Essential to every baby's wardrobe, these one-piece baby bodysuits with a snap crotch can be a complete outfit in the sultry months of summer or an effective way to layer throughout cooler months. You'll want at least seven of these for your baby.
Baby needs to keep warm no matter what time of the year. In summer you'll find that cotton sweaters will keep the chill out, while fall and winter will be the perfect time for fleece pullovers or jackets that wash up quickly.
Cloth or disposable? This decision depends on your lifestyle and personal views. If you'll be using cloth diapers, you'll need three dozen diapers (or call a diaper service before the baby arrives and arrange for weekly delivery and pick-up), five diaper covers, and a diaper pail with close-fitting lid.
Many moms can't resist those precious little booties, but most babies don't really need shoes until toddlerhood. A good supply of socks (seven pairs) will probably be all that you need to keep little tootsies warm. Winter babies need warmer footwear, such as a cozy pair of slippers.
Three or four properly sized crib sheets will keep your baby's crib fresh and clean. Depending on what type of crib mattress you purchased, you may also want to invest in one or two moisture-proof mattress pads. The safest way to keep a baby warm (after the swaddling stage) is with a baby bag or sleeping bag—a sort of wearable blanket. Flannel crib sheets will also help keep your baby cozy while sleeping. While some parents don't opt for bumper pads, others insist that this essential nursery item saved their little one from more than a few bumps on the head. Go with your instincts!
Newborns lose a lot of heat through their heads, so hats are an essential layette item. Plus, summer babies will need one or two wide-brimmed sunhats to stay safe from the sun's harmful UV rays. In winter, a baby needs a warm cap with earflaps to keep the cold out.
Depending on the time of year and your location, your baby will probably need some type of bunting or jacket to keep warm when a chill sets in. For winter babies in cold climates, a snowsuit or heavy bunting with mittens or handflaps will be essential.
Plan on starting with at least five bibs in a range of sizes to grow with your baby. Don't be afraid to try out the practical wipe-off bibs for days when you are behind on laundry. And don't forget about burp cloths! Cloth diapers make excellent burp cloths and are sold in bulk, so they are fairly inexpensive.