Although baby clothes seem pretty straightforward, they can be tricky if you’ve never dealt with them before. But fear not, I am here to help you out! Today I am sharing with you a guide to baby clothes!
A GUIDE TO BABY CLOTHES
Tiny feet, little hands, baby clothes sure are cute to look at! But a lot of new moms to be can get pretty overwhelmed with everything out there. This can lead to you buying a ton of things that you will end up not using. What do you really need? What won’t you need? And what about sizes?
The first few months your baby will lead a pretty boring life: sleep, eat, diaper change and repeat. Which doesn’t mean that it won’t need a lot of clothing! On the contrary, if your baby ends up being a spitter, you’re likely to be changing his outfits multiple times a day.
Benjamin wasn’t a big spitter, which meant that he often wore the same outfit more than one day. I usually put him in something to sleep and then another outfit during the day, because I don’t want him to sleep in what was lying on the floor.
BABY CLOTHES: THE STAPLES
Onesie: the staple. They come in long or short sleeves (or no sleeves at all), are easy to slip over the newborn’s head and snap at the crotch. They have stretchy neck holes with overlapping fabric (or snap buttons) to make undressing easier for the baby. Alternatively, you can also find onesies which are crossed over – these come in handy if you don’t have much experience dressing babies and are afraid to pull things over their heads.
Footed Pajamas. These are usually long sleeved and, as the same says, have footies included. They are the easiest thing to dress babies in when they are really young! Honestly, that is all Benjamin wore the first few weeks when at home. Usually with a onesie underneath – I personally thing onesies are easy and comfortable for the baby, they keep things together. They usually close up in front with snap buttons and sometimes even zippers.
Overalls. Either in cotton or velvet (for the colder months), these usually also come with a shirt to put underneath. I have a love-hate relationship with these shirts. Here’s why: they’re great for layering if it is cold, but in the milder months a simple onesie underneath would suffice – which is what I dressed Benjamin in during Spring time when it wasn’t cold nor hot outside. Look for some with snap buttons at the crotch, to make changing diapers easier.
The onesie with a bit extra. This is what I call the onesies with arms and legs or shorts. They come pretty in hand when the weather is very hot. Some brands advertise them as Summer pajamas, but I think they can be worn anytime.
BABY CLOTHES: THE REST
Footed leggings. Cute and easy. I still use these at home with a onesie, depending on the weather it may be long or short sleeved. If this is the first time you are dressing a baby and you’re a bit nervous, skip these until you feel comfortable.
Pants or regular leggings. Honestly, I don’t think you need real pants until the baby is a bit older. Leggings, on the other hand, are just as useful as footed leggings. The upside: they can be worn with or without socks. The downside: they don’t look as cute as the footed ones. Which isn’t really a downside, I know.
Shirts. I told you above about my love-hate relationship with these, now I will explain why. A baby lies down most of the time, the rest of the time it is in your arms. When a baby has a shirt on, the shirt won’t stay in place. It will roll up when you pick the baby up and it will be likely uncomfortable on his back when he’s moving. The only time I dressed him in these were with the overalls – or on the odd quick grocery trip.
Jackets and hoodies. Again, unnecessary in my opinion, for the same reason as the shirts. Except: we bought Benjamin a hoodie when the weather stopped being too cold for his outdoor overall, but he still needed the extra layer. We only used it when he was in his car seat or his pram, so he would have the extra layer of protection. The hoodie would protect his head and keep it from getting cold and was comfortable. I do think hoodies are a big no-no for babies if they’re just for “show” or for the baby to look “cool” tho.
BABY CLOTHES: THE ACCESSORIES
Hats and Beanies. You should have at least one beanie and one Summerhat. Babies need a few days to adjust their body temperature after being born and these can help them keep warm. Also very practical after baths, when they cool down very quickly!
Tights. Ideal for layering during the colder months or under shorts if it is still not too warm out. My tip: put the onesie over them, so they stay put and won’t roll down.
Socks and gloves. You really won’t need socks for a newborn baby. They are tiny, you have to fiddle to put them on, only to find them on the floor minutes later. IF you find them. Besides, most of their clothes come with footsies anyways. However, you can have one of two pairs to put over the footsies, for added warmth. Gloves, on the other hand, can be very good to keep babies from scratching themselves. Or if it is very cold, obviously.
Suspenders. Ok, this is really not something you absolutely need. Having that said, if you have a baby that grows slow or is on the smaller side, they can be helpful. Benjamin just started wearing size 62 (2-4 months), but most of his Summer wardrobe is either 62 or 68. In other words: they’re either big or huge. Suspenders make it possible for me to dress him in shorts that are two sizes big. They are also a way for his clothes to be worn, instead of us having to go get new things. Plus, they look super badass and cool!
The SleepSack. Not a must, but definitely helpful in the colder months. I swaddled Benjamin in the beginning, but soon realized he didn’t like to sleep that way. This kept him warm and my mind at ease knowing he was safe. I also feel it made him feel snuggly, without giving him the constricted feeling swaddling did.
BABY CLOTHES: THE SPECIAL OCCASION ITEMS
Cute dresses or suits are pretty to look at, but you probably won’t have much use for them. However, if you know there is a special occasion coming, you may want to get one of those items for your baby to look the part. For example: when Benjamin was two months old two of his cousins got baptized. A month later was Markus’ birthday and my 30th followed two weeks after. I wanted Benjamin to look a bit more put together than usual, so I looked for a cute baby suit. I found one consisting of a white button down shirt, a pair of shorts and a waistcoat. It cost 25€ and I knew he would have at least those 4 occasions to wear it. Since I got it in size 62, it still fits him well with the suspenders, meaning he already wore it 6 times in total. Now, I realize this wasn’t something we absolutely needed, but it was something I wanted him to have because he would get some wear of it.
I hope this sheds some light on the world that is baby clothes! If you have any questions, I’d be glad to help you out. Figuring out how much clothes a baby needs is a post in itself and depends on a lot of factors. Let me know what you think of this article!