Like with most mothers, you are most likely thinking about what type of clothing to buy for your newborn once he/she arrives. Just how much infant clothing do you need to buy? This is often a challenge to many expecting moms and in particular to first-time expecting moms.
The first thing you need to realize is that infants and young babies grow very fast. You are bound to be surprised by how big your infant has become just only three months after birth. It is, therefore, important that you only buy clothing that your infant will need during the first 90 days, clothing that he/she will use effectively before outgrowing the same.
The following are the most necessary clothing you need to buy for your infant. The clothing should serve your infant well regardless of prevailing weather condition(s).
• Infant gowns – Infant gowns are a must. They are very necessary because they make it easy for you to change diapers with ease. They are also beneficial in allowing the cord stump to dry fast before falling off. Consider buying between 2-4 infant gowns.
• Bodysuits – Side-snap Ts and shirts are very appropriate. You only need to ensure that head openings are wide enough. Consider buying between 4-8 body suits to last the first 3 months.
• Undershirts/Vests – 4-8 undershirts/vests should be enough to last the first 3 months. Pick those that snap at the shoulders and crotch. Head openings should also be wide enough.
• Pajamas – Buy between 4-6 one-piece pajamas. They are perfect during the day and are readily available.
• Blanket sleepers – Buy at least 2 blanket sleepers that you can cover your infant with during the night. They are very safe compared to ordinary blankets so long as you choose those without strings.
• Sweaters – You will need to keep your infant warm most of the time. The fact that infants spend time lying down makes it necessary to buy those that open at the front. 2-3 sweaters should just be enough.
• Socks – Socks are very necessary. In addition to sweaters, socks keep your baby warm all the time. Buy between 6-10 pairs to last for the first 3 months.
• Hats – You will obviously spend some time with your baby outdoors. Consider buying between 3-5 hats your baby can use when outdoors.
These are no doubt the clothing that your baby will need for the first 3 months. It is also important that you take into consideration materials used in making every piece of clothing before you buy. Settle for clothing made of soft breathable materials.
Similarly, it is important to consider the type of accessories available on every piece of clothing. Pay attention to the type of buttons fixed, fasteners and number of level of layering a cloth has. You may choose to buy a mix of heavy and light clothing depending on prevailing weather conditions.