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The best baby clothes for newborns – the unisex essentials to add to your shopping list

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One of the most exciting parts of pregnancy is filling your nursery drawers with cute little babygros, but how many do you actually need, and where can you find affordable, but hard-wearing baby clothes for your newborn? To help make your nesting stress-free, we’ve come up with our hand picks for the best baby clothes for newborns here.

What baby clothes do I need to buy for my newborn?

As adorable as those baby converse might seem, you probably won’t be putting your newborn in them for the first few weeks. Instead, stock up on:

  • Babygros or bodysuits – You’ll probably need a few of these, dependent on how often you want to be washing. Look for ones with wide head openings, as your baby might not like having things over their head. It’s also a good idea to get a mix of long sleeved and short sleeved, depending on the weather.
  • Sleepsuits – When choosing a sleepsuit, look for popper fastenings that make changing a night nappy without a full change easier.
  • A blanket or sleep bag – Whether you’re choosing to swaddle your baby or use a sleep bag, it’s a good idea to have a spare for nighttime accidents.
  • A hat – Although you won’t need to keep the hat on your newborn at home, when out and about it’s a good idea to keep their head warm.
  • Scratch mits and socks – Add a couple of pairs of both to your shopping list.
  • A warm pram suit – Depending on the season, you might need to get a warm onesie for your baby.

We’ve hand selected these top picks to add to your shopping list:

Mothercare My First Sleepsuits, £8.00 for a 3 pack, Mothercare

Mothercare sleepsuits

These simple, white sleepsuits from Mothercare are perfect to pack in your hospital bag, especially if you haven’t found out if it’s a boy or a girl. With full popper opening for easy dressing, and integral scratch mits, these 100% cotton sleepsuits are both practical and affordable.

Flat Seams Pure Cotton Bodysuits, £10-£11 for 7, M&S

7 pack bodysuits M&S

Like we said above, stocking up on babygros is a good idea, as you don’t want to be worrying about the washing machine in those first few days with your new arrival. These 7 pack flat seams pure cotton bodysuits from M&S come in a number of different sizes and sleeve lengths, these long-sleeved ones designed with integral scratch mitts.

White Quilted Pramsuit, £39.00, Mamas and Papas 

White Quilted Pram Suit

Ideal for winter babies, this beautiful quilted pramsuit will ensure your little one stays snug on the move. With detachable mitts and a double zip opening for easy changing, your little one will stay snug when out and about. It comes in a number of different sizes, from newborn up to 12 months. Last, but by no means least, don’t be put off by the colour if you’re buying this for older babies – it’s machine washable!

John Lewis Baby Organic Cotton Bunny Bundler, £8.00, John Lewis 

Bunny Bundler

Baby bundlers are a great alternative to a babygro at night, with an elasticated hem keeping your little one comfortable, whilst making dressing and nappy changes much easier. Made from soft cotton, we love the cute embroidered bunny applique on the front.

Popper Reversible Cardigan, £28.00, Welovefrugi


Who said everything had to be plain white? Add a splash of colour with this cute reversible cardigan from Frugi. Made from organic cotton, the cardigan has a grey velour stripe on one side and a colourful elephant print on the other. With a popper fastening down the front, this is perfect for those unexpected spills – simply take it off and turn it inside out!

My first Little Lamb Hats, £5.00, Mothercare 

My first little lambs

Perfect for popping on your newborn when out and about, these adorable little top knot style hats are made from soft cotton, in gender neutral colours.

The Gro Company Hip Health Swaddle, £13.99, Amazon 

The Gro Swaddle

Shortlisted in our innovation of the year awards, this clever invention from The Gro Company makes swaddling your baby simple. With no velcro or ties to ensure they’re not wrapped in too tightly and a pocket to ensure that legs are in a hip-healthy, natural leg position, this swaddle is suitable for babies from birth to three months.

5-Pack Animal Print Pure Cotton Round Bibs, £7 for 5, M&S

5-pack animal print bibs

You’ll soon realise that bibs are an essential part of a newborn’s outfit – catching milk and dribbles to avoid a full outfit change! With a popper fastening, these 100% cotton bibs are in a cute, neutral shade with a number of different animal prints.  

3-Pack Wrapover Bodysuits, £9.99, H&M 

3-pack wrapover bodysuits

We love this cute mint-green pack of bodysuits, suitable for both boys and girls from H&M. Available in a number of different sizes, with popper fastenings for easy changing, these 100% cotton bodysuits are a great addition to your newborn’s wardrobe.

3-Pack Baby Scratch Mitts, £4.00 for 3, JoJo Maman Bebe 

3 pack baby scratch mitts

A good purchase for summer babies, whilst most newborn sleepsuits will come with fold over cuffs, bodies often don’t. Stock up on these 100% cotton, super soft scratch mitts, designed to stay put on even the wriggliest of babies!

Mini Club Tiny Treasures Grey Knitted All in One, £15.00, Boots 

Mini Club grey knit

We love this retro-looking knitted all-in-one from Boots Mini Club, available in a number of different sizes to fit even the tiniest of new arrivals. With a cable knit and shoulder fastening, this little all-in-one is perfect for chilly days.

John Lewis Baby Kimono Top & Leggings Set, £26.00, John Lewis 

John Lewis Baby Kimono

Another adorable look for your new arrival, this little set features a long sleeved, button-wrap top and matching leggings, with and elasticated drawstring waist and enclosed feet for extra comfort. 100% cotton, available from newborn to 9-12months.

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