Hint: there’s more than just yellow

Quick notes

  • If you’re not finding out the gender of your baby or if you just don’t want a ton of pink and blue clothes, going neutral is a great idea.

  • If you’re planning on having more than one kiddo, sticking with gender-neutral clothes on your registry will also help save you money the second time around.

  • Unlike years ago when gender-neutral clothes meant everything was yellow, there isn’t such an emphasis on gender these days.

From what your newborn will wear on the way home from the hospital to what they will take their first steps in, baby clothes are an important part of your baby’s life.

When you announce you’re expecting, family and friends will shower you with sweet mini clothes for your new little one. If you’re not finding out the gender of your baby or if you just don’t want a ton of pink and blue clothes, going neutral is a great idea.

If you’re planning on having more than one kiddo, sticking with gender-neutral clothes on your registry will also help save you money the second time around. Luckily, there are a ton of adorable baby clothes in all colors of the rainbow. Here’s a round-up of some of the best baby clothes to buy gender-neutral.

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Outerwear is a great neutral hand me down

Outerwear is a great buy when it comes to gender-neutral clothing. Jackets for little ones are expensive and you’re lucky if they stay in the same size for one season. Save these items for your next kiddo by going with a neutral color or design.

The same goes for hats, jackets, snow pants, and boots. If there’s one thing you can count on it’s that kids will lose hats and gloves. Buy a bunch in all different colors and whatever makes it through to round two, you’ll be able to save.

Go gray

Gray is a go-to gender-neutral color. When you want to switch it up from yellow and pale green, gray is always a great choice. From onesies to blankets, getting clothing and accessories in gray will give your baby clothes a longer shelf life.

Black and white is always a classic

Black and white clothes are as adorable as they are trendy. This classic color combination can be worn by anyone and comes in the cutest patterns and styles. Black and white is also the only thing your baby can see in the first few weeks of life so the patterns and combinations will be stimulating as well.

For baby gear and baby accessories, black and white make a great choice as well. A black stroller and car seat can be used for multiple kiddos and will stay a lot cleaner over the years than a pink or blue version.

Shapes and patterns

Shapes and patterns are a great neutral go-to. All kids love shapes and fun patterns. Popular shapes and patterns on clothing include stripes, stars, polka dots, and geometric designs.

Sleepsacks and swaddles are also items to go neutral for. These tend to come in a lot of fun patterns. Sleep sacks are also expensive and it’s nice to have a couple of back-ups in all different sizes for the late-night diaper explosions.

Americana

Red, white, and blue is another fun color combination for baby clothes. A nice perk is that these clothes tend to go on deep discount after the summer so you can score a deal by stocking up before your baby arrives or for the next season if you go up a couple of sizes.

When in doubt go rainbow

If you’re going for something a little brighter than gray and black, go rainbow. Colorful clothes in every shade of the rainbow are great for kids’ clothes. Anyone can wear multi-colors and kids’ clothes should be fun and bright.

Rain jackets, rain boots, and accessories are also great buys in a colorful pallet. Regardless of gender, your little one and their future siblings will look adorable in a bright pair of rain boots.

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