When preparing for your first baby there is much to be feared ofto . They also need to be ready to freshen up their wardrobe every few months to keep up with their rapid growth. Dressing up your baby is part of the fun as a parent, but constantly shopping for clothes can be a chore if you don’t know what’s good or what it needs.
Your preference for baby clothes is subjective as your personal style largely determines what your child wears (you are very welcome to this Astro Boy onesie, son!). But just because you match an outfit doesn’t mean it will fit properly or the materials will match your baby. After some trial and error, you will get an idea of which brands of baby clothes are best for your little one.
This first year baby clothing guide can point you in the right direction. We’ve broken down what items and styles to look for, from onesies to dresses, along with top products 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 longer. Onesies are easy to put on and enable a quick diaper change, with a flap in the crotch that opens when necessary. Another less celebrated, but incredibly practical, feature of the humble onesie is the fold-over pleats at the neckline, which allow the garment to slide off your shoulders and pull down. If your baby inevitably has an epic diaper leak, you’ll be grateful that you can remove the soiled romper from over the legs instead of the hair.
Even if your baby does not blow every day, you will need a few rompers on hand for frequent changes. Whether it’s milk stains, food stains or dozens of other reasons, baby clothes get dirty quickly in the beginning. Suggestions on how many items of clothing to own vary depending on who you ask, but I’d recommend alternating between seven and ten onesies so you don’t wash clothes all the time. To make shopping easier, look for onesies that come in sets. This set from Carter’s comes with seven cotton onesies in different colors and patterns.
Depending on the climate you live in and the time of year your baby will be born, you may want to buy some long sleeved onesies. You get the versatility of a romper but with a little extra warmth.
Footie pajamas or sleeves keep your baby comfortable and warm at night, but are also ideal for daytime wear. Cool morning? Keep them in their pajamas. You will find many types of pajamas, but if you take one away from this article, don’t be: Avoid footwear with snaps – or worse, buttons – just as you avoid the changing table in a dollar store bathroom. They may be the cutest jammies in the universe, but they won’t be at 3am when you curse yourself for missing a snap and realize you have to start over. Get zippers and save yourself a lot of time and hassle.
Regular zippers are great, but even better are 2-way zippers, or zippers that tear from top to bottom. This setup allows you to take off only half of your baby’s body to change diapers and keep the top half warm and warm. This particular pajama also has foldable mittens that you can use to cover baby’s hands so they don’t scratch at night.
If your baby has sensitive skin, consider sleeping them in 100% organic cotton pajamas, like this set by Hanna Andersson, or other natural materials like linen or bamboo fiber. These clothes are usually chemical free so your little one’s skin will be less irritated.
Dresses are another category of baby sleepwear that you might consider, especially during your child’s first few months of life. Because they are open at the bottom, gowns make diaper changing even easier as you don’t have to wrestle your baby’s legs off your feet. You just pull up the dress when you need to change it. This set from Burt’s Bees is affordable and highly rated.
Another item 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 Association of Pediatrics advises against to reduce the risk of sudden infant deaths. A sleeping bag serves the same purpose as a diaper, but unlike a diaper, you don’t have to stop using a sleeping bag once your baby is able to turn over. If your child likes the safety of a sleeping bag, they can use it until their first birthday and beyond.
Since onesies leave your baby’s legs free, you should also have a pair of pants or leggings in your closet. Baby leggings should be stretchable so that they are easy to put on and take off. Another practical choice are jogging pants, which can even look stylish with a matching top. If you’re considering putting on stiff, tight-fitting jeans or khakis for your little one on a regular basis, I recommend saving them for special occasions. Actual pants are a real ordeal to dress a baby and you don’t want to do it multiple times a day.
Since you will be taking your pants off and on again so often, make it easy for yourself. As long as your baby doesn’t have any serious skin allergies, cotton with a little spandex is a safe material choice that makes changing diapers a lot smoother. This set from H&M, for example, consists of 95% cotton and 5% elastane.
When your baby starts crawling, consider adding pants with built-in knee pads to their closet. This gives them a bit of cushioning when crawling on wooden floors or other hard surfaces.
Socks / booties
Our extremities, including our hands and feet, get colder faster than the rest of our body. This is doubly true for babies, as they lose heat faster than adults. Therefore, it is important to keep your little pigs dressed during the cooler months.
The problem with most baby socks is that they won’t keep on. No matter how high you pull it up, a sock will inevitably be missing the next time you turn it around. Gerber’s wiggle-proof socks are designed with elastic bands that hold your baby’s calves in place without leaving any marks.
Booties tend to stay on better than socks as they are usually tied around the ankle to keep them from slipping. They can still be kicked off if your child is determined enough, but at least their feet will get a little warmer for longer.
No matter where you live, at some point in your baby’s first year of life it will get cold enough to put on a jacket. If it gets really cold, you might even be tempted to dress her in a thick winter coat. While this would undeniably be a cuteness overload, the American Association of Pediatrics does not recommend bulky coats. Mainly, this is because you cannot safely strap a child into a car seat while wearing one, as the jacket leaves room between the straps and your child’s chest.
In addition to annoying seat belts, thick jackets are largely superfluous, as 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 anything a baby needs for a walk around the block or as a last layer for a snowy day.
Buckle me up baby
If you just love the puffy jacket look, get one from Buckle Me Baby. These coats are specially designed to maintain contact between the seat belt and your child. This is how it works: The front of the jacket can be opened and opened so that you can buckle up your little one and close the jacket over it. If you are going to a cold place this is a good choice to wear in the car while it is getting warm.
Suit clothing / special occasions
Babies are not expected to dress up. If you showed up to a wedding with your six month old baby wearing their warmest pajamas, people would understand. But we like to dress our babies for special occasions, so it doesn’t hurt to have some chic clothes in the closet. Sure, you might only wear it once, but think about all of the adorable photos.
Cat & jack
Even if clothes are inherently less comfortable and easy to put on and take off, the same general rules for baby clothes apply: make it as easy as possible for yourself. Imagine your baby has a two-way blowout in the middle of a special occasion that you dress them up for. Would it be a nightmare to pull her out of the outfit you’re about to see? Better keep shopping.
This small number has two parts. The top is really just a chic romper suit with the typical press studs in the crotch, but you wouldn’t notice it if you tucked it into those tiny chinos. The ensemble is rounded off by a bow tie and suspenders, which are simply classy.
The information contained in this article is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended as health or medical advice. Always consult a doctor or other qualified health care provider with questions about a medical condition or health goals.