How To Buy: Clothes For Newborns

clothes for newbornsEven though shopping for newborns sounds easy, with all the cute attire that is available in the stores nowadays, a little planning goes a long way.

It is very important to cover and protect your baby from head to toe so as to help them adjust to life outside the womb.

Newborns can get messy and require a couple of changes of clothing every day. Thus, it is important to ensure their apparel is easy to change. Moreover, they must be comfortable with no hanging cords or ties that they can get entangled in.

The fabrics must be soft to complement their delicate skin. Always ensure that all buttons, strings and tags are on securely as if they come out there may be a risk of choking.

When buying clothes for newborns, it is difficult to predict sizing as many outgrow their newborn clothes very quickly and many large babies totally skip the newborn size and start from 3 to 6 months straight away while some smaller babies may require Tiny Baby or Preemie clothes.

How many outfits you would really require depends on how often you plan to do your laundry. Apart from that the tips below provides a brief guideline of what you really need in the first 6 weeks.

T-shirts and Pants:

You will require about 5 to 7 tee-shirts which have plenty of room in the neck area or alternatively have snaps at the neck to allow easy removal from the head. To pair the tee-shirts, pants or leggings would be required. Ensure stretch waistbands that easily fit over the babies belly and diaper, even when they grow bigger.

One-Piece Outfits:

Again 5 to 7 changes would be handy for sleeping and playing in. These are very convenient as most come with socks and a hood attached.


In warm weather, it can get uncomfortable for your tiny tots to have too many layers of clothing. You can consider investing in a sweater or jacket as per the requirement of your city’s weather.

If you live in colder climes, you may also want to consider buying a snowsuit depending on the weather and also whether you would be taking the baby out and about at such a tiny age.


No matter how trendy your play clothes are, it is important for babies to wear clothes without snaps or seams while they are napping. You may need at least 2 to 3 of these, if not more.

Fleece/Cotton Sacks:

Investing in a cotton or fleece sack, that zips over the baby’s clothes, is also a good way to keep them warm. Moreover, these are much safer than traditional blankets.

Footwear and Hat:

You will need lots of socks and booties to keep your tiny tot’s feet clean and warm. It is also a good idea to have a couple of warm bonnets to keep your baby’s head covered.

Do you have any more suggestions for newborn’s clothes? Do share them in the comments below.

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