Best Baby Clothes for That Special First Year

If there's ever a time in one's life to remember, it's that very first year as a parent. Amongst all the excitement of seeing your baby smile and laugh, there's the joy of hunting out baby clothes and finding the best deals.

In this article, we'll explore exactly what you'll need to have ready for those important first few months, before looking at the latter part of the year and precisely what you'll need to have on standby. The following is just a rough idea, but it’s been tried and tested for a long time now, so there’s no reason it shouldn’t work for you.

Day 0 to six months

If you've been doing your research, you'll be well aware that the first 6 months are going to fly by. It might not seem like it at the time, but after those first few weeks, you'll turn around and be amazed to discover that, in fact, several months have gone.

The first thing to remember is that practical outfits win over expensive designer gear each and every time. Onesies are a very popular option, and gowns are ideal for night-times, particularly because they make changing your baby in the middle of the night as easy as it can be at a very difficult and tiring time.

The key thing to always bear in mind is that your baby is more susceptible to cold than you, so you always need to add on an extra layer to protect their small, rapidly growing bones. And remember, you're going to need to stock-up for this time. The more the better, so have plenty of basics ready and waiting.

Of course, the fact that most parents opt for reliable, cheaper options for the majority of their baby clothes means that they can then spend a bit more on a few key items that they really like. These are ideal for the special occasions when baby needs to look stylish as well as protected against the elements.

6 months right up to 9 months

During this time, your baby needs specific clothing more than ever. Between 6 and 9 months, it's fair to say that many babies go into over-drive, out-growing their baby clothes at an almost unbelievable rate that's impossible to ignore.

Another important consideration is that in this part of the year, it's very likely that your baby is going to start getting adventurous. The second they are able, they'll be moving around and exploring their surroundings with intense enthusiasm, and that means they will also wear patches in their baby clothes at an alarming rate.

The knee and bum areas get particular heavy usage, so you may want to patch these up or buy baby clothes that are better suited to lovers of crawling around.

Nine to 12 months, when things get really exciting

For many new families, when the ninth month arrives, the little one of the house suddenly gets an explosive burst of energy and wants to see what’s in every room. Where once full-body outfits were ideal, this stage of their young life will be better-suited to separate clothing such as mini T-shorts, soft denim trousers and nice little leggings. There’s plenty of choice out there, so don’t be afraid to try different items out.

With movement the main thing on the agenda, these kind of fun, active-wear clothes allow the baby to explore his or her new capabilities safely and easily. Soft-soled shoes are the ideal finishing item for any outside expeditions, as they allow your baby to keep on growing and don't get in the way of having lots of fun.

By now, you'll be an expert in baby clothes. Which is a good thing, because if you ever have another then you'll be able to put all that new-found knowledge to use once again with much more ease!

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