Your little one is almost here! Congratulations!
Right after birth, your baby will have an umbilical cord stump for the first 1 to 2 weeks. The length of the stump will vary depending on where it was cut at the hospital, so some babies will have longer stumps while others will have shorter ones.
Either way, the stump is super sensitive, and rubbing it or grazing it can irritate your little one. This is why you need to fold down their diaper every time you change them. It is also why you need to invest in the right kinds of newborn baby clothes that will not irritate the stump, such as kimono onesies.
Our organic kimono onesies feature side snaps on the side. Others wrap around your little one’s body, avoiding the stump altogether. This also makes for simpler changes and getting your little one dressed easily.
The design of these kimono onesies also means that you do not have to pull anything over your little one’s head as you dress them. Babies do not like that at all!
You’ll also love how kimono onesies do not ride up as t-shirts do. This often happens at night, exposing your little one’s belly, leaving you with a screaming baby on your hands.
Kimono onesies are great because they make life so much easier! They are especially perfect for first-time moms who are still getting the hang of dressing their little ones. They are easy to put on and are designed specifically to protect your little one’s umbilical stump.
Other essential clothes for the first two weeks
While there are a lot of opinions on what to get and what not to get when it comes to shopping for newborn baby clothes, the truth is it’s smarter to opt for a minimalist baby registry with only the essentials.
One of the most highly recommended outfits for newborns is onesies. They are a must-have for your newborn’s wardrobe. They snap at the crotch to stop them from riding up and exposing your baby’s belly. There are also long-sleeved onesies that are great for anyone who does not live in a very warm climate.
Onesies are comfortable, versatile, and easy to put on or take off, which is why so many moms and dads swear by them.
However, what if you could take things to a whole other level?
Of course, we’re talking about kimono-style onesies.
You see, babies do not like having things pulled over their eyes. They’ll scream in protest every time you attempt to do it. Unfortunately, the only practical way for a baby to put on a onesie is by having it pulled over their head.
With our kimono onesies, you get all the benefits of regular onesies without this major downside. Plus, they also protect your little one’s umbilical stump before it falls off.
Apart from onesies, here are a few other essentials that you absolutely must have over the first two weeks.
Hats: Keep a hat on your little one’s head as long as they are awake, especially when heading out with them. Infants have large head-to-body ratios, so they lose most of their body heat through the head. A hat will help keep them warm throughout the day. Keep in mind that a baby should never sleep with a hat on. This will prevent them from overheating at night.
Baby leggings: The right pair of leggings is a great way to accompany your favorite onesie. Go for cotton leggings as they are more comfortable for newborns.
Footed onesies: This is a very versatile article of clothing that you absolutely must-have in your newborn’s wardrobe. It combines the onesie, pants, socks, shoes, and mitts into one. If you can get it in a kimono style, you’ll have hit the jackpot!
Sleepwear: Get our organic cotton footed pajamas to ensure their tiny feet will always be nice and warm! There are also baby sleeping gowns that are great for newborns. They make nighttime diaper changes so easy!
Socks: Socks will keep your little one’s feet warm when they are not wearing footed outfits. They are great for newborns.
Factors to consider when buying newborn baby clothes
Fabric Choosing the wrong fabric for your little one’s clothes can lead to skin irritation and discomfort. Babies have very sensitive skin. You want fabrics that are comfortable and highly breathable, such as organic cotton. These are also natural sustainable fabrics, like bamboo or soy-based fabrics, that are not only kind to your baby but also to the environment as well. Bamboo-based fabric is called rayon while the soy-based fabric is called azlon.
Style and functionality Choose practicality over fanciness. Make sure the clothes are comfortable and easy to put on or take off. Since newborns spend most of their time sleeping, don’t go too crazy buying clothes that they will probably never wear. Choose gender-neutral clothes if you can, and go for clothes that are easy to wash and durable enough to keep serving you after multiple washes.
Size Buy clothes that fit your little one correctly. Also, do not forget to account for your baby’s growth rate, because babies grow super fast! If you cannot decide between two outfits of different sizes, go for the larger option to compensate for growth spurts.
Cost Never compromise quality for price. Because babies have sensitive skin, you want well-designed clothes that will put your mind at ease every time you dress your little one.
Safety Buy baby clothes that do not raise safety concerns. Avoid clothes with decorations like bows and flowers. Avoid clothes with handing bits of fabric like ribbons or drawstrings. And when buying baby sleepwear, go for the ones made using flame-resistant fabric.
Season Your baby clothes should also work for the season and for the area in which you live. Think ahead and buy season-appropriate clothes. Planning ahead and picking your little one’s clothes carefully will allow you to get the most use out of your outfits.
What about layering?
Experts recommend that you should always put your little one in one more layer than you have on.
If you want to check whether your baby is too hot or too cold, feel their core or the back of their neck. Newborns can have cold fingers even when they are not cold because they do not have a lot of fat and generally run on the cold side.
Therefore, if you see your little one sweating, they are too warm.
If you are expecting a newborn, it is important to remember that everyone and their mom is going to buy you baby clothes. They’ll do it whether you ask them to or not. Therefore, don’t go too crazy when shopping for baby clothes. Instead, stick to the essentials and if you can, only get the things you absolutely can’t do without, such as kimono onesies.