Updated Feb 2, 2024

Make the first day special by dressing your little one in a sweet and simple knotted baby gown for the perfect coming home outfit!

Baby Girl in Pink Knotted Baby Gown Coming Home Outfit

Photo by @sunflower.mama, featuring Vintage Pink Rose Collection

Bringing your newborn home from the hospital can be both the best feeling and the most overwhelming, especially if you’re a first-time parent. For these moments, comfort in your baby's coming home outfit is key.

So, are knotted gowns good for newborns? We recommend a knotted baby gown for your newborn’s first outfit. This classic one-piece has been beloved by generations of new parents for good reason. The easy-tie bottom closure makes a quick diaper change a breeze. And the traditional newborn gown style is wonderful for temperature control, as the bottom opening is easily adjustable so your little one feels snug and cozy without overheating.

In addition to these benefits, there is just something magical about the timeless look of an adorable newborn in a soft, knotted gown. Be sure to take lots of pictures of your baby in this sweet and simple outfit—you’ll treasure them in the years to come!

Read on to discover 3 reasons why a newborn knotted gown is a must-have item for your baby’s wardrobe, plus advice from the moms at Posh Peanut about selecting the safest fabric and packing for your first outings with your new baby.

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The Must-Have Reasons to Bring a Newborn Knotted Gown as Your Baby’s Coming Home Outfit

Reason #1: Knotted Baby Gowns Are Perfectly Practical

During the first few months of having a new baby, new parents appreciate those practical items that make life a little easier. Knotted baby gowns are at the top of the list of favorite outfits to take babies home, because they’re so wonderfully functional.

No matter the time of day, a knotted baby gown is super easy to get on and off, thanks to NO buttons, snaps, or zippers. There’s a good reason that the centuries-old traditional knotted style has remained popular over the years, even after the invention of metal snaps and zippers. Not only is the fabric closure soft and cozy next to your baby’s skin, but it’s also fast and easy to unwrap for a speedy easy diaper change. After all, you’ll be doing a lot of them!

When shopping for knotted baby gowns, be sure to look for a garment that has a wide neck. This feature will let you easily pull the newborn gown downward instead of pulling it over your baby’s head when accidents happen (which they will).

Speaking of accidents, it’s important to remember that these first outfits will be washed frequently! High-quality knotted baby gowns should feel soft and lightweight, yet they should also be durable enough to stand up to daily wear and frequent washing. We think premium viscose from bamboo is the ideal choice for baby clothes. It’s super-easy to care for and stays buttery soft, wash after wash.

Baby in Black Knotted Baby Gown Coming Home Outfit

Reason #2: Stylish Simplicity That Can’t be Beat

Bitty babies need bitty clothes and accessories. Full outfits tend to look extra-large and out of place on a small infant. Plus, it can be hard to guess proper sizing before birth.

During the first few months (or especially days), little ones can look like they’re swimming in other newborn clothing. But the classic baby gown can be adjusted for a perfect fit as your baby grows.

The simple, traditional style of a knotted baby gown on a newborn always looks charming. Plus, you can also pair a gown with super-cute newborn accessories. Coordinating knit beanies look precious while keeping little heads warm and cozy. For easy, picture-perfect style, add a chic bow headband (soft and stretchy baby headbands are best for newborns).

And, of course, it’s fun to mix and match your newborn baby’s gowns with a super stretchy swaddle or plush Patoo blanket. These luxurious, heirloom-quality blankets feature vibrant colors and patterns. They wash beautifully, so that your child can enjoy it for years to come.

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Reason #3: Stretchy & Safe Comfort

We love how baby gowns provide the snug, cozy feel that newborns crave without being too restrictive, thanks to the sack style design. The best gowns are also stretchy enough for infants to wiggle and move, which is essential for their development in their first months. Another reason we prefer fabric made with viscose from bamboo fabric is that the buttery-soft fibers are naturally stretchy, so your newborn baby will have plenty of wiggle room.

During this time, it’s also important to remember that your newborn’s umbilical cord stump can become irritated. It usually takes between 1 to 3 weeks after birth for the stump to dry out and fall off. And because the skin in the belly area can be sensitive even after the stump falls off, selecting breathable materials that are naturally hypoallergenic is best.

Fold-over mittens are another feature of knotted baby gowns that add a measure of comfort and safety new parents appreciate. The newborn sizes in our baby gown collection (0-3 months) include soft, built-in mittens to keep those tiny hands extra-warm and prevent scratches. While it’s good to let infants stretch and move their hands throughout the day, when they’re sleeping, the soft foldover cuffs can protect them from self-scratching. Even if you regularly smooth and trim those little nails, they can surprise you with how fast they grow!

Featuring the Lana Leopard Tan Knotted Gown

Lana Leopard Tan Knotted Gown

Featuring the Lana Leopard Tan Knotted Gown

Choosing Fabric Gentle Enough for Delicate Newborn Skin

Because newborns have extra-sensitive skin, breathable and hypoallergenic fabrics are the ideal choice for comfort and protection. That’s why we make our collection of knotted gowns with our exclusive Päpook® fabric, a wonderfully soft weave of premium viscose harvested from sustainable bamboo.

We developed this fabric as the gentlest choice for your baby's coming home outfit and the planet. The naturally breathable, hypoallergenic bamboo weave in our baby gowns helps regulate temperature to prevent overheating. And because it’s more absorbent than cotton, bamboo wicks the moisture that irritates newborn skin.

Another important consideration when choosing a fabric for your baby's coming home outfit is whether or not it is treated with flame retardants. Many manufacturers of children’s clothes use harsh chemicals (including chlorine-containing bleach, zinc, and sulfate) during the production process to make sleepwear flame-resistant. Posh Peanut baby clothes comply with snug-fitting standards to ensure that we don't have to use any harmful chemicals.

Baby Boy in Blue Knotted Baby Gown Coming Home Outfit

Your First Outings with Your Newborn

Knotted baby gowns can help keep your baby more comfortable and make your life as a new parent a little easier. As you anticipate your first outings with your newborn, you should get used to carrying a spare set of clothes. Start with your baby's coming home outfit! Just in case, add a spare gown to the diaper bag. Check out our selection of baby girl knotted gowns and baby boy knotted gowns to see if one is the perfect selection for your baby's coming home outfit! We are also huge fans of kimono-style wrap outfits for newborns. You can also snag something comfy for yourself, mama. It’s sure to be a special day. Enjoy every moment!

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Editors Note: This post was originally published 4/20/2020 and has been completely updated and revamped for accuracy and comprehensiveness.

Holly Wade

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