A SmartParent’s guide to dressing a newborn

Here’s your handy wardrobe guide to dressing baby for any occasion, including an encounter with a nasty diaper blowout!

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Question: Is there anything cuter than a baby who’s dressed as a mini-pumpkin or even a whimsical Disney character like Princess Jasmine from Aladdin? Answer: No! Every new parent dreams of dressing their little darlings in cute getups for that all-important milestone photoshoot.

Yet, many are lost when it comes to bubba’s day-to-day dressing needs. The good news ― their clothing needs are basic, so a few key pieces and mixing and matching will make the outfit look adorable. Making sure your little one looks cute yet comfy is important, follow this handy guide.

Onesies/Bodysuits

These versatile one-pieces form the basis of every baby layette. Available in an assortment of prints and colours, these cotton-knit pieces can be worn as is or with shorts or a skirt, and even a cardigan on chilly days. Babies hate the rush of air on their skin, so onesies come in handy as they have easy-to-open snap buttons at the crotch, making changing a cinch. 

TOP TIP Get these in size 3 to 6 months, so that you can extend the use. Very few newborns can fit into 0-3 months for long. Don’t overdress your little one for sleep as it might result in suffocation arising from Sids (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome).

Choose light and airy fabrics that will allow the skin to breath. Top choices include cotton, bamboo, or a blend of cotton and spandex or cotton and polyester.

T-shirts, shorts and trousers

Cute tees and shorts are perfect for the occasional outings. Keep the outfit simple, so they won’t get too hot in our humid weather. Trousers make ideal bottoms when you give your tot tummy time, as their knees will encounter friction on the floor, especially when they start to crawl. Choose light and airy fabrics that will allow the skin to breath. Top choices include cotton, bamboo, or a blend of cotton and spandex or cotton and polyester.

TOP TIP Look out for tops and onesies with envelop folds on the shoulders. They let you pull down the clothing, instead of over bub’s head, especially when you have to deal with a diaper blowout. 

Booties, bibs and mittens

Cotton booties and mittens, which keep your bub warm and prevent them from scratching their face, work best in our tropical climate. Bibs not only catch milk spills, vomit and saliva, these can act as a fashion statement while protecting their clothes, so that you don’t have to keep on changing junior so often. 

TOP TIP Get velcro bibs as they are easy to remove as opposed to those that come with ties, which could be challenging if you are aiming to change your little ones quickly. Retire the mittens after the third month at the very latest, so that bubba can develop their motor skills and enjoy tactile experiences.

A baby's delicate skin requires special care, so what they wear and how the fabrics are washed are important as the chemicals will come in close contact with the skin.

Click for tips on how to launder your munchkin’s clothes safely…