First Baby Outfit

Choosing Baby's First Adorable Outfit

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Pregnant mothers and expectant grandparents scour the aisles of infant clothing well in advance of the baby's arrival, searching for the first baby outfit. Each minute piece of clothing seems more charming than the last, and it's hard to believe there will soon be a little person to fill the soft fabric. The first baby outfit really translates into a set of basic clothing items that are a must for baby's arrival. Although frilly, lacy outfits are hard to resist, they are not as practical as the good old cotton onesie! Babies spit up and have accidents, and so durable, washable fabrics are the best way to go. But being practical does not mean that you have to trade in one bit of charm. The basic rule when choosing those first baby outfits is to ensure soft and comfortable clothing. An uncomfortable baby means a fussy and unhappy one, and no apparel is worth that. Therefore, in addition to buying clothes that feel soft and appealing, it's important to make sure that there are no irritating tags or seams. By turning the outfit inside out and running your hand along all of the seams, you will know whether there are any sharp or annoying edges. Safety comes before fashion. Although most manufacturers have stopped producing infant and toddler clothing with long ties, one can still find them occasionally on the clothing racks. Long ties can get caught on toys, crib rails, etc. They can also get wrapped too tightly around baby?s fingers. Avoid them. Equally important to avoid are those pieces of clothing with extra and unnecessary items sewn on. If a baby can remove any loose object, it becomes a choking hazzard. First baby outfits should have easy access to the diaper changing area. If an entire outfit has to be removed each time the baby needs a diaper change, everyone will be unhappy. Avoid the complicated outfits with snaps only along the back. The recommended basics for the first baby outfits are:
  • Onesies: about a week's worth.
  • One-piece pajamas: make sure they are flame retardant.
  • Onesie undershirts: they are easy, comfortable, and won't pop out of clothing.
  • Sweater
  • Jacket or Fleece suit: if you have a winter baby.
  • Hat: summer babies need wide brimmed hats for sun protection, and winter babies need warm hats to protect their heads and ears from the cold.
  • Socks These are the basics to build a wardrobe on. It's also important to note that many people prefer to wash their baby clothes before they are worn. Before most baby clothes reach their final destination, many people handle them, and so washing will cut back on germs. Additionally, good baby detergents will actually soften the material before it touches baby's skin. Buying those first baby outfits can be expensive, and so if you have budget concerns there are a few things you can do to cut back on costs. If you plan to have more children, buy some unisex outfits. Yellows, greens, and violets can be worn again by future children regardless of gender. Shop those clearance racks! Clothing costs are greatly reduced as the seasons change, and since you know you will need larger versions of specific types of clothing, it is a significant savings to buy ahead. First baby outfits need to be cozy and safe. It's thrilling to shop for these tiny ensembles that will soon embrace your tiny miracle.

  • Written by: Carol S. Rothchild