All new parents want to make sure their baby is comfortable, warm, and cozy as soon as they get home from the hospital, but how do you know what size clothing to get? There are dozens of different types of infant clothing, so it can be hard to know where to start. In this article I’ll break down the sizing options that are available and give you some tips on how to choose the right size for your newborn, so your little one will be dressed comfortably and stylishly as soon as they arrive at home!
What size should I get for my newborn baby?
Once you start packing your baby’s hospital bag, you’ll probably find yourself wondering: What size should I get for my newborn? Choosing what size to buy depends on several factors—including your baby’s weight and height at birth, as well as their due date. So before you shop, take a minute to figure out exactly how big your baby is going to be when they finally make their debut. It may seem like math class all over again, but know that there are plenty of resources available online and at retailers that can help determine just how big (or small) your little one will be. If you’re planning on buying custom newborn onesies be sure to buy a preemie size and a newborn size in case baby decides to come early.
What if my baby comes early?
While most babies are born within a few days of their due date, babies can come as early as 37 weeks into pregnancy. While some babies are fine coming home with parents who didn’t do all of their newborn shopping in advance, others need that extra time to grow and develop. Be sure to consider both factors when thinking about your baby’s coming home outfit. If you don’t have a lot of time left before your due date and you aren’t sure how much your baby will weigh at birth, it may be best to purchase one or two sizes larger than what you think he or she will be wearing at first. Don’t worry about having too many sizes, it’s best to have more options than none at all.
How long in advance should I order a custom outfit?
It depends on what type of custom clothing you’re ordering. The popular items are baby gowns, onesies, bodysuits, and blankets. All of these items can be ordered at least 2 months in advance with standard shipping. But that doesn’t mean you should wait to order until your baby is two months old or two months away from being born. You can order right away if you want, but it might be better to leave yourself some wiggle room if there are any complications during pregnancy or if your baby comes earlier than expected. This way, you won’t end up scrambling and risking not having anything ready when they arrive. Also, keep in mind that carriers may delay shipping so it’s best to place your order in advance than wait if you don’t have to.
With so many options out there, it can be tough to decide on a size for your newborn’s coming home outfit. As such, we recommend buying in advance, based on your child’s projected birthdate—your nurse or doctor should have a good idea of how much your baby will weigh when he or she arrives. Happy shopping!