Any woman expecting a child will no doubt have seen a huge choice of cute baby clothes and outfits available to buy, but unlike with older children and adults, buying baby clothes can be a bit tricky as a baby grows very fast!
So how do you know what are the best clothes to buy for your newborn, and how often should you be buying them clothes? This baby clothes preparation guide for expectant mothers will help you answer those questions and more, giving you one less thing to worry about when preparing for the birth of your unborn child.
Baby clothes sizing guide
As you will see from the details below, babies grow very, very quickly! Here are the different sizes available in the UK for babies:
3 lb premature baby – up to 3 lb or 1.4 kg;
4 lb premature baby – up to 4 lb or 1.8 kg;
Early baby – up to 5 lb or 2.3 kg;
Tiny baby – up to 7.5 lb or 3.4 kg;
Newborn baby – 10 lb or 4.5 kg;
0 to 3 month old baby – 14.5 lb or 6.5 kg;
3 to 6 month old baby – 17.5 lb or 8 kg;
6 to 9 month old baby – 20 lb or 9 kg;
9 to 12 month old baby – 22 lb or 10 kg.
What baby clothes should you start off with?
During their early years, newborn babies sleep for most of the time, so they should be wearing day clothes that they are comfortable enough to sleep in.
Bodysuits and sleepsuits that are made from pure cotton fibres have excellent natural thermal qualities so they will help your baby warm up during a cold spell and cool down during the warmer months of the year.
If you have a premature baby, there are specially designed sleepsuits that you can get which have been designed in collaboration with neonatal care units.
Other baby clothes to buy
Here is the lowdown on the best uses for the different types of baby clothes available that you need to consider buying too:
Vests – they are useful in the warmer months of the year, as they can be used instead of bodysuits and sleepsuits.
Shawls and Blankets – great for newborn and very young babies, baby shawls and blankets are used to wrap around them to keep them warm during the day. They are also useful for breastfeeding purposes, as they allow you to protect your modesty.
Pyjamas – these items of clothing are essential for helping your baby to differentiate night from day. You can usually get them with long sleeve tops and pull on trousers, made from soft cotton.
Socks – as with older children and adults, socks are useful for keeping feet warm and are for the most part an essential item to wear with shoes!
The lighter side of parenting
Apart from buying cute baby clothes with animal prints on them, for example, there is also a huge offering of funny and rude baby clothes that you can buy. They are sure to bring a smile to your face, and those of friends, family and even strangers too!
I hope you enjoyed this brief guide to buying baby clothes, if you have any hints or tips you would like to share, feel free to comment below!