When shopping for a new baby or putting together a registry, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by all the little clothes that are out there. Luckily, there are a few simple guidelines to follow when stocking up on newborn essentials.
First and foremost, keep in mind that newborns grow fast. You want to register for clothes that will fit within the first six months (or sooner). You’ll also find that babies don’t wear as many outfits as you might think, especially if you plan to primarily diaper and swaddle your little one. And don’t forget that hats are a newborn must-have for keeping those little heads warm, regardless of whether they’re outdoors or in the house.
For daytime, a few long-sleeved onesies will go a long way. These bodysuits snap at the crotch, making them perfect for quick diaper changes—plus they’ll help prevent those precious cheeks from getting cold. Look for onesies made from organic cotton or bamboo terry fabric; these are typically soft and low-maintenance, and won’t pill when washed.
At night, a few footie pajamas or sleep sacks will be handy. Babies spit up a lot, and you’ll be changing them several times in a single night, so it’s smart to stock up on cozy pjs for their delicate skin. Look for PJs that are GOTS certified organic, which means they’re free from harmful chemicals.
Hanna Andersson is a favorite for Scandi-inspired prints and ultra-comfy clothing that’ll make parents smile. The brand also offers partnerships with beloved characters and franchises that can be enjoyed for years to come. The company’s sizing is accurate, too.
If you’re looking for a little more luxury, check out the cute rompers and sweater sets at Gap. The quality is great and their prices are very reasonable compared to designer brands. The shirts have cute necklines and buttons and the pants are super soft—plus, they’re easy to put on and take off when you’re trying to dress a fussy baby.
Another option is a swaddle and play set from Finn and Emma, which are made from organic cotton and are both GOTS and Fair Trade Certified. These are soft, light, and breathable, plus they have a unique pattern that makes them stand out among other similar pieces.
Finally, if you’re shopping for a baby boy, consider registering for Boden’s colorful clothing. The company has a wide range of themes, from big animals to dinosaurs and sharks. It’s a fun alternative to the more muted colors and cartoony designs that are commonplace at most stores.