Newborn Clothing Essentials

It’s hard to hold back when buying baby clothes—they’re just all so darn cute. To start, you’ll need some bodysuits or rompers, a couple pairs of pants, hats, socks, a sleepsack and, depending on the season, a sweater, bunting, or summer hat. If you’re registering, remember to include clothing in larger sizes in addition to newborn or 0-3 months. That way, you can expand your baby’s wardrobe past their first few months. Plus, don’t forget to register for items like pants or shorts. (Many a parent have been left with too many bodysuits and not enough bottoms.)

There are a few things to keep in mind when shopping for your little one.

  1. Just like with adult clothing, baby clothes can vary in size by brand. It’s best to check the size chart and base the size of clothing you buy on your child’s weight, rather than age.
  2. While you’ll need some clothing for when the baby arrives, it’s best to buy a minimal amount before you know your baby’s size. Some infants can wear newborn sizing for a month or two, while some children jump right to 0-3 months. Your best bet is to buy big if you’re unsure of what size to get so your purchases will last a bit longer.
  3. If buying larger clothing, be sure to consider the seasons. If June is six months from the date of birth, steer clear of heavy layers and opt for 100% lightweight cotton rompers, dresses, or shorts.
  4. With all that wriggling, it’s hard to change a baby’s clothes and, particularly in the first few months, you have to change them a lot. Try to choose clothes that you can get on and off as easily as possible, with minimal snaps and buttons. Some designs also have magnets, making getting the clothes on and off a snap. (Did you know the shoulder flap on bodysuits is designed to make it as easy as possible to get a baby’s clothing off after a diaper blowout? Trust us, it will happen).
  5. Babies have sensitive skin so it’s best to buy soft fabrics like cotton. Be sure to wash everything prior to wear.
  6. Baby socks fall off very easily, so stock up. In colder weather, look for footed pants or fleece boots to ensure your baby’s feet stay warm. In warmer months or when they’re ready for shoes, start with crib shoes—a shoe with a soft, flexible sole which allows them to move their feet easily—as they’re learning to crawl. Once they’ve started walking, they’ll need firmer soles.
  7. Decorative elements on clothing, while adorable, can be choking hazards. Stay away from clothing that has bows, drawstrings, or buttons. If they do come with these items, it’s best to remove them all together before wear.
  8. Dress your baby in the same amount of layers you’re wearing, plus one (a light blanket is a great option). Be careful not to overdress your baby as they could overheat.