Showering Your Baby With Clothes

Picking out baby outfits can be overwhelming, but new parents can shower their baby with clothes when they select these simple garments.

It's not unusual for expecting parents to be overwhelmed when it comes to picking out clothes for their baby. Department stores and specialty shops overflow with adorable little outfits. That's great, since your newborn will need her clothes changed several times a day. Considering that she will also outgrow her newborn clothes within a few weeks, it's hard to know exactly what to buy without going overboard.

Surprisingly, babies need only a few articles of clothing. If you are creating a wardrobe before you bring your bundle of joy home, you may want to include several kinds of the following garments:

Nightgowns

Your newborn will spend most of her first days at home sleeping, so nightgowns are comfortable for both girls and boys. Most are made with an elastic gathering at the bottom to keep your baby's legs covered and make it easy to change her. Some nightgowns come with little mittens on the sleeves. Since newborns often flail their arms, they can scratch their face or skin with their tiny fingernails. The nightgown mittens prevent scratching and also keep the baby warm. Once your baby outgrows this phase, the mittens can be removed. Four to six nightgowns will get your baby off to a comfortable start in their new home.

Onesies

The most practical and convenient piece of clothing your baby can wear is the onesie. These easy to put on garments have a wide neck, short sleeves, and snaps at the crotch. Many parents fall in love with onesies since they can be worn under your baby's other clothes during cooler weather or by themselves when the weather is warm. Your baby will need at least six onesies, but considering the variety of colors and styles, you may be tempted to get more.

Pajamas

Once your baby begins kicking and moving around, you can include pajamas in their wardrobe. While little outfits are always nice, your baby is likely to wear pajamas for most of the day since they are comfortable and allow her to explore. Most parents recommend one-piece pajamas with a wide neck and snaps around the legs, although two piece pajamas are comfortable as well. Ideally, your pajamas should be footed, but if they aren't, you can always add socks or booties to keep your baby's feet warm. Your baby's wardrobe should include five to seven pairs of pajamas.

Sock and Booties

While there are few things more adorable than tiny little shoes, your baby will not need them until she begins walking. If your baby's pajamas or outfits don't cover her feet, socks or booties that fit comfortably are the ideal accessory to your baby's wardrobe. As your baby grows bigger, patterned or brightly decorative socks will capture her interest. Four to six pairs of booties or socks are prefect for keeping your baby's feet warm.

Hats, Caps, and Bonnets

When you take your baby outside, hats become both sensible and stylish. On warm days, a lightweight cap or bonnet can protect delicate skin and shield eyes that are not used to the bright sun. On cooler days, a warm cap or hat keeps the warmth in and protects your baby's ears from the wind or cold weather. Your baby needs at least one hat and cap for each kind of weather.

Jackets, Coats, and Outerwear

Depending on the climate you live in, your baby is going to need clothes for going outside. On cool days in warmer climates, sweatshirts and hooded sweatshirts are perfect, although garments with hoods should be removed before your baby goes to sleep. For brisk days in cooler climates, a light jacket, knit cap, and mittens should be worn. When the snow flies, a one piece snowsuit along with mittens and a hat will keep your baby warm.

Special Occasion Outfits

Her first day home, her christening, and her first pictures - it's likely that your baby will attend several special events in her first few months. For these occasions, you can dress your baby in a variety of outfits, from tiny velvet dresses for girls to little shirts and ties for boys. While there is no limit to the number of outfits and styles your baby can have, you should look for outfits that are comfortable, have a loose fit around the neck, arms and legs, and have snaps around the legs. The clothing should also be machine washable and free of any scratchy tags or itchy seams.

There are other pieces of clothing that are useful for your baby. Bibs are great when she starts eating food or teething. Most caregivers say they can't live without a variety of receiving blankets. If your baby will be in cloth diapers, she will need up to a dozen of these. A hooded towel makes it easy to dry your baby after bath and keep her warm. When you know what to get, it's easy to shower your baby with clothes. No matter what your baby wears, however, you are sure to love her.

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