Baby Registry: Newborn Clothing Essentials

I haven’t share a list in a while, so here’s one for all my new mom friends out there.  🙂

When you share the news that you’re expecting, the first thing people love to buy you is baby clothes.  And who can blame them?  They are so adorable!


Our baby BOY is giving us a thumbs up!

One of my favorite memories is from the day we found out we were expecting a boy.  I texted my co-workers this sonogram picture and shared the exciting news.  The next day one of my friends gave me a box of cute little boy clothes from Gymboree…she worked there and just couldn’t wait to pick some out for him!

So, you probably don’t need to put many clothes on your baby registry at all, but here are a few recommendations I have for what you will need for those first few months:


IMG_3668.CR2-2Newborn Mittens (Two 3 packs) – These are great to have because babies are really bad about scratching their faces when they cry.  And their nails are so sharp!  It’s nice to have quite a few because they do get sucked on and dirty, so you want clean ones to change out.

Newborn Onesies (4-6) – The most basic of all newborn clothing.  Here’s a neat thing I recently learned about their design:  The large head opening is also able to pull down over their body in case the baby has a blow out diaper and there is poo all over the bottom of it.  That way you don’t have to pull a poopy outfit over your baby’s face.  Genius!

JD outgrew the newborn sleeper we brought him home from the hospital in when he was five weeks old.

JD outgrew the newborn sleeper we brought him home from the hospital in when he was five weeks old.

Newborn Sleepers (4-6) – Both Jeremiah and Evelyn pretty much lived in these.  Except Evelyn was so long when she was born, she didn’t fit in any of her newborn sizes and ended up wearing her 0-3 month sleepers right away.

Newborn Socks (8 pack)

0-3 Month Onesies (4-8)
0-3 Month Outfits (4-8)
0-3 Month Sleepers (4-6)

Very Nice to Have, But Not Essential:

Newborn Caps (5 pack) or headbands – I used these a bit for Jeremiah, but since he was a summer baby, I didn’t need them very long.  Not to mention he already had a full head of hair!  I loved having cute headbands in every color to go with Evie’s outfits.  She doesn’t wear them around home much, but they are great for making her look extra cute and girly when we are out in public.

Essential, But Don’t Need Right Away:

I think it’s a good idea to register for a few of these in various sizes.  I ended up with a TON of 0-3 month outfits, then nothing larger than that for Jeremiah.  He barely wore each outfit more than once or twice before he outgrew it.  You can’t know exactly what size of clothes your baby will need in each season, but you can give a pretty good guess*.  And if you live in Kansas, the weather changes so much, you could use pretty much any outfit (summer or winter) regardless of the season!

*Just FYI: the Carter’s brand clothing seems to be a lot more true to size than other brands.

3-6 Month Outfits

6-9 Month Outfits

12 Month Outfits

Well, there you go!  That should give you an idea of where to start with your clothing registry.  Want to know what else I recommend for your registry?  Click Baby Registry List to download my FREE Baby Registry List with a bonus Hospital packing list & Postpartum supplies list!

And whatever you don’t get as a baby gift, there are always Craigslist deals, garage sales, and consignments sales where you can get some like-new clothes for just a fraction of the price.  If you want to see where I found my best deals, you should check out my post about getting Baby Gear Bargains here.

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