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Is there a ‘right’ number of baby clothes?:

It is possible to have too much baby clothing, so here's a guide to the least and most you'll need.
By Motherpedia
Date: November 25 2014
Tags: baby clothes,
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Considering you may need to change outfits five times a day, how fun and cute baby outfits are, and how people are excited to buy them for you - it’s easy to overspend a baby clothing budget and run out of space to put everything.

So how many baby clothes do you need?

Here’s our guide to the least and most you’ll need in your baby’s first set of outfits.

Start with the basics

  • 7 onesies or rompers – These make for easy, no-fuss outfits in summer, or a basic layer in winter. Seven will give you one for every day of the week.
  • 5 pairs of socks - Even in summer, you’ll want to make sure your baby’s feet are cozy.
  • 4 sleepers or gowns - Make sure your baby’s night time outfits are lightweight enough to keep your baby warm but not hot, and secure enough that they won’t bunch up or move around.
  • 3 bibs – They’re a great way of catching spit and other fluids, and also save washing.
  • 2 hats – It's important to keep your baby warm in the early stages. Start with two - one to wear and one for the wash.

For a summer baby

  • 1 sun hat - Choose a hat with a wide brim that fits snugly so it won’t fall off.
  • 1 lightweight blanket - The best way to protect your baby from the sun is with shade, not sunscreen, and the simplest way to do that without overheating baby is with a light cotton or muslin blanket. Drape it over baby in the stroller or carrier to keep skin covered.

For a winter baby

You’re probably not thinking that far ahead yet – after all, winter is 8 months away – so check back here at a later date!

Adjusts for your laundry situation

The numbers above assume you have easy access to a laundry and can wash at least every second day.

  • If you can only wash once a week, multiple all these numbers by two.
  • If you plan to wash every day, you can cut these numbers in half.

Any special circumstances?

You’ll probably want at least one dress-up outfit for pictures or special events.

  • If you have a specific event planned, it’s a good idea to get two dress-up outfits - just in case something happens to the first one on the big day.
  • If you plan to use cloth nappies, which are slightly bulkier than disposables, avoid slim-fitting clothes like jeans.

Finally, what do you really like?

Add in one or two items that you really like.

For example, baby leg warmers are a cute way to add an extra layer that’s super convenient for nappy changes.

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