25 of the cutest baby outfits for summer
They may have nowhere to go, but they can still look good doing nothing.
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Summer is definitely here. And while it might look a little, well, different this year, we’re still obsessed with this season’s crop of adorable baby clothes. We’re practicing social distancing, but your baby still needs cute outfits for outdoor play—and to melt hearts during Zoom calls with the grandparents. We’ve rounded up 25 of the cutest baby outfits for summer from some of our favorite highly-rated and parent-approved retailers. Prepare for cuteness overload.
1. An adorable three-piece outfit made for sunny days
Here comes the sun, little darlin'! This versatile three-piece outfit includes a tank-style bodysuit, a striped tee, and adorable pull-on chambray shorts. The cheerful sun and rainbow accents guarantee that your little one shines brightly on even the gloomiest days.
This summer set has a solid 5-star rate among reviewers, with buyers saying it's comfy, high-quality, and perfect for that summer sun.
2. A polka dot jumper complete with ruffles
It won’t be hard to spot the cutest baby on the block when she’s wearing this polka dot romper. This sweet piece is made from chambray, so it features large white dots on a denim background. It has a nearly perfect 5-star rating after almost 100 reviews, so you can feel confident knowing this piece is parent-approved.
3. Watermelon sugar onesie
Does it get any cuter than a baby covered in watermelon? Yes, yes it does—because this onesie is available in baby, kid, and adult sizes, meaning you can match your entire family in this adorable pattern. The baby onesie zips up and snaps at the top, allowing for easy dressing and removal. Reviewers also say they're perfect for warmer weather, meaning these can become your go-to summer pajamas.
4. This incredible octopus snap-up romper
This happy little romper is absolutely perfect for beach-time fun. It's decorated in nautical white and aqua stripes, but the real appeal is the surfer octopus who appears in the corner. Rocking cool shades and clinging to a full surfboard, this octopus sets the stage for summer and honestly makes us want to take up surfing a little bit.
5. This classic dress that pairs with almost anything
The Straps Dress by Play Up looks like it was inspired by classic old-timey aprons, and honestly, we love it. From the linen material to the large front pockets, this dress would look adorable paird with a plain white tee or colorful print underneath.
6. Red, white, and blue onesie
Is it really a new season if you don't see Snoopy on something? This patriotic onesie is ideal for the fourth of July, or honestly, any time during the summer. Like the watermelon onesie, this sleeper comes in sizes for the whole family so you can all match while watching fireworks on YouTube.
7. A beach suit made for sun protection
It's not summer without a little swimming, and while you may not be traveling to the beach this year, you can still enjoy some of the season's best swimsuits. This rash guard suit can help protect your little one from the sun, especially when paired with a floppy sun hat like the one pictured.
8. This outfit for your little lion lover
Your baby has likely already ascended to tiny king of your family pride, so dress him accordingly in this three-piece play outfit featuring a tee with a friendly lion face print, an accompanying bodysuit, and pull-on shorts printed with a menagerie of happy animals. If lions aren't your thing, this adorable set comes in seven designs, all of which are reviewer-approved.
9. These cute sandals for babies of all stripes
These waterproof dinosaur sandals are great for pairing with swimsuits and kicky summer outfits. Reviewers call them "sturdy but flexible," which is exactly what you want to see in water shoes. Plus, they light up—score!
10. These fruit-covered shorts
These shorts make an adorable addition to any baby's wardrobe. They're pull-on, meaning they're easy to get on and off and can easily go over onesies and chunky diapers. Reviewers say they're adorable, but note that they may not run true-to-size.
11. A romper with a lil boat on the bottom
This happy little romper comes in seven adorable summer designs, from sharks and whales to anchors and boats. This romper features a cartoon boat on the booty surrounded by simple anchors. It has a nearly perfect 4.9 star rating, with hundreds of reviewers giving it the full five stars. They add that the romper is easy to get on and off, and that it's super comfortable to the touch.
12. This white-and-blue sailor dress
Sailor-themed clothing is always in style for the summer. This dress doesn't explicitly feature anchors or sailor hats, but the nautical blue and white stripes give it a fun beachy vibe. The dress-and-diaper-cover combo comes in five colors, but the blue-and-white set is a great choice for the summer.
13. This beachy onesie with ribbon straps
Hamptons-based company Pink Chicken specializes in upscale bohemian clothes for little ones. This bubble-shaped onesie made from airy cotton cambric features a delightfully nautical and whimsical ribbon tie straps. This onesie is a perfect pic for beachy photos and summertime picnics.
14. A timelessly cute striped onesie
Another fanciful frock from Pink Chicken, this adorable striped number has a retro feel and cuteness to spare. Made from 100% cotton, this bubble-shaped onesie features contrasting color bows on both sides and winsome ruffle sleeves.
15. A dress suited for an afternoon garden party
This charming mint green dress features sweet floral embroidery at the collar and on two tiny pockets. Baby can wear it to the park or to a lavish garden tea party—either way she’ll be the best-dressed baby in attendance. This particular dress is perfect for both spring and summer—pair it with white leggings and you've got a dream Easter outfit. Plop on a floppy hat and you've got a summertime picnic classic.
16. This fun robot tee
Get a jump on your tot’s STEM education with this too-cool-for-school tee screen printed with a quirky robot graphic. Made by Venice, CA company orangeheat, this tee is perfect for both the budding hipster and the future engineer. The company also sells a variety of other graphic tees on Maisonette, including those with trucks, drums, and outer space.
17. This hilarious dinosaur tee
Baby may not appreciate this hilarious tee, but parents sure will. It features a cartoon dinosaur that leads up to the collar, so it'll look like you've got a baby dinosaur with a human head. Reviewers say the tee is incredibly soft and fun to look at.
18. This adorably bright overall set
This coverall set just screams summer, from the bright yellow t-shirt to the cartoon lemons on the suit. It has a solid 4.9-star rating, and reviewers say that since the fabric isn't too thick, it's great for summer temperatures.
19. This playful shirt and short set
We might not be making any family trips to the carnival anytime soon, but you can still channel that playful energy with this fun two-piece short and shirt set. The soft tee features a retro circus pattern and matching bright red shorts add a pop of color to any afternoon adventure.
20. A romper so sweet, you’ll eat it right up
What’s sweeter than cotton candy? Your baby in this whimsical onesie. Printed with a pink cotton candy graphic, this romper is made from a comfortably combed cotton jersey material and features leg snaps for easy on and off.
21. A whale onesie perfect for the beach
Another sea-themed outfit? You know it. This whale onesie is perfect for water-loving babies, whether they're rolling around at home or watching waves on the beach. It comes in five colorful designs, but this whale-themed onesie is perfect for summer.
22. A romper suited to rainbow chasing
The best part of any rainy day is the rainbow at the end. And since your baby is the best part of every day, outfit her as such in this two-piece chambray jumper embroidered with a bright rainbow. And with adjustable straps, your baby can continue to wear this romper as she grows bigger and brighter by the day.
23. A happy llama dress
If this llama dress came in larger sizes, I would buy it in a heartbeat. It's bright, colorful, and happy, which is exactly what you want to see every summer. Reviewers love the jersey tee material of the dress and call the pattern adorable.
24. This sweet strawberry jumpsuit
OK this is another outfit made for babies that I would absolutely keep in my own wardrobe. This jersey jumper is covered in strawberries and ties at the shoulders. Reviewers give it 4.9 stars and call it "perfect for summer."
25. These cool shark shoes
We’re going to need a bigger boat for all this cuteness. These slip-on canvas shark shoes come with locker loops for easy storage and carry. The fearsomely cute shark faces – complete with big teeth – on each toe ensure that your little water baby is cruising the neighborhood in style.
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