Babies clothing for the first few weeks
Babies are messy little things and you may well find yourself changing them several times a day. So what will you need for the first few weeks?
Well it’s a good idea to buy uncomplicated clothing that is easy to pop on and off look for soft fabric without irritating tags and seams. Organic cotton and bamboo is ideal because it is super soft and grown without chemicals, so perfect for baby’s sensitive skin especially if they have eczema which is very common in small babies.
Babies often hate being dressed and undressed so try and make it a special time when you talk and coo to him so that he will come to associate it as a special time with Mum Sizing initially will very much depend on birth weight some babies are swamped in first size and others need 3-6 months almost immediately. How many items you need will very much depend on how fast you can turnover the laundry but I would suggest that three of each wardrobe staple as the absolute minimum.
I have always advocated baby gowns they are soft comfortable and unfussy for night wear whether it’s a boy or girl. A cosy muslin swaddle is comforting for baby they like the security of swaddling usually and they can be used for multiple other things too such as an impromptu changing cover, a cover to lie on for tummy time a sheet for the crib and lots more.
For daywear a playsuit is nice and straight forward many have feet but I have noticed that small baby’s feet can sometimes appear cramped so make sure there is plenty of room. You need to be able to access the nappy area easily there is nothing more frustrating then trying to remove a soiled all in one which does not open at the crotch.
This brings me neatly onto the subject of nappies. I advocate cloth nappies and would think that you will need at least two dozen but you can get all the advice you need at Totsbots. The range and practicality of cloth nappies available is fantastic. Separates are practical too because you can just change whichever end is dirty without needing to wash the entire outfit!
Look for nice stretchy waistbands that will expand with baby and easy to put on tops either wrap or with snappers at the neck so that they will slip on easily. You will need a couple of jackets at least for chilly days and a cosy pram suit for outdoors. Bootees or socks will help to keep tiny feet warm and little shoes too; you probably will need at least 6 pairs.
Hats are needed winter and summer for summer wear something broad rimmed to keep the sun off and warm and cosy for winter to keep warm. These are the staples for babies wardrobe but of course many baby will have lots more with presents from fond grandparents and so on. Not a bad idea to ask people who want to buy something to get some larger sizes so that you will have things that he/she will grow into.
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