Baby clothes are usually sized by age, but this can vary among brands. For example, a 3- to 6-month bodysuit from one brand may be snug on your 4-month old, while the same size from another brand could be too big. Look for clothes that also list weight or height guidelines to help you find the ones that will fit your baby best.
Some babies go straight to 3 months and never need newborn sizes, but that’s hard to predict in advance, so it doesn’t hurt to have some on hand. Also, make sure you have a couple outfits in the next size up before your child actually needs it – babies grow quickly! Buying secondhand clothes and accepting hand-me-downs are a good way to make sure you’ll always have the right size.
What you’ll need to have on hand for the early days with your newborn:
- 1 pack T-shirts
- 6 one-piece outfits that snap at the crotch (long- and short-sleeved)
- 4 pajama sets
- 6 pairs socks
- 2 pairs of soft booties
- 2 pairs stretch cotton pants
- 3 bibs
- Cotton sweater
- Knit cap
- Sun hat
- Zip-up Sweatshirt
- 15 baby hangers
Baby shoes are expensive and newborn babies outgrow them really fast. You can probably hold off on these until your baby starts to walk.
While you may be tempted to buy a bunch of adorable and fashionable baby clothes, I’d recommend skipping that and going for less-expensive stuff. While there are some really cute designer clothes, babies outgrow clothes really quickly.