Best baby clothes for 2022

There is a lot to worry about when preparing for your first baby, from Where are they going to sleep to What car seat to buy. You also have to be prepared to update their wardrobe every two months to keep up with their rapid growth. Getting dressed for your baby is part of the fun of being a dad, but constantly shopping for clothes can be a chore if you don’t know what’s good or what he or she will need.

Your preference for children’s clothing is subjective, as your personal style will largely determine what your child wears (welcome to Astro Boy, son!). But just because you’re wearing an outfit doesn’t mean it will fit or the materials will match your child. After some trial and error, you will start to learn which baby clothing brands are best for your child.

This guide to baby clothes during the first year can point you in the right direction. We’ve broken down the items and styles to look out for, from petite to apparel, along with the top picks for each category.


A jumpsuit or all-purpose suit, or onesie, will make up the majority of your baby’s wardrobe for the first six months or so. They are easy to put on and allow for quick diaper changes, with a flap at the crotch that opens when you need to reach for it. Another lesser known but incredibly useful feature of the humble onesie is the envelope pleats at the neckline, which allow the garment to slide off the shoulders and pull down. When your baby inevitably suffers from an epic diaper explosion, you’ll be grateful that you can get his soiled soles off his legs instead of his hair.


Even if your baby doesn’t blow out every day, you’ll need a few clothes on hand for frequent changes. Whether it’s milk spills, food stains, or dozens of other reasons, baby clothes get dirty quickly at first. Suggestions about how many pieces of clothing you should have varies depending on who you ask, but I recommend using seven to 10 pieces of clothing in rotation so you’re not doing the laundry all the time. To make shopping easier, look for onesies that come in sets. This Carter’s set comes with seven cotton tops in different colors and patterns.


Depending on the climate you live in and the time of year your baby is born, you may want to stock up on some long-sleeved clothes. You can have all the versatility of underwear but with some extra warmth.

night dress

Football or sleeper pajamas will keep your little one cozy and warm at night, but they’re also great for daytime wear. cold morning? Keep them in their pajamas. You’ll find many pajama styles, but if you take one thing away from this article, let it be this: Avoid button-up shoes—or worse, buttons—as much as you avoid the changing table in a dollar store bathroom. They might be the finest jam in the universe, but they won’t be at 3 in the morning because you’re cursing yourself for missing a moment and realizing you have to start over. Get zippers and save yourself a lot of time and effort.

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Regular zippers are great, but two-way zippers or top-to-bottom zippers are even better. This setting allows you to only undress half of your baby’s body for a diaper change, keeping the top half snug and snug. This special set of pajamas also includes foldable mittens, which you can use to cover baby’s hands to prevent him from scratching himself at night.

Hanna Anderson

If your baby’s skin is sensitive, you may want to sleep in pajamas made from 100% organic cotton, like this set from Hannah Anderson, or other natural materials like linen or bamboo fibres. These clothes are usually chemical-free, so there is less chance of irritating your little one’s skin.

Burt’s bee

Gowns are another category of baby sleepwear that you might consider, especially in the early months of your baby’s life. Being open from the bottom, ponchos make diaper changing easier because you don’t have to take the baby’s legs off any feet. You can simply pull the garment off whenever you need to change it. This set from Burt’s Bees is affordable and highly rated.


Another item you might want to consider is a sleeping bag or bag. Partial clothing and parts of bedding, the sleeping bag is worn over pajamas and is intended to replace loose-fitting blankets, which the American Pediatric Association advises against to reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome. A sleeping bag serves the same purpose as a swaddle, but unlike swaddling, you don’t have to stop using the sleeping bag once your baby can roll over. If your child loves the security of a sleeping bag, they can continue to use it until their first birthday and beyond.


Since underwear leaves your child’s legs exposed, you should also have a few pairs of pants or leggings in their wardrobe. Children’s leggings should be stretchy so that they are easy to put on and take off. Sweatpants are another practical option, and they can be stylish even when paired with a matching top. If you’re thinking of wearing your child’s jeans or khakis on a regular basis, my advice is to keep them for special occasions. Actual pants are a real pain to wear baby, and you don’t want to do this multiple times a day.


Since you will be taking your pants off and wearing them again often, you should make it easy on yourself. As long as your baby doesn’t have serious skin allergies, cotton with a bit of spandex is a safe choice of material that will make nappy changes smoother. This set from H&M, for example, is 95% cotton and 5% spandex.


When your baby starts crawling, you might consider adding some pants with built-in knee pads to his wardrobe. This will give them a little cushion when crawling on wooden floors or other hard surfaces.

socks / socks

Our extremities, including the hands and feet, become cooler than the rest of the body. This doubles as babies because they lose heat more quickly than adults, so it’s important to keep their piglets well dressed in the colder months.


The problem with most baby socks is that they don’t stay on. No matter how high you go, you’ll inevitably lose one of your socks the next time you turn around. Gerber’s Wiggle-Proof Socks are designed to deal with this with the elastic bands that grip your child’s calves without leaving marks.

Hudson Baby

Socks tend to stay on better than socks because they usually have some way of tying around the ankle to prevent slipping. They can still be kicked in if your child is firm enough, but at least their feet will be warmer for a little while longer.


No matter where you live, at some point in your baby’s first year it will be so cold that you’ll want to wear a jacket. If it’s very cold, you may be tempted to wear a heavy winter coat. Although this would undoubtedly be an excessive burden, the American Pediatric Association advises against bulky coats. This is mostly due to the fact that you cannot securely strap the child into a car seat while wearing them, as the jacket leaves space between the straps and your child’s chest.


In addition to interfering with seat belts, thick jackets are largely unnecessary because you can dress the child in several thin layers and achieve the same result. A lightweight fleece jacket like this pick from Carter’s is warm and versatile, it can be everything a kid needs for a stroll around the block or can serve as the last layer for a snowy day.

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If you just love the look of a puffer jacket, consider getting one from Buckle Me Baby. These coats are specifically designed to maintain contact between the seat belt and your child. How that works is the jacket’s front panel unfolds and unfolds, allowing you to buckle your child and lock the jacket over him. If you are going to a cold place, this is a great option to wear in the car while it is getting hot.

Dress-up/special occasion wear

Children are not expected to get dressed. If you attend a wedding with your six-month-old in his toasty soccer pajamas, people will understand. But we love dressing our kids up for special occasions, so having one set of fancy fluffy outfits in the closet doesn’t hurt. Sure, they might only wear it once, but think of all the great photos.

Kat and Jack

Although dressing is inherently less comfortable and convenient to put on and take off, the same general rules of children’s clothing apply: Make it as easy on yourself as possible. Imagine your child having a blast in two directions in the middle of any special occasion you’re wearing it for. Would it be a nightmare to change her outfit? It is better to continue shopping.

This small number consists of two pieces. The top is really just a fancy onesie with typical snaps at the crotch, but you wouldn’t know it once you put it in those shorts. Topping the ensemble is a bow tie and suspenders, which are just as precious.

The information in this article is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended to provide medical or health advice. Always consult a physician or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have about a medical condition or health goals.

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