Baby Clothes Checklist: Essentials from 0-3 Months to First Year

Essential Baby Clothes from the First 3 Months to 1 Year

As a first time mom or dad, it’s easy to buy lots of adorable baby clothing only to find out it’s unusable or impractical.

I certainly did. My first purchase was this cute baby fleece onesie for 6-12 month olds.

My daughter was born in the winter time so I thought I was planning ahead. By the time that winter rolled around and an occasion came up where she could wear it, it was too small for her. She didn’t end up wearing it once!

This is one of the biggest regrets you often hear from moms and dads – that they purchased too many newborn clothes.

Related: Here’s a post about the biggest money mistakes moms make.

They get a whole wardrobe – many pieces in each size for their little one. They end up with several pieces that are only worn 1 or 2 times or still have the tags on when their baby outgrows it.

The first year, especially the first 0-3 months, are unpredictable and involve a lot of learnings when it comes to clothing.

This is because:

  • You don’t know what size the baby will be when it comes. You could have a premie or a large baby requiring different size clothing.
  • You don’t know how the baby will grow. Your baby could have a huge growth spurt and only be in one clothing size for 1-2 weeks or skip it altogether.

At the same time, newborns spit up and have poop explosions all the time. You’ll need to have enough clothes so you’re not doing laundry multiple times a day.

As a new mom when you’re still recovering and learning about how to parent, the last thing you’ll have time for is constantly washing clothes.

Having that right balance of clothing so you’re not wasteful, but also not losing your mind from extensive cleaning is difficult.

What clothes do you need for the first 3 months of baby? How many clothes does a baby need in the first year?

In this post, I’m going to include:

  • All the essential baby clothing for the first 3 months to 1 year
  • A baby clothing checklist with the quantity and type of baby clothes
  • How you can adapt this list to your preferences and lifestyle including notes about the brands and sizes
  • When you should buy baby clothing
  • What baby clothing I don’t recommend
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What baby clothes do I need for the first 3 months?

Here are the 7 clothing pieces I recommend you consider for the first 3 months.

1. Short-sleeve bodysuits

These 6 pack short-sleeve Carters bodysuits are staple baby clothes.

Bodysuits have expandable shoulders so you can easily get it over larger baby heads. If your baby has a poop explosion, you can pull the bodysuit down over the bum and not risk getting poo on the baby’s head.

They’re comfortable for your little one and well priced!

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If your baby has sensitive skin, here are options that have 100% organic cotton.

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2. Long-Sleeve Bodysuits

For colder evenings and seasons, it’s good to have the long-sleeve bodysuits.

Depending on the brand, the long-sleeve ones might have foldover cuffs so you don’t have to add on mittens to prevent your baby from scratching his/her face. These MaybeBaby Kids bodysuits have the cuffs.

For the bodysuits, I highly recommend going a size up just in case there’s shrinkage or the fit is not quite right (e.g. the arm length might be too small).

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Here’s an organic long-sleeve for sensitive skin.

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3. Pajamas

During the winter and colder days, my baby lived in pajamas all day.

When it comes to baby pajamas, ideally, I recommend you get:

  • Some that are for warmer (e.g. fleece) and cooler weather (e.g. cotton)
  • Footed pajamas: Babies don’t need socks and shoes. They’re not walking anytime soon. The socks and shoes would be purely decorative and not serve any functional purpose. Getting footless pajamas would just be extra work for you to manage!
  • Built-in mittens: Babies’ nails are sharp and grow fast. You don’t want your kid poking an eye.
  • Zipper pajamas: Button snaps are a pain to deal with. Using a zipper is much faster. It would be ideal to get 2 way zipper pajamas as you don’t have to zip from the top down to do diaper changes (and expose the baby’s chest to colder temperatures). You can just zip from the bottom up.

An additional feature to look for in baby sleepwear is having the pajamas made of 100% organic cotton if your baby has sensitive skin.

It is difficult to find pajamas that fit all of this criteria. As you can imagine, when you do, it’s expensive (so it’s an ideal item for an Amazon Baby Registry).

Here are 4 pajamas that fit most (if not all) of the criteria. Let’s start with the most.

1) These Bamboo pajamas check all the boxes: 2-way zipper, footed feet, built-in mittens.

They are also extremely expensive. They run a bit small so I would size up.

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2) Burt’s Bees have pajamas that have 100% organic cotton, footed feet, built-in mittens and a zipper. The only thing they don’t have is a 2 way zipper.

Here’s the girl’s version and the boy’s version. These pajamas also feature elastic around the ankles (to keep feet inside the feet area) and non-slip feet grips.

One feature that’s really difficult to find in larger sizes are the built-in mittens, which Burt’s Bees pajamas have.

The only thing is that these pajamas tend to run smaller so I would go 1-2 sizes up.

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3) A very similar alternative to Burt’s Bees are these Bonamy pajamas.

They have everything the Burt’s Bees pajamas have except for the elastic around the ankles. I know some don’t like this feature (e.g. particularly if your baby has larger feet, it can be difficult to get the feet in and out of the elastic area). If you’re in this camp, the Bonamy pajamas might be best.

They’re also designed to be snug so if that’s not okay with you, I would size up.

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4) Simple Joys by Carter’s has 100% cotton (so not organic) pajamas, footed feet, built-in mittens (for only the premie and newborn sizes) and a zipper. The only thing they don’t have is a 2 way zipper. They’re also lower in price point.

Here’s the girl’s version and the boy’s version.

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Here are the fleece varieties for girls and boys.

The only thing is that they don’t have the fold-over cuffs, but some patterns do have the 2-way zipper option.

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An alternative pajama that I haven’t tried, but others have informed me about is the gown.

The one thing I like about the gown is that you just have to pull the gown up to do diaper changes. That’s even easier than navigating a zipper and getting legs back in the footies!

I can see the gown coming in handy particularly at night for the newborn stage (as there are so many diaper changes in the middle of the night).

On a hot summer night, a gown can keep your baby cool.

I still think pajamas are useful to have throughout the day, but I might try a newborn gown for the next baby.

Here’s a great cheap 3-pack for newborns that has the foldover mittens.

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Here’s an organic option that also has the foldover mittens. It’s a little more money. It has a zipper for easier changing if the baby soils the gown.

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4. Swaddler

When my baby came, the first thing the nurses did was swaddle her in a hospital blanket. Swaddling is when a baby is wrapped up tightly similar to the warm and cozy environment of the womb.

A swaddle blanket can help your baby transition from the womb to the world. I found it to be especially helpful in the first three months.

Note: Some babies just don’t like to be swaddled. It’s worth trying the swaddle technique with your baby because it could mean more rest for him or her = more sleep for you!

The swaddle blanket we often used were the Aden and Anais muslin blankets, which come in a variety of patterns. Here are just a few:

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Due to sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), infants shouldn’t use traditional blankets as it might be a suffocation risk.

The Aden and Anais muslin blankets are made of muslin material so it’s breathable, which is reassuring when you’re a first-time mom constantly checking to see that your baby is still breathing.

I also love its versatility. These blankets can be used as a swaddle, but also as a:

  • burping cloth
  • nursing cover
  • tummy time mat
  • changing pad cover
  • car seat/stroller cover
  • general blanket

I still use these today! They get softer with each wash!

If you’re uncertain about how to use a blanket to swaddle a baby, here’s a video that may help:

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If you’re on a budget, the Aden and Anais muslin blankets are perfect because they fulfill multiple needs.

I know swaddling can take a little bit of time and that time adds up.

If you’re looking for an easier way to swaddle and don’t mind spending a little more, swaddleme swaddlers make it super easy with velcro closures.

If your baby is a wiggler and can worm their way out of blanket swaddles, the swaddleme might be a better fit.

It’s also easier for diaper changes. You don’t have to undo the whole swaddle (including the arms) to change diapers. You can just pull out the bottom flap and undo the onesie to change the diaper.

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5. Toque or Hat

When you leave the hospital, go out for doctors visits and other outings during the first three months, you’ll want to cover your baby’s head.

A hat protects your baby’s head from the harmful rays of the sun in warmer temperatures. A toque keeps your baby’s head warm in the winter.

If you’re looking for a hat to just cover the baby’s head, these baby beanie hats are popular. I love how they’re soft and stretchy. It’s good value for the amount of hats you get!

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For the winter time, this cute toque has ear flaps to keep your baby’s ears warm.

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Should I get a baby scarf?

If you’re wondering about scarves, I wouldn’t recommend young babies wear scarves as it can be a choking hazard.

If you’re worried about your child getting cold, use layers, fleece clothing and breathable blankets.

6. Special occasion outfit

If you’re celebrating an occasion within the first 3 months like a wedding, Christmas, a birthday, you might want to get something a little bit special.

Here’s a dress from Hudsons Bay that is absolutely adorable. It includes the dress, cardigan and shoes.

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If you’re looking for better value, this 2-pack will be more fitting. It’s probably the safer option too as babies spit up or poop on outfits all the time. It’s always good to have a backup available.

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Here’s a cute formal outfit for a little boy.

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In terms of a going home outfit, this might be something you think you should spend a lot of time picking out. Maybe you think it should be a special occasion outfit. I know I did!

At the end of the day, all the matters is that your child is warm and comfortable.

You don’t have to select a special dress or 2 piece outfit. You can just go with one of the regular zipper pajamas. Don’t forget to add the hat.

7. Drool bibs

Whenever the baby spit up, I just used a muslin blanket or replaced her onesie with a new one.

I know some moms who want the convenience of not having to wipe down your baby’s drool or replace clothing. If you’re one of these moms, I recommend you get a baby bandana drool bibs.

That way you can just change the drool bib and not the whole outfit!

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Baby Clothes Checklist 3-6 Months

After the 3 month mark, you and your baby are stronger. You might feel more up to taking your baby out.

In addition to having sizes for the above bodysuits, pajamas etc., you might want to consider the below pieces.

8. Footed Pants

If you don’t want to bring your baby out in pajamas, footed pants go nicely with the baby bodysuits. That way you don’t have to manage socks (or the possibility of losing 1 or both).

These are perfect for babies that don’t want to keep their socks on!

Here are the economical 100% cotton girl’s 3 pack and the boy’s 3 pack for reference.

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If you’re looking for extra luxurious fabric, these Babysoy footie pants are very soft, but the price tag reflects the quality. They’re made of 50% azlon from soy and 50% organic cotton. There are 3 varieties that come in a 3-pack.

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9. Shorts

If it’s hot outside, you’ll probably want to dress your baby in shorts.

Simple Joys by Carter’s has cute shorts for girls and boys.

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10. Sweater

If you’re regularly going outside, you might want to add a sweater.

This is also handy to have in your diaper bag in case it gets unexpectedly cold like in air-conditioned rooms. Related: Here are other necessities for the diaper bag.

I like how these sweaters are zip-up so you don’t have to fiddle around with putting it on top of your baby’s head.

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11. Warm jacket

If it’s really cold, it’s good to have a warm, light winter jacket like this North Face one. It’s not stiff so your baby can comfortably move around in it.

What’s fun about this jacket is that it’s reversible so you get 2 different looks.

There’s a chin zip guard to protect your little one from hurting his or her neck. This happened with another jacket with my daughter. She just started screaming owie. I think this is a really important feature.

There are 18 different designs so there’s lots of variety.

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12. Wearable blanket sleeper

At 3-6 months, your baby will likely start rolling around – making the swaddle unsafe.

To keep babies warm and with sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) in mind, you can put them in sleep sacks.

These cotton sleep sacks have a 2-way zipper (making it convenient for diaper changes) and a good price point. The company has a 30-day money back satisfaction guarantee and a 1 year quality warranty.

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If you’re looking for even better quality, this sleep sack has a 100% natural merino wool lining with organic cotton outer material. Due to its material, it can regulate your baby’s body temperature – so it can be warming when it’s cold and cooling when it’s hot.

You might think because of the material that it’s not machine washable, but it is.

It’s a universal size so it grows with your baby (2 months-2 years). You don’t have to buy multiple sleep sacks.

It has the 2-way zipper. There are safety belt openings so you can keep the sleep sack on when the baby’s in the stroller, bouncer etc.

It might be the most expensive sleep sack on the market, but the quality reflects it. With the price point, you probably want to add this to your Amazon Baby Registry.

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13. Sun Hat

When the baby’s under 6 months, he/she can’t have sunscreen. When you’re going for walks or lounging at the beach or outdoor pool, a good hat, sunglasses or combination are essential for protecting baby’s skin.

This baby hat protects both your baby’s face and neck for those sunny days at the park or beach. The string is a helpful feature because it keeps the hat on for a longer time.

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14. Sunglasses

Sunglasses are also important to protect your baby’s eyes.

Her grandma gifted her these cute sunglasses.

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Before she was 6 months, she didn’t bother trying to remove the sunglasses.

After 6 months, it became tricky to get her to keep them on. Like everything, you just have to be persistent about it. It took quite a few days, but eventually she knew that when mom puts on her sunglasses, she has to keep them on.

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15. Swimsuit

If you’re planning on taking your little one swimming, this is often the age range people start. I know a lot of moms and dads who start taking their babies to “swimming lessons” at the community center.

The babies don’t actually learn how to swim on their own, but they get comfortable with being in the water. There’s usually singing and lots of water movement. It’s fun!

Just in case your little one is planning on going to an outdoor pool area or beach, it’s convenient to have a swimsuit that has UPF 50+ protection.

Here’s one with UPF 50+ Protection for girls.

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Here’s a boy’s version.

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Little ones can’t wear sunscreen until they’re at least 6 months old so the long sleeves and UPF protection will come in handy. When your little one is over 6 months old, you also won’t have to put as much sunscreen on them.

If your little one is going out to the beach or park and you just want to put him or her in a light shirt (that doesn’t have to be waterproof), a fellow mom introduced me to these breathable UPF 50+ long sleeve sun shirts.

I love them!

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16. Socks

If your little one is wearing shorts or not wearing footed pants, having socks on your list is good to protect feet.

Any pair of baby socks for this age will do.

When your baby starts to pull up to a stand (probably around 6-12 months), it’s a good idea to get the socks with grips.

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Essential Baby Clothes 6-12 Months

Between 6-12 months, you just have to ensure you have the staples like the above options to fit your child.

Here are a few other pieces I would consider.

17. All in one Toque and Scarf

When your baby’s older, you can add on a scarf.

Instead of having a separate toque and scarf, I recommend getting an all-in-one toque and scarf.

It’s so much faster than putting on both pieces each time. You don’t have to worry about one piece going missing.

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18. Hats with a wide brim

For older babies, I particularly like this UPF 50+ sun hat. During 6-9 months is when you often see babies start to crawl. With them moving around a lot, this hat has a wide brim to protect the face, but it’s not too huge to obstruct his or her vision.

It’s light and can be easily folded for the diaper bag. It has a chin strap for windier days.

The best part is that there’s an adjustable toggle so you can loosen or tighten the width of the hat so it’s always the perfect fit and stays on your baby’s head.

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19. Everyday Shoes

If your baby is an early walker (before 12 months), you’ll want to get good everyday shoes.

These Stride Rite sneakers are genuine leather with a rubber sole so they’re soft and durable.

I love how they offer great support and promote natural foot and balance development.

There’s a memory foam sole so it’s extra comfortable. They’re easy to put on with the velcro strap.

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Stride Rite has a huge variety of baby shoes to fit different tastes.

Newborn Photography Session Clothing

A quick note about newborn photography clothing…

You might think that you have to buy a special outfit for your newborn photography session.

In my experience and in speaking with other moms, photographers like to dress up babies using their accessories (e.g. blanket, headbands etc.) or just take photos of them naked.

If you look at the photographer’s newborn portfolio, you’ll get a taste for what he or she will likely do and can prepare accordingly.

Of course, this doesn’t apply if you’re doing a DIY baby photography session with family and friends. If your baby’s a little older like 3 months+, you’ll probably want to have a cute outfit for the photos.

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Baby Clothes Checklist

Now that you know what baby clothes are essential, you must be wondering:

What size baby clothes should I buy?

Here’s my baby clothes checklist to give you an example of quantities. I’ve included notes below to help you adapt this to your own preferences and situation.

As a frame of reference:

  • I think it’s good to get a little of each size, but tried to get more of the bigger sizes as well.
  • I’m all about doing laundry at most 2 times a week.
  • I don’t mind if my baby is in pajamas most days in the first year. I don’t want a shirt to be too large and potentially go above her face and block her breathing.
  • I didn’t anticipate my daughter would need organic clothing.
  • I experience all 4 seasons where I live. Winters are very cold and summers are very hot. My baby was born in the winter time.
  • I had a lot of formal events to attend throughout the first year.
  • I anticipated receiving no hand-me downs.
  • My daughter was average size when she was born.

Here’s my baby clothing checklist:

My baby was not an early walker so we didn’t get her shoes until after she was 1.

If you’re looking for a tracker so you can check off the items as you get them, here’s a Baby Clothes Checklist printable. There are blank and pre-filled versions. It’s editable in PDF.

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Now that you know my baby clothes checklist, here are notes about how to adapt this for yourself.

Essential Baby Clothes Notes

So exactly how much of each baby size should I get?

Deciding which baby clothing sizes to get is tough, particularly the newborn stage.

Here are some frequently asked questions:

Should I buy newborn clothes or 0-3 months? What can I anticipate to be my baby’s first size?

One way you can gauge this is thinking about yours and your partner’s baby weight when you were born. That might give you an idea of if you’ll have a small, average or large baby.

If you anticipate having an average size baby, having a few newborn pieces is a good idea. You don’t want your baby to be drowning in the clothes and have the top possibly ride up over their head.

At the same time, as newborns grow fast, you don’t want to get too many newborn sized clothing.

Note: You might think that if it says 0-3 months, the newborn size would be within this range, but there is a difference.

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How long will 0-3 month clothes last?

Some people say 0-3 month clothing lasts 1-4 months. On average, my baby lasted in 0-3 month clothing for 3 months.

That said – just because a baby is 3 months old doesn’t mean they’ll necessarily fit 3 month old clothing. They might be in 6 month old clothing. They might be in 0-3 month old clothing.

This just gives you an average frame of reference for the remaining baby sizes.

How many outfits do babies go through a day?

It varies from baby to baby, but it would be around 1-4 per day. I think around 2-3 is the average.

The younger the baby, the higher the number per day.

How many baby clothes do I need in each size?

Some recommend getting a little of each size so you’re prepared.

Some say it’s better to go bigger just in case there’s shrinkage. You’ll also get more wear from your baby clothing.

Ultimately, how many baby clothes you need is based on your lifestyle and situation.

You should consider factors like:

  • Laundry frequency: Are you planning on doing laundry frequently (especially if you’re cloth diapering)? If so, you can probably get away with owning less baby clothing.
  • Preferences: If you’re going out or in general, do you mind having your baby in pajamas all day? There’s no judgment here either way. Also, if you buy too little newborn clothing, your baby could be swimming in the clothes for months. Will this bother you – that the clothes don’t exactly fit?
  • Organic: Does sensitive skin run in your family? Is it likely your baby will have sensitive skin and need organic products?
  • Weather: Do you experience all 4 seasons where you live? What season will the baby be born in? You want to get sizes that match the weather and season. For example, if your baby is born in the summer time, get short-sleeve bodysuits in the newborn and 0-3 month sizes.
  • How often you’ll be going out: And what the occasion is for the outing? Do you anticipate going to a lot of formal events throughout the year and will need different size baby outfits?
  • Baby clothing gifts: Do you anticipate getting baby clothes outside of your baby shower? They could be hand-me downs. They could be gifts people bring when they first see the baby. If you expect to get a lot of baby clothing, you can trim your list down accordingly.

You’ll also want to keep in mind that newborns typically change their diaper up to 10-12 times a day. This is as compared to 5+ months who change their diaper up to 8-10 times a day. Given the frequency of diaper changes for young babies, you’ll want to get a good amount of 0-3 month pajamas for example.

If you run out of baby clothes in a particular size, you can always dress him or her in the next size up. For example, if your baby is 2 months old, this doesn’t mean 3-6 month clothing won’t fit. You never know until you try. Sizing is different across different baby clothing brands.

Here are some differences between the common baby clothing brands. I find all the brands have their share of fun and classic designs. The differences are apparent in the size, price and quality.

Gerber baby clothing tends to run on the smaller size so expect a tighter fit or size up. The prices are really cheap, especially their plain onesies, but the quality reflects the price. The material can’t withstand too many washes, at which point it becomes probably the least comfortable clothing among all the brands for your baby.

Carter’s is more of an average size with average prices and average quality. I actually have a lot of Carter’s clothing from baby to toddler sizes. It’s served us well. It’s held up to be able to be used with our second child.

Hudson Baby is a bit on the wider size. The clothing tends to be higher priced, but sometimes higher quality. If you have a little girl, they have really cute cotton dresses for a special occasion or photo shoot.

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Amazon Essentials has average to larger sizes. It’s often the best value for your buck. Amazon Essentials has a lot of basic clothing – good enough quality, but no frills.

Burt’s Bees baby clothing usually runs a little small. For the “snug fit”, the sleeves and legs are more narrow. There is also a “relaxed fit” that might be better for larger babies. The clothing is often 100% organic and has extra features (like elastics at the ankles which keeps feet in the actual feet area) so you can expect a higher price point.

When you craft your baby clothes checklist, keep these factors in mind.

When Should You Buy Baby Clothes

When should I start shopping for baby?

We had over 70% of the baby clothes ready for the first year BEFORE she came home. That way we could set up a clothing organization system and all of the clothes were put away.

I highly recommend preparing as much as you can before the baby arrives.

Once the baby comes home, you will have little time to do anything other than take care of the baby.

What Baby Clothes I Don’t Recommend

Here are just a few things to think about when you’re selecting clothing.

My baby clothing checklist is based on what’s easy and comfortable to wear and what my baby will get a lot of use out of.

You might have different priorities. This just gives you an idea of what you might want to consider when selecting clothing.

  • Overalls: While they’re cute, they’re an absolute nuisance. They often involve having to manage a lot of buttons between the legs. Nobody’s got time for that! The only overalls I can recommend have no pants like these adorable ones.
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  • Shirts (that are not onesies or bodysuits): They just ride up exposing your baby’s belly. I don’t recommend these before the age of 1 year.
  • Vests: These serve no purpose. Unless there’s a closure, you’ll likely lose it.
  • Onesies specifically for the umbilical cord: I had heard that these side tie or side snap onesies are necessary until the umbilical cord separates, but we never needed them. We found the bodysuits and pajamas worked well with the umbilical cord on.
  • Mittens: You shouldn’t need these to prevent your baby from scratching his or herself if your tops include them.
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  • Jeans or corduroy pants: Jean or corduroy material is binding and babies are growing everyday. It’s also just a little bit more of a headache to put on or take off because of the material, especially if it has the button closure at the top. If you want to get the jean look, get the ones with the stretchy elastic at the top, ideally with the fake jean material like these ones.
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  • Dry clean only baby clothing: While you might find a beautiful outfit that’s dry clean only, you’re adding “going to the dry cleaners” to a new parent’s already long list of tasks. It’s enough to make you think twice before putting your kid in that outfit. Dry cleaning is also expensive and unnecessary with all the perfectly good non-dry clean outfits babies have in their closet.
  • Baby onesies with sayings: Here’s an example of what I mean by a baby onesie with a saying. While some sayings are cute or funny, parents will get more wear out of a onesie without a saying. A plain onesie can be dressed with more outfits and is also less memorable.
  • Christmas, Easter, Halloween or other Holiday outfits: Along the same lines, you’re limiting the wearable time frame if you buy holiday themed outfits like this one. Given how fast babies grow, the little one will probably just be able to wear that outfit a few times. It won’t be usable the following year.
  • Snowsuit: Snowsuits are handy to have when your baby is walking steadily and can play in the snow, which is likely after 1 year. Snowsuits are also too bulky to wear in a car seat. Save your money. You won’t be able to get very much use out of them.

Final Thoughts on Baby Clothing for the First Year

In addition to clothing, there are a lot of baby essentials for the 1st year.

Here are my baby essentials for the first 3 months. They actually apply up to 6 months.

From 6-12 months, your baby has different needs as he or she is eating solids, crawling etc. Here’s my list of 6 month baby must haves.

If you’re planning ahead, here are my 1 year old toddler essentials.

Baby clothes are expensive!

Here are my favorite resources to save money on baby clothes:

1) Amazon Baby Registry

Amazon provides you with a one-time 10% discount on select items from your registry, 60 days before your child’s arrival date.

If you are an Amazon Prime member, the one-time discount is 15%! Amazon Prime also comes with 20% off diapers and baby food when you have more than 5 subscriptions. The best part about this membership: 2 day FREE shipping and FREE access to movies, TV shows, music and books. You can cancel your other subscriptions!

There are also FREE 90 day returns on baby store purchases. Get the FREE 30 day Amazon Prime trial here, which you can cancel at anytime.

You can also get a welcome gift box if you’re an Amazon Prime member and meet certain requirements like a minimum spend. Here are the specific eligibility requirements in the US. Here are the eligibility requirements in Canada.

2) Rakuten (formerly Ebates)

Before purchasing items on Amazon, go through Rakuten first!

Companies pay a commission to Rakuten for advertising on their site. Rakuten then shares that commission with you. Depending on the rates, you could get up to 40% of your purchase price back!

Rakuten is FREE to sign up.

For U.S. residents, Rakuten will give you a welcome bonus of $10 after making your first online purchase of $25 or more.

For Canadians, it’s a $5 welcome bonus for signing up.

You can read more about how to use Rakuten here!

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  1. Thanks for sharing the baby clothes checklist for 0-3 months. Between 0-3 months, baby size changes very fast so you don’t need many clothes. What was fitting you last week next week might not fit you. Most of the clothes you end up wearing only once. My advice is you buy less and save money. Buy clothes as the baby grows but do buy clothes with the mind of planning ahead.

    1. This comment about minimizing the baby clothes you buy between 0-3 months is so true. While you’ll want to have some baby clothes for this time period, you don’t want to overspend. Thanks for sharing your advice and experience.

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