As the excitement for a new baby builds, many soon-to-be parents find themselves scouring the internet and stores to stock up on outfits. But before you go overboard, consider that babies are small and grow fast, so they only wear each clothing size for a few months (or even weeks!). Durable fabrics and well-made garments are key, but don’t be afraid to splurge on a cute design that speaks to your child’s style.
A good place to start is with the basics: rompers and jumpsuits, which are ideal for sleepwear and everyday wear because of their full pants coverage. Many come in a variety of options, including hoodies and sleeve lengths, plus mitten or footed styles that make for easy dressing. Pehr makes a variety of these styles with little details like kimono ties and ruffles that add some extra flair. This brand also uses organic cotton and has a soft, serene color palette.
Another brand to check out is Birdie Bean, which offers brighter prints and fun fabrics that are perfect for a girl or boy. Their fabric is thicker than most and has a nice feel to it. It’s also sustainable, third-party tested for quality and safety, and available through smaller retailers.
Depending on the season, you’ll want to stock up on warm and cold weather essentials. Light cotton and muslin blankets are the best way to keep baby warm without overheating, while light outerwear is essential for outings. Look for jackets and winter puffer jackets that are warm, but breathable. A warm hat is also a must for both boys and girls, and can protect the umbilical cord stump for the first 10-20 days or so (it will eventually fall off).
If you’re looking for a special occasion piece to dress your baby in, try out the adorable collections from Dior or Ralph Lauren. These designer brands usually sell preppy men’s polo shirts, but their baby pieces take on a similar classic look and would be great for a homecoming outfit or newborn photos.
When it comes to shoes, try a pair of Goumi booties for infants that were featured on Shark Tank. These soft sole shoes snap on to the feet and are made from a fabric blend that includes 70-percent viscose from bamboo and 30-percent organic cotton. The company also sets aside 10-percent of profits for human trafficking initiatives and donates mitts to preemie babies in the NICU.
For a summertime wardrobe addition, try the beach-ready sundresses from Touched By Nature. This company carries this piece in both boys and girls, plus other adorable dresses for young women. They’re made from a mix of cotton and lycra, which helps them stretch with your growing little one, and are organic and third-party tested for quality and safety.
If you’re shopping on a budget, be sure to register at a store that has a baby section and shop in person whenever possible. This will allow you to try on garments and get a feel for what fits, preventing any unnecessary or unwanted purchases from entering your baby’s closet and dresser drawers.