You are pregnant. And, you probably want everything in the store for your son or daughter who is coming. But, in reality, there are certain garments that you do need and others that do not. In this article, we will discuss how to buy baby clothes. Keep reading and take note of these basic newborn wardrobe tips, you can write down and have a list before you go shopping.
Many moms expect to know the sex of the baby to go out and buy everything they like. And not only them but dads, aunts, grandparents, friends. But, in the end, you could have a lot more clothes than you really need.
The first weeks of a baby’s life will not require high fashion clothing and you will not be able to dress it with very striking pieces. So spending too much money on the first wardrobe is not necessary. You can save on this and invest it in things that will do in the long term.
Of course, if you need basic items, essential newborn clothing that we will detail below. They are what you need for the first 30 days at least.
These are shirts with clasps between the legs, they are also known as onesies. They can be short or long sleeves. They are the basis of any clothing for newborns; they must be 100% cotton. The style of adjustment gives comfort and simplicity to both the mother and the boy or girl, allows them not to get out of their trousers and do not roll up their shirts.
The neck is usually wide and adjustable, some also have a brooch. Which allows it to be easy to put them from top to bottom. We say that you need between 6 and 8 because a day you will use at least two, they could be stained with “leaks” from the diaper, slime or milk.
You can have 3 or 4 booties or boots with snaps or soft ties, so they do not fall off with the movement or they take them off themselves. This will serve as an extra layer to protect the feet in the coldest months. They will not need shoes as such, but these will help avoid the cold in their extremities.
They are a model of the whole body, covering arms and legs, some even up to the feet. There are options to go out and others just to sleep that are pajamas for newborn babies, they are basic, they must be safe, light and warm
In summer it is preferable to use models of fine cotton fabric. And always opt for those that open from below, so when you have to change the diaper at night you will not have to undress it completely.
Newborn baby clothes include hats; they are warm and will protect them both day and night during the first days. They are basic because the little ones lose a lot of heat through the head, at least the first week its use is recommended.
Among the baby’s clothes you can include a kimono top, it is ideal for comfort and movement. It is a way to wrap the body and protect it from the cold, the buttons will not be in the belly but on one side, so the belly button will be protected.
This is very traditional newborn baby clothes, it is ideal to wear it for the first weeks. It is long and open, has a ribbon that closes the garment as if it were a sack. When complete, the baby will be well wrapped.
It serves the first weeks since the baby does not move so much. It covers the body from the neck to the toes. There are some that even have a fold in the sleeve that turns and serves to cover their hands and thus avoid scratching with their own nails.
You can have two pants of girl or boy with feet to combine with the bodies. It is recommended that they also be cotton.
As we have just mentioned, babies can scratch their nails. To protect them you can use mittens if it is cold or if you keep it in air conditioning.
Bibs or chests will also be necessary; you put them when they go to eat, and so if they get dirty you will not have to change all the clothes.
It is recommended that you have at least 3 blankets, wool or cotton. You will need them in the stroller, in the car seat or in the crib. Always have one at home, one in the car and one in your bag.
Two sets of towels, preferably those with a hood.
You can also add special clothes for photos, events or family parties. For children, a shirt with a bow tie is ideal for girls dressed in leg warmers. And you can buy thematic bibs.
The wool is a good option for cold climates. Make sure that the garments have a good finish, that there are no loose threads or labels that could hurt the skin of the newborn or irritate it.
Look for baby clothes with snaps that close easily. Avoid closures because they can puncture, especially if you’re dressing the little one in a hurry. Prefers simple plastic snaps. If you are going to put clothes with buttons, check them before to check that they are well cooked and that they do not feel loose, because if they could not be released and reach the baby’s mouth or nose.
Remember to pre-wash your clothes before putting them on, so you will avoid any rash or irritation. Babies are very sensitive to any product on their clothes, so it’s best to wash it before you use it.
In general, it is recommended that you use a detergent that is not so strong, odorless, that you can use it for the clothes of the whole family.
If the baby will be born in winter you will need to add layers to the newborn clothes that we already mentioned. Like a coat or jacket to keep it extra warm, as well as more socks or booties.
It will be necessary that you have at least two sweatshirts to use as a second layer when leaving. And you need to buy at least 4 wool pants or thick cotton to cover your legs well.
The base layers are the wimpy or the one-piece ones, made of cotton or wool and the socks. The second would be pants and sweatshirts for boy or girl, and the outer jacket, gloves, and booties. Do not forget the hat.
At the time of dressing the baby with layers, mothers often make the mistake of overloading them. Dress them with the same number of layers you use and then add a light blanket. If you keep it too hot it will be uncomfortable, they can even dehydrate.
On the other hand, if you wait for your baby for the summer, you should take the protection of the sun very seriously. You can not apply sunblock lotion, so you must protect it with shadows. The clothes should be light so that they do not get hot, with light cotton clothes and blankets of the same white fabric.
You should always have their skin covered in summer, to cover it from the sun have a wide hat.
The number of items we recommend is based on the idea that you will have easy access to a washing machine because you should use it more than once a week. Babies mess up clothes a lot. But, if you want to wash only once a week you can multiply these numbers by two or if you want to do it every day you can cut them in half. Everything will depend on your tastes and time.
The idea is that you find a middle point when buying because babies grow very fast and the clothes will not serve them in a short time. The size of the newborn will last little, so it is best to invest more in clothes from 0 to 3 months and larger.
We hope these ideas will be useful to you. We want your comments and suggestions to improve our ideas. Thank you and have a great day!