Baby Clothing Essentials

For a brand-new human, nothing’s cuter than a soft, cozy outfit. But, while ruffles and fancy embellishments may be tempting, your baby’s skin will be best served by simple pieces that are easy to dress and take care of—especially during those first few months when they’re still getting used to wearing clothing. That’s why we recommend stocking up on essentials like stretchy jumpsuits that snap down the front and tops with envelope necks, which are easier to get over the delicate head. Plus, if you stick to clothes made from natural materials (like cotton) you’ll keep your baby cool and comfortable in the heat and avoid fabrics that have been treated with harsh chemicals, which can be absorbed through the skin.

Babies grow fast, so it’s a good idea to buy multiples of each item. This helps ensure you have enough on hand for both day to day activities and special occasions, as well as makes it easier to rotate out old clothes when they no longer fit. Keeping a bin or two on hand for this purpose will also help reduce the amount of clothing that ends up in landfills. Don’t forget a hat, too; it’s an important way to protect newborns from the sun and keep their heads warm in cooler weather.

If you’re looking for baby clothing that’s both comfortable and stylish, look no further than the parent-approved line Little Me. Their 100 percent cotton collection for newborns includes neutral bodysuits with lap shoulders, footie pajamas that snap down the front from head to toe and comfy sleeper gowns that have peek-a-paw cuffs to prevent self-scratching.

Another option is the edgy fashion-forward brand Kyte. The company offers a wide selection of prints—from skulls and stars to unicorns and flowers—in addition to solid options that are great for mixing and matching. We love the brand’s organic knit cotton dresses, rompers and pants that will keep your baby comfortable in the heat and wash easily and beautifully.

When it comes to cold weather gear, The North Face is a classic brand that offers plenty of options. From thermal buntings to rain bibs and snow suits that will protect your baby from the elements, there’s something for every season.

If you’re shopping on a budget, it’s a good idea to stick with neutral colors that can be mixed and matched for a more varied wardrobe. It’s a smart move that will save you money in the long run and reduce the number of clothes your baby outgrows before they’re ready to be passed on. Plus, the right pieces of baby clothing will allow your little one to transition seamlessly from summer to fall and winter without having to buy new clothes in between.