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Shopping for your baby is one of the most enjoyable parts of pregnancy for many moms to be.

All those unbelievably small outfits make you want to melt, don't they? Of course, shopping for baby clothes is a great way to prepare for the arrival of your little one, but it does help to have some kind of plan. What baby clothes do you need to have? And how many outfits do babies go through in a day? What you need for your baby depends on the season he or she is born in to some extent, so we'll divide our shopping tips into three categories: things that every baby needs, additional items for winter babies, and additional items for summer babies.

We'd recommend making sure that you have enough outfits to last you a week, taking into account a change of clothes a day. Some newborns spit a lot, while others don't, and then there's possible poo explosions. When you are the parent of a new baby, it's entirely possible that laundry is not your priority, so it helps to have lots of outfits.

For all babies

  • Onesies are the most basic and essential element of most new babies' wardrobes. They come with long sleeves, short sleeves or no sleeves and most new parents find them really handy. In winter, they are great if you want to make sure your baby never has a bare tummy, and in summer many babies wear just onesies and nothing else.
  • T-shirts are always great to have.
  • Pants. You can get away with fewer pants than tops, because the icky stuff normally goes onto the tops. We recommend seven pairs of pants.
  • Footed jumpsuits are loved by many mothers, while others don't like them at all. The advantage of these is that you have got a complete outfit with one item, but when they get dirty you also need to replace it completely. Footed pants are another variety of this that might be more handy. Footed clothes are great for nights, because they are comfy and ensure that the baby doesn't kick its socks off.
  • Socks are a must have in winter, but even summer babies will need some. Socks always get lost, so you can never have too many.

For winter babies

  • A ski suit for real cold weather.
  • A light jacket for in the car. Ski suits are not recommended for use in a car seat.
  • Sweaters or cardigans. If you have a spitter, you will need lots, if not, three or four are generally fine. The number of sweaters you need also depend on how often you go out in cold weather. Keep in mind that you can always buy more when your baby is born.
  • A pair or two of mittens.
  • Some wooly hats.

For summer babies

  • A sun hat or two.
  • A swim outfit if you think you'll need it, and perhaps a cloth swim diaper.

For more shopping articles, see how to save money on maternity clothes and waist-extenders a way to wear your own clothes in pregnancy.

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