Newborn Layette

Moneysaver Tip: Try to find free/cheap newborn-size clothing. Do not spend a lot of money on newborn clothing. Most babies grow very quickly out of newborn size (size N/NB.) We borrowed all our N-sized clothing from SimpleGuy’s big sis, who’s had three babies. The only thing we bought in size N was Baby’s going-home-from-the-hospital outfit.

Clothing you really need for the first month (or two, or three depending on how fast your baby grows):

Newborn Stage—remember newborns sleep a lot; get sleepwear for your newborn and not much else. Limit “cute” oufits in N and 0-3 month sizes. With feedings around the clock, recovering from delivery, and your internal clock completely messed up, It’s hard to go out that first month or so, so only get a few outfits for visitors and special occasions. (I recommend getting cute, “show-off” outfits in size 3-6M–that’s when you really will use them!)

  • 1 going home outfit for the hospital
  • 1 backup going home outfit for the hospital (in case of emergency blowouts or spit-up)
  • 4 pack of side snap t-shirts (recommend Carter’s or Gerber brand (cheaper), 0-3M)gerber sidesnap
  • 3-5 pairs of pants (N or 0-3M): 3 will work for a summer baby; 5 for a winter babypantsbaby
  • 4 sleeping gowns (a long shirt/dress with an elastic on the bottom for easy diaper changes) – yes, even for boys (perhaps in blue?) (recommend Carter’s brand, 0-3M)sleepgown
  • about 3-5 creepers or sleep & plays (recommend Carter’s brand, size NB)

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  • a few pairs of socks – use these as mittens too – babies scratch their faces like crazy! (I recommend Gymboree brand – have elasticized cuff; reinforced toe, 0-3 size, the ones with cuffs are best for newborns)

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1st month (or 2) stage

  • about 7 creepers or sleep & plays (recommend Carter’s brand, 0-3)
  • 8-12 bodysuits (recommend Carter’s brand or Just One You Carter’s brand, 0-3M) – I do not recommend Gerber onesies — many reviews say they are small and shrink a lot in the wash.

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  • 1-3 cute outfits (remember, do yourself a favor — get clothes that have easy access, easy removal, easy to layer, easy to mix/match)

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  • a few pairs of socks – use these as mittens too – babies scratch their faces like crazy! (recommend Gymboree brand – have elasticized cuff; reinforced toe, 0-3M)
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Socks like these are best for newborns
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These are best when baby gets a little bigger

Other Stuff to Have:

  • swaddling blankets and a thick blanket if it’s cold outside
  • 1-2 beanie hats and a light sweater or lightweight jacket
  • 1-2 hooded towels (but regular towels work fine! we use a soft beach towel)
  • baby washcloths (we have a pack of 12)
  • cloth diapers to use as burp cloths – you can also make your own using flannel fabric, sewn two pieces together (I use both kinds)

(For recommended clothing 0-24M, check this post out.)

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