When you are going to select clothes for infants, remember there are three salient factors you need to consider which are: safety, comfort, and convenience. Babies are going to be happiest when they're comfortable and are able to move around their environment. Parents and caregivers are going to be happiest once they know their baby is safe and that they can easily dress, diaper, and take care of the baby. Safe clothes don't have any buttons or other adornments that would chisel and build a choking hazard, or any drawstrings that would be pulled to form a tripping or strangling hazard.
Clothes that are comfortable for your baby are basically made of cotton, because synthetic materials may harm your newborn because baby skin irritation. They even have flat seams inside and dead set prevent skin irritation. Often, caregivers prefer to dress babies up in bow ties and lace for special occasions like holidays, weddings, and movie days; however, for day-to-day dressing, simpler outfits mean happier and more well-off babies. Simple clothing with easy-access features like snaps in between the legs and round the neck give easier dressing and diapering. Onesie undershirts and one-piece rompers are perfect for the first months. It’s important to remember the temperature when considering the baby's comfort; as parents often overdress their babies which leads to overheating them. Caregivers should decide how warmly they're going to dress themselves and so add one light layer for the baby.
It is best to decorate babies in multiple layers which will be added or removed in line with temperature. Warm socks with elastic ankle bands and tiny caps are good for keeping babies warm and cushty. While shoes may look cute, babies don't actually need them until they're setting out to walk and are walking outside. Parents should have enough clothes in order that they won't need to do laundry a day and then they need extra clothing just in case of extremely messy diapers or excessive spitting up. However, they also don't want to shop for too many clothes because babies outgrow clothes faster than they wear them out. A basic baby wardrobe, or layette, could contain of what I call “Set of Fives” which contains:
- Three to 5 receiving blankets,
- Five burp cloths or cloth diapers,
- Five bibs, Five sleep sacks or sleepers,
- Five one-piece tee-shirts that bite off the crotch (onesies),
- Five one-piece outfits or rompers,
- Five outfits of separate tops and bottoms.
In addition to,
- Six pairs of socks,
- Two to 3 hooded towels,
- One to 2 large shirts for layering,
- Two soft hats,
- Any appropriate seasonal wear like a snow jacket/suit.
As babies begin to grow into toddlers, their wardrobe will grow together with them. once they begin walking, parents might want to get a pair of sturdy, comfortable, slip-resistant shoes.