Choosing Baby Clothing For Comfort and Safety

A lot of thought, time and money go into outfitting newborns. But, for the first few weeks, it’s all about comfort and safety. The first priority when choosing baby clothing is to make sure the garments are soft and comfortable, free of any irritants that could irritate an infant’s delicate skin. Ideally, the fabric should also be breathable so the infant can move freely and remain cool. Finally, the garment should fit properly and be free of any buttons, strings or other choking hazards that could inadvertently get stuck in an infant’s throat or mouth.

Whether you’re shopping for newborns or toddlers, it is important to understand that infants grow at an extraordinary rate and often outgrow clothes before the expiration date on the label. A good rule of thumb is to choose a size up from the recommended size to prevent a garment from becoming too tight or too loose before the child can wear it again. You can also go by length or weight recommendations, since these are often more accurate than age-based sizing.

From spit-ups to blowouts, it’s not uncommon for babies to go through multiple outfits a day, so you’ll want to consider the fabric’s washability and durability. If you select a garment made from soft, breathable fabrics like cotton, you’ll have less laundry to do and your baby will stay comfortable.

As the weather starts to cool down, it’s crucial to keep your infant warm with layers and a warm coat or snowsuit. During the winter, baby fleece jackets with mittens attached are perfect for retaining warmth. And don’t forget a hat or beanie to protect your baby’s head and ears from the cold winds.

If you’re looking for a garment that provides a comfortable, womb-like feeling for your baby, look for swaddle blankets with just the right amount of stretch. Similarly, baby sleeping gowns provide a secure fit and are available in a variety of styles. Generally, sleeping gowns or pajamas have short or long sleeves and legs, while some sleepers also feature an enclosed toe area for added warmth.

Dresses and skirts add a feminine flair to any baby’s wardrobe. They come in a variety of shapes, sizes and materials from playful ruffles to elegant lace. Many dress and skirts feature a button or snap closure at the neck for easy wear.

For bedtime, you’ll need pyjamas that are suitable for both day and night or fleece footie pajamas to keep your infant cozy. During the night, your infant will likely be up several times to feed and change, so you’ll want to consider footie pajamas that are easy to put on and take off. You may also want a pair of socks or booties to keep your infant’s feet toasty warm in colder weather. In addition, a bib is an essential accessory for any infant. It’s a good idea to have several in different colors so you can change the bib when it gets dirty.