There are so many beautiful baby clothes for sale. The range in material, print and fabric is huge. We give tips so that you can buy the best clothes for your baby.
First of all, baby clothes have to be comfortable. Wool, cotton and terry are fine fabrics because they are breathable. Avoid buying clothes made of synthetic materials, such as polyester fleece. It is nice and soft and seems nice and warm, but because the fabric does not breathe, a baby can overheat. This is dangerous. If you think fleece is a nice fabric, buy fleece from wool or cotton, this also exists but is only a bit more expensive.
Stretchy clothes are easy because it takes less effort to put them on.
Did you know that the size on the clothes corresponds to the height of the baby in centimeters!
The vast majority of babies born between 37-42 weeks wear size 50/56 immediately after birth.
– If your baby weighs <3500 grams, size 50 is often the best fit.
– If the baby weighs > 3500 grams, size 50/56 is the best choice.
– Above 4 kg size 56 already fits.
So feel free to ask us at 36 weeks what we expect the weight will be!
When in doubt, remember: Cotton clothes shrink a lot, so it’s better to go a size too big than too small, and they will grow in on their own!
Babies born < 37 weeks often wear size 48, and if you give birth < 35 weeks, the baby (in the incubator) will wear size 44.
How much to buy
It is of course very personal what and how much you want to buy. Below we will list what we advise you to buy as a minimum.
- 6x pants. Choose a fabric that is soft and comfortable. There are pants with and without liners attached. The advantage of pants with socks on is that the feet always stay nice and warm. But if your baby has long legs, these pants will soon no longer fit. I would therefore buy some without and some with socks.
- 6x romper (onesie). Preferably wrap rompers. This is a romper that does not have to be put on over the head, but that you put on like a cardigan and fasten with press studs. Putting on these rompers is nicer for the baby, and easier for you as a parent. I recommend to buy rompers with long sleeves. Even in the (Dutch) summer, children get cold quickly. Long sleeves keep your baby nice and warm.
- 6x outerwear. T-shirts, cardigans or sweaters. It is useful if they do not have to go over the head, or if the neck opening can be made wider with press studs. A hood is very impractical because a baby often lies on its back and then a hood is not nice.
- Playsuit (this is possible instead of pants + outerwear) The advantage is that it is very comfortable and stays in place well (shirts often curl up). And it is also easy to put on and take off. This is why this is a favorite of many parents and many babies wear it a lot in the first year of life.
- 7x Socks. I always have a love-hate relationship with socks. Of course, your child must wear them. But my kids used to lose their socks all day long. The washing machine also seemed to eat these sweet little socks 😉 So my advice: • Buy some baby tights (minimum 4). The baby can’t lose them and the diaper stays better in place and it is nice and warm! That is why tights under a pants are highly recommended. Even if you have a boy! If you also want socks, then the socks from Bambino (Kruidvat) seem to be the only ones that are not kicked off so easily.
- 4X hat. Even in the summer, a baby has to wear a hat for the first few days, because otherwise he/she loses a lot of heat through the head. Buy a hat made of cotton or wool, because it is breathable and is comfortable.
- 1x jacket. When going outside with the baby, it is nice to be able to put on a jacket. Choose a size larger (size 56/60) otherwise very difficult to put on and take off.
Always wash the clothes after you buy them. New clothing may contain toxic or skin irritants. Chemical (paint) substances are used during the production process. But clothing is also sometimes injected with chemicals because this protects against insects and fungi, and prevents creasing of the fabric. These harmful substances are gone with a simple wash at 30*C. Use a mild and hypoallergenic detergent for washing, preferably without perfume.