You obviously need clothes for your baby but I seriously doubt that you will need to BUY clothes for your baby. Besides blankets, clothes are the number one thing that people will give you. And in addition to gifts hopefully friends and family will give you some hand-me-downs. Believe me, your baby will not go naked.
But, so you can be prepared, this is what you should have in the clothing department.
You always see newborns wearing hats. Beyond the first few days I am not really sure why this is necessary but far be it from me to break with tradition. And anyway, in our case Baby C was a winter baby and it was freezing…at least by Brisbane standards…so he always had a hat on. So yes, get some hats.
As far as I know singlets are an Australian thing and an Australian thing that I like. For you Americans out there singlets are undershirts. For winter babies I do think they help the baby to feel cosy and to stay warm…and when you change a diaper they prevent the baby from being totally naked in the cold. And for summer babies a singlet and a nappy and you are done! You can never have too many singlets.
3. Footed onesies
Now I am not sure if a onesie is an American term but just to be clear I mean a one piece outfit…in this instance one with feet. Like singlets, you can never have too many footed onesies. I personally don’t really see the point in dressing babies in shirts, pants, socks when you can just put them in one thing…the onesie! Baby C wore his during the day and he wore them at night. Bonds makes some great ones…their Wondersuits are classics.
If footed onesies aren’t really your thing…or if you only want to use them as pjs…then you will need a whole wardrobe of separates. You will need shirts or bodysuits…shirts that snap at the crotch, pants or leg warmers and socks. The shirts or bodysuits should be either long sleeved or short sleeved depending on the climate and on the season. Pants and shorts are not always the easiest things to get on and off which is why leg warmers are great…as their name implies they keep the legs warm but you don’t have to take them off for diaper changes! Socks and booties are both fine to keep those little toes from getting cold…on very cold days we would put booties on over Baby C’s footed onesie…double whammy!
Again depending on the climate and the season you might want a zip up sweatshirt or a vest. We had a hooded vest that was great to help keep Baby C warm on chilly morning walks.
For the first three months your baby will likely sleep in a footed onesie and some sort of swaddle apparatus. If it is cold you can tuck another blanket in and around the baby. Or you can put them swaddle and all into a sleeping bag. After about four months when your baby no longer needs or tolerates swaddling then sleeping bags are a must. Blankets will be kicked off in about two seconds…and then become a suffocation hazard. So you must zip the baby into a wearable blanket. We have a few of the Grobag brand sleeping bags and they are great. They come in different thicknesses for different climates and seasons, their sizes are cut to last for six months to a year and the patterns are adorable. Target and Big W also sell sleeping bags although I have only been able to find one thickness, their sizes are the traditional sizes and their patterns aren’t as cute. I usually love Target and Big W but in this case I say go for the gold and get a Grobag. A note about sleeping bags…when buying them look for ones that have slits for a pram or car seat safety harness to fit through…that way you can take your sleeping baby in their sleeping bag in from a walk or a car ride and put them in their bed!
So that should just about do it. Like I said Baby C wore footed onesies pretty much exclusively for the first three months. Now that he is a big boy of five months he still wears a footed onesie with his Grobag at night but during the day I put him in a bodysuit and either shorts or pants depending on the weather…although since he now rolls all over the place and dressing him is much like wrestling a pig in a blanket I am looking forward to the days when a singlet and a nappy will suffice!
And remember pink or blue is the new black!