Thursday, 7 August 2014

Kitting your Newborn Baby Out For The Autumn: Top Ten Essentials

When you have a baby, many parents try and refrain from spending every penny that they have on cute items. They have to remember that babies grow incredibly quickly, and while they may have a superb wardrobe of clothes to wear, if they have too much, a lot of it will stay in the wardrobe with the tags still affixed.


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Rather than buying everything that takes your fancy, make a list of things that the baby will need in the coming season and take into account the probable size that the baby will fit into once the autumn arrives. So many parents, and gift givers don’t think about the seasons and what will be able to be worn – think carefully about what they will end up wearing; what’s the point of having an awesome looking wardrobe of baby clothes if it won’t see the light of day? Here are ten essential baby items for autumn, to help.

Top Ten Essentials

Sleepsuits are going to be needed once more, despite being able to avoid them for the most part over the heatwave. Long legged, with sleeves, are perfect – if they have integrated scratch mitts, even better!


assorted sleep suits £7


While they’re not considered to be ‘essential’ for tiny babies, the older they are, the more likely that a pair of baby pram shoes will be worn. Make sure that they’re soft and comfortable – the selection of baby shoes from George would be ideal.

baby shoes £4

A pramsuit, for when baby is out and about on a particularly chilly day. Something that will be warm, but not too warm – they shouldn’t sweat.

A hat, to keep the wind off their heads. Remember that a lot of body heat is lost through the head, and this needs to be prevented in little ones.

Gloves or mittens to keep their tiny fingers from getting cold.

Vests, to be worn underneath their outfits. A short sleeve babygro should be fine, and sometimes, you can do without this anyway. However, it’s better to have some accessible, just in case it does get a little cold outside.

Socks, for when they’re not wearing footed sleepsuits. Wash them in a lingerie bag and the washing machine won’t gobble one up!

Cardigans are ideal for when you’re taking baby outside and they need an extra layer. Perfect to add over the top of an outfit, as well as over the top of a sleepsuit, a cardigan in a neutral colour will get its wear.

If you have a baby girl and you want to put her into a cute little outfit, a pair of tights will help to keep her little legs warm and cosy.

A baby blanket – whilst not an item of clothing – is an essential for when autumn hits.

Remember that when a new baby is born, friends and family will lavish them with gifts and goodies. Don’t go overboard with your ‘essentials’ list, because chances are, you’ll receive a load more!

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22 comments

  1. What a great post! My Mum crotchet's so she is constantly making baby blankets and giving them out as gifts to new mothers. It's a great way to save money and also a lovely personal gift for the family! xx

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    1. That's a lovely idea. My mum used to knit years ago I remember having lots of clothes for my son when he was born from her.

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    1. Thanks Claire, hopefully it will be useful for those new to parenting.

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  3. A lovely list.
    I do love shopping for new babies

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  4. A great list, totally comprehensive. I think babies just live in sleepsuits those first few months, especially winter babies.

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    1. Yes you are probably right and a good coat and hat and mittens are also essential.

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  5. For me it would be nighties, by boys wore them instead of sleep suits during the night and they were ace

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    1. I would never have thought of nighties - good tip Jen.

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  6. I can totally identify with having stacks of clothes in the wardrobe with tags attached! X

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    1. You really need a little 'capsule' wardrobe don't you for your baby?

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  7. Aww now you've got me all broody! I put socks under footed sleep suits for my winter babies, their feet were always so cold! A pack of muslins and a wrap/shawl for swaddling are also on our essentials list!

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    1. I still have clothes from when my son was born and he's 17 now!

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  8. Great post!! I miss mine being little! So precious! xx

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  9. What a fantastic list , them cute little booties :)

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    1. I think those booties are too cute for words,

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  10. Aww love baby things! It's a shame when they grow out of all the tiny items!! I always buy new as it's such a special time, it's part and parcel of having a newborn buying all the new things x

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    1. I have some of the baby grows my son used when he was newborn still. It's a lovely thing to look back on

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  11. There is always too many baby clothes. Our boy is 6 weeks old and he already doesn't fit to some of his outfits and there is still so many new items we didn't put on him even once.
    Everyone who comes with visit brings something for a newborn :-( and they grow so fast.

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  12. I love those little outfits and I miss having them on the washing line!

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