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When Do Babies Stop Wearing Bodysuits?

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In the complex world of parenting, we all have different opinions and approaches to raising our children. But if there is one thing that new parents can universally agree upon, it’s the undeniable convenience of Onesies® Brand Bodysuits. Comfortable, versatile and easy-to-clean, this one-piece garment is a must-have item in any newborn’s wardrobe. 

Bodysuits earn high marks in both practicality and cuteness, which makes them a no-brainer for new and experienced parents alike. But you may be wondering, when do babies stop wearing bodysuits? 

The simple answer is that there is no exact time or specific age when your baby needs to stop wearing this beloved garment. That being said, you may find that your baby has outgrown the need for them sooner than you expected. Here, we offer a closer look at when babies typically stop wearing bodysuits—plus, how to tell when it’s time for baby to retire the bodysuit for good.

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When Do Babies Stop Wearing Bodysuits? 

As a new parent, you probably made sure to stock up on newborn Onesies® Brand Bodysuits for your tiny infant. Bodysuits are incredibly useful for several reasons. Their convenient snaps and closures make it easier to navigate a newborn’s daily messes and numerous outfit changes. Bodysuits can serve as a stand-alone outfit or be paired with leggings for a cozy, wintertime outfit. They’re also excellent for tummy time for baby since they won’t ride up as baby wiggles around on the floor.  

But sadly, all good things must come to an end, and Onesies® Brand Bodysuits are no exception. While there is no strict cutoff date for babies to stop wearing bodysuits, most baby clothing stores only offer bodysuits that go up to size 24 months. As it becomes more difficult for parents to find bodysuits for toddlers, many decide to stop using them altogether.

Another common reason why parents stop dressing their baby in bodysuits comes down to potty training. Bodysuits are highly impractical for potty training for obvious reasons. When teaching your child how to use the potty, the last thing you want is for them to get frustrated by complicated snaps and closures.

But if your child is showing signs of potty training readiness, don’t give away your bodysuits just yet. If your child doesn’t respond well to potty training and needs to wait a few months, you may be glad that you decided to hang onto these garments for a little longer. 

How Old Is Too Old?

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Maybe your toddler isn’t ready to start potty training yet. Is it still OK for them to wear a bodysuit? 

The simple answer is yes. In fact, many parents choose to dress their babies in onesies bodysuits for as long as possible. Why? For one thing, it helps prevent toddler stripping

As babies get older, they start learning new skills, one of which is how to take off their clothes. And while there are many ways to keep your child from peeling off their clothes, one simple solution to the problem is to dress them in a bodysuit, which is much harder for them to remove.

Another common reason for parents to use bodysuits is to help their baby or toddler achieve a better night’s sleep. Unlike toddler t-shirts, bodysuits don’t ride up during the night and expose their bellies to the cold air. 

Then again, you may find that bodysuits look a little strange on your older toddler. While bodysuits never fail to look adorable on a baby’s chunky legs, the same can’t always be said for a toddler’s skinnier legs. You’ll know when it’s time to retire the bodysuit in favor of more grown-up looking clothes when both you and your toddler prefer “big boy” or “big girl” clothes.

The Takeaway 

There is no hard-and-fast rule for when babies should stop wearing bodysuits. If you enjoy dressing your baby in bodysuits, you should continue to do whatever works best for your family.

However, keep in mind that finding bodysuits for older toddlers can be difficult—and more expensive. If your toddler is ready to start potty training and/or has completely outgrown his or her bodysuits, then it’s time to embrace the adorable world of toddler clothing.


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