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Nothing is cuter than your baby. And the only best thing you can do to make your baby look even cuter is to make him or her wear even cuter clothes. It can be tempting to have a wee wardrobe of designer threads for your baby's big debut. But before you load up your credit card, though, remember babies grow fast the first year. So it’s advised to shop wisely so your baby doesn't outgrow clothes before wearing them. If not sure about your baby's sex in advance, or if you plan on having more children, choose colors that you'll be comfortable putting on either a boy or girl. The following is a list of clothes that you can buy for your toddler:

  • One-piece outfits

These are basically spiffed-up jammies appropriate for sleeping and playing and because babies nap so frequently, especially at first, these are very convenient.

  • Shirts

It’s better to go for T-shirts and turtlenecks with plenty of room in the neck, or snaps at the neck, so they slip easily over your child's head. Many parents prefer one-piece styles that snap at the crotch.

  • Leggings or pull-on pants

Separates allow you to change one piece of dirty clothing without assembling a whole new outfit, so they're useful to have. Buying stretchy waistbands that fit easily over your baby's diaper and belly is a good option because it expands as he gains weight.        

  • Sweater or jacket

Most babies don't like having clothes pulled over their head, so warm up your baby with a sweater or jacket that buttons down the front.

  • Pajamas or sleepers

No matter how cute it looks, avoid sleepwear that has complicated snaps or requires lots of effort to get on or off.

  • Wearable blankets

 These fleece or cotton sacks zip over your baby's sleepwear to keep him warm at night. They replace traditional blankets, which aren't safe for sleeping babies because of the risk of SIDS. You may or may not need these, depending on the climate you live in and the season your baby's born in.

  • Fleece wear or snowsuits

If you have a winter baby, you may want a one-piece fleece suit to keep him warm on outings. They're often hooded and come in many styles. Another option is to avoid bulky snowsuits and slip your baby into a snug, fleece-lined stroller sack.

  • Socks and booties

You'll need lots of socks for indoors and some booties to keep your baby's feet warm when you're out.

  • Hats
    You will want a broad-brimmed hat for a summer baby, or a soft, warm hat that covers the ears for a winter baby.

Tips for dressing your newborn

  • Avoid clothes that wrap around your baby's neck too tightly and those that have cords or ties. Under any circumstances, don’t let that choking hazard happen.
  • When dressing your infant, make the clothes fit your baby and not the other way around. Open snaps and stretch necks widen so you can ease your baby's head through them.
  • It's often easiest to dress your infant on the changing table or floor. Try cooing and talking to your baby as you put on each piece so he will associate getting dressed as a special time with you.

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