Shopping for tiny and adorable baby clothes is one of the most enjoyable moments in preparation for welcoming your baby. So check these tips what to look for when choosing clothes for a newborn:
Do not buy too many clothes with size for newborns
Babies grow incredibly fast during the first few months of life. Some babies fit into newborn clothing in just a week. Some of them don’t fit into these sizes at all! If you receive multiple outfits in this size as a gift, try changing them to larger sizes if possible.
Notice how the baby dresses and undresses
Babies can bend in many interesting shapes, but it will be easier for everyone if you don’t have to figure out how to undress your baby with each diaper change.
Make sure that you can fully open the clothing (usually with buttons) at the bottom or have a long zipper in the front. If the clothing is intended to be pulled over the baby’s head, make sure that the hole in the neck is soft and as elastic as possible, so that you do not have to pull the baby’s head.
Simple maintenance is important
Baby clothes should be as easy as possible to wash and dry so that they do not require excessive effort and time. When choosing clothes, check the labels on each of them for washing instructions.
You may be surprised to learn that there are more baby clothes on the market that requires hand washing than you could have imagined!
Convenience above all
Some type of fasteners, zippers and elastic bands can be a source of discomfort for the baby if they are located in an inappropriate place or pressing on its skin.
Look for clothing that has a fabric layer between the baby and the zipper, make sure the elastic material is covered and check for irregularities that can irritate the baby’s skin.
Layering of clothes
Babies usually need an extra layer of clothing compared to what adults wear. That is why it is important to choose clothes that allow you to layer easily – adding or removing layers keep the comfort of your baby whether you are out or at home.
Baby socks and shoes
Baby socks are considered a must, especially if your baby was born in cold weather conditions (autumn, winter or spring). However, you may need to go through trial and error to find the right socks. Baby’s socks tend to fall off frequently, so it’s good to have a few pairs on hand.
While newborns do not need shoes, some parents buy them for aesthetic purposes or to keep socks in place. It is up to you to make this purchase, but keep in mind that baby shoes should be soft, with a wide opening for easy use.
Check for dangerous items on clothes
While many baby clothing manufacturers are extremely strict and careful about every detail to provide comfort and safety for babies, sometimes health-threatening clothing can be noticed in children’s stores.
Therefore, it is a good idea to check baby clothes for loose buttons and zippers that can be detached, as well as for applications or decorations that could be pulled or swallowed by the baby.
More useful baby tips:
- Buy wide collars or accessories to easily cover the baby’s neck
- Try accessories for changing diapers without the need for complete undressing of the baby
- Choose buttons that are more comfortable, safer, and take less time
- Avoid edges or uncomfortable fabrics – buy only the best!
- Check if clothes are suitable for washing machine
- Make sure the buttons are attached well – the baby can choke with small buttons
- Look carefully for loose threads or pulls in which the baby may get his fingers or toes tangled
- Avoid things that babies can wrap around their necks
I hope this detailed guide to getting your baby’s first clothes was helpful to you! And remember, never rush to buy a lot of clothes before your baby is born.
If necessary, you can always pick up more clothes after the arrival of your newborn. Do not forget to check our newborn baby essentials checklist here!