Jun 01, 2023

Whether it’s shopping online or picking baby shower gift suggestions, one of the most fun things for expecting parents to do is put together a list of essential newborn clothes in preparation for the arrival of a little one. In this article we’ll offer top suggestions for baby clothing “must haves” for both daytime and nighttime wear. We hope you find this essential baby clothes list helpful during your exciting time of anticipation! 

Essential Daywear for Newborns


No matter how well you think you’ve prepared, you can never have too many onesies. Newborns need to be changed frequently to stay clean, dry and warm. A versatile and essential piece of baby clothing, the onesie can be used alone on warm summer days or as a base layer underneath sweaters and pants. Uniquely designed to look like a normal top, onesies snap underneath the diaper area and are perfectly designed to keep even the squirmiest, most activities babies covered. 

Onesies come in many different styles and we recommend stocking up on a variety, including short sleeve, long sleeve and dressier options for those limited photo opportunities. A list of essential newborn clothes is not complete without lots and lots of onesies.  


Is there anything cuter than a baby bundled up in a cozy sweater? Even when they are only a few weeks old you’ll find small sweaters handy for keeping your newborn warm enough in winter months or even when the air conditioning is lowering the temperature during summer. Newborns often need extra clothes to stay warm due to their underdeveloped ability to self-regulate certain bodily functions. A few stylish sweaters will allow you to keep some at home or in the diaper bag for added warmth while out.


Soft pants with fun designs are an adorable wardrobe addition for newborns and toddlers alike. Whether you buy them as part of a set or standalone pieces, soft sweatpants are the perfect way to keep your baby’s legs covered and warm when paired with a onesie. Newborn pants are made to be stretchy and soft for gentle all-day wear against your newborn’s skin. For girls, newborn-sized tights are a great option for cute legwear that matches their tops.   

Nightwear for Newborns

Best Nightwear Clothing Options for Newborns


While a swaddle is not technically clothing, it is worn by your baby when sleeping. Swaddles are specially designed to keep your little bundle snug and safe (until they start learning to rollover). Most swaddles will feature fabric flaps with velcro attachments that wrap over the front of your baby’s body and secure their arms to their sides. You may be surprised how much babies move around when sleeping! Remember all of those seemingly random kicks and punches mom experienced when pregnant? Those flailing, jerky movements still happen as babies sleep during the newborn phase. A swaddle is, hands down, the best way to help your baby stay safe and calm when sleeping. A complete list of essential newborn clothes will include some type of wrap to help newborns sleep.  

Baby Gown

Before babies are big enough to wear full pajama sets they typically sleep in several different kinds of gowns or wraps. What your baby sleeps in will depend partly on how well they sleep, the temperature/season and their age. Baby gowns are a simple, lightweight sleepwear option that allow parents to easily change a diaper without zippers or snaps. Fumbling in a dimly lit room for snaps is not fun, which is why many parents prefer to use sleep gowns specifically for all-night sleeping. 

Sleeper Pajamas

As your baby grows they will be able to wear more traditional styles of pajamas. Simple, comfortable footie pajamas are a great option for babies in the 0-6 month range, even if your baby is still using a swaddle when sleeping. We’re proud to offer zip-up pajama options with superior softness (made from bamboo) that’s gentle on baby skin while offering comfort and warmth all night long. 


Accessories and Seasonal Clothing Items: 

No list of essential newborn clothes is complete without some of the crucial accessories you’ll want for outings and adequate preparation no matter the weather. These additional items include at least the following:

  • Hats to keep those little ears and heads warm! A significant majority of body heat escapes through the head, meaning a good hat is critical for maintaining a safe body temperature if you’re outside in cold weather. In the summer, a swim hat will keep that sensitive skin out of the sun.
  • Even newborns need lots of socks. Tiny toes get cold quickly, even with footie pajamas on. 
  • A swim cover up and other swimwear will help protect your baby’s skin from the harsh rays of the sun when you’re enjoying one of those beautiful beach days. Newborns need basically full coverage from the sun when out and they can burn after only a few minutes of exposure.
  • Mittens help to keep hands protected and warm, but they can also be useful to prevent face itching if your newborn is suffering from eczema or is accidentally scratching their face while sleeping.  
Leggings are a great way to add some extra warmth and protection from the elements or just while your baby is crawling around and exploring.
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