Size 000 is intended to fit babies from 0-3 months
size 00 is for babies from 3-6 months. Some bigger newborns might be ready to go straight into a size 00. You might have to roll the sleeves up, but it won’t be for long.
Sizes vary between types of clothes and manufacturers, so it’s worth comparing clothes to other garments you already have, rather than relying only on the size on the label.
Please consider buying the minimum number of clothes in each size.
Look for stretchy jumpsuits that button at the front, and tops with envelope necks that are easier to get over your baby’s head. Jumpsuits with zips also make dressing your baby quick and easy.
It’s tricky to dress (and undress) an unsettled baby in something that’s difficult to get over the head, or that has a lot of buttons up the back.
Clothes should be soft, comfy and easy to take care of – you probably won’t have much spare time, so it’s best to avoid things that need handwashing and ironing.
Newborn babies need to be kept warm.
In cold weather it can be easier to dress your baby in layers. Then you can take layers off when you’re at the shops or in other warm places.
As a guide, dress your baby in the same number of layers you’re wearing, plus one extra layer for warmth. A few bunny rugs or wraps will be very handy for wrapping your newborn baby.
Although it’s important to keep newborns warm, it’s just as important that your baby doesn’t overheat.
Guideline from Raising children Australia on how many newborn clothes to get
Doing the laundry becomes an almost daily occurrence with a baby, but you’ll still need plenty of changes of clothes. As a guide, the following will see you through for a newborn baby:
- six singlets
- six jumpsuits
- two nighties or jumpsuits for nightwear
- three tops
- cardigans or jackets (if it’s winter)
- three cotton bunny rugs (for winter) or muslin (gauze) wraps (for summer)
- a couple of cotton hats
- a few pairs of socks.