Although you are likely to receive plenty of clothes for your new baby from well-wishers, it makes sense to have the basics ready before birth. Try to restrain yourself, though babies outgrow their clothes very quickly. If you want to invest in an expensive outfit or two, buy them in bigger sizes so that he will get more wear from them.
In this guide, i will share the must-have clothing items and diaper essentials, offering tips and insights to help you make informed choices as you embark on this beautiful journey into parenthood.
What to Look When Shopping for Clothes
- Babies are messy, you’ll need several items in each category of clothing to ensure you aren’t chained to the washing machine, or always waiting for something to dry.
- Choose uncomplicated outfits that will open easily for quick (and middle of-the-night) change.
- Opt for soft, comfortable clothing that is machine washable and doesn’t have fussy (or itchy) seams or tags.
- Remember that your baby will spend the majority of his first weeks sleeping, so cozy pajamas and onesies are your best bet
- 1–2 Nightgowns: Even if your baby is a boy, these are fantastic in the early days for easy changing.
- 5–8 One-Piece Pajamas: Choose loose-fitting, soft all-in-ones, with snaps, rather than buttons or zippers that can be fiddly and uncomfortable
- 5–8 Undershirts: Short-sleeved are fine, even in winter, and act as an extra layer to insulate your baby. Choose cotton, and preferably all-in-ones, which snap shut at the bottom, preventing uncomfortable shifting.
- 1–2 Sweaters or Jackets: Go for light options, which can be layered, and avoid anything that has to be pulled over your baby’s head.
- 5–8 Pairs of Socks or Booties: If your little one is wearing footed pajamas, he won’t necessarily need these, but you may want to keep his toes warm if he’s trying out some other pieces in his new wardrobe.
- 1 Warm Coat or Snowsuit: Choose a style with a detachable hood, if possible, and an easy zipper fastening.
- 1–2 Hats: Choose one with a wide brim for summer, or something soft that covers the ears for winter.
- 4–5 Bibs: Although your baby isn’t actually “eating” yet, he’ll undoubtedly create some mess with feedings.
Choosing diapers can be something of a minefield. The good news is that there are now plenty of options, and you can make informed choices that are right for you and your family. If you prefer green diapering products, you can buy cloth diapers.
Whatever you choose, remember that babies go through 10 or more diapers a day in the early weeks, and you’ll need to be prepared. Don’t buy too many of the same size, babies grow very quickly. Some parents mix and match, choosing to use disposables while out and about and/or at night, and cloth diapers the rest of the time.
- Your baby will be wearing soft, natural fibers next to her skin
- They come in a range of colors and styles
- Velcro-closing reusable diapers are now available
- Despite the larger initial investment, they are cheaper in the long run
- Cloth diapers produce less waste, and use fewer raw materials
- Washing produces a lot of waste water, and uses cleansing agents and chemicals. However, on balance, reusables do less environmental damage than disposables.
- Washing can be time-consuming.
- They take time to air-dry, and using a tumble dryer undermines their environmental advantage.
- Your baby will need to be changed more often, as reusables tend to be less absorbent.
- You will need to purchase accessories such as liners and covers.
- You will have to carry wet and soiled diapers home when you are out.
- They are more convenient.
- They do not require any additional accessories.
- They are super-absorbent, so fewer changes are required.
- They cause fewer cases of diaper rash.
- They often fit better, with fewer leaks.
- Biodegradable versions made from natural materials are now available.
- They are much more expensive.
- They require proper disposal.
- They produce high levels of waste, causing a negative environmental impact.
- They usually contain manmade chemicals.
Preparing for your baby's arrival by selecting the right first clothes and diapers is an exciting and heartwarming experience. By choosing soft, comfortable garments and reliable diapers, you're not only ensuring your little one's immediate needs are met but also setting the stage for a cozy and safe beginning to their life journey.