Just How Many? What to Buy for Your Newborn

Newborn Clothes Checklist:
What Clothes Do I Need for a Newborn?

Preparing for your new arrival can be as stressful as it is exciting, with so much to plan and buy all jumbled up with that nagging worry that you might not have enough – or that you’ve bought too much
It’s tricky to work out exactly how many items of newborn baby clothes you need. On the one hand, little ones grow at an alarming rate, but on the other, it’s likely they’ll need a couple of outfit changes throughout the day. If you’re deliberating over just how many items you need, fear not! This handy checklist explains exactly what you need to buy for your newborn, and how many of each item you’ll need.

Bodysuits and onesies

Whether your bundle of joy arrives in summer or winter, bodysuits are a newborn clothing essential. They work as an easy, fuss-free outfit in the summer, but also act as a basic layer in the winter months. We recommend getting around 7 in preparation for your baby’s arrival, so you’ve got one for every day of the week!

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Try and get between 4 and 7 pyjama suits; if you’re having a cosy day at home, your baby can always wear snuggly PJs during the day! For sleeping though, it’s important that pyjamas don’t have any complicated fastenings and are simple to pull on and off.

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With so many adorable outfit sets available, it’s hard not to go overboard when shopping for newborn baby clothes. As we know, babies grow up quickly, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get one or two lovely little daytime outfits for special occasions or visiting family members.

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Socks, slippers or booties

Although shoes aren’t really necessary until your baby starts to walk, it’s still important to keep those tiny little toes safe and warm, especially when you’re out and about. With that in mind, make sure you have a few pairs of socks, slippers or booties ready for your little arrival.

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If you’re expecting a summer baby, you’ll need something to protect their little head against the sun’s rays. If your new arrival is due in the winter, they’ll need something to keep them warm in chilly temperatures. We recommend getting 1-3 hats to start off with – you can always get more when your baby is bigger and has more outfits to match with!

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When your little one is still a newborn, they probably won’t spend much time outside. That said, it’s a good idea to have one coat for travelling from A to B, especially if you’re having a winter baby. All-in-ones are your best bet for keeping babies warm and snuggly, with a hood for extra protection against cold elements.

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Ready to start shopping for your newborn clothing essentials?

Now you know how much you need to get, it’s time to look for more inspiration! Check out our full baby clothing collection, where you’ll find everything you need to welcome your precious new arrival into the world.