Newborn Baby Clothes - The Essentials

Having a new baby is a time of excitement, anticipation and preparation. Lists need to be made of all the equipment you will need for the nursery such as crib, crib bedding, baby monitor etc. Then theres the stroller, car seat and last but not least what items need to be in the layette.

The choice of venues for buying baby equipment and clothes have certainly expanded since the 1970s when I had my children. Not only do stores like Target and Wal-Mart have special baby sections there are dedicated baby stores like Babies r Us so it is one stop shopping. Another resource is the Internet so you can choose everything for the new arrival in the comfort of your own home.

Buying baby equipment is fairly straight forward you need: 1 crib, 1 stroller and 1 car seat, obviously you are expecting a multiple birth the numbers will increase accordingly. But if you are a first time parent how do you know how many baby clothes your baby will need for the first few weeks?

There is no hard and fast rule about how many baby girl clothes or baby boy clothes you have for your precious new bundle but most moms would suggest that there are some things that are essential to make life easier in the first few weeks. Whether you are a first time mom or expecting your second or third baby anything that makes life easier in the early days can't be bad.

Practical baby clothes are all that your newborn and you need in the early weeks there will be plenty of time for the more trendy baby clothes when you've both got the hang of this dressing business! Below is a list of ten items considered essential for a new baby.

* Make sure you have at least 5-10 Onesies, either plain ones for use underneath pants and tops or the fancier ones as outerwear when its warmer.

* Use baby one piece sleeper suits in the first few weeks during the day - you'll need 5-10 of these.

* Baby gowns: 4 or 5 because they are invaluable when you're up in the night dealing with diaper changes. I would have made great use of these gowns when I had newborn babies.

* 5-10 bibs - although babies don't take solid food they do have a tendency to drool and spit up.

* Burp cloths: lots and lots of these so that your clothes are protected and you're not constantly changing yourself as well as baby.

* Socks: 5 pairs to protect against cold no matter how air conditioned or heated the house is.

* 2 hats - it depends on the time of year your baby is born and the climate you live in as to type of hat i.e. knitted hat or sun hat.

* 1 coat, appropriate to the weather and season where you live.

* Hooded towels: 2-3. One will keep baby snug and warm after a bath.

* Avoid the scratches that babies are so good at inflicting on themselves by having at least two pairs of cotton mittens.

How many of each of these types of clothes you need will depend on how frequently you're able to do the laundry, so please don't regard the recommended numbers on this list as exact. In addition, you may want to have additional clothes for special occasions. However, I recommend that you treat what I've shown in this list as an essential set of newborn baby clothes so that the day to day diaper changing and dressing jobs are as easy as they can be.


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