Do you have a little bundle of joy on the way into this world? Whether it’s your first time expecting or if you already have this in the bag, it’s best to be fully equipped and ready for when your little one is due. It can turn into a disastrous mess and make your life a catastrophe if everything isn’t at the reach of your fingertips. With baby clothes being at the top of the ‘baby essentials’ checklist, we’ve got five must-have baby clothing items to get your newborn settled in well.
Onesies make the perfect baby outfit; these comfy all-in-oners will keep your little one warm, snug and bundled in comfort. Onesies also check all the boxes when it comes to meeting the criteria of essential baby clothing with it being basic and easy to wear. Onesies are super easy to get on your little one, making diaper changes a piece of cake. Our rompers are designed with light, breathable fabric; offering your little one immense comfort. They allow your baby to move around without holding your little one back from learning to walk and crawl. Babies are prone to skin allergies because of how sensitive their skins are, so it’s of dire importance that the clothing your little one wears does not irritate your baby’s skin; with that being said, our rompers are made of soft and fine cotton which will keep rashes at bay. With choking hazards and the dangers some baby clothing can possess, onesies keep those dangers at bay with many of them designed without buttons or snaps. Onesies work for just about every occasion, day or night; leave them as they are or pair them with a skirt or pants to add to the already adorable outfit.
Socks & Mittens
Even though your baby isn’t able to stand yet, socks are necessary to keep their feet warm and throw on a pair of mittens to keep their little fingers all snug. Plus, matching socks and mittens can pull together a cute outfit. Our hands and feet contain blood vessels, which are vital in regulating our body temperature; this is why you might feel hot when wearing socks in warmer temperatures or experience a blast of cold air when your feet stick out from under the covers. Babies are no different and require their feet and hands to be kept warm in cold temperatures.
Swaddles & Blankets
While baby clothes are an important part of dressing your newborn, swaddles and blankets are even more vital in the first few months. Babies get cold very easily throughout the day and you’ll want to tuck baby up in a soft blanket to keep your little one warm. Even with clothing on, you should keep your baby bundled up in a blanket or a swaddle. If you noticed your baby fussing, remove the blanket or swaddle to prevent the cause of overheating.
Burp Cloths & Bibs
You’ll be surprised at how quickly you go through a tonne of burp cloths and bibs. Newborns are prone to drooling and spitting up as they learn how to nurse, so stocking up on these accessories is vital. Getting a whole lot of burp cloths and bibs will save you from running out when they’re in the wash, the last thing you’ll want is to rush doing laundry every day as you try to keep up with baby’s mess.
The minute your little bundle of joy is born, nurses will pop a little beanie on your little one’s head to keep them warm. Since newborns get cold easily, a beanie hat is a great way to regulate your baby’s body temperature. Your baby may not need to wear a beanie throughout the day, especially in warmer weathers but it’s essential to keep one with you just in case your little one gets cold. If you notice that their face is red or feels extra-warm, take the hat off immediately. Just like how easily cold they get, newborns tend to get warm real quick too.
Besides being adorable, these loose T-shirts with side snaps or ties minimize contact with a newborn’s still sensitive umbilical cord stump. Plus, while you and little one are still getting used to dressing, having shirts that don’t have to be pulled over your baby’s face can be a real lifesaver. Kimono-style tops come in short and long sleeve options and can be worn as a top or a thin sweater over a bodysuit.
Soft, stretchy baby leggings are endlessly versatile. They’re great for quick walks in the baby carrier, when the weather turns cool and when baby begins to creep or crawl. And there are endless ways to style them: Pulled up over a bodysuit, paired with a kimono top or under dresses or shorts. Look for ones in comfortable fabrics like cotton that won’t pull or chafe.
Another absolute essential is the sleepsuit, also known as a babygrow. Although it may not seem like it, babies spend 80% of their time sleeping in the first few months, so they’ll practically live in sleepwear. As with sleepsuits, there are plenty of styles suitable for however your baby likes to be dressed – most newborns prefer to be placed on their back so they can look at you whilst being dressed. Sleepsuits can also come with either poppers or zips on the front, both are designed for quick and easy changes, ideal for the middle of the night.
Disposable or Cloth Diapers
We saved the most predominant newborn clothing item for last. It’s important to have at least two packages of disposable diapers or enough cloth diapers for two days on hand at all times. Your little bundle of joy will be going through a whole lot of diapers, so it’s always best to have spares. Use reusable cloth diapers instead of disposable diapers to save a quick buck, they’re also a lot better for the environment. Despite the extra laundry you’ll have to do with cloth diapers, they’re a lot more comfortable for your little one.