Your Guide To Buy A Newborn Outfits

Whether you’re starting your baby registry, staring down a mountain of shower gifts or looking into the wide eyes of your days-old newborn (who, surprise, just spit up again!), chances are, you may have that nagging sense that you’re missing some infant wardrobe-essentials. 

And you very well might be with all the adorable stuff out there, it’s easy to miss the not-so-obvious but oh-so-necessary items. Here, we’ve made a shortlist of the essential baby clothes every new mom should own, along with a few cute options to try. As a future mom, many ideas came into my mind as I was reading this article.

Bodysuits

They’re a shirt. They’re a complete outfit. They’re whatever you want them to be. Infant bodysuits, aka onesies, are must-haves for your newborn’s wardrobe. They’re a go-to shower gift, but it’s a good idea to have varying sizes on hand, so you can keep pace with your quickly growing baby. 

Plus, with infants going through as many as four or five clean ones in a day (hello, spit-up and blowouts), you can practically never have enough.

It’s nice to have a selection of solids as well as prints to easily mix and match—but regardless of the pattern, look for ones with envelope-style necks. What’s that, you ask? 

Those cute little flaps on the shoulders serve a vital purpose: After a major diaper leak, they let you pull the bodysuit down over the baby’s torso and legs instead of up over the head for a more sanitary outfit change.

Kimono Tops

Besides being super-cute, these loose T-shirts with side snaps or ties minimize contact with a newborn’s still sensitive umbilical cord stump. Plus, while you and baby are still getting used to dressing, having shirts that don’t have to pull over your infant’s face can be a real lifesaver. 

Kimono-style tops come in short and long sleeve options and can be worn as a top or a thin sweater over a bodysuit. 

Beanie Hats

Think you don’t need a hat for your summer baby? Think again. There’s a reason the hospital nurses popped a hat on your brand new baby’s head, even before a diaper: Since newborns get cold easily, a hat is a great way to regulate their body temperature. 

Throw a beanie hat in your diaper bag and pull it out in a chilly restaurant, car or store to keep your little one comfy regardless of what the weather does. Some styles have a tip that you tie into a knot, letting you easily adjust the size as the baby grows.

Buy Larger Sizes

Remember, people love to give baby clothes to new moms. And chances are, friends and family will gravitate toward buying you newborn or 0-3 month sizes of clothing. 

And here’s the thing: Many newborns don’t even fit into a newborn size, even when they’re born, and if they do, can quickly grow out of that size (like in a matter of a few days or weeks).

Also: Don’t forget that newborns are only awake for about 45 minutes at a time, so chances are you’ll just want some basic onesies for that stage. Stick to 6-12 months+ when buying your clothing, since you know for sure you will need those eventually.

Go Softer When Possible

The smaller the size of the outfit, the softer you’ll want the material to be. Babies, especially newborns, are still getting used to the world around them, and that means they may start with pretty sensitive skin. 

Certain materials of clothing might cause them to break out in a rash, which can be concerning for new moms.

Consider The Seasons

The weather plays an important role in what kind of clothing you buy, and it requires a bit of math. For example, if your baby is to be born in June when he or she is six months old, it’ll be nearing the colder months. 

So that means, if you were to think of buying 6+ month-sized bathing suits, it’s probably actually better to stick to cozy sweaters and long-sleeve attire for that size bracket.

Vice versa, if you’re buying for 12+ months, you’ll want to get some more spring or summer clothing in those sizes in this situation.

Get A Few Gender-Neutral Pieces

If you choose not to find out the sex of your baby, you’re likely buying clothing in non-gender-specific colours like whites, greys and yellows. But if you know whether you’re having a boy or girl, you may stray towards more blues or pinks—and there’s nothing wrong with that.

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