Need a guaranteed pick-me-up? Head out shopping for baby clothes. Should you get the pretty pink dress with ruffles? Or is that mini aviator jacket calling your name? It's smart to wait until this latter part of pregnancy to stock up on clothing because you'll likely receive all sorts of baby clothes as gifts. Leave tags on any clothing you buy so that if you receive duplicates as gifts, you can return the items you bought for a refund or credit. You'll be amazed how quickly your baby outgrows newborn-size clothing, so consider saving money by borrowing clothes from friends or by shopping in discount or outlet stores.
Babies go through a lot of clothing. Diaper leaks and spit-up can soil or dampen a couple of outfits a day, and leaving a baby in wet or dirty clothing can cause skin rashes. Buy or borrow enough clothes so that you won't have to do laundry every day. Here are some estimates of what you'll need:
- 5-7 one-pieces: These one-piece outfits are comfortable, easy to wash, and simple to put on and take off. Most parents find that one-pieces and one-piece sleepers suffice for stay-at-home days.
- 5-7 undershirts: short-sleeve or long-sleeve, depending on the season. Choose undershirts that snap at the crotch; they won't ride up on your baby.
- 1 pair of cotton mittens: While moving their arms, babies may scratch themselves with their fingernails. Mittens help prevent scratches. An alternative to mittens is long-sleeve undershirts with built-in hand-hugging flaps.
- 2 one-piece pajamas: Choose warm footed styles if the baby's sleeping area will be cold; if the room will be temperate, drawstring-bottom sleeping bags can make middle-of-the-night diaper changes easier. On very warm nights, your baby can sleep in an undershirt that snaps at the crotch.
- 5 pairs of socks: On cold days, socks worn under one-pieces or one-piece pajamas can help keep baby's feet warm.
- 2-3 nice outfits for dress-up days.
- A sun hat with a chin strap.
- Outerwear, if the weather is cold: a sweater, jacket, or fleece (zip-up is easier to put on than over-the-head); a warm coat or baby bag that fits into the car seat; and a hat.