Your Baby's First Wardrobe Essentials Checklist
Posted on November 24 2020
For the unfamiliar, beginning to shop for your first baby can bring up a lot of questions. Why does a newborn need mittens? Why do all babies wear gowns? How is that even practical? And how do I strike the right balance between constant changes and not buying too much for a growing little sprout?
First off, let us just say this: Congratulations! Now let’s get to shopping and prepping for your arriving bundle of joy.
As experts in all things baby, we put together a list of your newborn’s first wardrobe essentials.
Let’s start off with those aforementioned gowns. You already know you’re in for many middle-of-the-night feedings and diaper changes, but don’t forget that you’ll be wrestling a giggling, kicking baby back into bed clothes before you’ve even looked at the coffee pot.
Gowns let you slip your baby in and out of fresh diapers (and clothes, if the situation is explosive) without the struggle. Even better, our cozy gowns have snaps on the bottom for easy conversion to playsuit. It’s the 2-in-1 outfit change that will save your sanity on those late nights and early mornings.
It’s very scary to wake up in the morning to realize your baby has scratches all over their face, but no, there isn’t a monster under their crib. Babies have sharp, fast-growing nails, and as their skin adjusts to life outside of the womb, they’re likely to experience a period of rough patches, baby acne, and peeling, thus causing them to scratch themselves.
Babies also need mittens not because they’re cold, but because they often have an involuntary startle response, called the Moro reflex, where they extend their arms and legs, then jerk them back in again. Protect your baby’s skin by swaddling them in a blanket at night or by slipping them into our Prima cotton mittens.
Bodysuits are the most essentials of the essentials. They go under every outfit and fit snugly while freeing up the arms and legs to help ease them into wearing clothing. They protect their soft bellies and backs as your baby squirms about, and bodysuits are an important base layer when planning how to best keep your baby comfortable in any weather. Ours are made with snap closures for easy changing and are the perfect basics for every baby’s first wardrobe.
One thing you’ll find out quickly as a new parent is that you can never have too many baby blankets.
Getting yourself out the door with the baby is hard enough without constantly having to locate a clean blanket. Keep one in the stroller, one in the car, one on the bed, and one in the wash at all times, and you’ll have a much smoother time.
Our 100% Pima cotton blankets are two ply for extra warmth & comfort, and they’re incredibly durable. Like all of our pieces, you can throw them in the wash on cold and dry them on low, and the longer fiber length of our Peruvian cotton makes it so you’ll have our blankets as keepsakes for years to come.
Babies have poor circulation, which leads to cold feet, but trying to keep socks on a newborn is a task that is easier said than done. Perfect for sleep or play, footies are an adorable way to keep you little one warm from head-to-toes. We offer both footies with snap and zipper closures, so you can choose what works best for you and your little one.
You don’t always put a hat on a baby because it makes them look incredibly cute (although it does). Babies lose a lot of heat from their heads, so it’s important to cover them up to keep them warm even when indoors.
Our outfit collections are designed with multiple layers, like this classic knit hooded cardigan, to help you keep your baby comfortable, and the natural fibers of our Pervuian cotton pieces are also much more breathable to help with temperature regulation.
The American Academy of Pediatrics’s official statement is to advise against putting shoes on a newborn's feet, and its experts don’t recommend purchasing baby shoes until your child begins to walk. You still need to keep those toesies warm though, so your newborn will need footies—and multiple sets, at that. While we promise our durable Prima cotton footies will hold up, wash after wash, you’re on your own when it comes to keeping track of them.
Important in keeping your baby’s shirts and face clean, we don’t think we need to explain to you why bibs are an essential (unless you think applesauce is just a trendy accessory).
Important in keeping *your* shirt’s and back clean, we also don’t think we need to explain this one to you. Like baby blankets, you can never have too many burp towels and you never want to be without, so keep one in the stroller, the car, and many, many rooms of the house. Trust us.