Easy Access Newborn Vests

newborn easy access vest

I have to say that I’m rather partial to these “wrap-over” style vests from H&M. One of the most difficult things about dressing a newborn is trying to get things over their head without almost breaking their neck. The wibbly wobbly head is nigh on impossible to control as you try to guide it through the hole, and then you have to attempt to get the arms into the sleeves, which is a whole other challenge…

So yes. These little vests from H&M open out flat, sort of one long piece of fabric, and you can then lay the newborn in the middle and wrap the other parts around them. All newborn vests should be designed this way! They are also very useful if there’s been a poo explosion, because you can just un-pop them at the front and lift the baby away, rather than having to drag a vest up or down the body and spread muck everywhere. (I know that mosts vests have those sort of “slits” at the neck, so that you can pull them down over the shoulders rather than having to go over the head, but it’s almost as much faff, I find!)

I bought this little bear vest just before Ted was born – they don’t seem to have it online now (shame, it’s so cute!) but they’re always bringing out new prints. The plain cotton pima two-pack is £14.99 here.

Baby Mori also do little wrap vests, and the fabric they use for their baby stuff is quite literally the softest fabric I’ve ever felt in my life! A bit pricier, but well worth the extra if you can splash out – their website is here.

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  1. April 27, 2017 / 11:01 am

    I liked them a lot as well for the first weeks when poop explosions were on a regular. Later on I preferred the other ones, because trying to place a wriggling baby in the middle of anything is nearly impossible.

  2. Alison D
    April 27, 2017 / 11:30 am

    I need to get some of these, you are so right – all newborn vests should be designed this way! Maybe you could do a post on how to rescue clothes after a “poo-nami”. Vanish spray, cold water soak then machine wash working for us with our 2 week baby girl!

    • Lili 2
      April 28, 2017 / 1:43 pm

      Napisan is amazing at getting the poo stain out. I live in France and it’s one of the things I stock up on in the UK!

  3. April 28, 2017 / 7:19 am

    Lidl also did them in organic cotton during their baby event. 3 for £4 or something like that. Brilliant quality as well. My daughter wore them for months. Worth keeping an eye out for.

  4. Hannah Kirkpatrick
    April 28, 2017 / 12:28 pm

    I still love them on my 9 month old, I just think they look great. And she went through a phase of hating clothes going over her head. Now she’s over that I do pre-popper them to get them on. And the have the weird gathered leg holes which makes them fit nicely over her bum!

  5. Pamela McNeill
    April 28, 2017 / 2:29 pm

    Great post Ruth! I have purchased some of the H&M ones. I was wondering if you had any suggestions on where to get decent nursing clothes? Thanks in advance xxx

    • May 11, 2017 / 8:16 am

      I bought lots of the strappy vests and loose t-shirts from H&M when nursing (it was summer) and used them for AGES. H&M does a great nursing line of lots of cotton basics, so I’d start there. Then try JoJo Maman Bebe and the uber lovely Seraphine for things like jumpers and dresses. x

  6. Leanne Marie
    April 28, 2017 / 4:41 pm

    I bought shit-loads of them in Lidl!

  7. Elaine
    April 29, 2017 / 7:52 am

    We got some from Zara that were super cute, in the sale so quite cheap and lovely fabric. Just got some h&m short sleeve ones yesterday.

  8. April 29, 2017 / 9:04 pm

    Vertbaudet and Lindex also sell them – the former in multi packs which is amazing. Lindex also have such cute prints and some of their bodysuits have two sets of poppers at the crotch, so they last a bit longer when the baby grows. I was a bit obsessed with this style vest so did shedloads of research… I am deeply sad!

  9. Jessica
    May 1, 2017 / 11:00 pm

    I never thought to look for this style! I always get freaked out trying to get little newborn heads into clothes. I’ll have to get these for when my next one it born!
    ~Jessica Linn

  10. Lorraine
    May 13, 2017 / 10:21 pm

    Zara used to do these kimono style vest. Bought loads on my first little girl they were about €10 a pack of 2. Just had baby 2 and she has had to spirt all they grey vests as zara don’t do them anymore and h and m only long sleeve. My children are on the warner side and would melt in long sleeve vest

  11. Gaz
    May 22, 2017 / 9:22 pm

    Try La Redoute catalogue website for these type of vests. They sell them in multi packs.

  12. Tarynkay
    May 24, 2017 / 2:22 am

    One of the best baby tips I’ve ever gotten was to put onesies on feet first. They are actually designed so that you can put their feet through the neck hole and pull it up like a sock.

  13. June 11, 2017 / 8:29 pm

    I loved this style with my girl Janey, but it wasn’t always super intuitive: we have the most hilarious video of us noobs dressing her in the hospital on her way home, and we tried twice to figure out all the snaps and still managed to leave one undone. It makes me laugh so much and think: “oh honey, the cluelessness is just gonna go downhill from there!”

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