This is a step-by-step guide for first time mommies on how to dress a newborn baby. Babies grow out of clothes quickly, so buy only what you need in each size. Choose newborn clothes that are easy to put on and off, comfortable for baby to wear, and easy to wash.
Newborn clothes sizes:
Size 000 is intended to fit babies from 0-3 months, and size 00 is for babies from 3-6 months. Some bigger newborns might be ready to go straight into a size 00.
Remember that sizes vary between types of clothes and manufacturers, so it is worth comparing clothes to other garments you already have, rather than relying only on the size on the label.
How many clothes do newborns need?
You’ll need plenty of clothes because babies change clothes every time. You may use the guide below:
- Six singlets
- Two jumpsuits for nightwear
- Six jumpsuits
- Three tops
- Two cardigans or jackets
- Three cotton bunny rugs and three muslin (gauze) wraps
- An infant sleeping bags (as an alternative to wraps)
- A couple of cotton hats
- Few pair of socks
How to dress a newborn baby?
Lots of newborns find the dressing and undressing experience upsetting. The quicker and calmer you are, the less stress for both you and your baby.
Here are a step-by-step guide on how to dress a newborn baby:
To dress a newborn baby, make sure the room is warm enough, then place the baby on a flat surface.
Put a nappy on your baby in case the baby does a wee.
Stretch the neck of a singlet and, supporting your baby’s head, put the singlet on from the back. Be careful it doesn’t touch your baby’s face as you pull the front over the baby’s head. Newborns can get very upset by clothes scraping their faces.
Do the reverse when undressing; once again trying not to let the clothes touch your baby’s face.
Gently place your baby’s arms through the arm holes.
If you’re dressing your baby in a jumpsuit, unbutton or unzip it and laby baby on the top. Place the baby’s arms and legs into the holes and do up the zip or snap fasteners.
Make sure your baby’s legs and arms are clothes for going out in the sun. However, it is better to keep the baby out of direct sun altogether if you can.
What kinds of clothes do newborns need?
Clothes should be comfortable, soft and easy to take care of.
Stretchy jumpsuits and fasteners at the front are best, as well as tops with envelope necks, which are easier to get over your baby’s head. Jumpsuits with zips can make dressing your baby quick and easy too.
Clothes made from cotton are a good choice. Cotton clothes will keep your baby cooler in hot weather than clothes made from synthetic fibers. Cotton also washes well and is gentle against your baby’s sensitive skin.
It is also important to look out for clothes with a low fire hazard label. Newborn rompers and jumpsuits should have this label.