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I love dressing babies. It's one of the sweet little joys of early motherhood. And while I do adore boy clothes and gender neutral clothes, I have to admit that picking out outfits for a baby girl makes me especially giddy--maybe it's all those coordinating headbands and oversize bows that put me over the edge. (Squeal!)

Of course, when choosing my girlie's daily ensembles, cuteness third after comfort and practicality. I want my snuggle-bug to be cozy and feel good and nap well and kick around with ease and excitement. I don't want her to be restricted by itchy fabrics or unnecessary materials. That's why we generally stick to classic cotton clothes and stretchy nap-and-play onesies. And when I'm on the hunt for new sizes and styles, I always head to Carter's. Since Day 1 with my newbie, I've relied on this tried-and-true baby brand.

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Their stretchies are my favorite--for newbornhood and infancy. When we headed home from the hospital with my little lady two days after she was born, I put her in the sweetest, pinkest onesie from Carter's Little Baby Basics collection. It was her first real outfit and I just adore the darling cursive print and subtle detailing; but, most of all I love how comfy and delicious it feels. Plus, the flip-up "mittens" are key. (I'll buy ALL the built-in hand protection... those little daggers can do damage!)

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I loved her first sleep and play all-in-one outfit so much that I bought it in a few different sizes that she can grow into. I also snagged this dreamy outfit featuring cartoon clouds in multiple sizes. Plush perfection, if you ask me (and don't get me started on those munchable cheeks!)

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Another favorite from the Little Baby Basics collection is this three-piece set. It features a "word-definition" onesie (hers says "Love"), plus super-soft ribbed pants and a cardigan. It comes in three colors (two of which are very gender neutral)--such a perfect gift!

Let's be honest: babies don't need a lot of fanciful fashion. Frilly tutus and embellished dresses are great for dress up and whimsical Instagram posts. But when it comes to play time, snuggle time, and bedtime--Baby needs the basics. And for that, I know I can depend on Carter's. 

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