Finding the right size for your newborn can be tricky as each country can have their own method of measuring garments. Because babies grow incredibly quickly, age may not be the best indicator of size. As such, here is a simple chart to help choose the right size based on weight and length:
The urge to invest in cute, decorative baby clothes can be tempting but during the first few months of a newborn’s life, babies tend to live in a rotation of the following:
On average, six to eight of each will allow for enough spare clothes in the case of emergencies. Socks can tend to be lost, so having extras of these can be helpful.
Breathable fibres such as Merino wool can also be used all year round. Perfect for the sensitive skin of newborns, Merino wool offers incredible softness and warmth while remaining lightweight and preventing overheating.
Merino wool also has the added benefit of being machine washable. Newborn babies regularly need of a change of clothes, and knowing you can throw things straight into the machine is a huge relief.
Cardigans and beanies or hats made from breathable fibres such as Merino wool are a great investment (and also an opportunity to take up the latest trend: knitting) as they can be as aesthetically pleasing as they are practical.
Merino wool offers great stain and odour resistance, and doesn’t require cleaning as much as other fabrics – a timesaving tactic any new parent can tell you is helpful.
Dressing and changing your newborn baby isn’t as scary as it seems. Here are some basic tips to get you by:
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