New parents find many things about babies to be overwhelming, including how to dress them. Baby clothing should be weather appropriate, soft, comfortable and washable. It should, of course, also be cute; however, the baby wearing it generally takes care of that. Learn how to choose practical and precious baby clothes that can stand up to spit up, survive diaper failures and still look good for the next baby in line.
Undershirts and Onesies
Many parents opt to put baby in a soft cotton undershirt or one piece garment. In warmer climates, the undershirt or onesie alone may serve as a practical and comfortable garment for everyday wear at home. Choose a kimono or side snap style tee shirt in the smallest size for your newborn, as these will not irritate the umbilical cord stump and are easy to put on a tiny baby. As a baby gets older, one piece undershirts that snap at the crotch are convenient and do not ride up. Look for soft 100 percent cotton one piece undergarments with a lapped neck opening for easy dressing. Choose colorful or printed baby one pieces if they will be as outerwear on warm days.
Pajamas and Gowns
Babies spend much of their time in their jammies, even during the day. Look for footed baby pajamas that unzip or snap nearly to the foot to make diaper changes easier. Soft cotton is ideal; however, good quality soft fleece can be a smart choice in cold climates. Baby gowns with an elastic hem are an ideal choice for newborns at home, allowing you to change diapers without manipulating tiny limbs. Add a fleece sleep sack at night for additional warmth without adding blankets in cold weather.
Tiny baby outfits are undeniably cute, ranging from soft cotton knits to itty-bitty jeans. Keep comfort in mind and save button down shirts and denim for walking babies. Soft knit leggings and cardigans worn over a baby one piece undershirt are an ideal baby clothing choice for both girls and boys. One piece rompers are another good choice when dressing a baby. In warmer weather, carry a lightweight cardigan or light blanket to account for air conditioning. In cooler temperatures, dress baby as you would yourself, but add an extra lightweight layer for warmth.
Socks, Shoes and Hats
Babies don't particularly need fashion accessories; however, socks and hats provide essential warmth for a tiny baby. Look for socks without binding elastic or ribbing for comfort. Knit baby booties may provide warmth without the inevitable sock loss that comes with a baby. If you do want to put shoes on your baby (perhaps to keep socks on those tiny feet), look for soft leather slippers with a fully flexible sole. A soft knit hat is an important part of a newborn's wardrobe, while older babies may need hats for warmth or sun protection.