Newborn babies need to be kept cozy and comfy. Dressing them in soft, stretchy outfits that are easy to put on and take off is important. You will also want to add a few outerwear items (like coats and bunting sacks) to your baby’s wardrobe for colder weather.
Newborns spit up a lot, so you will be changing them multiple times throughout the day. To make diapering and bathing easier, consider dressing your newborn in a onesie with long sleeves that snap or button across the chest. This allows for quick, easy diaper changes without having to pull a shirt over their head or mess up their nappy.
Invest in a few outfits that are a little fancier than your basic onesies for special occasions. For example, a dress and cap for an upcoming family portrait or a kimono onesie for your hospital stay are great options.
For a more casual look, try a pair of pants and a onesie from a brand like Rylee + Cru. The company’s clothes are ethically sourced, with minimalistic designs and a neutral color palette. You can easily mix and match their pieces, and your newborn will be wearing stylish clothing from an eco-friendly brand from the start.
If your little one has a favorite animal, try an outfit from Monica + Andy. This company offers a wide variety of prints that are cute and made from organic cotton. Their clothing is easy to wash, soft to the touch and will grow with your child, offering a range of sizes from newborn to 5T. Another great option is a Target-owned brand called Cat and Jack, which has plenty of styles to choose from and a wide range of prices.
Another great brand for infants is Hanna Andersson. Although it is a bit more pricey, its super-soft fabrics and fun patterns will make you and your baby love the clothing. It’s worth it to invest in some of these pieces, and you can always shop their sale section to get them at a reduced price.
You should always have a few blankets on hand for baby to sleep in. You can use a muslin blanket, which is soft and breathable, or a flannel baby blanket for added warmth. It’s also a good idea to get a set of fleece footie pajamas for nighttime. You can layer them with a swaddle and/or a dress, or simply dress your baby in their footed sleepers for a cozy, comfortable night of rest.
Once you’re ready to put together your newborn’s wardrobe, keep in mind that many parents end up with more clothes than they need. So, don’t be afraid to accept hand-me-downs from friends and family or donate your own baby clothing once your infant outgrows it. If you do find that you have more clothes than you need, store them in a bin or box so they are easy to access when needed. Also, don’t forget to rotate out old items as soon as they are no longer in good condition, so that you have fresh garments for your newborn at all times.