Remember all that time you spent as a kid dressing up your dolls? Well now you can put that experience to good use! Some basic things to know: Newborn babies sleep a lot so you’ll just want them in soft pajama-type outfits (Save the jeans for when they are a little older). The cozy cotton clothing you’ll collect for your newborn is called Layette. If your baby is born 7-8 pounds they will probably wear a newborn size for a few weeks (which is confusingly different from 0-3 Month sizing.) Anything below will require preemie sizing and anything above, 0-3 month sizing should fit just fine. As you’ve probably been warned you are about to spend a lot of time up-close and personal with bodily fluids. You should have enough pieces to change your baby’s clothing twice a day in between laundry days.
- Homecoming Outfit The fun part! Pick out a favorite outfit to bring the baby home from the hospital in. Have a couple back up outfits, one on the smaller side, one on the bigger side since you aren’t sure what size your baby will wear until you actually meet them.
- Kimono Tops (5) The first week or two your baby will wear these to prevent irritation of the healing belly button.
- Onesies Long Sleeved (5) We like the Carter’s Brand, they are soft and wash well.
- Onesies Short Sleeved (5) Regardless of what time of year the baby is born you’ll likely find uses for both the long and short sleeved onesies. Short sleeved onesies work as great liners for extra warmth and long sleeved onesies can come in handy when your little one’s arms need protection from the sun.
- 8 Pairs of Pants Great to pair with the onesies and the kimono tops. Baby socks are notorious for falling off. Solution? Buy pants with feet attached!
- 4 One piece outfits Elastic bottom night gowns or zip up pieces are cozy and practical-sometimes we wish they made one piece outfits like this for grown-ups.
- 7 Pairs of Socks or Booties Newborn babies don’t need shoes, just cover their piggies with soft socks or booties.
- 2 Hats Simple cotton beanies get the job done.
- 2 Sweaters Great for layering with your other pieces when it is cold out or the air conditioning is cranked on high.
- 5 Bibs You’ll want bibs for spitting up and slobbering.
- Mittens To protect the baby’s face from their fingernails. Some longsleeved onesies come with hand covers attached.
Depending on Season
- Cold Weather:
- Extra Longsleeved Onesies
- Warm one-pieces Warm one-pieces are needed for cold weather outings in the carrier, since they leave the baby’s legs exposed.
- Warm Hats We love these sweet old-style pilot caps for the form as well as the function.
- Warm Weather:
- Extra Short Sleeved Onesies
- Sun Hat Make sure it has ties to keep it secure.
Give the classic white onesie a little personality by adding embellishments like iron-on letters spelling “Lock up your daughters” or add some sweet ric rac detailing, or even embroider a little initial.
Money saving tips:
- You only really need a few “special” outfits for when you go out to show off the baby. Spend a little extra on those and then keep the rest of the baby’s clothes basic, cozy and soft. Besides they grow out of everything so fast that they’ll barely have time to wear that cute outfit you splurged on.
- If you inherit used white onesies put them through the wash with a package of clothing dye to give them a new lease on life. This is also a helpful tip if they get stained beyond saving.