What's the Difference Between a Romper and a One Piece?

Learn how to choose between a romper, a one piece and a bodysuit for baby clothing!

baby girl in short sleeve romper with floral print

Featuring one piece romper from Payton Collection

Shopping for cute baby clothes is probably one of the most exciting things to do before the baby is born (and after, for that matter). Whether you shop for your own kids or someone else’s, everyone loves shopping for baby clothes! Doesn’t it get confusing though? What’s the difference between a romper and a one piece and a bodysuit? We’re here to answer those types of questions so you know exactly what you’re buying. Choosing between a short sleeve romper and a baby one piece doesn’t have to be confusing. Here’s how to tell them apart and make the choice that’s right for your baby. 

When to Wear a Short Sleeve Romper

We love to dress babies and toddlers in a one piece romper in the summertime because we typically make them in short sleeves. The main difference between a romper and a piece is the lack of feet. Rompers have a cuffed ankle that leaves the feet exposed. This makes a one piece romper perfect for pairing with sandals for a walking toddler! However, they’re just as suitable for newborns. It’s easy to dress your baby in a newborn romper thanks to the convenient snaps and short sleeves. Is there a better summer outfit?!

Read More >> How to Choose Clothing for a Newborn 

What is a One Piece?

Now that you know how to identify a romper, it’s probably obvious what a one piece has that a romper does not – it has feet! A cute baby one piece generally has long sleeves and feet coverings, making it all one piece. Rather than choosing both pants and a top, you can simply zip or snap your peanut into one piece of fabric. They may be used for pajamas or for everyday wear. Unlike a romper (although technically “one piece”), a baby one piece has more coverage. Some may also call them sleepsuits, sleepers or footies.

How to Wear a Bodysuit

Lastly, a bodysuit is yet another type of garment. Whether long sleeved or short sleeved, a baby bodysuit has one key characteristic – no legs. The beauty of bodysuits is their versatility to wear alone or with pants, leggings or joggers. For summertime, for example, a baby girl bodysuit with a skirt can be worn without any other bottoms. This keeps your baby cool during the hot weather. However, on cooler days, you can mix a bodysuit and pants for better coverage. The snaps allow for easy diaper changes but still pair perfectly with pants when a shirt might ride up their stomach with movement.

Every brand may have their own terminology for a one piece romper, a one piece sleeper or a bodysuit. Here at Posh Peanut, you’ll know this is how we identify the differences in our products! No matter what style of clothing you choose, your peanut with be wrapped in soft, comfortable and breathable fabric. Be sure to catch up on all of the new items in the shop and see what we recommend for toddler summer clothing, such as a short sleeved romper or cute twirl bodysuit.

Do you prefer rompers or one pieces, or do you like a combination of styles?

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1 comment

When my baby was only a few months old, I loved the footies (one piece). They kept her cozy and warm. Once she was older and crawling (now almost walking), we switched to the footless rompers.

I love that Posh Peanut has options for growing children!

Freedom V. November 07, 2021

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