Advice on Baby Wear

It is one of life's most cherished moments to hold your own child for the first time. About the only thing comparable is a wedding, and perhaps a graduation. In anticipation of this event parents often start shopping for baby clothes long before the first baby is born. Often the enthusiasm is so strong that the parents want to buy every clothing item they see, and they do tend to see a lot of cute little clothes. But this is latter seen to be a mistake, as the child won't stay a tiny infant for long, and all those clothes are quickly outgrown, sometimes before they are even worn.

Some prudence is applicable for Baby wear shopping.

Advice on Baby Wear Australia


The baby will have sensitive skin, and be prone to feeling the cold. So the fabric of the clothing is important. Baby clothing fabric should be natural and lightweight. It should have a soft touch and never be tight, never restricting the body movements.

Organic cotton is perhaps the best choice for infants. This is low allergenic, and lightweight.


The '0' size clothes are for newborn babies. The obvious question here is how that accommodates babies of different sizes. The less obvious factor to first time parents is that the size will be quickly outgrown. So we recommend larger sizes and minimal outfits. In our experience there will be many relatives buying the '0' size, so parents might do better to buy clothes a few sizes up, to be ready for the slightly older infant.

Comfort and Safety

Avoid buttons or beads that might come off and be swallowed. Larger, secure fasteners on the back of the clothing (out of the child's reach) can work when the baby is not lying down. Small fasteners on the front are fine. Velcro is also a good option.

Look for comfortable necklines, neither tight nor clumsy. This tends to irritate the child, making them restless enough to cry. Remove any tags from the neckline that might rub the babies neck.

Washing, Cleaning and Drying

Buy machine washable clothes. Because you will be doing a lot of washing. And dry these in the bright sunlight, which helps kill bacteria with the Sun's UV rays. Don't leave any clothing damp for more than an hour, as this encourages mold.

Find a detergent that is mild and useable for babies. And then make sure to thoroughly rinse the clothes to remove all traces of the chemicals from that detergent.