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When you're expecting a baby, there're lots of different things you need to prepare. One of the most important newborn essentials your baby will need from the get-go is a collection of clothes.
The truth is, it can be a challenge to know which clothes to buy, how many to buy, and when to buy them. Don't stress, we're here to help you prepare and buy just the right amount of clothes for your new tiny tot's wardrobe.
When getting clothes for your new baby, it's a good idea to keep things simple at first. Put together what's known as a layette, or a set of clothing essentials, that you can then build upon over time.
You can buy more or fewer clothes depending on your preferred laundry schedule and where your baby's due date falls in the year. For example, little ones will need more layers to wear if they're born in the winter.
As well as a special occasion outfit or any other adorable pieces that you just love, here's a simple list of the essential clothing items that a newborn baby needs:
If your baby is due during the colder months, you can add:
If your baby is due during the summer, you can add:
This all depends on the size and weight of your baby once they're born. Some little ones need preemie baby-size clothes, some need standard newborn-sized clothes, and others may need clothes in 0-3 months from the get-go!
It's a good idea to:
Some parents wait until after their 12- or 20-weeks scans before they start shopping for their baby. But the truth is, you can begin buying clothes for them whenever you want to before your little one's arrival.
Just be aware that it's a good idea to avoid buying too many clothes in a newborn size. Your little one will grow out of them fast!
Many parents wonder what they can do with their baby's clothes once they've grown out of them. After all, it's a shame to see perfectly good baby clothes go to waste. Let's run through how you can give your little one's old clothes a new lease of life:
If you know someone who's pregnant or has a little one who's younger than your baby, it's lovely to pass down your baby's outgrown clothes to them. That way, they can wear (and love) them too! Likewise, if you know someone who has a child who's older than your little one, why not ask them if they have any hand-me-downs that your baby could wear?
Whether you head online to a social networking site, download an app, or visit a market or car boot sale, selling your little one's clothes is a great way to find them a new home. It also gives you some spare cash to spend on a treat for you and your family. It's a win-win situation.
If you have certain baby clothes that you absolutely love but they don't fit your little one anymore, why not save them and turn them into a keepsake you can hold onto forever? If you or someone you know is a whizz with a sewing machine, you can transform your old baby grows into a string of bunting or a patchwork quilt. There're also businesses that can make old clothes and textiles into teddy bears or cushion covers.
You can gather up any clothes that no longer fit your baby and donate them to those in need. It's easy. Either drop them off at your local charity shop or donate them to your nearest baby bank. Just make sure that they're clean and in good condition.
If your little one's clothes are a bit worse for wear and can't be sold or donated, the next best thing for you to do is pop them in a clothes and textiles recycling bin or collection bag.
You can find your local clothing and recycling point by popping your postcode into the Recycle Now website.
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