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

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There is nothing more exciting than filling those nursery drawers with the cutest little baby grows. But it can be hard trying to find affordable, hard-wearing baby clothes for a newborn, and there's always the question of how many do you actually need? 

To help make your nesting stress-free, we've done the searching for you with our handpicks for the best baby clothes for newborns...

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 can never have too many of these, but it all depends on how often you want to be washing. It's good to get a mix of long sleeves and shorts too, depending on the weather.
  • Sleepsuits - Make sure when choosing sleepsuits that you look for popper fastenings to make changing your baby easier, especially during the night.
  • Blanket or sleepbag - It's always good to have spare of these for any night time accidents, so whether you're choosing to swaddle or to use a sleeping bag make sure you're stocked up on at least 3! 
  • A hat - Buying a couple of hats for your newborn is a good idea, you won't need them for in the house but they are ideal for even that short walk to the car! 
  • Scratch mits and socks - You won't need too many of these, so just add a couple of pairs of both to your shopping list. 
  • Pram suit - Depending on the season, you might need to get a warm, snuggly onesie for your baby when you go out. 

The best baby clothes for newborns:

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1) Baby First Favorite Short Sleeve Bodysuit, £14.99, Gap

You will need plenty of bodysuits for sunny days or for laying up your newborn! This pack of 3 from Gap are perfect to pop away in your nursery drawers.
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2) Baby Stars Long Sleeve Organic Cotton Sleepsuit, £13, John Lewis & Partner

These adorable sleepsuits feature the popper fastners we recommend buying for a quick and easy nappy change in the night. They're super soft and have the lovely little star features to add a bit of character to the sleepsuits. 
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3) 3-Pack Socks, £2.99, H&M

These fine-knit, neutral little socks will be ideal for keeping those little feet cosy!
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4) Classic 8-Piece Starter Set, £14.50, Mothercare

This gorgeous 8-piece set is brilliant value for money! With two sleepsuits, two different sleeve length vests, two bibs, scratch mits and a little hat, it's a lovely little unisex set made from the softest cotton, which is perfect for your newborns delicate skin. 
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5) The Gro Company Hip Health Swaddle, £11.29, Amazon 

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 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.
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6) 2-Pack Organic Mittens, £3, M&S

Whilst most newborn sleepsuits will come with fold over cuffs, bodies often don’t. Stock up on these organic cotton, super soft scratch mitts, designed to stay put on even the wriggliest of babies!
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7) 3-Pack Wrapover Bodysuits, £9.99, H&M

These cute dusky-green pack of bodysuits are suitable for both boys and girls from and are 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 and also add a pop of colour.
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8) Grey Cloud Slogan Bibs, £5, George

These dreamy bibs from the Billie Faiers collection at Asda are ideal for feeding and mopping up any little spills.
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9) White Quilted Pramsuit, £21.06, Mama and Papas

This quilted pramsuit will keep your little one snug in wintery weather, with detachable mitts and a double zip opening for easy changing. Available from newborn up to 12 months. 

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  • Author: Samantha Ball Samantha Ball
  • Job Title: Freelance writer

Samantha is a mum of one, in a house full of boys. Her hobbies are long hikes, coffee tasting, and being a bit of an *obsessive* cleaner.

She also runs a blog Student Mum Diaries about what it’s like to be a student mum. 


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