Newborn Clothes: What You Really Need

When it comes to newborn clothes it's best to keep it simple and stick with the basics.

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The Basics

Average newborn clothes fit babies weighing 5 - 7lbs. Many babies will outgrow newborn clothing in the first few weeks. Keep it simple and buy fuss-free basics like this basic short-sleeve bodysuit from PaigeLauren.

Newborn babies will wear multiple outfits a day because of messy blow outs and spit ups. The number of pieces you really need depends on how many loads of laundry you want to do a day. Here's a basic checklist:

Bodysuits (4 to 6)
One-pieces (4 to 6)
T-shirts (4 to 6)
Long pants (2 to 4 pairs)
Gowns (2)
Sleep Sacks (1 to 2)
Caps (1 to 2)
Socks or booties (4 to 6 pairs)

Keep clicking through these slides for more intel on what to get, and what to skip.

Tip: Wash a few newborn basics before baby's arrival. Keep the tags and receipts for extra unworn items so you can return them later.

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Basic White Bodysuits

A basic white bodysuit is a wardrobe staple from birth to the toddler years. In colder months, wear it as a layering piece. Come summer it's the perfect basic top to pair with leggings and shorts.

100% cotton and designed with an envelope neck to fit easily over baby's head. Available in long, short and sleeveless.

Carter's multi-pack bodysuits, $14-16, carters.com.

Tip: Start off with a single multi-pack in newborn sizing. Stock up on 0-3 months in short and long sleeves. You can never have enough!

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Basic One-Pieces

Newborn one pieces are great for sleep and daywear. Available in short and long sleeves with snaps or with a zipper.

Your first days at home you might not mind snapping 12 snaps while dressing baby. A week later you'll be experiencing full on sleep deprivation—you'll never be more thankful for the invention of the zipper. Buy a few of each style.

Baby Gap's "First Favorites" collection features cuddly one pieces in cute trendy prints.

Baby Gap, one pieces from $24-$40, gap.com.

Tip: Baby Gap's newborn sizing goes up to 7lbs. We found their one-pieces perfect for bringing baby home from the hospital with a little wiggle room for larger newborn babies.

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Side-Snap T-Shirts

Side snaps are perfect for newborns, designed to put on like a jacket, making them easy to get on and off. The open bottom doesn't fit as snugly as a bodysuit and will give you added piece of mind of not bumping the umbilical cord.

Two pack short-sleeve tees are part of Giggle's organic "Better Basics" line for newborns up to 3 months. The collection includes organic cotton bodysuits, tees, pants and gowns.

Giggle, Better Basics Short-Sleeve Tees (2-pack), $28, giggle.com.

Tip: The "Better Basics" line in our experience runs a little larger and a good pick for larger newborns. The organic cotton is soft and washes well too.

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Long Pants

Some parents will advise you to never buy pants with feet because baby will outgrow them too quickly. Others will say footed pants are essential because socks never stay on.

Polarn O. Pyret offers the best of both worlds: Pants with leg cuffs. Coordinating bodysuits are also available with built-in hand cuffs too.

Polarn O. Pyret, Newborn Eco Pull On Pants, $15, polarnopyretusa.com.

Tip: Check out Polarn O. Pyret's basic pull on pants with a wide waistband that can be folded down for a perfect fit.

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Gown

A sleeping gown features an open banded button that makes middle-of-the-night diaper changes faster and easier. Hand cuffs can be folded over to protect baby from scratching his or her face.

L'ovedbaby 100% cotton gown, available in 7 colors, $19, lovedbaby.com.

Tip: L'ovedbaby's newborn sizing is up to 7lbs but we found the pieces to run a bit on the smaller, slimmer size.

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Velcro Swaddle Sleep Sack

Wrapping your baby with her arms tucked in tightly at her sides often has a soothing effect on fussy newborns. But getting the technique down with a blanket can be tricky for new parents.

Halo's SleepSack® Swaddle eliminates the guesswork. The cozy sleep sack features two fabric panels that easily secure with Velcro.

Halo's 100% Cotton SleepSack® Swaddle, $29, halosleep.com.

Tip: A Velcro-style sleep sack is the easiest way for new sleep-deprived parents to swaddle your baby.

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Caps

A cap keeps baby cozy and limits excess body heat loss. Zutano's newborn caps fit tight to baby's head and come in colorful solids, stripes and prints.

Zutano newborn hat, $11 each, zutano.com.

Tip: We're big fans of Zutano's cozie newborn booties too! Made of soft fleece they snap around baby's ankle and stay securely on.

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Booties

Finding socks to fit newborn feet feels near to impossible. Booties that tie at the ankle are often your best bet for keeping little toes warm and covered.

New Zealand based Nature Baby designed an exclusive basics collection for J.Crew featuring organic cotton one-pieces, pants, shorts, hats and booties in colorful dots, stripes and solids.

J.Crew, Nature Baby Booties, $17 each, jcrew.com.

Tip: If you're on the hunt for a sock that could potentially fit and stay on newborn feet, we've had good luck with the brand Trumpette.

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