So there are plenty of clothes to choose. But what does a baby child really need? There is actually not much a baby needs during the first weeks and months. In order to get by, the closet should be filled with:
- One-piece outfits
Bodysuits in one single piece is an essential part of every baby´s wardrobe. They are easy to put on, and stay put on the baby´s body. Try to find the sort of bodysuit that is really soft on the skin. The openings should be functional, and the fitting of the ankles and leg cuffs should be loose. A one-piece outfit perfect for a child is also a bodysuit made with finished seams, as the seams otherwise can scratch the sensitive skin of a toddler. Avoid zippers at any time. A normal child needs between four and seven one-pieces.
A baby also needs a pajama. There is also use for wearable blankets, such as a sleep sack or a lullbag. The pajama keeps the baby warm at night. A sleep sack is a perfect stand-in for a blanket, as there is no need to worry about blankets covering the face. A normal child needs about four to seven pajamas and a couple of sleep sacks.
- Cotton shirts
Soft shirts with snaps at the back are another essential part of any baby´s wardrobe. The best ones are also snapped under the crotch, in order to stay in place. Thinner undershirts are good for layering, and are sometimes the only top a baby needs. It also protects the skin from being torn by seams from outer garments.
- Outer garments
Fleece-wear and snowsuits are of need if the weather is cold. One-piece fleece suits are soft on the skin and a perfect garment for the baby. Try to find a hooded piece, and the baby´s neck and head is also protected. Snowsuits can be expensive, but in a cold climate, they are really useful. Be sure to get a snowsuit big enough, so that the baby can wear it all winter.
A baby´s head is very sensitive to heat and cold. A one-piece fleece suit is often enough to keep the cold out, if the temperature isn´t too low. Otherwise a snowsuit does half the work for you. A softer cap under the snowsuit is good to have, to make sure the baby is all right. During summertime the cap protects the head from over heating and the sun.
- Socks or shoes
Socks are good, as far at is comes to softness and heating the feet. But they don’t protect the feet if the child is starting to get active and they easily slip of the tiny feet. The one-pieces also often comes with built-in socks, socks that stays where they are supposed to stay. The shoes can protect baby´s feet from getting cold, as well as from hazards on the ground. So if the child is getting active, there is use for shoes. Lace shoes are harder to put on, but stay on the feet.
- Burp cloths
You need at least ten of them, as eating otherwise get very messy.
Don´t forget: As the weeks pass by, parents quickly realize that the child grows out of their clothes, almost sooner than the parents´ buy them. Keep ahead of the growing and buy clothes bigger than the baby.