Having a baby is expensive, especially when you consider that your little one is likely to need a whole new wardrobe every three months or so. However, there’s no point spending a fortune on dozens of expensive outfits when they will be grown out of so quickly. Stick to the essentials and build a wardrobe as your baby grows that won’t leave you bankrupt!
Although it’s tempting to have a wardrobe full of clothes ready and waiting for your new baby, it’s inadvisable to buy many newborn size items in advance. You have no way of knowing what size your new baby will be at birth – a 6lb baby could be in newborn clothing for several weeks, whereas a 10lb baby might need to go straight into the 0 to 3 months size. Take a look at a baby clothing size guide for the approximate weight and measurements that relate to each size.
Choose one nice newborn outfit for leaving the hospital and coming home in, and a few packs of inexpensive baby grows and bodysuits, and leave the rest until you know the weight and length of your new arrival.
0 – 3 Months
Most newborn babies are quickly into the 0 – 3 months size, so be prepared by buying some in ready before the birth. At this young age you’re likely to be spending most of your time at home with baby, so comfortable sleepsuits and baby grows are all that you really need. You can also order all your baby essentials online for ultimate convenience.
Starter sets are a good buy as they usually include coordinating sleep and bodysuits, with perhaps a hat, little jacket, bib and a pair of booties. Taking this coordinated approach is a great way to keep your baby looking cute but feeling comfortable – and it takes the stress out of dressing your baby!
3 – 6 Months
You might be thinking about baby’s first trips out to playgroups or other activities such as swimming or soft play. In this case you might want to invest in some sweet outfits to show your baby off in.
Stick to soft fabrics though, your baby doesn’t need little pairs of jeans just yet. Cotton is the best bet, so think casual jogger bottoms for boys and leggings and tunics for girls.
6 – 9 Months
Your baby may be becoming more active around about now, so make sure that their clothing won’t restrict them. Don’t be tempted to put them in hard shoes too soon, as these can be cumbersome when crawling and won’t encourage your baby to get up on his or her feet.
Soft soled shoes will keep baby’s feet covered, comfortable and protected, so you can start introducing a few pairs to his or her wardrobe about now if you wish.
9 – 12 Months
Your little baby is quickly turning into a little person and you might want to start dressing him or her in co-ordinating outfits. Dresses with leggings are popular for girls, whereas boys look cute in soft jeans with hoodies or polo shirts.
If your baby is fast becoming a toddler you should also think about getting him or her fitted for the very first pair of proper shoes. Ideally, you should have them measured at a shoe specialist, but if not, you can learn how to do a six point fit check yourself, online.
As your baby grows you might feel as if your bank balance is decreasing. Shop sensibly when it comes to your baby’s wardrobe and you’ll avoid wasting precious pounds.