Are you a new parent and feeling daunted by the overwhelming prospect of finding the perfect baby clothes?
Don't know what materials will be too harsh on your newborn’s skin, or wondering about what a baby needs from its clothes?
Don’t worry, JewelStreet has you covered. Our fashion experts who've survived their first child with their sanity intact have some tips to share. We'll tell you how to find the best clothes to keep your baby safe and warm, what type of baby clothes are the most important and the questions you should ask. This a one stop baby clothes 101 to help you prepare for your new arrival.
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A handknitted baby clothes set to keep your newborn safe and warm.
What types of baby clothes do you need?
Being a new parent can be overwhelming. You need to know what style of clothes are the best for specific situations. And just how many clothes you need. We recommend you get a good range of everything in small numbers, every few months.
What is the difference between baby-gros, bodysuits and onesies?
If you are struggling to know the difference between these categories, don’t worry, we are too. There are some minor differences, but they’re so minor, they’re not worth knowing. These words are used to describe the same type of clothes that have the basic same function.
These are your super comfortable baby clothes that let your baby chill, sleep and play in comfort. They usually come with easy access to the baby’s nappy for fast and easy changing.
The sleeveless and legless options are a great choice for baby’s summer wear.
And the long-legged sleeve options are perfect for bedtime.
When purchasing clothes, you’ll most probably want more of these than any other item. Suggestions usually range between six to 10, depending on your washing schedule.
Does a baby really need trousers?
With so many baby onesies and bodysuits you may wonder if your baby really needs trousers. Trousers are always handy to have to put over onesies, especially if you only have legless onesies and are venturing out in the rain.
An even better option is dungarees. They are a lot easier to get on a restless newborn that just wants to wrestle. And they look simply adorable.
A cute pair of baby dungarees that are super easy to slip on.
Cardigans and woolly jumpers
Cardigans and woolly jumpers are always good things to have, especially if you are taking baby out and about.
In summer, we’d recommend you only get a couple of these, just in case the weather takes a turn for the worse. It's best not to be caught short.
A tactile knitted sweater babies love to play with.
Think about the material
When buying baby clothes there are a few questions you should ask about the material.
Will the material be harsh against my baby’s skin?
Choose natural materials. More and more people are choosing natural baby clothes. Natural materials are more gentle against a baby's delicate skin than synthetics. This means your baby will be less likely to experience rashes or skin irritation from natural materials like wool or cotton.
Synthetic material is a big no for babies. Webmd notes that “you’re more likely to get textile dermatitis from clothes made with synthetics such as polyester, rayon, nylon.” Synthetic materials tend to be treated with various chemicals like formaldehyde which exposes a baby to a greater range of allergy risks. Making synthetic materials a big no for some new parents.
Will the material offer my baby a wide range of movement?
You want to look for a design that offers your baby a full range of movement, especially during playtime. Feeling restrained or clothes that pinch will upset a baby. So, if you want to keep your baby happy, search for material that is light, breathable, and stretchy.
Will my baby be comfortable enough to nap in this material?
When you have a newborn baby, every second of sleep is precious. You’ll want to squeeze out every single ‘z’ you can. So, choosing a material that won’t disturb a baby's sleep is a must.
A newborn gown to write home about.
The JewelStreet catalogue offers a wide-range of handmade baby clothes that will keep your baby super comfortable and warm. The newborn gown range designed by Peregrine Kidswear comes highly recommended as it ticks all the boxes.
Don’t forget the accessories
When it comes to baby clothes, accessories are important.
The reason a baby needs a snazzy hat
A baby’s hat does a lot more than make it super adorable and cute.
A hat is needed because babies lose a lot of heat through their head. It is always recommended to keep the baby’s head covered for the first 48 hours, even during summer.
It is also important to remember that hats offer an ideal way to keep your baby’s head out of the sunlight. Keeping them nice and cool in the summer.
An ideal hat for baby's stay in the hospital.
Why you should always consider baby mittens
Mittens might seem like an accessory you will only need during the winter, but they are also super useful for babies that scratch themselves. Pop on a pair of mitts and you’ll have a much happier baby.
Keep their toes toasty with boots
If your toes have ever poked out from under the covers, you’ll know how vulnerable they are to the cold. Keeping your baby’s toes nice and warm will give you a peaceful night.
Super soft booties to keep your baby's toes warm.
Never underestimate the power of a swaddle
Swaddles might seem a little outdated but they're an awesome way to keep the baby warm - and asleep at night. And just imagine how adorable your newborn would look wrapped in this swaddle.
A super warm swaddle to wrap your baby up soundly at night.
Check the weather forecast
The season and weather are so important when shopping for baby clothes. Babies haven’t developed the ability to regulate their body temperature and need clothes to help maintain a healthy number.
During the winter, clothes that are thick allow you to wrap your baby up safe and warm. Ranges that include hats, mittens, and booties are always a plus in colder climates.
A warm and toasty knitted baby clothes set.
During the summer you do not want to get baby overheated. Webmd warns that “children face a greater risk of dehydration and heat related illness.” So if you are expecting one of those super hot summers where the pavements are melting, make sure your baby has some cool clothes to wear.
A simple, super chill onesie
Create a clothes checklist
Babies are messy. Be prepared to change their clothes often. Especially around mealtimes. To ensure that you have enough clothes, create an extensive checklist.
When creating this checklist ask yourself:-
How often do you do the laundry?
How often you do the laundry will affect the number of baby clothes you need to buy. If you only do the wash once a week, you will need a greater number of clothes than if you do the laundry everyday. When considering the amount of baby clothes you need this is the key question.
Bibs are a fantastic way to save on washing.
A beautiful bib, great for meals out.
How often will you be going out?
You’ll always want to keep baby wrapped up snug and warm - particularly during the winter months. Make sure you buy enough woolly clothes, hats, boots and mittens to ensure they are warm.
How often should I buy baby clothes?
A baby will double its body mass between 0 to 6 months, which means your baby will grow out of its clothes quickly. We recommend you buy clothes in small volumes but frequently - generally every three months for the first year and every six months for the second year.
What kind of styles do I need?
It's best to have a range of different clothes. Buy sets for all areas of a baby’s life. BabyGros for when baby is on the floor playing, sleeping and food time. Winter sets for outdoors. Sleeveless bodysuits for summer time. Perhaps even a couple of designer sets for when you're showing off baby to friends and family!
A stylish way to introduce your newborn to the world.
Be aware of the sizes
Be aware of the common baby size ranges. Not all baby clothing will fit all babies. Some clothing ranges are purely designed for newborns up to six months. While others will have ranges that fit babies up to 24 months or two years.
The most common age ranges are:
- 0-3 months
- 3-6 months
- 6-9 months
- 9-12 months
- 12 to 18 months
- 18 to 24 months
For more tips and hints about baby clothes, check out our blogs on JewelStreet.