Newborn Clothes 👚 👖
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Hello everyone! Below is our “Newborn clothes guide” discussing clothes, sizes, and quantity you will need for a baby. Please let us know if you have any suggestions and consider signing up for our weekly newsletter about babies and kids.
Baby clothes comes in the following sizes in North America (Europe is slightly different): newborn (NB), 0-3 months, 3-6 months, 6-9 months, 9-12 months, 12-18 months, 18-24 months, 2T, 3T, etc. NB and 0-3 months sizes are confusing, and one might think these are the same size. Generally, they are not. Newborn size is generally for the first couple of weeks after the baby is born and generally runs for babies 5-8 lbs. After that your baby will wear size 0-3 months, then 3-6 months, etc. A couple of things first time moms might not know: 1) if your baby is larger than an average newborn, they might skip NB size and go straight to 0-3 months; 2) different baby brands run differently when it comes to sizing - your baby may wear NB size in some brands and 0-3 months size in other brands. Because you won’t know your baby’s body type before birth, try to mix in clothes from several different brands so you’ll have a few different fit options.
Below is the list of what you will need for your newborn. We suggest picking a few NB size items and focusing on 0-3 months size before the baby is born, and stocking up on larger sizes after the baby is here. After the first month with the baby you will have a better understanding what brands you like, what quality and material you prefer, what styles work better for your family. Happy shopping!
Going home outfit - an outfit your baby will wear on the ride from hospital to home. Generally they look like this https://amzn.to/3G6hcfg (onesie + pants + hat). Just a footie is fine too!
4-5 kimono tees (like this one https://amzn.to/32ATREW) are ideal for newborn care because they don't have a zipper or buttons that press against the front of the stomach. It's best in these early weeks to ensure that the umbilical cord area is not covered by a tight fabric or diaper that could hinder healing.
4-5 onesies (bodysuits) - optional. If you get kimono tees, you don’t really need onesies in NB.
2-3 pants - optional. If it’s warm in your region, you might choose to keep the baby in kimono tees only.
3-4 footies for the nights (or days too!). We highly recommend Magnetic Me footies especially for night diaper changes - they are so easy and comfy! https://magneticme.com/.
Winter bunting if your baby will be born in winter and you live in a cold region.
Size 0-3 months
5-7 onesies (bodysuits).
A few pairs of socks.
A pair of Zutano booties - very comfy and they stay on the baby’s feet https://zutano.com/. Use code WELCOME for 15% off for first time purchases. Now they also offer 25% off select winter best sellers with code STAYWARM.
2 hoodies or sweatshirts.
Winter bunting if the baby is born in winter in a cold region.
Sun hat if the baby is born in summer.
If you are wondering what else you need for your newborn, we have an ultimate baby registry checklist here: