Getting ready for your baby is exciting, but sometimes confusing too. When you walk through the baby aisle of your favorite mall or supermarket, you can see hundreds of items and products you would want to bring home.
If you don’t have self-control, you may find yourself with a lot of shopping bags full of baby items, especially baby clothes, that you don’t really need and may just go to waste.
How would you know which baby clothes are essential for your baby’s needs? We have the checklist of the most important things that you will need to clothe, bathe, transport, and feed your newborn.
Baby clothes are usually sized according to the baby’s age, but it still vary among different brands. A 3 to 6 month bodysuit from one brand can fit a 4-month old while the same size from another brand may look too big. When choosing baby clothes, look for items that list the weight and height guidelines to help you in finding the ones that may fit your baby best.
Some newborns may be as big as a 3-month-old baby and may never need newborn sizes, but it is hard to predict. Make sure to have some outfits in the next size up before your child may actually need it since babies grow quickly.
Choose clothes that provide comfort and easy. Look for clothing that is soft, roomy, and durable and enables your child to move. These items should able be able to hold up through frequent washings.
There is also organic baby clothing that is made without using harsh dyes or harmful chemicals, but they are more expensive. Whatever items you choose, use a gentle and baby-friendly laundry detergent to protect your baby against skin irritation.
Start With the Basics
Here are the basics your baby need for the first three months:
One piece outfits (about 5 to 7 pieces). There are just jammies that are appropriate when sleeping and playing. These clothes are super convenient, especially since newborns nap frequently. Look for one piece clothes that are zip or snap down the front down to the leg so it can be easier to change your baby’s clothes and diapers without the need of pulling things over the head.
Shirts (about 5 to 7 pieces). Choose shirts with snaps at the neck or with necklines that stretch so it can slip easily over your child’s head.
Leggings or stretchy pants (about 5 to 7 pieces). Having stretchy pants or leggings can make it easier to change a piece of dirty clothing without the need of switching the whole outfit. An elastic waistband can fit easily over your baby’s diaper and belly and can expand as he or she gains weight.
Outer clothes (about 4 to 5 pieces). These include sweatshirts, fleece jackets, and sweaters that are easy to put on and to take off. Babies don’t like pushing their heads through a small neck opening.
Buying larger sizes and looking for items with loose neck opening and armholes won’t require fussing and tugging. Avoid clothing that has dangling tassels, strings, and ribbons since they are choking hazards. Getting secondhand clothes and getting hand-me-downs are also a good way to make sure that you have the right size.
Baby clothes don’t have to be pricey. The basic things can already make your baby happy and healthy without breaking the bank.