Are you waiting for baby’s arrival but feeling a little anxious wondering if you’ve got everything ready? Are you preparing the shopping list for new baby clothes but not sure where to start?
Bringing home your newborn is an exciting yet terrifying experience. Undoubtedly, it will be an unforgettable time that you’ll cherish forever. But before all this, we have to make sure we’ve got everything on our shopping list checked off — that includes clothing.
Fortunately for you, we’ve searched high and low to make this a bit easier. Below is a list of the best baby clothes and brands, plus some tips for homecoming with a newborn.
The first few days after bringing your baby home from the hospital may seem like a blur. You’re still recovering from the birth, yet feeling excited to get started on this new chapter of life. These days will forever leave a mark, whether for good or bad.
Of course everyone’s experience is different. Unfortunately, when bringing baby home from the hospital, you’re also bringing home mountains of expectations, which aren’t always met.
Some mothers feel an unbreakable bond the first time they see their baby. But don’t worry, there’s nothing wrong if you don’t feel like that; things take time, even bonding with your newborn. As long as you keep cuddling and showing affection, your little one won’t notice (1).
It’s not uncommon for some mothers to feel overwhelmed, stressed, perhaps even unhappy. But remember, go easy on yourself and give yourself some time to recover, both physically and mentally, from the birth.
That said, the best way to minimize stress is to be prepared. Here are a few tips on what to make ready for baby’s arrival:
- Stock the fridge/freezer: After you come home, most of your time will be spent feeding, changing, and believe it or not, resting. Ensure you have healthy meals and snacks pre-prepared, to help keep your energy levels up.
- Sleep is not important: Do yourself a favor and repeat this sentence multiple times before giving birth. This may help you cope better with the sudden lack of sleep.
- Summon up a support team: Being a new mom can be difficult, and even the best of moms will need some support eventually.
- Stock up on diapers: Babies feed a lot and thus go through a lot of diapers. Make sure you buy in bulk so you won’t run out during the first weeks.
- Buy lots of baby clothes: During the first few weeks, you’ll likely change your baby’s outfit over a thousand times — or it will seem that much. Make sure that you have enough items so that the dirty clothes have time to go in the washer.
- Pants and leggings.
- Tops and shirts.
- Hats, socks and booties.
The Best Baby Clothes of 2020
Now that we know what type of clothing and how much our babies will need, it’s time we took a look at some options.
Onesies are also super easy for us moms. If you buy those that snap closed all the way down, you can get them on your little one in no time.
Not to mention that they’re perfect for winter, as little to no cold air is let through. Because it’s one piece, you don’t have to worry about the shirt gliding up, exposing the tummy chub. On the other hand, they also serve our babies well during the summer, as your little one will wear less clothes.
1. Simple Joys Baby Boy Onesies by Carter's Baby
These bodysuits from Carter’s are so cute and will fit your little boy perfectly.
Simple Joys gives you a pack of six different onesies, all with cute designs and colors. The onesie is a classic pull-on type, with expandable shoulders, and snaps at the bottom.
The material is a cotton blend, but may vary depending on the design. They do tend to shrink a little after the first wash, so it’s best to buy one size up.
2. Gerber Baby Girls' Short-Sleeve Onesies
Gerber is a well-known brand, and they sure don’t disappoint with this onesie.
The material is 100 percent cotton, soft enough for delicate skin. Gerber gives you a pack with five different colors and designs.
The onesies feature a pull-on neck with expandable material by the shoulders for easy on and off. There are bottom snaps for easy diaper changing.
However, they are short sleeved, so not suitable for the winter unless under layers, but still, they’re super cute!
3. L'ovedbaby Unisex Baby Bodysuit
This onesie from L’ovedbaby is the perfect suit for your newborn. The material is 100 percent organic cotton, making it durable for multiple washes and super soft for baby.
It’s in an adorable kimono style, with buttons running down the side and a strap keeping it in place on the inside. So it’s very easy to get on and off.
That said, this is quite expensive, although it’s a very good quality product.
Leggings and pull-on pants are another essential to include on your shopping list. Onesies are convenient for quick and easy use, but separate items, such as leggings and pants, allow you to make quick changes to just a part of an outfit.
Leggings and pants are also excellent for the winter months, where it’s good to add a layer of clothing to little legs. Buying some of different textures and thickness may help with this.
One thing to look out for is the size. Make sure that the item isn’t sitting too tight around your baby’s waist. That said, you also don’t want some that are going to slide off with every wiggle.
The best thing to do is look for those with stretchy waistbands, which will grow with your baby’s expanding tummy.
4. Luvable Friends Baby Cotton Tapered Ankle Pants
Active babies need a pair of pants that will stay on while they wiggle, roll over, and perhaps crawl. These pants from Luvable Friends are flexible, yet durable.
The material is 100 percent cotton, making them soft and expandable for growing legs. The waistband is elastic and will stay on, yet won’t sit too tight around the little tummy, and the ankles are tapered for extra hold.
5. CozyWay Baby Tights Seamless Leggings
The footie leggings from CozyWay are perfect for a fancy Sunday, where you feel like dressing your little one up. The material is 80 percent breathable cotton, suitable for different seasons.
Even though CozyWay advertises them as girl’s leggings, the white, black and gray color options make them suitable for small baby boys too.
However, if your little one is beginning to walk, these may not be the best choice. The feet can be slippery.
6. Leveret Solid Baby Crawling Pants
This pant/legging set from Leverat is perfect for lazy days when you don’t have anything planned. The crawling pants are a blend of cotton and polyester, while the leggings are 100 percent cotton.
They’re very simple, and suitable for both genders. Plus they have a stretchy waistband, so you’ll be sure they can accommodate a growing tummy.
In saying this, some moms do complain that the leggings aren’t as soft as the pants.
Unless you’re planning on dressing your little one in onesies all the time, you’ll need some tops and shirts.
Much like pants and leggings, these are essential. They’re excellent for putting small outfits together, as well as when your little one needs changing. You can simply remove the dirty top and replace it with a new, fresh one.
But remember, when buying shirts and tops, look for those with expandable necks or snaps near the opening. Trying to squeeze your baby’s head through a tight turtleneck won’t be a fun experience for your baby — or you. It might even result in them dreading changing time.
7. Simple Joys by Carter's Baby Side-Snap Long-Sleeve Shirt
When the time comes to bring baby home from hospital, it’s always nice to have something gender-neutral to dress them in. This set of five white long-sleeved shirts from Simple Joys by Carter’s is a perfect choice for homecoming clothes.
The shirt itself has side buttons all the way down so is quick and easy to put on a newborn. This is a definite plus for first-time moms (dressing a newborn can be daunting).
8. Moon and Back Girls' Infant Organic V-Neck T-Shirt
This set of five short-sleeved T-shirts from Moon and Back are exceptional for little girls. The fabric is 100 percent organic cotton, making it soft and comfy, yet stylish. The v-neck is stretchy and easy to slide over the head.
Although these are for girls, there are color options suited for boys as well. If you like gender-neutral colors, I highly recommend the Grey Heather set.
9. Davol Baby Boy Funny Letter Printed Tops
Baby boys are so energetic and fun to be around. But this shirt from Davol will give the other parents something extra to look at. The shirt is all black with white bold letters spelling out “Ain’t no Mama like the one I got” — adorable!
As it comes in a set, you also get a pair of pants. The material is a cotton blend, super soft and snuggly for your little one. The neck is elastic, and will readily glide on and off a little head.
However, the sizes do run a bit small, so if you want to keep it for a while, buy a size up.
OK, confession time. When I became a mom, I didn’t think so much about sleepwear for my baby. Well, not until they were more than six months old, and I had established a routine.
Before that, my little one would generally sleep in the first top/pants/onesie I could find. Still, sleepwear is essential.
Avoid buying outfits, pajamas, or onesies that have straps, especially as your little one grows. Anything that your baby can get caught in, should be avoided (3).
Additionally, getting up at night to find poo smeared all over baby’s PJs is a nightmare. So make sure you look for sleepwear that’s easy to put on and take off.
This will make it easier for you to navigate the changing process, even when you aren’t 100 percent awake. Although there’s nothing more likely to wake you up than the pungent aroma of a full diaper.
10. Carter's Baby Microfleece Sleepbag
Wearable blankets have always been a favorite of mine. They’re safer than traditional blankets and will keep baby warm.
These sleepbags from Carter’s Baby do not disappoint! They’re super cozy with a material of 100 percent polyester fleece. They zip all the way down, and at the neck there’s a small snap strap.
The colors are also gender neutral, so suitable for both girls and boys.
11. Leveret Striped Baby Footed Pajamas
This footed pajama onesie from Leverat is ideal sleepwear for small babies (boys).
The material is 100 percent cotton and the pajamas come in cute stripes and different colors. What I love the most is the zipper, which goes all the way down. This really comes in handy during nighttime changes, when you just want to go back to sleep (so much quicker than snaps!).
12. Burt's Bees Baby Unisex Pajamas
This two-piece pajama set from Burt’s Bees is excellent for older babies as a nighttime outfit. What’s great about two pieces is the easy change, in case some pee or poop gets on the pants, or spit up on the top.
This item is 100 percent organic cotton. The neck is stretchy and there are tapered ankles.
The sizes tend to run small, however, so buy one size up, unless your baby is small.
For pre-walking babies, shoes are unnecessary. Putting your little one in shoes too often can make walking difficult for them when they do finally attempt it. Shoes can also have a bad influence on the natural growth of the feet (4).
Nevertheless for smaller babies, the footwear they can wear includes booties, socks and flexible shoes. Tiny tootsies tend to get cold and the best way to keep them warm is by covering them up.
Socks are generally for when you’re at home. Make sure you buy in bulk! Tiny socks have a tendency to get lost (typically eaten by the washer). But look out for the size and any elastic — you don’t want them to sit too tight, squishing the ankle chub (5).
Booties are usually for going out, where it might be a bit colder or you want your baby to look more put together. As with socks, make sure they fit right.
And lastly, flexible shoes. These come in handy when your little one begins to walk. However, and I can’t stress this enough, look for comfort and support, rather than cuteness.
13. Hudson Baby Cozy Fleece Booties
These fleece booties from Hudson Baby are as comfy as they are adorable!
With a material of 100 percent polyester, these booties will serve growing feet well. They have a hook and loop closure, but are still machine washable.
You can choose between cute animals or a simple two-color design, suitable for boys and girls. The sizes are a bit small, so buy one size up to make sure they last.
14. Silky Toes Non-Skid Infant Socks
These super soft socks from Silky Toes are just amazing for babies. The material is polyester, with anti-skid dots on the bottom, handy for when your little one gets on their feet.
One fantastic feature is the smooth toe seam. This tiny detail will keep the little piggies safe from harsh threads and seams. The sizes do run a bit small, so a size bigger will fit them longer.
15. Carter's Every Step Stage 1 Crawling Shoe
These stage 1 crawling shoes from Carter’s Every Step are the perfect fit for pre-walking babies (literally).
The material is synthetic with a rubber sole, so they’re both soft and flexible. If your baby is still crawling and beginning to stand, these will move and flex with their feet.
They’re also super cute, both for girls and boys.
During the colder months, it’s essential that we keep our babies warm and cozy. You’ve probably already heard of the rule of applying one more layer of clothing to your baby than you feel comfortable wearing. But if you’re planning to go out for brisk walks through snow-clad scenery, your little one might need something heavier.
Thicker winter wear items can include anything from fleecewear to snowsuits, hats, and mittens.
But like anything else, it’s vital that you don’t smother your little one in extra padded jackets and hats. Breathing and mobility are still important!
You can also avoid all the excess bulk by using a fleece-lined stroller sack while out and about. Just be sure that you protect your baby from the harsh winter air.
16. oenbopo Baby Winter Knit Hat
For babies living in colder states, hats are essential, and this beanie cap from Oenbopo is excellent.
It’s a knit design, available in various colors and suitable for both baby girls and boys. On top is a synthetic hair bob, adding a cute twist.
The hat itself is super warm, soft, and comfortable for small heads and ears. The sizes do run a bit small, so you may even be able to use it as a part of your baby’s homecoming outfit.
17. London Fog Newborn Baby Puffer Carbag Snowsuit
If you’ve just had a winter baby, then this carbag snowsuit from London Fog is perfect. It’s similar to a wearable blanket, but it has holes to allow it to be fastened to a seatbelt.
The material is polyester and the cuffs can transform into mittens to keep little fingers warm. It also has a hood with cute animal ears on top.
The suit can keep your little one warm and cozy in low temperatures. Beware, it does run a bit big on newborns — but fortunately, babies grow fast. I like the fact that it will last a few months, so you can get your money’s worth!
18. OCEANKIDS Babys’ Pram One-Piece Snowsuit
This snowsuit from OceanKids will undoubtedly keep your little one warm when outside during winter time. It has a removable hood, and mittens when needed.
Bulky snowsuits can sometimes be a pain to put on. But this suit conveniently has a zipper going all the way down the body.
There are only two cute colors available — beige and baby blue.
Summer is the time for T-shirts, shorts, and swimsuits. These are the months where your little one can go out and flash those little ankles and arms.
Fortunately, there are plenty of options for keeping cool when it comes to summer baby clothing.
19. Sansi Baby Beach One-Piece Swimsuit
For the long summer days at the beach or by the pool, you really want something comfortable yet protective. This one-piece swimsuit from Sansi does just that.
The suit acts as a T-shirt/short onesie with a material made from a blend of stretchy nylon and lycra. This will not only keep your little munchkin comfy, but also provide some sun protection.
It does have quite a snug fit, but is fairly easy to put on and take off.
20. Touched by Nature Organic Cotton Dress
This summer dress from Touched By Nature is going to be the summer essential for your baby girl. The dress is 100 percent organic cotton and the designs available are to die for. Throw in some sunglasses and a cute headband, and your little one will be full of sass.
Touched By Nature gives you two dresses in a pack. The sizes available range from 0 to 24 months, so you can easily buy a new pair as your little girly grows.
21. Derouetkia Baby Boy T-Shirt & Geometric Pants
This T-shirt/pants set from Derouetkia will have your little one ready for summer.
The T-shirt is so adorable with a quote saying, “Mama’s Boy.” The pants come in a geometric design, adding some x-factor. The colors are perfect for summer, and so is the cotton blend material.
However, the sizes are a bit small and may shrink after the first wash, so be sure you buy a size up.
Best Baby Clothing Brands
Now that we’ve had a look at some of our favorite clothing items for babies, it’s time to take a look at our ultimate favorite brands.
Best Brands for Baby Boy Clothes
But for younger babies, it can be difficult for strangers to tell genders apart. Have you ever been walking with your little one in the stroller and a friendly stranger says “What a cute baby girl you have!”? Oh, if I only had a dollar for every time that has happened to me, I wouldn’t have to work another day.
That’s why I always look for brands that grasp the essence of boys. It doesn’t necessarily have to be blue or black, or full of Spiderman prints, but rather something funny, cool, or even a little sophisticated.
I think you’re going to love the brands below as they’re truly my favorites!
Oh my, Mini Roudini is one of my favorite brands. They don’t cater exclusively to boys, but most of their collections have a boyish vibe. I especially love their jacket collection — it’s a bit pricey, but the quality is outstanding.
What I love the most about Mini Roudini is their cause. They offer clothing that’s made with 100 percent organic materials, some items are even recycled polyester. Their sustainable concept is enough to get me coming back for more!
Kids Case is an indie-inspired brand, starting back in the early 2000s. It’s a Dutch company, with its headquarters in Amsterdam. But wait until you see their collection of boy’s clothing!
Their clothing is modern, laid back, yet still stylish for little boys. They have all the basic tops, plus those that are a little fancier. Kids Case uses 100 percent organic materials that are perfect for growing babies.
They deliver to the U.S., but make sure you convert the prices from Euros to USD.
Best Brands for Baby Girl Clothes
For girls, it doesn’t always have to be pink and cute ballerina outfits, it can also be gothic black or sailor blue.
When searching for brands for my babies, I always looked for those that favor comfort over appeal. Fortunately, more brands have found ways to incorporate both. So without further ado, here are my favorite brands in girls’ clothing.
Tea Collection is one of my favorite brands when it comes to baby girls’ clothes. Their items fit a large range of different personalities and they’ve found ways to incorporate every style.
Most of the materials used are stretchy and durable for many washes. I especially adore their collection of rompers! These are some of the cutest, yet comfortable items a baby girl could wear.
Joules is a well-known name. Starting out in Britain, they’re now one of the favorite brands in the U.S.
Their collection of baby girl clothes is simply amazing, I had to force myself off their page (cuteness overload).
Most of their materials are 100 percent cotton. They have a number of collections and even outfit sets with tops and pants/leggings for your little girl.
Plus, if you can’t find something for your little one, you’ll surely find something for you (dare I look?).
Best Brands for Unisex Baby Clothes
While I’ve never looked for brands catering specifically to unisex, I did manage to dig out some that I’m sure you’re going to love.
Tobias & the Bear is simply amazing. They first came onto the gender-neutral scene with a collection of unisex leggings. Now they cater to our needs of unisex rompers, tops, and pants.
The collection I love best is the Tobias & the Bear X Miffy. This features everything from rompers, to bibs, t-shirts, and shorts. All come in gender-neutral designs and colors.
If you’re on the hunt for gender-neutral clothing, look no further! Organic Zoo has the cutest collection of baby unisex clothes.
They give us all sorts of clothing items, from onesies to tops and bottoms. But it’s the bodysuits that caught my attention. These are cuter than cute and work well for both boys and girls.
Best Brands for Cheap Baby Clothes
I get you — it can be hard not to splurge all your money on a cute onesie for your little one. The reality is that we still have to eat. When you’re on a budget, look for cheaper brands that are still good quality. Here are some affordable brands I love.
Carter’s is a trustworthy name. You know you’ll get good quality at a fair price. Most of the material they use is cotton, sometimes even organic.
They cater for both girls and boys, but with plenty of gender-neutral styles too. They always have good deals, and if you really want to save, keep an eye out for their clearance sales.
Target certainly got it right with their brand, Cat and Jack. This collection of affordable baby and children’s clothes is simply wonderful.
They’ve got everything for babies, from onesies to two pieces. All the materials are stretchy and durable, suited for growing babies. Not to mention their adorable designs.
Best Brands for Organic Baby Clothes
That said, some organic brands tend to be a bit pricey. You also have to be sure the quality is good — even though it’s organic, the fabric may still have poor durability.
Finn + Emma really know how to create fantastic collections of organic baby wear. They offer GOTS certified organic materials. The items are a blend of organic cotton and eco-friendly dyes.
The style is very contemporary, perhaps a little sporty, and perfect for growing children. Their new Sloth collection will surely become a favorite.
Kate Quinn Organics is quite unique. They use a blend of organic cotton and bamboo for their baby clothes collection.
The style is very muted, with modern nature-inspired prints. The colors are gender-neutral, although some styles are more clearly for girls or boys.
You may wonder, “why bamboo?” Well, bamboo is a sustainable plant, capable of growing fast and without the need for chemicals. Mix this with the organic cotton and you’ve got a soft, durable material for your baby.
Best Brands for Trendy Baby Clothes
Generally, we have to look for the big name brands, but their price tags are just as big. So instead, I managed to find some less known brands.
When looking for baby clothes, we tend to choose what looks aesthetically appealing. Here’s some inspiration.
If the name doesn’t grab your attention, the clothes surely will. Ice Cream Castles based their kid’s collection on traveling children in an imaginary world, who leave their mark where no one has ever been before.
Their style is a little retro/vintage, with some really cute, yet novel pieces that will without a doubt set your little one apart.
Nununu World is perhaps one of the priciest brands on our list, but sometimes we’ve got to splash out.
This brand certainly does provide some trendy collections. Their usual style is very neutral, using lots of gray, black, and white tones with cool prints.
The bodysuits are my all-time favorite. They’ll give your little one a rockstar makeover.
Best Brands for Designer Baby Clothes
Designer brands are usually what we see celebrities spend their money on. It’s also those brands that most of us could never afford (raising my poor hand). But I’ve always enjoyed looking at them and perhaps finding inspiration or a copycat design.
If Carrie Bradshaw from Sex and the City had a baby, it would be covered in Dior clothes.
Dior’s baby collection looks like something that would fit a royal. It’s very clean cut, without any extravagant colors or accessories.
But all in all, it’s super cute, especially the babysuit collection. Excuse me while I go break my piggy bank in search of my missing money.
Ralph Lauren is another well-known designer brand, usually catering to adults’ needs for polo shirts and other luxurious items.
But their baby collection doesn’t fall far from the tree. It’s super cute, taking on a traditional, perhaps vintage vibe.
Their newborn neutral collection would be the perfect homecoming outfit for your little one. Why not make a first impression with style?
Best Brands for Newborn Clothes
You see, newborns will still have the stump from the umbilical cord, at least for a few weeks. During this time, it’s best to use clothes that won’t irritate the area.
Here are two brands you might like.
Monica + Andy is a brand on the rise to fame. Their collections of baby clothes rarely disappoint. But their newborn collection in particular is catching our attention.
All of the materials used are organic. They give you cute designs and colors, perfect for newborns. Plus, they even offer a “hospital cuddle box” of a few newborn essentials, such as hats, swaddling blankets, and onesies.
Gymboree has a vast collection of newborn clothes. In fact, they dedicated an entire section just for newborns.
Their newborn collection is adorable — everything you want in clothes for your new baby. They set themselves apart from the usual gender-neutral onesies and, instead, add color and ruffles.
Best Brands for Preemie Baby Clothes
Babies born too early are likely to be really tiny, and then even newborn sizes are too big.
Fortunately, there are brands that cater to these specific sizes.
I can’t do this list without mentioning The Preemie Store. This brand is a gift from above. They make the tiniest sizes for the smallest of preemies.
The style is perfect for premature babies. Some even sport a funny quote such as “NICU nurses are my heroes.” They’re not too pricey either, which is a huge plus!
The online store, Lilly + Liam, has now included a brand called Magnolia Baby.
This brand also caters specifically for smaller sizes and preemies. The collection includes anything from sleeping gowns to bodysuits, all made of Pima cotton.
Some of these even have an open bottom to make diaper changes easier.
Best Brands for Funny Baby Clothes
Cute slogans can give us a good chuckle. Perhaps try a silly outfit for the annual family get-together, or for some funny Instagram photos.
There are plenty of brands catering to this particular request. Here are two.
Sarcastic Me is the go-to brand for funny baby clothes. They provide a range of onesies with hilarious quotes and sassy sayings.
Examples are: “Pretty fly for a small fry,” “I only cry when ugly people hold me,” and “I’m glad to be out, I was running out of womb.”
VulgarBaby do funny baby gear slogans but take things a little further. It’s the perfect father’s day gift to dress your little one up in a onesie saying “I’m cute, Mom’s Hot, Dad’s Drunk“.
They have plenty of categories, ranging from breastfeeding to computer nerd, full of funny quotes.
Let’s Get Dressed
Bringing baby home from hospital will likely be a moment you’ll never forget. But before all the joys of becoming a new mother, there’s a lot of preparing to do. One of these is buying baby clothes.
Be sure that you stock up on plenty of tops, bottoms, and seasonal clothing, to keep your little one cozy and comfortable.
This list is full of items that we love, but a stand-out favorite is the Simple Joys Baby Boy Onesies by Carter’s Baby. It’s perfect for little babies.
What is your go-to baby clothes brand? Please let us know below, and as always, share this list with your friends and family.