Shopping for baby clothes is a fun part of preparing for your little one’s arrival. With the many cute options and baby-tailored clothing available, it’s easy for your spending to turn into a spree before you know it. Many mothers agree that they purchased too much baby clothing before their first little one was born. Here are some suggestions to help you edit your shopping list.
Examples of items you can probably leave off your list:
- Overalls that don’t unbutton at the bottom – Overalls, especially the kind that don’t unbutton from the bottom, can make diaper changes tricky! If you do opt for overalls, go for ones that open up at the bottom and are made from soft material.
- Newborn sizes 0-3 months – your baby is growing so quickly, even if she is born under 8 pounds (most 0-3 month sizes are for 5-8 pound babies), she may grow out of the clothes before you have a chance to dress her in them. Two or three of these tiny outfits are fine, supplemented with 3 to 6 months choices.
- Tulle Tutus – this trend, while incredibly cute, isn’t practical. It may look adorable for photos but your baby won’t be comfortable in this material and can easily rip the thin netting apart. If you really want a tutu for that special photo, you can probably borrow one.
- Shoes – hard (or semi-hard) soled shoes are difficult to put on and will most likely not stay on for long. Save on this type of shoe until your little one is walking. Alternatively, a pair of well-fitted soft leather moccasin over a sock can be very help when trying to keep socks on little feet.
One of the easiest ways to save money on baby clothes is to accept hand-me-downs. Because babies grow so quickly, the clothing they wear usually remains in excellent condition. Good quality, gently-used clothing will last for years, allowing you to save them for the next child or give them away to friends or family.
Whether you purchase new outfits or accept hand-me-downs, it’s important to know what’s essential. Here is a list of staple items that should be in your baby’s wardrobe:
Onesies are one-piece body suits that make dressing baby easy. Because they snap over the diaper, they always remain tucked in and are great for layering. Look for onesies that are made of soft, breathable fabric (such as cotton) and have large head and leg openings. Be sure to have a selection of long sleeve and short sleeve onesies for different temperatures.
Like onesies, undershirts are excellent for layering. For your newborn, undershirts that button on the side are best to avoid anything rubbing against the umbilical cord stump.
Night gowns are great for before the cord falls off. It’s especially important to look for long gowns that cinch at the feet for comfort.
One-piece, footie sleepers are excellent for keeping baby comfortable while she sleeps. Choose sleepers with front buttons or zippers for easy diaper changes.
Wearable blankets are the equivalent of a sleeveless sleeping bag. They are excellent for keeping babies warm and comfortable on chilly nights without the use of a blanket (blankets aren’t advised until after your baby’s first birthday).
Socks and booties
Socks are important for keeping your baby’s feet warm. Be sure to have several different pairs because they are easily lost! When you go outdoors, soft fabric booties that Velcro are excellent for keeping your baby’s feet warm and, unlike socks, they won’t fall off!
Zipper hoodies or cardigans
Layering is important when dressing babies. Because zipper hoodies and cardigans are easy to put on and take off, they make dressing baby for cooler temperatures easy.
Hats are essential for both summer and winter. Look for a wide-brimmed hat for sunny warm weather and a soft hat that covers the ears for cold weather. It’s a good idea to purchase hats that strap at the chin to ensure they don’t fall off.
Pull-on pants are easy to put on and easy to take off, making diaper changes quick and simple. Look for pants with stretchy material for added comfort.
Of course, as your baby grows, the adorable clothes sitting in her closet will soon be too small and you’ll be wondering what to do with it all. Consider holding on to most items if you plan to have another child or give them away to either family or friends with babies or to consignment shops.
Baby clothes, with their miniature style, are cute! But it’s important to have staple items that are comfortable and practical enough for your baby to play and grow in.