The ultimate guide to baby clothes

The ultimate guide to Baby clothes to help first time moms

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Baby clothes!

That is the first thing that the baby will wear after delivery.

But there are different types of baby clothes.

What clothes do you need for a newborn?

How many baby clothes do you need in each size?

What size should it be?

Should you buy all the baby clothes at once?

So many questions about baby clothes.

You are not alone.

Most first time moms ask these questions.

Fortunately, this baby clothes guide has been researched in-depth to make sure you have the needed help with baby clothes.

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Clothing is part of the essentials for babies. They need clothes to keep them warm and safe. So, you need to prepare as a first time mom to buy essential newborn clothes. Many new moms want to know when to buy baby clothes. You can start buying them little by little starting from gender-neutral baby clothes. Then, when you know the sex of the baby, you can buy baby clothes for the particular sex.

Since you are a first time mom, you may not know the names of different types of baby clothes, so let’s start from there. For second-time moms or experienced moms, you can skip this section.

Let’s get started.

Baby clothes explained.

There are different types of baby clothes for different occasions or events, such as sleeping, eating, playing, pictures, summer, winter, etc. In this guide to baby clothes, we will be looking at all of them.

Names of different types of baby clothes

There are different types of baby clothes and names based on the need. Find them below:

1.            Bodysuits/onesies

A bodysuit, also known as onesie is one of the baby clothes you need. It is a complete outfit for a baby. It is easy to wear for babies and it makes diaper changing a breeze. Newborn babies use many of them during the day and at night because of their lifestyle. They can poop many times a day and you don’t want to keep a smelling bodysuit on your baby. You will want to have different sizes for your babies because they grow quickly. For a start, you will need about four to five pieces in a day. So, you will want to get enough for the baby.

There are two types of bodysuits. The short sleeve and the long sleeve. You should mix them together. They will be useful in varying climates. Check out adorable baby bodysuits here.

2.            T-shirts (side snap shirts)

T-shirts are useful for newborn babies especially in their first few weeks when the umbilical cord is yet to come off. You want to wear dresses that will be easy to remove without getting close to the umbilical cord. Getting the shirts you don’t have to pull over your baby’s face is great (hmmm! babies hate putting dresses over their heads, and when you do, they cryyyyy). It is one of the most essential baby clothes you need.

3.            Newborn sleeve side-snap shirts

Long sleeve side-snap shirts are good for newborn babies with umbilical cord stump. The side snaps prevent rubbing on the baby’s umbilical cord stump. It is easy to put on and off compared to onesies. It is great for newborns who wouldn’t like their clothes to pull over their heads. It prevents the baby from scratching themselves and keeps their fingers warm.

You can also get beautiful baby cloth without snaps. Check out the one below.

4.            Snap up rompers

Snap up rompers are the most convenient baby clothes types for newborns. They are easy to wear and remove. It is easy to change your baby diapers as well. You don’t have to pull it over the baby’s head if there is a diaper blowout. The snaps at the bottom make it easy to change diapers. The elastic on the legs are not too tight. They come in many colors.

5.            Beanie hats and mittens

Most people think hats are not essential for newborn babies. But they surely are. Newborn babies get cold easily in their heads, hands, and feet. So you need to always cover up their heads to keep them warm. You can always use it when you are at home, outside the house, and in your car, to make sure they are warm. You will also want to use the mitten set to keep their hands warm.

6.            Newborn babies shirts and pants sets

These Baby clothing types are great. If you get about 2 or 3 different sets, you can mismatch them to make different outfits. You can wear them for the baby on outings and even at home.

7.            Pairs of pajamas or sleeping gowns

Pajamas are sleepwear for babies. They are easy to wear and sleep in for newborns. Ensure that your baby sleeps in one and not any other clothing. Aside from serving as sleepwear, you can wear it also for outings in cold seasons to keep the baby warm. They can also wear them to play at home.

You can also get sleeping gowns if you prefer it to pajamas. It makes diaper change a breeze, especially for half-asleep moms.

8.            Baby leggings

Leggings are the soft, stretchy baby pants. You can wear them for your babies when you are using a baby carrier or even a stroller. It is also useful when the baby crawls around the house. You can pair them with a Kimono tees or shorts. Make sure you buy the ones made with cotton fabrics like the one shown above.

9.            Newborn baby sweaters

Baby sweaters are not just for the winter, they are for all seasons. This is because babies can easily catch a cold. They are also cute and useful for baby christening and bringing home outfits from the hospital.

10.            Baby snowsuit in cold seasons

The baby snowsuit is great for winter if you live where snows fall. It helps to keep your baby warm.

11.            Babies socks with grips

Babies need socks to keep their feet warm. The socks must be on throughout the day whether it is summer or winter. Apart from keeping the baby warm, you can use matching colors to complete their outfit. It is a common thing to see newborn socks falling off. Babies love kicking them off their feet. To prevent this, buy socks with elastic bands on top. Also, buy lots of packs of the same color or pattern, so that if one is missing, you can use the same color to replace it. Make sure you buy your baby’s size too.

12.            Cotton bibs

Cotton bibs are also essential for formula feeding.

13.            Burp cloths

You need burp cloths for formula feeding just as in Breastfeeding.

Mom and Baby clothes

Planning to wear the same outfit with the baby for home coming? It is a perfect idea.

How many baby clothes do you need in each size?

When talking about baby clothes, most moms want to know how many of each size clothes for baby. You need to be mindful of the sizes because babies outgrow their clothes easily. The newborn baby’s size is in the range of 8 lbs. If your baby is big, they may not fit into those sizes. So, what do you do?  Pay attention to newborn items between 0 – 3 months old. This size will fit a baby with sizes 12 or 13 lbs.

How many newborn clothes should you buy?

In deciding what number of baby clothes you will buy, there are lots of things to consider. Below are some of them.

  •   How often do you plan to do laundry?
  •   The size and height of your baby
  •   Brands and how they fit your baby

Find the break down below:

Guide to Baby clothes: How many infant clothes do I need?

Name of Baby clothesEstimated Nos. needed
Bodysuits / Onesies 7 – 8
T-shirts (side snap shirts) 4 – 5
Snap up rompers 3 – 4
Beanie hats with Mitten 2 – 3
Newborn baby’s shirts and pants sets 2 – 3
Pairs of pajamas or sleeping gowns 4 – 5
Baby leggings 2 – 3
Socks 4 – 7
Cottons bibs 7
Burp Clothes 12

Laundry notes: If you plan to do laundry once a week, multiply the numbers by 2. If you plan to do laundry every other day, use the numbers above. If you plan to do laundry every day, divide the numbers by 2. Expect your newborn to wear these sets of clothing for about 6-7 weeks of their life. After that, you will need to buy the next set.

Guide to Baby clothes for 0-3 months old

When do babies start wearing 0-3 month clothes?

It depends on the size of your baby and the brand of the cloth you buy. Sometimes, some newborn clothes fit a 0-3-month-old baby. And some babies can go straight to 0-3 months old clothes from birth. However, it is good to have a few clothes in newborn size until they get to start wearing 0-3 month clothes.

Newborn Vs 0-3months clothes

Are you wondering whether you should get more newborn clothes than 0-3 months old? The truth is, your baby may not wear many newborn clothes. So, it is better to buy just a couple and buy more of 0-3 months old clothes.

How many 0-3 clothes do I need?

Wondering how many 0-3 clothes you will need? Find the breakdown below.

Name of Baby clothesEstimated Nos. needed
Bodysuits / Onesies 10
T-shirts (side snap shirts) 5
Snap up rompers 7
Beanie hats with Mitten 2
Newborn baby’s shirts and pants sets 6 – 8
Dress outfits 8
Pairs of pajamas or sleeping gowns 10
Baby leggings / stretch pants 4
Socks 8
Cottons bibs 5
Burp Clothes 5

How many 0-3 sleepsuits do I need?

You will need about 10 sleepsuits for the baby because when they are little, they bring up milk quite often as their tummy is still small.

How many 0-3 month swaddles do I need?

Swaddling clothes are very important for the baby. Therefore, you need to get different types for your baby. However, you don’t need more than 4-5 pieces. I will advise you to get the Muslin swaddles and Swaddle me. They are great brands of swaddles.

How many Onesies do I need for 0-3 months?

You need more onesies when the baby is still small because they get mostly messy really fast (constant spit ups and blowouts) and you don’t want to keep doing laundry daily to ensure there are clothes for the baby to wear. Because of this, you need to get about 10-15 pieces of 0-3 months’ onesies. One of the best brands for onesies is the Gerber brand. Do check it out.

How long do babies wear 0-3 months?

Have you received a lot of 0-3 months old baby clothes and are wondering how long your baby will fit into them? It still depends on the size of your baby. However, 0-3 months clothes fit babies in the first three months of life and grow out of newborn size.

Guide to Baby clothes for 6-9 months old

Name of Baby clothesEstimated Nos. needed
Bodysuits- short sleeve 6 – 8
Bodysuits- Long sleeve 6 – 8
Sweater 2
T – shirts 5
Dress outfits 6
Cotton footed pajamas 6
Baby leggings / stretch pants 6
Socks 6
Cottons bibs 5

When do babies wear 6 month clothes?

It depends on the size of your baby. Sometimes babies wear 6-month clothes at 8 or 10 weeks old.

How many clothes for 6-9 months?

Below are the number of clothes you need in each size for your 6 – 9 month old baby.

Guide to Baby clothes for 1-year-old

Name of Baby clothes Estimated Nos. needed
Shirts and Pants 10
Dress outfits 7

How many clothes to buy before the baby is born?

Use the list under “Baby clothes for 0-3 months old“ above to purchase clothes for your newborn baby.

Apart from the list above, you need a special homecoming outfit for your newborn.

Newborn girl coming home outfits

The pain is over; the baby is here. It is time to go home. You would want to wear a sweet cloth for your baby girl or boy as coming home outfits. Check out some beautiful outfit ideas here.

Newborn boy outfits for pictures

You may want to take the pictures of your newborn to announce him or her to the world.  Check out great ideas here.

Baby clothes for umbilical cord

Most times if care is not taken, the umbilical cord can rub on baby clothes. This can be very uncomfortable for your baby and can cause irritation. Below are baby clothes for the umbilical cord.

a. Umbilical cord onesie such as the Assessables Umbilical Newborn Bodysuit for Babys Cord 100% Cotton
b. Regular onesies such as the Gerber unisex-baby short sleeve onesies
d. Sleeping gowns such as the PARADE Kimono Gowns
e. Sleep sacks such as the Nested Bean Zen Sack

Apart from using clothes for the umbilical cord, you can actually purchase the umbilical cord cover for baby on Amazon.

Easy on and off baby clothes

Searching for easy on and off baby clothes that makes life easier for you and the baby? Find them listed below.

a. No snap baby romper – such as the Hudson Baby Unisex Baby Cotton Coveralls

b. Baby romper no snaps or zippers such as the Owlivia Organic Cotton Zip up sleep and play

c. baby onesie no zipper or buttons such as the OETEO Easy-to-Wear Baby Onesies No Snaps Bodysuits

How many clothes to buy before baby is born?

In the newborn sizes, you can buy a couple (say 10 different onesies). This is because babies don’t stay long in the newborn stage of their lives. In fact, if you have a big baby, you may have to skip the newborn stage. So, you can instead opt to buy more clothes in the 0-3 month sizes as your baby may stay in that range for a while. You will need a lot of clothes here because of the spit-ups and blowouts. You can check the tables above for more information.

How many footie pajamas do I need?

Footed pajamas are very important. Ensure you get the Baby Footed Pajamas with Mitten Cuffs, because babies tend to scratch their faces when they are newly born. It helps them to discover parts of their bodies. So the mitten will help a lot. You can get about 7 different pairs of footed Pajamas so you can wear one for every day of the week.

How many newborn sleepers do I need?

Get about 5 – 6 sleepers in the newborn stage and more in 0-3 months. It depends on the size of your baby though. If the baby is big, they may jump the newborn stage. But if the baby is normal size, you can get a few because they quickly outgrow the newborn size too. The baby will use at least 2-3 per day. This will help you to spread out your laundry days. One of the best brands of newborn sleepers you can check out is the Baby Footed Pajamas with Mitten Cuffs available on Amazon.

How many outfits a day for a newborn?

Most babies go through 2-4 outfits a day. This depends on the number of blowouts and spit-ups they have daily.

It is time to buy clothes

Now you have a guide to baby clothes, it is time to buy them one after the other. You can buy them in batches. Get the clothes for the 0-3 months first, then 6-9 months, then 1 year and above. But if you have the money to buy all at once, why not?

Let’s go buy them.

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