Baby Clothes: What You Really Need

While you may want to splurge on a tiny sailor suit or mini tutu for your newborn, the fact is: babies don’t actually need that many clothes. What’s more, they don’t need anything that could potentially irritate their delicate skin or respiratory systems. Here are our tips and picks for buying baby clothing.

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For the first three months (at least), your baby’s main activities will be milk feeds and sleeping. So all those adorable outfits you’ve been eyeing aren’t really necessary – and in fact, what your baby really needs is comfortable, temperature-appropriate clothing that’ll help him sleep (which in turn will help you sleep). And usually, that isn’t a sailor suit. Sorry to disappoint.

The other thing parents need to consider when purchasing baby clothing is WHAT they’re made of. Babies have incredibly sensitive skin and delicate respiratory systems. Even though a material like 100% cotton might seem harmless enough, you need to be wary about how it’s cultivated. Did they farm the cotton using pesticides? Did they use formaldehyde to make it wrinkle-resistant? Do the snaps contain traces of heavy metals? Are the pajamas sprayed with flame-retardant chemicals?

We recommend using 100% organic or pima cotton where possible. We also love bamboo, because it doesn’t require any harsh pesticides or herbicides to grow either. All of these materials are much better options than synthetics like polyester or Spandex because they offer breathability. For the first year of your baby’s life, their bodies will need to learn how to regulate their temperature and trust us – you don’t want to get up every hour of the night because your baby is sweating in their onesie!

Scroll down to see our tips and picks for buying baby clothing.

 

Tips for buying newborn clothing

 

  • As much as possible, choose clothing with snap buttons at the crotch – these make diaper changes (and changing in general) much simpler. While two-way zipper onesies are life savers for older babies, they can fold awkwardly and rub your newborn’s chin/ face in the first few months.
  • Where you can, go one size up. Again, changing your baby into clothing that’s a little roomier will make things easier on you, but also, going one size bigger makes your tot’s clothing work that little bit harder. Babies grow quickly, so it’s always best to give them room.
  • Remember to layer, layer, layer! Babies lose heat quickly, so as a rule of thumb, add one more piece of clothing than you’d wear yourself. We always add a tank under a onesie or tee.
  • Layers that don’t need to be pulled over your baby’s head are essential, too – hoodies and cardigans with snaps are easy to pack in your diaper bag for cooler days.

With that in mind, we’ve compiled the ultimate list of baby clothing essentials, including how many of each you’ll really need.

 

The Tot’s Baby Clothing Essentials List

 

Sleepsacks

 

You’ll want 2

Babies wriggle and squirm a lot, which is why sleepsacks will be your best friend. Unlike a blanket that can be kicked off, or worse, accidentally moved over your baby’s face, sleepsacks keep your baby warm and toasty, while allowing their legs and arms to move freely and safely.

Since many babies prefer to be swaddled, you may want to opt for the Halo Swaddle Sleepsack. With a three-way adjustable swaddle, this sleepsack adapts to your growing baby’s sleep styles as she grows.

 

Halo Organic Sleep Sack Swaddle

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HART + LAND Solid Sleep Bag

 

HART + LAND Bamboo Solid Sleep Bag

 

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Sleeveless Bodysuit

 

You’ll want 2 – 4

Tanks are a must have for sleep time. Since babies need one extra layer than adults, having a few of these on hand will make naps and bedtime so much easier!

 

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HART + LAND Organic Cotton Solid Tank Bodysuit

 

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Footed Bodysuits + PJs

 

You’ll want 4 – 6

Keeping socks on your baby’s feet may as well be an attempt at Everest in flip flops. Seriously – there may be a scientific law that says socks can’t stay on a newborn’s feet! Don’t fret – footed onesies will keep those tootsies warm! The other great thing about bodysuits is that they’re cute enough for playdates, but cozy enough for when nap time calls.

 

Hart + Land Footed Bodysuit

HART + LAND Organic Cotton Footed Bodysuit

 

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Hart + Land Bamboo Footed Bodysuit Simple Stripe

 

HART + LAND Simple Stripe Bamboo Footed Bodysuit

 

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HART + LAND Polka Dot Bamboo Footed Bodysuit

 

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HART + LAND Rainbow Bamboo Footed Bodysuit

 

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Hart + Land Bamboo Footed Bodysuits Rockets

 

HART + LAND Rockets Bamboo Footed Bodysuit

 

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Hart + land footed bodysuit pj ballet print

 

HART + LAND Pima Cotton Footed Bodysuit PJ

 

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HART + LAND Footed Bodysuit with Airplane print

 

HART + LAND Pima Cotton Footed Bodysuit PJ

 

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Kimono Bodysuits

 

You’ll want: at least 2

Particularly great in the first three months, the Kimono style closure allows the fabric to lay flat on your baby’s chest.

 

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HART + LAND Organic Cotton Long Sleeve Kimono Bodysuit

 

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Lap Shoulder Bodysuits

 

You’ll want: 4 – 6

Designed with an envelope neckline that makes it super easy to get your baby dressed and undressed, lap shoulder bodysuits are must have basics due to their versatility. Adorable on their own or layered under a cardigan, the snaps keep your tot’s torso covered unlike shirts that roll up.

 

Hart + LAND Bamboo solid lap shoulder bodysuit

 

HART + LAND Bamboo Long Sleeve Lap Shoulder Bodysuit

 

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Hart & Land Unisex 6 piece gift set in Micro Chip Grey

 

HART + LAND Stripe Organic Cotton Long Sleeve Lap Shoulder Bodysuit

 

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HART + LAND Polka Dot Bamboo Long Sleeve Lap Shoulder Bodysuit

 

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HART + LAND Rocket Bamboo Long Sleeve Lap Shoulder Bodysuit

 

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HART + LAND Rainbow Bamboo Long Sleeve Lap Shoulder Bodysuit

 

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hart + land simple stripe long sleeve lap shoulder body suit

 

HART + LAND Simple Stripe Bamboo Long Sleeve Lap Shoulder Bodysuit

 

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hart + land bamboo lap shoulder bodysuit

 

HART + LAND Bamboo Short Sleeve Lap Shoulder Bodysuit

 

$20

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Hart + Land Galaxy Star Short Sleeve Bodysuit in Micro Chip

HART + LAND Galaxy Stars Organic Cotton Short Sleeve Lap Shoulder Bodysuit

 

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hart + land solid blue short sleeve lap shoulder body suit

 

HART + LAND Short Sleeve Organic Cotton Lap Shoulder Bodysuit

 

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Footless Rompers

 

You’ll want: 4 – 6

As your baby gets older and starts walking, footless rompers are key because they’ll need to be able to grip the floor with their feet.

 

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HART + LAND Bamboo Footless Romper

 

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Leggings

 

You’ll want: 4 – 6

Unisex leggings are great because you can slip them over a onesie or use them to hide a diaper under a cute dress. Designed with room for a diaper, they won’t fall down!

 

Hart + Land leggings

 

HART + LAND Organic Cotton Legging

 

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Hart + Land Legging in Zen Blue Stripe

 

HART + LAND Stripe Organic Cotton Leggings

 

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hart + land solid sage bamboo legging

 

HART + LAND Bamboo Legging

 

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HART + LAND Polka Dot Bamboo Leggings

 

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HART + LAND Simple Stripe Bamboo Leggings

 

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HART + LAND Galaxy Stars Organic Cotton Leggings

 

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Crew Neck Shirts

 

You’ll want: 3 – 4

As your baby starts sitting up and walking, t-shirts are an easy basic to mix and match.

 

Hart + Land Long Sleeve Tee in Solid White

HART + LAND Organic Cotton Long Sleeve Crew Neck

 

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hart + land long sleeve bamboo rocket tee

 

HART + LAND Rocket Bamboo Long Sleeve Crew Neck

 

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hart + land bamboo rainbow long sleeve crew tee

 

HART + LAND Rainbow Bamboo Long Sleeve Crew Neck

 

$20

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HART + LAND Dot Long Sleeve Crew Neck

 

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hart + land short sleeve bamboo crew neck tee

 

HART + LAND Bamboo Short Sleeve Crew Neck Tee

 

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hart + land stripe organic cotton short sleeve crew

 

HART + LAND Stripe Organic Cotton Short Sleeve Crew Tee

 

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Hats

 

You’ll want: 2 – 3

Whether you’re going for a stroll or simply sitting outside with your newbie, it’s important to remember that babies lose a lot of heat through their heads.

 

 

Hart + land pink bamboo hat

 

HART + LAND Polka Dot Bamboo Hat

 

$8

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HART + LAND Bamboo simple stripe hat

 

HART + LAND Simple Stripe Bamboo Hat

 

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HART + LAND Organic Solid Hat

 

 

HART + LAND Organic Cotton Baby Hat

 

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Hart + land organic cotton galaxy stars hat

 

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