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What Clothes Do I Need for My Newborn?

There’s never a shortage of opinions when it comes to parenting. If you’ve ever been brave enough to ask your friends for parenting advice on Facebook, you know how true that is. So as you get ready for your baby, how do you know what advice is legit? Well, that’s a tricky one. Every mom is different and every baby is different. So, it really comes down to what your mom-heart tells you. 

What Clothes Does My Newborn Actually Need? Quantity suggestions for onesies, pajamas, and socks from online baby experts

But when it comes to baby clothes, things aren’t quite as complicated. Sure, there are a lot of different opinions out there, but choosing the wrong take-me-home outfit isn’t going to make or break you as a parent. But since our goal is to make things easier for parents, we decided to do all the research for you when it comes to buying clothing essentials for your new baby. Now you can just look in one place to get baby clothing suggestions from some of the most trustworthy online sources.  

Based on our research, everyone agrees that all babies need the same basic pieces of clothing: onesies/bodysuits, pajamas/sleep n’ plays/sleepers/gowns, and socks. But quantities vary with each source. Check it out.

How Many Baby Clothes Do I Need? Suggested quantities for pajamas, onesies, and socks from baby experts

These are great suggestions for your newborn’s wardrobe. But what about as they grow out of the newborn stage? Well, you’re going to need all those clothes – pajamas, onesies, and socks – for at least the first year of that tiny baby’s life. So it’s safe to assume that you’re going to need those same quantities from NB to at least 12 months.

Laundry Frequency

As a general rule, if you’re planning on doing laundry every day, cut these quantities in half. If you’re planning on doing laundry once a week, double each of the above quantities. Personally, I’m not a huge fan of laundry, so I err on the side of too many so I don’t have to do laundry more than necessary.

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