaned, so a stain is pretty much fatal. (Technically you can dry clean a tie, but most dry cleaners will crush it in the process.)
  • Use a burp cloth, and be quick to deploy it to problem areas. Don’t get arrogant and think you’re the zen barfmaster who can anticipate these things. A cloth on the shoulder can save your shirt.
  • Don’t be afraid to change when you get home. I presume that if you’re wearing dry clean only clothing it’s mostly to work. Put on a t-shirt and a sweatshirt when you get back to the house. Something washable. Your infant will not judge you.
  • Be prepared to have a little barf on you, and to do some extra laundry. This is what moms have been doing for centuries, and honestly - it’s just fine. It’s milk, not poison.

Look: having a baby barf on you can be quite trying. Sometimes I wonder if my baby even cares about my shirts. Sometimes I feel like he only cares about bright lights and my wife’s bosom. Overall, though, it’s worth it. (Bringing life into the world, I mean.)

A Tiny Recommendation: Cute, Cheap Baby Shoes
For the last 18 months, my son’s had his feet covered much of the time by the sweet, soft shoes sold by this eBay seller. They’re good-looking, easy to put on squirmy feet, and have worn quite well, even since he started to walk. They’ve got a huge variety of designs, and the total cost, shipping included, is $12.50 a pair. These days, my boy is wearing rubber-soled shoes more often than not, but I’ll miss his little baby shoes.

A Tiny Recommendation: Cute, Cheap Baby Shoes

For the last 18 months, my son’s had his feet covered much of the time by the sweet, soft shoes sold by this eBay seller. They’re good-looking, easy to put on squirmy feet, and have worn quite well, even since he started to walk. They’ve got a huge variety of designs, and the total cost, shipping included, is $12.50 a pair. These days, my boy is wearing rubber-soled shoes more often than not, but I’ll miss his little baby shoes.

How Should Baby Boys Dress?
Since I had a son a little more than a year ago, a surprising number of people have asked me how little boys should dress. My honest feeling is that it doesn’t matter that much how little tiny kids dress, but I’ve also been annoyed at the choices for little boys, so I thought I’d outline my thoughts on the matter briefly. (If only to have something to send people too.)
It seems criminal to me to bring new baby clothes into the world. If you aren’t deluged by hand-me-downs from family and friends, your local thrift store is chock-a-block with lightly-worn cloths. Want something more specific? Craigslist and eBay are full of cheap stuff.
Simple, solid-colored clothes will be a blessing when you’re trying to dress your child presentably after sleeping four hours the previous night.
For babies, solid-colored onesies are great. White is often the only color you can buy inexpensively that doesn’t have something dumb on it, but white’s perfectly fine (and launderable as heck).
Find a brand you really like? Search for it on eBay. We’ve loved Zutano clothes for our son, and while we’ve bought some on Amazon, mostly it’s come second-hand for two or three dollars a piece.
Baby clothes with funny things written on them are not funny.
In fact: baby clothes with anything written on them are pretty lame. Even your favorite indie rock band. Babies can’t read.
Sweatpants are fine for any child who isn’t school age. They’re washable, comfortable and completely appropriate for babies.
You really only need one or two sets of “nice clothes,” and that can mean solid-colored cotton pants and one polo shirt.
Want a template for a little kid’s clothes? Check out a kid from Sesame Street in the 70s and 80s. No brands, no characters, no nonsense.
Overalls are f’ing adorable.
When I’m at the thrift store, I go through the racks looking for almost anything that will fit my son within the next six months or so that also has no writing or branded characters on it. What I find, I usually buy. That’s most of his clothes, and he usually looks great.
Of course, he’s a great-looking kid. ;)

How Should Baby Boys Dress?

Since I had a son a little more than a year ago, a surprising number of people have asked me how little boys should dress. My honest feeling is that it doesn’t matter that much how little tiny kids dress, but I’ve also been annoyed at the choices for little boys, so I thought I’d outline my thoughts on the matter briefly. (If only to have something to send people too.)

  • It seems criminal to me to bring new baby clothes into the world. If you aren’t deluged by hand-me-downs from family and friends, your local thrift store is chock-a-block with lightly-worn cloths. Want something more specific? Craigslist and eBay are full of cheap stuff.
  • Simple, solid-colored clothes will be a blessing when you’re trying to dress your child presentably after sleeping four hours the previous night.
  • For babies, solid-colored onesies are great. White is often the only color you can buy inexpensively that doesn’t have something dumb on it, but white’s perfectly fine (and launderable as heck).
  • Find a brand you really like? Search for it on eBay. We’ve loved Zutano clothes for our son, and while we’ve bought some on Amazon, mostly it’s come second-hand for two or three dollars a piece.
  • Baby clothes with funny things written on them are not funny.
  • In fact: baby clothes with anything written on them are pretty lame. Even your favorite indie rock band. Babies can’t read.
  • Sweatpants are fine for any child who isn’t school age. They’re washable, comfortable and completely appropriate for babies.
  • You really only need one or two sets of “nice clothes,” and that can mean solid-colored cotton pants and one polo shirt.
  • Want a template for a little kid’s clothes? Check out a kid from Sesame Street in the 70s and 80s. No brands, no characters, no nonsense.
  • Overalls are f’ing adorable.

When I’m at the thrift store, I go through the racks looking for almost anything that will fit my son within the next six months or so that also has no writing or branded characters on it. What I find, I usually buy. That’s most of his clothes, and he usually looks great.

Of course, he’s a great-looking kid. ;)

My son is ten months old and to this point, I’ve been very good about buying almost all of his clothes second-hand. My position is that there’re too many baby clothes in the world to buy new ones. Especially when they’re so often so expensive. Between the thrift store, eBay and the random gifts that enter a new parent’s life, we’ve done just fine.
I did, however, make two indulgences this week.
I bought him a Tim Lincecum baby jersey, so that he won’t grow up to be a Dodgers fan. (I live in Los Angeles, so this requires affirmative action.)
Then I bought him these Pointer Brand hickory striped overalls. And a matching hat. Because babies and toddlers look fricking tremendous dressed like train conductors.

My son is ten months old and to this point, I’ve been very good about buying almost all of his clothes second-hand. My position is that there’re too many baby clothes in the world to buy new ones. Especially when they’re so often so expensive. Between the thrift store, eBay and the random gifts that enter a new parent’s life, we’ve done just fine.

I did, however, make two indulgences this week.

I bought him a Tim Lincecum baby jersey, so that he won’t grow up to be a Dodgers fan. (I live in Los Angeles, so this requires affirmative action.)

Then I bought him these Pointer Brand hickory striped overalls. And a matching hat. Because babies and toddlers look fricking tremendous dressed like train conductors.

"Wee Walker" shoes. A gift for my new son from some close family friends.
Almost unspeakably adorable.

"Wee Walker" shoes. A gift for my new son from some close family friends.

Almost unspeakably adorable.

It’s On eBay
Deakin & Francis Solid Silver Baby Rattle
Baller heaven has a special floor for those who provide their babies with solid silver baby rattles by legendary silversmiths Deakin & Francis. 
Starts at GBP 9.99, ends Monday

It’s On eBay

Deakin & Francis Solid Silver Baby Rattle

Baller heaven has a special floor for those who provide their babies with solid silver baby rattles by legendary silversmiths Deakin & Francis. 

Starts at GBP 9.99, ends Monday