Baby Clothes Buying Guide

Buying baby clothes can be fun, but figuring out your baby’s complete wardrobe can be a bit overwhelming. This buying guide offers insight into what you’ll need to keep your baby comfortable and well-protected.

Baby Clothes 101: How to buy baby clothes

The first thing to consider when buying baby clothes is size. You want clothes that fit your baby comfortably, but buying a size or two bigger is an economical way to accommodate sudden growth spurts. The next consideration is functionality: buying items that can serve a dual purpose will save you money and help you create a more versatile wardrobe. Finally, remember that your baby will need lots of changes, and baby clothes that are easy to take off and put on will save time and make for a lot less muss and fuss.

Types of Baby Clothes


Baby Basics

A great thing for busy moms to consider when buying baby clothes is the wash and wear factor. Ideally you’ll want clothes that you can throw into the washer and dryer in one load. Buying a half-dozen easy-care bodysuits and several one-piece outfits or sleepers will minimize extra work and allow you to spend more time getting used to your new baby’s routine. Another option is a layette set, which offers several essentials in an all-in-one package. Remember too that organic baby clothes are available. They tend to come at a higher price point, but are useful if your baby is susceptible to rashes or skin irritations.


Newborn Boys Clothes (Birth – 12 months)

Finding the right type of clothing for your newborn baby boy can be easy. First, make sure the fabric is soft and the outfit allows him free range when trying out new movements. Second, consider style and how to create a look that speaks to your little guy’s personality. Have fun selecting from stripes and solids, and choosing easy-to-change one-piece outfits. Lastly, when shopping for boys look for durable fabrics — even at this age boys can be pretty rambunctious. 
s susceptible to rashes or skin irritations.


Baby Boy Bottoms

These are an essential part of your new little boy’s wardrobe. Slip-on bottoms work well for everyday use and make diaper changes easier. Look for comfort factors like elasticized waistbands and cotton blends. Choose roomy fits and stretchy fabrics, paying special attention to baby’s tummy area, so your little one is comfortable and doesn’t feel constricted in any way.


Baby Boy Tops

Baby boy tops are a wardrobe essential and can range from practical white bodysuits to fun character tops from Disney and Fisher-Price. You can also inject a little style into your baby boy’s wardrobe. Consider a plaid work shirt just like Dad’s or a comfy sweater layered over a collared shirt.


Newborn Girls Clothes (Birth – 12 months)

Whether you love pinks, purples, blues, patterns or solids, the clothing options for your new baby girl are almost endless. When shopping for your daughter you’ll want both practical clothing items along with some that simply delight. For everyday items get one-pieces or coordinating separates; but for playing dress-up nothing works better than an actual dress. Whether you choose oodles of tulle or silky fabrics, make dressing up your little girl fun for both of you.


Baby Girl Bottoms

Your little girl may already have a style all of her own, but when you’re shopping for baby girl bottoms comfort is a key factor. Great options include easy-to-change leggings, denim jeans, and any cotton-blend pant. Make sure you look for bottoms that are stretchy around the waist and allow for easy movement. Comfort aside, there’s no reason you can’t get creative too. Choose a variety of different colours and patterns to create a unique look for your baby girl. 


Baby Girl Tops

Shopping for tops can also be a lot of fun, matching fashion with function to find great looks for your baby girl. Solids, patterns and bright colours can all combine well with stylish bottoms, and a layered tutu creeper is sure to draw attention. Search for tops with extra-wide neck openings, or with snaps or buttons at the neck: it will make change time easier for both you and your baby.


Baby Girl Dresses

There’s a special kind of excitement about buying a baby dress for your little girl. Whether it’s for her first birthday or a special event, a baby dress is a good item to have on hand. Of course you’ll want something that’s adorable, but consider your baby girl’s comfort as well. Make sure the fabrics are soft vs. scratchy, and that she can move freely. Dressing up your baby girl is fun, so you may want more than just one party dress on hand.

Outfit Sets

One of the simplest ways to dress up your baby’s wardrobe is to add one or two outfit sets.  They have the comfort of a zipped sleeper but with a little extra style. A dressy suit will look great on your baby boy and unisex prints look great when adorned with bursts of colour or some favourite cartoon characters. Outfit sets are a great choice for those days when you want to dress your baby in something a little more special than a sleeper or simple tops and bottoms.

Shirts and Bodysuits

Shirts and bodysuits (one-pieces) are must-haves for dressing your new baby. They look great just on their own, but can also be used to layer underneath outfits and sleepers in colder weather. Have several on hand (one for each day of the week is a good idea) as spit ups and spills will be a common occurrence with your new baby. Consider buying some basic white shirts and one-pieces in a multi-pack, then get creative and add some lovely solids, prints or bright colours.

Special Purpose & Seasonal Clothes


Booties, Mittens and Hats

Keeping your little one warm and cozy during the colder months means booties, mittens and hats are essential gear. In our colder Canadian climate, dressing your baby warmly is also a safety concern. So remember to assess how often your baby will be outside in the cold and make sure little hands, toes and heads are well-covered. You’ll also want to make sure that booties and mittens aren’t just easy to get on, but stay on.

Baby Outerwear

You will also need a coat and/or snowsuit for your baby. Warmth is the primary concern, but take care that the clothes aren’t too thick or cumbersome. Your baby needs to be able to move freely while in a car seat. Fleece is a great material for both baby coats and snowsuits: it's thin and very warm, but not so much that your baby will overheat while in the car. Some baby snowsuits also come without legs, which makes moving baby in and out of the car seat much easier.

Baby Swim Wear

Choosing swimwear depends mostly on your baby’s age and size, but there are a few basic features to look for as well. Material quality is important, and price point is not always a reliable indicator. Check the item’s seams to ensure they’ll stand up to lots of handling by you and frolicking by baby. Chlorine, saltwater and sun can also damage swimwear. Some fabrics like nylon and lycra are more resistant than others. Look for a strong UV rating too (numbers range from 15 to 50). UV Protection Factor (UPF) is a rating system that tells you how much solar radiation is blocked by the material.

Infant Sleepwear

Your newborn baby will spend a lot of time sleeping, so it makes sense to have a number of different baby sleepers at-the-ready. Sleepers may not be the most chic option, but they are an important staple in every baby’s wardrobe. Sleepers offer you and your baby three important things: comfort, easy changing, and easy washing. Other great sleepwear options include swaddles, wraps and cozy wearable blankets for naptime or stroller outings.


Baby Sleepwear

Naptime is a break time for both you and your baby, and picking the right sleeper helps baby stay comfortable and cozy. Look for soft cotton blend fabrics, or organic baby clothes in styles that have no hard seams or edges to press against baby during sleep. Consider snap or zippered front openings to keep changes quick and easy. Some versatile sleepwear options are creeper sets, wearable blankets, pajama sets and even bodysuits for hot weather.


Baby Shoes

Buying shoes for a fast-growing baby can be a challenge. In fact most babies under the age of twelve months wear slippers or socks instead of shoes. Developing feet need lots of room to grow and comfort is key, so look for stretchy socks or slippers with anti-slip treads on the bottom to keep baby safe. Real shoes with hard soles should be used only after your baby has started walking.


Baby Clothes Tips:

  • Be cautious of tiny buttons, hooks, pom-poms or anything babies can put into their mouth
  • Routinely check clothes for loose items
  • Cut all dangly threads before your baby wears an item
  • Make sure your baby has free movement in any piece of clothing

Baby Clothes Features

Fabrics +

When choosing clothes for your little one, look for lightweight fabrics that are comfortable and allow free movement. The closer the fabric is to your baby’s body the more cotton you’ll want: cotton absorbs wetness and is breathable, unlike synthetics. Also, look at care labels on tags when selecting a garment. Organic fabrics are a good choice if your baby is susceptible to rashes and skin irritations. Most of your baby’s clothes should be able to withstand a hot or warm wash and tumble dry, to ensure proper cleaning of food and waste residue.

Design +

Look for easy-to-use fastenings and large neck openings, and avoid tight cuffs that can pinch. Design options like zippers, snaps and pull-on bottoms that make diaper changing easier should also be a priority for a busy mom.

Size +

Sizes on baby clothes often indicate an age like 0–3 months or 6–12 months. Some clothing manufacturers will list the height and weight of each size as well. And you may also be able to find some garments in extra large sizes. You can extend the life of your baby’s clothes by purchasing one to two sizes bigger and by not buying too far ahead of season.

Safety +

Most baby clothes are safe, but it makes sense to note if fasteners could become loose or fall off. Also, make sure there are no cords or strings that could entangle your baby. Some sleepers even have safety features such as fold-over mitts so that baby doesn’t accidentally scratch during naptime.

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Baby Clothing Care Tips:

  • Use mild detergents or special baby detergents for washing baby clothes
  • Try organic detergents if your baby is experiencing rashes or skin irritations
  • Avoid heavily scented detergents or fabric softeners when washing baby clothes
  • Read garment labels carefully to avoid shrinkage or damage during washing
  • Avoid shrinkage by drying clothes on low heat
  • Wash all new clothes and baby bedding before your baby comes into contact with them

Buying For Your First Baby

Your new baby will need a lot of clothes. Here’s a list of essentials and quantities that will help stretch the budget but keep your baby well-dressed and protected too.
  • One piece outfits, 5-7
  • Shirts, 4-7
  • Leggings/pants, 5-7
  • Sweater/Jacket, 1
  • Pajama/Sleepers, 4-7
  • Wearable blankets, 2-3
  • Socks, 4-6
  • Climate dependent: snowsuit (1), mittens (3 pairs), winter baby hats (2), booties (3 ), sun baby hats (2), baby swimwear (1)
This article is intended as general information. Always be sure to read and follow the label(s)/instruction(s) that accompany your product(s). Walmart will not be responsible for any injury or damage caused by this activity.



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