The short answer is none. Don’t register for clothes. Yes, I'm serious. SLOW YOUR ROLL! I know it’s so hard, but people will give you clothes; if not at the baby shower, when baby arrives for sure. The only items you need to have before baby arrives are listed below and chances are you'll get most of them as gifts regardless of registering for them. What you want people to focus on are the things you really need, (i.e. car seat, crib, sheets, bottles, etc.) especially if money is tight
1) One Piece Infant Bodysuits
In the first few months, your little one will live in these and swaddling blankets so newborn to 3-month outfits are such a waste of money! Even if you are not pinching pennies, kids are super expensive and you’ll wish you hadn’t blown your budget on this. Yes, you will want a few cute outfits to fulfill today’s “social media requirements,” but you can always get those if no one gives you anything adorable. Highly unlikely! Those fleece bundle sacks and pajamas are super cute in theory for newbies, but since they’ll be swaddled long sleeve onesies are enough to keep them warm. Babies only need one more layer than we do, so don’t bundle them up and put them near the fireplace like I did. Gave my poor girl heat rash! ☹
Try to find 0-9 month, like the long sleeve jumpsuits below, and 6-12 month sizes as they will last longer than ones marked 0-3, 3-6, 6-9, etc.
Another option is the super affordable "Grow With Me Sets" that cover 0-9 months.
These side snap bodysuits are clutch for when those blow out diapers happen and they will happen! Keep in mind most bodysuits are designed to be pulled down over baby's shoulders so you don't have to pull dirty ones over their heads, but this option provides the least disturbance to your baby while changing.
The only thing baby needs on their feet are socks. Depending on the temperature in your home, they may not even need that. Go for 0-6 month and 6-12 month sizes when possible as they will last longer.
TIP: Old Navy socks rock! They stay on better than any other brand I've found, plus they have rubber grippers on the bottom for when baby starts standing/walking.
Babies do not need shoes. I know those little tiny shoes are so adorable, it's hard to resist. Don't worry, you'll most likely get a pair or two as gifts for those precious photo ops. Unless they're super cheap don't bother, you'll most likely lose one if you venture out of the house with them and it's also one more thing to think about. You'll have enough on your plate without worrying if the baby has shoes to go with that outfit.
Depending on where you live and the season your baby is born in you may need a couple of hats for outside. Those lightweight caps don’t stay on and if you keep the house at a comfortable temperature, the baby will be warm enough. People tend to give baby outfits with matching hats and the hospital will provide the first one if not a few to take home.
And by mittens, I mean the ones used to prevent the baby from scratching their face with those razor sharp little nails. Get ones that are small with good elasticity, otherwise, they fall off and are useless.
What clothing did you use most for your infant? Was there anything you wish you hadn't purchased? Please let me know in the comments. Thanks for reading!
Hi! I'm Nicki, a full time working Mama in a fast-paced male dominated industry. I blog for a creative outlet and to help moms like you make this parenting journey a little easier!
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