Baby Clothing Basics Every Parent Should Have on Hand

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Whether you’re shopping for your own baby or for a shower gift, it can be easy to get caught up in the wide array of cute clothing items available. But there are a few infant-wear basics that every parent should have on hand for the new bundle of joy. From baby hats and blankets to onesies, these are the essential pieces of clothing every newborn needs to be comfortable and cozy.

Baby bodysuits

A classic, a staple in every newborn’s wardrobe and the foundation of any baby clothing collection, the baby onesie is basically a shirt and a diaper in one. Look for options with envelope-style necklines (or kimono-style onesies with side snaps) to make diaper changes easier, as well as a variety of prints and solid colors to mix and match. Also consider buying a multi-pack of baby bodysuits so that you always have multiple clean ones on hand for quick outfit changes or emergencies.

Newborns can become fussy when they’re being dressed or undressed, so it’s a good idea to have clothes on hand that are simple to put on and take off. Choose onesies with snaps or zippers instead of buttons, which can be a choking hazard for babies, and opt for sleeve and pant lengths that can be easily rolled up or down for comfort as your baby grows.

Babies can be unpredictable with their temperature, and even during the summer, you’ll want to have plenty of warm clothing on hand for your newborn. Layers and jackets are a must, and you’ll want to have a few on hand in various sizes so that your baby can easily add or remove layers as needed. Gerber Childrenswear offers a range of soft and lightweight newborn coats that are ideal for cold weather.

In addition to layers and outerwear, you’ll also want to stock up on socks and shoes for your baby. Baby socks are especially important because they help keep chilly feet covered and warm, and they’re also great for keeping newborns’ little toes protected from scratches and debris. Look for socks with non-skid bottoms to keep them in place while your baby is crawling and walking around, as well as cozy fleece liners that are comfortable against the skin.

Swaddles and blankets are another must-have for any newborn, and you’ll want to have swaddles in a variety of different sizes so that you can wrap your baby up as often as needed to keep them comfortable and snug. These types of blankets can be used as a travel blanket for car rides, naptime wraps and more, and they come in a range of adorable patterns and colors that your newborn will love. Look for swaddles that have velcro closures to ensure that they stay secure on your baby’s body. This will keep them from trying to break free and cause any discomfort.