As parents-to-be or new parents, it's easy to get swept up in the racks of adorable baby clothes out there when trying to decipher what your baby should wear to sleep. While it's tempting to buy every cute onesie or baby bootie you lay your eyes on, it's essential to focus on the basics of what your baby will actually need.
After all, babies grow quickly, and practicality should guide your choices. This guide will help you create a functional and versatile baby wardrobe based on thorough research so you can become an expert on what babies wear to sleep.
1. Bodysuits or Onesies (5-7)
Onesies, or bodysuits, are the staple of a baby's wardrobe. Look for onesies that are easy to put on and take off—designs with envelope folds at the shoulder and snaps at the bottom make changes easier.
2. Sleep Sacks or Pajamas (5-7)
New parents often ask, "What do babies wear to sleep? Do they need specific pajamas?" While your baby can wear a onesie to sleep, there are other options designed to keep your baby comfortable.
Sleepers or pajamas should be comfortable and safe—here are a few tips to get you there:
- Choose sleepers made from breathable, soft materials like cotton.
- Avoid items with loose ribbons, strings, or ties, as they can pose a strangulation hazard.
- Start with a week’s worth of supplies.
To keep your baby warm during the night without worrying about loose blankets, sleep sacks are a great solution. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), babies should sleep in a crib on their back without loose blankets, pillows, or toys.
3. Sweaters or Jackets (2-3)
Depending on the climate you live in, having a few warm sweaters or jackets is essential. They should be easy to put on and take off, and comfortable enough for your baby to move around freely in.
4. Pants (5-7)
Pants or leggings with elastic waists are a convenient choice. They can be paired with a onesie for a full outfit. When you're packing your diaper bag, make sure to aim for a week’s supply and take a few pairs of pants and onesies with you. You never know when an accident might happen and you need to have a change of clothes!
5. Socks or Booties (5-7 pairs)
Even in warmer weather, you'll want to keep your baby's feet covered for warmth and protection. Make sure the socks or booties are soft, stretchy, and not too tight.
6. Hats (2-3)
A soft, cotton hat is necessary for a newborn to retain body heat. Depending on your local weather, you might also need a sun hat for the summer or a warm hat for the winter.
7. Bibs and Burp Cloths (5-7 each)
Bibs are necessary for feeding time and can help keep clothing clean. Burp cloths, on the other hand, are handy for feeding and spit-up cleanups. Muslin is a popular choice for burp clothes because it's lightweight and easy to clean.
8. Seasonal Clothes
Seasonal clothes, like a swimsuit for summer or a snowsuit for winter, are a great add-on but will depend on the time of year and your geographical location.
While not technically clothing, diapers are a wardrobe essential for any parent. Whether you're using cloth or disposable, it's a good idea to stock up before your baby arrives.
Baby Clothes You Don't Need
While preparing for a new baby, it's easy to get swept up in the baby shopping frenzy. But it's important to remember that not all items marketed to parents are necessary. While there are things babies wear to sleep, here's a list of things parents typically don't need for their newborn:
1. Baby Shoes
While stylish, newborns and infants don't need shoes. They're mostly for decoration and can actually hinder your baby's ability to learn to walk. Soft socks or booties are enough to keep a baby's feet warm.
2. Fancy Outfits
Dressy outfits might be cute for pictures, but they are usually impractical for everyday wear. Babies need comfortable clothes that are easy to change.
3. Too Many Newborn Sizes
Many newborns outgrow "newborn" sizes within a few weeks. It's better to have a range of sizes on hand, including 0-3 months and 3-6 months.
4. Complicated Clothing
Avoid clothing with too many snaps, buttons, or ties. They can be frustrating to deal with during frequent diaper changes and can also pose a choking hazard when loose.
5. Heavy Jackets
Bulky outerwear can be a safety hazard in car seats as it interferes with the harness fit. Instead, layer your baby's clothing or use a blanket over the car seat after the harness is snug and secure.
6. Tight Clothing
Tight clothes are not only uncomfortable for your baby but can also restrict movement. Choose clothing with a little extra wiggle room.
Remember, baby sizes are based on age, but it's important to consider the weight and height of your baby as well. With this list, you should have a practical, research-based understanding to help you build a functional and comfortable wardrobe for your baby.
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