Comfort and convenience should be the important features of any newborn’s ward robe. Keep in mind that it is not economical to buy too much of one item. You will be surprised at how quickly your newborn will grow. Thus, as a rule, try to stay away from newborn and layette sizes. There is no reason why a full-term newborn cannot wear clothing designated for babies 3 to 6 months old. Fit does not have to be perfect.
The following should give you an idea of the types of clothes you should have on hand when your newborn comes home. Of course, there are seasonal variations. Knitted nightgowns are an essential part of the newborn’s wardrobe. These usually have a drawstring at the bottom and mittens on the end of the sleeves that keep the baby from scratching himself or herself. Usually, three or four of these are adequate. Stretch suits are comfortable for the newborn and can be worn day or night. Usually made of polyester, terry cloth, or cotton, they have snaps down one or both legs to make changing diapers easier.
Undershirts come in two styles: those that pull over the head and those that snap on. The latter often are preferred because they are easier to put on the newborn. Unless the weather is extremely cold, a short-sleeved, medium-weight undershirt usually is adequate.
Sweaters, usually made of acrylic, are useful in cool weather or to add extra warmth when the baby is out of bed. If you dress your baby in a sweater, make sure there is adequate room at the neck and that the buttons are sewn on securely. A snowsuit, pram suit, or bunting is important if your infant will be taken out in cold weather. A bunting is a warm zippered bag in which baby is encased up to its shoulders. A pram suit or snowsuit is shaped like a pair of overalls and encloses the feet. These suits are usually made of warm, quilted, water repellent material. If the baby will be outside in cold weather, a cap is necessary. In the summer, a sun hat with a chin strap is needed if the baby will be in the sun any length of time.
Shoes are not recommended for newborns. Booties and socks are useful for keeping the baby’s feet warm in cold weather.
Bedclothes should include fitted crib sheets (probably three to six), a mattress pad for protection, and two or three crib blankets, usually made of a combination of cotton and polyester. Cotton receiving blankets are not particularly warm as a covering but are good for swaddling the infant to keep the baby from kicking off the covers and for security.
Most parents are more likely to put too many clothes on their newborn rather than too few. Too many clothes can be detrimental because the baby’s body loses its ability to adjust to climate changes and then becomes chilled more easily.
Is your Baby Warm Enough?
The hands are not a good indicator of how warm a baby is because they tend to be cool even when the body is warm. The legs, arms, or neck are better indicators but the baby’s face is the best guide. If the infant is cold, the cheeks will lose all color. A cold baby also is very likely to be fussy.
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