A Guide to Buying Baby Clothes

Updated on July 20, 2022

Shopping for children’s clothing, especially that of a newborn baby, can be a very exciting experience. It is when you are allowed to fantasize about meeting your new baby and think about the kind of person they might develop into as they get older. You have the opportunity to select the relics that will one day hold a special place in your heart because of their connection to your child’s earliest and most priceless remembrances. 

The process of purchasing baby clothes can, on the other hand, be puzzling and a little bit daunting for parents who are having their first child. Nevertheless, getting baby clothes will always remain to be a huge step for people who are expecting. Below are some stuff and pointers that could help you purchase clothes for your baby.

Baby Clothes Sizing

Different brands do not always use the same sizing standards. Check the size chart given at the particular store before making your purchase. Nevertheless, there are some general guidelines that parents can use to get a suggestion of the different baby clothes sizes.

Newborn: Babies who are approximately 21 inches tall and weigh around five and eight pounds are the best candidates for clothing in the NB/1M size range. If you think your child will be particularly large when they are born, you should probably go ahead and purchase one size larger or 3M clothing. Some stores also carry an extra small size, denoted by the letter 0M, which is suitable for infants measuring less than 19 inches tall.

3 – 6 Months: Baby clothes with 3M sizing get designed for infants measuring up to 23 inches tall and weighing around eight and 12 pounds.

6 – 9 Months: It is possible to wear clothes sized 6M if they do not exceed 25 inches tall and weigh approximately 16 pounds.

9 – 12 Months: The 9M size is appropriate for infants who are approximately 26 inches tall and weigh less than 21 pounds.

12 Months: Your child will move up to the 12M clothing size when they turn one year old. These garments should continue to fit your child until they are 28 inches tall and approximately 24 pounds.

18 Months: 18M is appropriate for infants up to 30 inches tall and weighing up to 27 pounds.

24 Months: Your child may require a size 2T or 2Y when they reach two years old. These sizes get designed for infants up to 32 inches tall and approximately 30 pounds in weight.

As the baby ages, you need to take their measurements before purchasing new clothing to get the correct size. If you go by your baby’s age, you will not get as precise of a fit as you would if you go by the measurements instead.

What To Buy

When they are first born, infants require clothing that reflects the same level of tenderness and concern that their parents do. Newborn clothes are always changing. The clothing your baby starts wearing will quickly advance through sizes as they grow.

For the first six months, you should try to find clothes with expansive neck holes and loose sleeves. This specialization gives you more convenience for undressing your baby, making it easy and safe, even when they are fussy.

For 6 to 12 months, you have a little more leeway in how you dress your baby. Nevertheless, you should select shirts and pants with simple fasteners or a design allowing them to slip off easily. Avoid buying your active baby clothes with many buttons because it can be difficult to undo them on an outfit when your baby is moving around. Because you will most likely start taking your child out more often at this stage, you should also begin shopping for additional clothing suitable for outdoor use.

Parents today believe purchasing gender-neutral baby items is more convenient, practical, and pleasurable. Buying gender-neutral clothes for your child will also increase their likelihood of being worn again. It will be much simpler to recycle gender-neutral garments. Moreover, it is far simpler to give a neutral item to those needing them next.


Babies are not the cleanest, so expect to do a lot of laundry in the beginning. Fully understanding how to care for the baby’s clothes and things will help keep them healthy as their health is the top priority.

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