How To Dress A New-born Baby
Being a new mum means changing nappies and clothing multiple times a day – babies are messy! You’ll want new-born dresses that are soft and comfortable with no fiddly zips or seams and, most importantly, are easily opened for nappy changes. Read more for our tips on how to best dress your new-born baby.
When preparing for your baby to arrive, it’s difficult to know what size clothes to get. Some babies outgrow new-born or 0 - 3 month clothes extremely quickly, while others skip that size altogether and fit into 3 month + clothing straight away. The best thing to do is buy clothing in various sizes and return the items you don’t need.
How Many Pieces?
Depending on how much laundry you feel like doing in those first few weeks, here are some basic guidelines on how many of each item you’ll need:
- All-in-one baby grows: 5 - 7. A convenient item of clothing that’s suitable for napping and playtime.
- Pyjamas: 4 - 7. While the cutest design might catch your eye, be sure to get pyjamas which are a breeze to get on and off.
- Tops: 4 - 7. Buy tops with room in the neck or that snap at the neck so they slip easily over your baby’s head.
- Trousers/leggings: 5 - 7. To cut down on the level of washing you’re doing, invest in separates. Buy bottoms that are stretchy at the waist so they make room for the nappy and expand as your baby gains weight.
- Jumper or jacket: 1. Most babies don’t like having things pulled over their head, so keep your baby warm with a jumper or jacket that has buttons down the front.
- One-piece fleece: 1. For extra cosiness in winter, a one-piece fleece will keep your baby warm and snug on family outings.
- Hats: 1 for winter and 1 for summer.
- Lots of socks & a few pairs of booties. Socks tend to go walkabouts so it’s best to stock up – you can never have too many!
Seasonal Dressing - Winter
The rule of thumb for dressing babies in winter is to dress them in the same number of layers you’re wearing, plus one. So if you’re wearing jeans, jumper, a jacket, thick socks, boots, a hat and gloves then this is what your baby should be in too, with a blanket or the buggy’s rain cover as the extra layer to keep the warmth in. Remember, while it is important to keep your new-born toasty, be careful of overheating. As soon as you’re inside, make sure to remove extra layers – even if they are sleeping - to keep your baby’s temperature regulated.
Seasonal Dressing - Summer
In the hot summer weather, a baby’s best accessory is a cute hat and a sun-blocking umbrella attached to the buggy. Protect your little one’s face and hands with sun-cream, keep clothing light and breathable and stay indoors around lunchtime, when the sun is at its strongest.