It is a difficult time when a person becomes a parent for the first time; there are so many things to consider, from how to change nappies, to sterilising bottles, and the first few months can be particularly daunting. One area that many people struggle with is clothing, so here, we have put together an article concerning clothing for newborn and very young babies, and we hope that you will find the information useful.
Experienced parents will often tell you to stick to a colour scheme when choosing baby clothes, and this is very good advice. Parents who buy a multitude of colours will find it difficult to select a matching outfit for their baby on any given day. This is because new parents become so wrapped up in the day-to-day necessities of looking after their babies, that they rarely have time to arrange clothes into sets after washing. If you stick to a colour scheme, for example with baby boy clothes you could stick to blues, then you never have to worry about matching sets, the bottoms of one outfit, will match the top of another.
In addition, babies tend to be very messy, so choose colours upon which staining is less easy to see. Pale and pastel colours are probably the most obvious colour depths to avoid, whereas bright colours are ideal and have the added benefit that they help to develop the baby’s sensory perceptions, being so bright.
In reference to staining, when buying baby clothes, as well as considering the type of colour, you must consider how easy the clothing is to clean. For instance, if you purchase cute baby boy clothes, make sure they can withstand a high temperature when washed. A high temperature wash is essential with baby clothes as it eradicates germs, and removes stains.
Rather than choosing fancy clothes that are difficult to wash, and which stain easily, stick to simple, practical clothing. Buy one or two fancy outfits to wear for special occasions, but for the most part dress newborns babies in romper suits or something similar.
Baby clothes need to be made from natural or gentle materials, such as cotton. Baby skin is notoriously fragile and synthetic fibres, or poor quality fabrics can irritate the delicate balance of their skin. If you find that your baby has recurring rashes, it could be due to the material from which their clothing is constructed.
Remember to buy weather appropriate clothing. Young babies are unable to sweat, and so during the warmer seasons, make sure that they are not overly dressed – common occurrences in young children are febrile convulsions, caused by overheating. Conversely, in winter, babies will get cold if they are not provided with adequately warm clothing.
When choosing clothes for newborn babies, you should purchase the following items: a week’s worth of underwear, including all in one undergarments for wearing in winter, socks (children tend not to start wearing shoes until 6 months +), pyjamas, several romper suits, a warm coat for winter and a light coat for summer, a summer hat or a winter hat, and a few outer sets, and a couple of jumpers.