There is a lot to worry about when preparing for your first baby, fromto . You should also be ready to update your wardrobe every two months to keep up with its rapid growth. Dressing your baby is part of the fun of being a parent, but constantly shopping for clothes can be a chore if you don’t know what is good or what you will need.
Your preference in baby clothes is subjective, as your own personal style will largely dictate what your baby wears (you’re welcome for that Astro Boy jumpsuit, son!). But just because you vibe with an outfit doesn’t mean it fits or the materials fit your baby. After some trial and error, you will start to get an idea of which baby clothing brands are best for your little one.
This guide to baby clothes for the first year can point you in the right direction. We’ve broken down what items and styles to look for, from onesies to dress clothes, along with the best product selections for each category.
The all-purpose bodysuit, or onesie, will make up the majority of your baby’s wardrobe for the first six months or more. The onesies are easy to put on and allow for quick diaper changes, with a crotch flap that unzips when you need access. Another less celebrated but incredibly useful feature of the humble romper is the wraparound pleats at the neckline, which allow the garment to slide off the shoulders and pull down. When your baby inevitably has an epic diaper blowout, you’ll be grateful that you can pull the dirty onesie over her legs instead of pulling her hair out.
Even if your baby doesn’t blow every day, he will need some handy rompers for frequent changes. Whether it’s from milk spills, food stains, or many other reasons, baby clothes get dirty quickly at first. Suggestions for how many pieces of clothing to have vary depending on who you ask, but I recommend having seven to 10 rompers in rotation so you don’t have to do laundry all the time. To make shopping easier, look for onesies that come in sets. This set from Carter’s comes with seven cotton rompers in various colors and patterns.
Depending on the climate you live in and the time of year your baby is born, you may want to stock up on some long-sleeved rompers. You get all the versatility of a jumpsuit but with a little extra warmth.
Pajamas or pajamas with feet will keep your baby cozy and warm at night, but they are also great to wear during the day. Cold morning? Keep them in their pajamas. You’ll find many styles of pajamas, but if you take anything away from this article, let it be this: Avoid socks with snaps, or worse yet, buttons, as much as you avoid the changing table in the dollar store bathroom. They may be the cutest pajamas in the universe, but they won’t be at 3 in the morning when you curse yourself for missing a snap and realize you have to start over. Get zippers and save a lot of time and hassle.
Regular zippers are great, but two-way zippers or zippers that close from top to bottom are even better. This setting allows you to undress only half of your baby’s body for diaper changes, keeping the top half warm and toasty. This particular pajama set also has folding gloves, which you can use to cover your baby’s hands to prevent scratching at night.
If your baby has sensitive skin, you may want to consider sleeping him in pajamas made from 100% organic cotton, like this set by Hanna Andersson, or other natural materials like linen or bamboo fiber. These garments generally do not contain chemicals, so there is less chance of irritating your little one’s skin.
Robes are another category of baby sleepwear that you might consider, especially in the first few months of your child’s life. Being open at the bottom, the gowns make diapering even easier because you don’t have to struggle to get your baby’s legs off your feet. Just pick up the dress every time you need to change them. This Burt’s Bees set is affordable and highly rated.
Another item you may want to consider is a sleeping bag or bag. Part clothing and part bedding, a sleeping bag is worn over pajamas and is intended to replace loose blankets, which the American Pediatric Association advises against to reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome. A sleeping bag serves the same purpose as a diaper, but unlike diapers, you don’t have to stop using a sleeping bag once your baby can roll over. If your child likes the security a sleeping bag provides, they can continue to use it until their first birthday and beyond.
Because rompers leave your baby’s legs exposed, you should also have a few pairs of pants or leggings in your wardrobe. Baby tights should be stretchy so they are easy to put on and take off. Sweatpants are another practical option, and they can even be stylish when paired with a suitable blouse. If you’re planning on dressing your little one in tight, rigid jeans or khaki pants regularly, my advice is to save them for special occasions. Real pants are a real headache for a baby, and you don’t want to do it multiple times a day.
Because you will be taking your pants off and on again very often, you should put it on easy. As long as your baby doesn’t have severe skin allergies, cotton with a little spandex is a safe material option that will make diaper changes much smoother. This set from H&M, for example, is 95% cotton and 5% spandex.
When your baby starts to crawl, you might consider adding some pants with built-in knee pads to your wardrobe. This will give them some cushioning when they crawl on hardwood floors or other hard surfaces.
Socks / Ankle Boots
Our extremities, including hands and feet, cool down faster than the rest of our body. This is doubled for babies as they lose heat more quickly than adults, so it is important to keep your piglets dressed during the colder months.
The problem with most baby socks is that they don’t stay on. No matter how high you lift them, a sock will inevitably be missing the next time you turn around. Gerber’s Wiggle-Proof Socks are designed to deal with this with elastic bands that attach to your baby’s calves without leaving marks.
Ankle boots tend to fit better than socks because they usually have some form of attachment around the ankle to prevent them from slipping. They can still be kicked if your child is determined enough, but at least their feet will be warmer for a little longer.
No matter where you live, sometime in your baby’s first year it will be so cold that he will want to put on a jacket. If it’s really cold, you may even be tempted to dress them in a heavy winter coat. While that would certainly be cute overload, the American Pediatric Association advises against bulky coats. This is mainly due to the fact that you cannot safely buckle up a child in a car seat while using it, as the jacket leaves space between the straps and your child’s chest.
In addition to interfering with safety harnesses, thick jackets are largely unnecessary because you can dress a child in many thin layers and achieve the same result. A lightweight fleece jacket like this selection from Carter’s is warm and versatile, and can be everything a baby needs for a walk around the block or it can serve as the final layer for a snow day.
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If you love the puffy jacket look, consider getting one from Buckle Me Baby. These coats are specially designed to maintain contact between the seat harness and your child. How it works is that the front panel of the jacket unzips and unzips, allowing you to zip your little one up and re-zip the jacket. If you are going to a cold place, this is a great option to use in the car while it heats up.
Dress Clothes / Special Occasion
Babies are not expected to dress well. If you were to show up to a wedding with your six-month-old wearing his tanner foot pajamas, people would understand. But we like to dress our babies for special occasions, so having a set of fancy rags in the closet doesn’t hurt. Sure, they might only use it once, but think of all the adorable photos.
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Although dress clothes are by nature less comfortable and convenient to put on and take off, the same general rules apply for baby clothes: Make it as easy as possible for yourself. Imagine your baby having a two-way blowout in the middle of whatever special occasion you’re dressing him up for. Would it be a nightmare to change them from the outfit you’re looking at? Better keep buying.
This small number is made up of two pieces. The top is really a classy jumpsuit with the typical crotch snaps, but you wouldn’t notice it once it’s tucked into those tiny chinos. Finishing off the ensemble is a bow tie and suspenders, which are just gorgeous.
The information in this article is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended to be medical or health advice. Always consult a physician or other qualified healthcare provider regarding any questions you may have about a medical condition or health goals.