You're expecting a baby? Hoorray!! You are unsure about what clothes you need and how many? We've spoken to the experts - the midwifes from HEBAMMEHOCH2 and HEBAMMENPRAXIS ZÜRICH to develop this newborn guide for you!
NEWBORN CLOTHING ESSENTIALS
Total of 20-22 pieces per size, assuming you're doing 1-2 laundries per week
6 BODYSUITS (mostly longsleeve)
4 pair of TROUSERS WITH FEET or TROUSERS + 6 pair of SOCKS or BABY TIGHTS
3 PYJAMAS (with feet)
2 HATS (Winter and Summer)
1 pair of BOOTIES/WARM SLIPPERS
1 JACKET/OVERALL (Winter only)
+ 5 MUSLIN CLOTHS
+ 1 BLANKET
+ 2 SLEEPING BAGS
BABY CLOTHING SIZES
How do I know which size to get for the first weeks? Check the percentile curve with your gynaecologist to estimate whether your baby needs a 50 or a 56 to start with. Obviously, this is assuming your baby will come around due date.
How often do I need a new size of clothes? Well, as you can see in the above chart, usually every 6-8 weeks in the first year. Thus, we recommend getting a minimum of clothes per size (see above).
How tight/loose should the clothes fit? The baby should be able to stretch arms & legs well, usually a finger width between the fabric and the body is good fit, which is also helping when dressing them.
What do I need for the hospital? Only ONE set to go home. The hospitals are providing baby clothes for your stay.
At OÏOÏOÏ we rent out bundles of organic baby clothes. With our subscription, you can switch to the next size whenever your baby needs it and return your curent set. Flexible, easy!
Which materials should the clothes be made of? We recommend NATURAL, BREATHABLE fabrics which help the babies regulate their body temperature.
Think about the baby's comfort! Wool can be itchy, synthetics made from petroleum sources might not be that breathable.
Think practically! Do you want to wash your baby's clothes together with yours at 40 degrees? Wool might not be your first choice then.
At OÏOÏOÏ we work exclusively with brands relying
on ORGANIC COTTON. For accessories (hats) we include wool and linen as well.
Having a summer baby? While textiles can be lighter, we'd recommend covering the newborn's limbs if possible to protect them from the sun.
Having a winter baby? Layering it is! Bodysuit + Trouser/Romper for inside, add layers of Pullover and/or Overall plus a hat for outside. Midwifes taught us that hats are important as most of the body's heat is lost through the head.
How do you know if your baby's too hot or cold? If they're too hot you can feel it at the back of their neck and if they're too cold you'll feel it by touching their underarms/lower legs. Feeling the temperature at the baby's hands and feet might not be accurate, as there's less blood flowing through these areas
Our bundles contain 5-15 all-year baby basics.
Essentials for every season!
KEEPING BABY CLOTHES CLEAN
What to do if the baby's throwing up milk very often? You can fold a muslin cloth in a triangle and wrap it loosely around the baby's neck.
How to prevent diapers from leaking? Your midwife knows all the hacks! For the curious ones, here's a video from Hebammenhoch2 on how to change a diaper.
How to wash & clean baby clothes so they last longer? Take a look at our CARE GUIDE
Normal wear & tear is insured in our subscription, so let's celebrate stains as signs of baby's curiousity to discovering this world.
HOW TO RECOGNIZE
PRACTICAL BABY CLOTHES?
- Trousers with integrated feet
- Hats should fit tightly for newborns and for later we find hats with straps to be very practical (so they stay on!)
- Kimono/Wrap bodysuits (with buttons in the front) for babies less than 3 months so you don't have to pull the bodysuit over their head.
- Romper/Pyjama with buttons in the front all the way down to the legs for easy changing of diapers.
Any more questions about babies? Ask your midwife!
Any more questions about our clothes or bundles?