You may find the perfect baby clothes in a variety of colors and prints, including those for boys or girls. You must consider safety, comfort, and functionality when making your final choice. You will also want to consider the cost. For most items, it’s okay to shop at secondhand shops or high-quality consignment stores for babies. Be sure to wash everything before you buy.
Essentials for a newborn’s wardrobe:
- Three to four onesie
- Sleepers/stretch suits: 3-6
- Socks/booties: 3-4 pairs
- Cover-ups for feet: 3-4
- Hats/caps/bonnets: 1-2
- Undershirts: 4-6 sleeves, short- or long-sleeve
- Light mittens: 1 pair
- Sweaters: 1-2
- Bunting: 1 (if your climate is cold)
You should plan twice the amount of everything if you have twins so that you don’t spend too much time in the laundry area.
Safety first: No buttons, bows or ties. Avoid clothes with tiny buttons, decorative rhinestones or bows as they could pose choking hazards. Clothes that are too long or pull tight around the neck, arms or legs of your baby’s neck, legs or arms, can also be dangerous. Be sure to secure decorations.
Choose fire-resistant sleepwear. Your baby’s sleepwear labels will indicate whether the fabric is fire-resistant or must be worn tightly to ensure it remains that way. To prevent the retardant fabric from fading, flame-resistant fabrics come with specific laundry instructions. This is one area where secondhand fabrics may not work well.
Your baby’s weight is more important than his age. Baby clothes are not sized differently by brands. Baby clothes often include weight as an indicator of age.
Imagine how simple it will be to put on clothes and take them off. It can be difficult to dress a newborn with a wiggledy head. These tips will help you make dressing a baby easier.
Dressing is easier if you have a wide neck or snaps around the neck. You should pick clothes that are easy to pull over your head. Babies panic if their breathing becomes blocked or if they cannot see you.
- The front zippers and snaps are much easier to use than the back.
- Loose sleeves are easier to put on than tight ones.
Snaps and other simple openings at your crotch make changing diapers quicker and easier. You don’t need to remove all of your baby’s clothes.
Make sure to choose washable. To save time and effort, look for clothes that are machine washable. Because they are durable and comfortable, 100% cotton clothes work well.
Be prepared. Some babies don’t fit in the “newborn” size. Some babies may outgrow clothes that were 3-months-old after a month. To ensure you have enough clothes, make sure to buy the 6-month-old or 1-year sizes. Twins are smaller than single babies so clothes that are small might last longer. You can wear some items a bit larger until your baby gets bigger. However, it’s not a good idea to purchase seasonal clothing, such as swimsuits and winter coats, far in advance. It is impossible to predict the size of your baby.