Dressing your newborn

An instructional guide to dressing a newborn baby

Baby Talk

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As any first-time parent will tell you, finding newborn baby outfits can be a minefield of precarious sizing and quality. 


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:

  • Size 0000       up to 4kg        and 55cm in length for newborns
  • Size 000          4kg - 6kg        up to 62cm     0-3 months
  • Size 00            6kg - 8kg        up to 68cm     3-6 months
  • Size 0  8kg - 10kg      up to 76cm     6-12 months
  • Size 1  10kg - 12kg up to 84cm 12-18 months                                                                                                                        


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:

  • Onesies, which can also double as pyjamas considering that newborns spend more time sleeping than anything else during their first few months.
  • Separates of leggings and tops, especially handy in social occasions as this prevents excess washing or needing to change an entire outfit.
  • Vests, or singlets, which are worn under other garments.
  • Socks to keep feet warm and protected.

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:

  • Make sure the room is warm, and have a blanket or towel down ready to change.
  • Support the head as you lay your newborn down.
  • Don’t wait too long to put a new nappy on.
  • Stretch neck-holes of vests and jumpers to comfortably fit over the babies head.


Photography Katrina Elena | Illustration Barry Allen Batenaude

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