Clothing and Care
In the first year, simple clothes are best! Your infant is developing all the functions to move her body, and needs clothing that aids in this process. All clothes should be comfortable, stretchy or loose-fitting, and allows for full movement of arms and legs.
In this first year, your child will grow so fast, you won't use a piece of clothing for more than a few months. Secondhand infant clothing tends to be close to brand new, and is worth looking for.
About gendered clothing: Pink and blue are fine colors, but to put your child in a narrow gendered box when they are so young and impressionable is disrespectful. Keep a balance.
Please note I have not listed everything your child needs here (you'll probably want socks, long sleeve shirts, hats, coats, etc). These clothing items below are related to movement and the development of your child.
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Onsies are the little black dresses for babies. Use them as undershirts on chilly days or entire outfits on warm ones. You'll need more in the beginning for frequent changes. The simple t-shirt with snapped bottom allows the shirt to stay on your baby's skin, which is good for free movement and temperature control.
Color and pattern are your personal choice, but avoid any clothing with buttons, scratchy appliques or embellishments.
Another item your infant can wear all the time. I prefer zippers over the snap clasps as they are much faster and easier to manage during repeated diaper changes. Mobile infants need time during the day with bare feet to build muscle coordination, and footie PJs will slow them down. Save the PJs for sleeping at this age.
Pants for infants should be soft and stretchy, with an elastic waist and ankle cuffs. Footed pants are fine until your baby starts to roll over, but if you can, warm the room and allow her to explore her feet! Mobile infants need time during the day with bare feet to build muscle coordination.
Avoid any piece of clothing that makes it difficult to crawl, creep, pull up, or stand. Remember, your child is a person who needs to practice moving, not a doll to be dressed up.
Legwarmers are my new favourite for infant wear, after I had a day with multiple blowout diaper changes. Used instead of pants, legwarmers have a higher chance of staying dry and clean, AND it's one less step when diapering. Pair these with a onesie to protect knees from scooting and crawling on the floor while leaving feet bare for traction.