The best thing about planning ahead for your new arrival is that you get to go shopping and buy cute clothes for your baby! As well as planning the nursery in your own style, planning a wardrobe collection for your newborn can be just as exciting! You can fill baby's closet with interchangeable pieces that can be mixed and matched for any occasion or type of weather. You just need a few basics to get going with your new baby capsule wardrobe. This will form the main clothing staples your newborn will need. After that you can add smaller items, such as mittens for the winter or a swimsuit for the summer.
What you need to have in your new baby capsule wardrobe....
14 Bodysuits or Tops – This will give you more than enough bodysuits or tops for a fresh change everyday. Through all of the mess that can happen when your baby spits up, drops food or has other explosive accidents, fresh clean bodysuits/tees will be a must have! You can aim to have a range of styles, from plain cotton, button downs or sweet prints.
7 Pairs of Pants / Shorts / Skirts – Babies can mix and match their pants / shorts / skirts with cute tees. You don't need as many of these as bodysuits, as baby can go out in a bodysuit and look super cute.
10 Footie Pyjamas – After baby has had a bath and is ready for bed, changing into footie pyjamas will make for a good night's sleep. While babies often wear bodysuits to sleep in, footie pyjamas add extra comfort and offer a good change-up from being in play clothes all day to wearing sleep clothes.
2 Rompers – Rompers are the best outfits for your baby! They are stylish and come in a range of designs. They are easy to get on and off when you are in a rush and they make sure baby is comfortable. They are great for the warmer weather, with many cotton options available on Etsy.
2 Gowns – Newborn gowns seem to be some momma's going home from the hospital outfit choice. They are good for changing diapers with ease, but can ride up when baby moves around.
2 Sweaters – New baby sweaters are normally gifted from the knitter in the family! if your baby is going to be born in the winter or in a cold climate, more sweaters may be necessary. You can also add cardigans or sweatshirts if you need to.
2 Dresses – There are so many cute dresses out there that you will be spoilt for choice. You may not need many so be careful when you go shopping and fall in love with the cute offerings available. Newborns will not need many dresses, so try to hold back until your baby is a little older.
1 Going Home Outfit – A going home outfit will be used a few times, for meeting the family, to visiting your workplace (your colleagues will love to see your babe in a sweet little outfit that rocks!). Choose something that reflects your style.
10 Pairs of Socks – You will need plenty of socks, at least one pair for every day so that you are not constantly doing the laundry. You also need spares, because they are so little, they are easily lost. You can also knit some yourself for the colder weather.
1 Pair of Shoes – Depending on where you live and your climate, you may not need any shoes for baby. You can knit or crochet some baby slippers or find a charming pair on Etsy. There are some sweet little newborn shoes out there though, so take a look and see what you like.
2 Pairs of Scratch Mittens – Your baby will only need scratch mittens for about one month, so you don't need to buy a lot. For cute do it yourself mittens, there are many patterns available on Pinterest. Some bodysuits and pyjamas come with fold over sleeves, designed to cover baby's hands to act as scratch mittens.
2 Beanie Hats – Some babies detest beanie hats and pull them off when they can and other babies love them. If you live in a colder climate you may need more than 2 beanie hats. There are many cute hats available on Etsy.
Other Items you may want to add.....
Not everything you may need is included in this new baby capsule collection. There are other items of clothing or accessories you may need depending on the seasons. For example, in the winter you will need more items of warm clothing, like a thick wool pom pom hat, mittens and thick booties. In the summer months you will need a swimsuit, swim diaper, rash guard and sun hat. You might want to consider having pacifier clips, which can be attached to shirts. Hair bows and tiny bow ties are also popular accessories for baby. For special occasions you may want to buy something special, like a tutu or mini suit.
Baby summer style.....
Baby winter style...
So what do you need to buy?
Most of the newborn capsule wardrobe should be composed of cotton bodysuits and footie pyjamas. These are the key pieces that you will use everyday. You will need them in the night and feel happy that they are easy to get on and off when you have to change baby at 4am! They also allow baby to move around and feel comfortable.
Most newborn clothes are purchased as sets, with 5 packs or 7 packs of cotton bodysuits easy to get hold of. When you have your newborn wardrobe set up, start looking to add pieces in the next size up as baby will be growing fast. Don't clutter up your nursery space by adding to your existing new baby capsule wardrobe. Try to look for new pieces that baby can start to grow into.
Make sure you follow your own style and buy whatever suits your lifestyle.
Arrange your newborn outfits in a well organised closet. Keep everything hung up and arrange items together so that you know where everything is. This will also be easier when others are dressing baby, although bets are that dad will still somehow become confused!
Take a look at the stunning baby closet inspiration on Pinterest, with so many ideas and organising tips to be found. Now all you need is a trip to ikea or target!
What have you bought for baby?
Want to share some tips on how you created your new baby's capsule wardrobe?
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**All images sourced from Pinterest**