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A New Parent's Guide To Newborn Fashion Essentials

Published on June 21, 2022 11:26:25 AM PDT June 21, 2022 11:26:25 AM PDTst, June 21, 2022 11:26:25 AM PDT

A New Parent's Guide To Newborn Fashion Essentials

The days leading up to the big day when you can finally meet your bundle of joy and bring them home often come with joyful anticipation, utter confusion, and overwhelming stress. The list of things to prepare seems endless – each category of product boasting its own subgroup of various kinds. It brings forth a resounding truth about parenthood: it starts before you actually welcome your little one.

To help with your parenting woes, Mothercare is your go-to retailer for all your baby’s needs. Aside from a broad catalogue, we take pride in having a deep range of products so that you can spoil your little one silly. When it comes to newborn apparel, know that we have this category covered. From cosy indoor garments like bodysuits, onesies, and two-piece pyjamas to striking outdoor clothing essentials, such as dresses, rompers, outerwear, and shoes – we have them! As you sigh over our collection of adorable, coordinated all-in-one sets and pick out your favourite one, it’s also important to take note of the smaller details when building your little one’s wardrobe. Aspects like sizing, the number of baby clothes to buy, and the practicality of each type of apparel are just a few crucial considerations that you won’t want to miss.

If you’d like to get to the very core of buying newborn clothes, we welcome you to leverage our Digital Nursery Advisor (DNA) programme to enjoy complimentary advice that can help prepare you for your little one’s arrival. If you’re leaning towards exploring and navigating this behemoth category of baby essentials all on your own, you may want to keep the following considerations in mind.

1. Picking the Right Size

“Children grow up too fast” is a common mournful realisation that many parents have even within the first few months of their parenthood journey. Aside from growing fast enough to outgrow their new outfits, newborns also grow at different rates. This means two infants can be of the same age but could be wearing completely different sizes. However, determining your little one’s size may be a tall order, especially if you’re still waiting for their arrival. One way to get a sense of how big your baby will be is to look at your family history (e.g. are you or your family members known for having big babies?) and the prenatal measurements taken by your doctor.

On that note, you’ll want to also take the sizing labels (e.g. 0-3 months) with extra precautions. Your 3-month baby may already need to wear clothing labelled 9-12 months, even if they may not be quintessentially a big baby. In this case, it’s always good to check each brand’s website for their specific size chart and identify where your little one’s measurements fall on their sizing chart before purchasing them. If you’re not too sure, you can consider opting for one that’s a size or two bigger. Even if it’s too big, opting for a bigger size will allow your little one to grow into the outfit, so you don’t have to buy new clothing as often!

2. Make Practical Choices

During their first weeks or months, your little one will spend most of their time sleeping in their cot, and require frequent diaper or clothing changes. To ensure the longevity of your little one’s apparel (and simplify the entire baby caring process, while you’re at it), bodysuits and sleepsuits are your best bet! Mothercare’s Boys Mummy and Daddy Long Sleeve Bodysuits and Baby Unisex Koala & Panda Sleepsuit, for instance, come with crotch flaps and snap buttons to make changing time an absolute breeze! Otherwise, you can also consider our Boys The Good Life Zipped Sleepsuit – it comes with a two-way zip fastening to help make middle-of-the-night diaper changing sessions easier for both mum and dad.

While it may seem like an unnecessary purchase, fashion accessories like hats and mittens should also be on your list of things to buy. Such accessories are extremely useful during this early stage to stop your baby from scratching themselves or preventing their sensitive scalp from being exposed to the elements. Besides these add-ons, another unconventional purchase you may want to consider is a wrap vest. Its wrap design will keep your newborn comfortable without disturbing the umbilical cord stump.

To ease your shopping, opt for convenient bundle options with our newborn essentials sets.

3. Focus on Comfort and Safety

When picking out baby clothes, breathability and comfort are two important factors to consider, especially in Singapore’s hot and humid climate. Opt for natural fabrics, such as cotton and bamboo cotton, as they are soft and gentle on a baby’s sensitive skin. In fact, bamboo cotton is often safe and ideal for little ones with skin conditions like eczema.

Be sure to avoid clothing with tassels, buttons, fringes, or other dangling bits when your baby is still too young. These small items are a potential choking hazard, and could be dangerous for your baby.

Make sure to also use a baby-safe detergent like the B&B Fabric Detergent Bottle to wash your little one’s apparel. Such detergents are formulated to not only keep your baby’s clothing soft, but they also boast antibacterial effects that work to protect your infant’s sensitive skin.

4. Prioritise Everyday Wear and Convenience

With the wide range of options, it’s always tempting to spoil your newborn with adorable tops, trousers and bottom wear. And while Mothercare has no shortage of adorable baby fashion clothes, be sure to always settle on the essentials first.

To ease dressing your little one, you can consider marrying everyday wear and convenience! Onesies and rompers, for instance, are convenient everyday choices both in and out of the home. Moreover, they also make laundry easier since you only have one piece to wash, fold, and sort through at a time. When picking out a footed onesie, be sure to look out for adjustable straps and slip-resistant soles, as they can help keep your little one comfortable as they waddle around. The Newborn Boys Jurassic Explorer I Love My Mummy All-In-One, for instance, is an excellent choice.

While they may appear necessary, you can delay purchasing a pair of shoes for your little one, especially if they have yet to take their first steps. Until then, booties can help keep their little feet warm and cosy throughout the day.

Shop for Your Little One at Mothercare

If you’re looking to get your baby fashion clothes in one easy place, look no further than Mothercare! Browse our thoughtfully-curated online catalogue of clothing essentials and enjoy free delivery when you spend over $60. We will deliver your purchases right to your doorstep within the next 3-5 working days.

Alternatively, you can also visit our outlets in Singapore!