The Best Wardrobe For Your Newborn Baby
Congratulations, proud parents! If you’re reading this, you either have found out you’re pregnant or you already have brought your beautiful bundle of joy home. If this is your first child, then navigating the world of newborn fashion may be intimidating. You have to think about sleepwear, everyday clothing and extras such as booties, mittens and hats. If you know what you’re looking for, dressing your newborn doesn’t need to be a challenge. For those who are considering to buy clothes set as gift for baby shower, you are welcome as well!
Your baby is going to spend the majority of their time in the crib for the first three months, so you are going to want to make sure that the clothes they sleep in take proper care of them. With their smooth and sensitive skin their increasing movement, you’ll want to ensure they are comfortable and the type of sleepwear they have on is high quality. Knit fabrics and hand-made cotton pieces are ideal as it is more durable and lasts longer.
You don’t want anything that could be a potential choking hazard and you’ll want to avoid zippers or items that can be difficult to open, close or adjust. Since you’re going to constantly be changing your baby for diaper cleanings and messes and possible skin irritation, ease of movement or management are critical. Snaps and stretching material are adequate, but you might prefer sleepwear with tie sides as your crib-clothing of choice. Newborn clothes with tie sides make undressing your baby easier, since you don’t have to worry about getting their head around sleeves or openings, and it’s more adjustable and thus safer and choke-hazard free than zippers or snaps. The type of fabric and design of your tie side sleepwear is also critical. You’ll want to choose a fabric that is gentle and won’t irritate your baby’s skin and cause rashes (you’re gonna have your hands full with plenty of diaper rashes at is it). Also multicolored pajamas are fun, but they make it hard to tell when your baby has made a mess and it’s time for a changing.
Then you must consider pajama types:
Footie pajamas are the classic baby pajama type that covers their entire body save their head with a one-piece suit. These are for newborns who always wiggle out of their socks, as there are a pair of sock sewn onto the pajama legs. You’ll want to find options that are ease of remove, thereby easing diaper changes.
Piped pajamas are basically one-piece pajama without the socks built-in like footies and have elastic bands to hold the sleeves and ankles in place. This is best after the first few weeks and your baby becomes used to socks. As with footie PJ’s, ease of movement and removal are key, but you are also going to want to find good socks for your newborn if you don’t intend for them to be barefoot.
Banded pajamas are usually two-pieces, with a top and bottom. They are held in place simply with elastic bands sewn into the hems, waistline and sleeves to ensure a snug fit. These are easier to remove, but make sure you have choose ones with matching designs. Two-piece pajamas are easy to misplace and mismatch if the overall pattern or color is not uniform.
These are one-piece sleepwear bodysuits that leave your newborns arms and legs exposed. If you want to buy your baby rompers, make sure you get the kind with loose-fitting sleeves and short-hemmed legs that don’t contract any movement. In the first few months, as your newborn begins learning to turn on their stomach, you won’t want anything too snug that restricts movement and breathing in anyway.
You can’t keep your baby in bed forever, though. How are you going to show them off to your friends and family that way? As with sleepwear, comfort and ease of adjustment or removal are all important considerations and organic material is, once again,ideal. Also, resist the temptation to overdress your baby. You brought your diaper bag with you for a reason.
These are the non-sleepwear type. This is ideal for warmer weather. If you don’t want just plain white onesies, make sure you buy ones of lighter colors or pastels. This makes it easier to tell when it’s changing time. And speaking of changing time, you’ll definitely want onesies with snap-open and close crotches to allow you to change a diaper without completely undressing them.
Sometimes you may just want to put your baby in a T-shirt and Pampers, which is great because it makes changing even easier. In this case, choose a T-shirt that is easy to clean and doesn’t soak up stains as thoroughly. Otherwise, you will go through white tees the same way you go through diapers.
The same goes with sandos, or sleeveless tops. Make sure the fabric you choose with both T-shirts and Sandos are non-irritant to your newborn’s skin and are easy-to-clean.
When you buy shorts for your newborn, make sure they have elastic bands at the waist so you don’t have to worry about zippers or snaps irritating them and making changing a hassle. Especially with shorts, the color you choose makes recognizing when it’s time for a cleaning much easier.
Changes in the weather can make newborn parents very wary of taking their infant out for a stroll. Stocking your baby’s wardrobe for outside excursions in cold and warm climates can ease these worries. Aside from the list below, you can check out the complete list in our homepage.
Booties and Mittens
When it comes to cold weather, booties and mittens are critical. Parents are going to want mittens and footwear that snugly stay on their hands and feet while being adjustable to account for developmental growth. Mittens with velcro-straps are easy to adjust and difficult for newborns to remove since they don’t have the muscle strength yet to manipulate them during hand discovery. Booties with either elastic holds or velcro-straps keep wiggly toes from sliding their socks off.
For warmer weather, protecting your newborn from the sun is also vital. A good sunhat shades a newborn’s forehead and has a drape in the back to shield their neck from harmful UV rays that may damage a baby’s sensitive skin. Make sure you only get a hat made of natural or organic fabric that is soft and downy and is less likely to irritate their scalp as they begin to grow hair.