How to dress your newborn baby

How to dress your newborn baby

One of my most privileged jobs is helping parents dress their baby for the first time and a lot of the time they're unsure on what they should dress their newborn babe in. It can understandable be an overwhelming task for a lot of new parents so if this is you, rest assured that you are not alone and we are here to help.

Babies cannot regulate their own temperature so babies must wear wool, even in the warmer months, merino is a great option - not only is it soft and cosy but it is breathable and absorbs body moisture meaning it stays warm even when it is wet - magic! A general rule of thumb is they should be wearing one more layer of clothing than you are. 

Practicality is also key. Gowns are great in those first days & weeks. Suits with zips too. No one wants to do 12 domes at 2am. You'll need less newborn sized items than you think, they grow FAST. 0-3M sizing will serve you well.

To give you an idea of what your baby will actually use I have included a checklist below. Be sure to stocktake regularly to avoid over buying and ensure your pieces work well together. Snap a photo on your phone of the items you already have before a shopping trip - if you're anything like me you’ll have those teeny tiny clothes out of their drawers just to stare at anyway [and to wonder if something could really be that small], easy peasy!

Your Newborn Checklist;
  • 6-10 bodysuits and singlet bodysuits, a mix of both cotton and woollen - depending on the time of year and temperatures where you live but I do believe merino will serve you best
  • 3-4 romper suits with zips because no-one wants to do domes or buttons at 2am
  • 3-4 pairs of pants [personal preference but I find zipped romper suits much more practical]
  • 2 gowns - these make for easy nappy changes in the middle of the night and make the perfect outer layer for newborn babes plus they're deliciously cute
  • 1 woollen vest - perfect as a soft, flexible outer layer to keep baby's chest and back warm
  • 1 woollen cardigan - easy to get on and off with buttons down the front, super soft, keeping baby cosy
  • 2 merino woollen hats - baby's head is so vulnerable to the elements, a hat is essential to prevent heat loss
  • 2 scratch mittens - perfect to stop babies scratching their face
  • 2 pair of wool booties - with elastic or ties to keep them on and those toes cosy
  • 4 pairs of merino socks - long socks designed to sit comfortably under baby's knees are best, keeping legs and feet warm, merino is preferable as baby's feet are often cool

I suggest planning your baby's first outfit ahead of time. Pack it in a zip lock bag so it's easy to find in all the excitement. Don't forget a merino singlet, socks and hat. I trust you find this helpful and if you're getting your hospital bag checklist don't forget to check our our post 'What to pack in your hospital bag | your cheklist'

Photo credit to Black Robin Photography