BABY CLOTHES MUST-HAVES
Do you want to know which baby clothes you need for the first few months, how many and which ones are really useful? We've spoken to the experts - the midwifes from HEBAMMEHOCH2 and HEBAMMENPRAXIS ZÜRICH to develop this newborn clothing guide for you! It's our minimalist approach to a baby checklist because you will not need a lot to start with, but you'll need the right things in good quality.
NEWBORN CLOTHING ESSENTIALS
The must-haves are a total of 20-22 pieces per size, assuming you're doing 1-2 laundries per week. Most babies start with the size 50 or 56 and outgrow these within a few weeks only. Thus, we recommend sticking to the only the must-haves at first and considering borrowing or renting instead of buying everything new.
6 BODYSUITS (mostly longsleeve)
4 pair of TROUSERS WITH FEET or TROUSERS + 6 PAIR OF SOCKS
3 PYJAMAS (with feet)
2 HATS (Summer and Winter)
1 pair BOOTIES/THICK SOCKS
1 JACKET/OVERALL (Winter only)
+ 5 MUSLIN CLOTHS
+ 1 BLANKET
+ 2 SLEEPING BAGS
BABY CLOTHES SIZE GUIDE
How do I know which size to get for the first weeks?
Check the percentile curve with your gynaecologist to estimate whether your baby needs a 50 or rather a 56. This is assuming your baby will come around due date. If your baby is born prematurely, we do carry MIDI bundles in size 44 as well.
How often do I need a new size?
Usually every 6-8 weeks in the first year. The average rental period of our customers is 52 days per size. Thus, we recommend getting only a minimum of clothes per size.
How tight/loose should the clothes fit?
The baby should be able to stretch arms & legs well, usually a finger width between the fabric and the body is good fit, which is also helping when dressing them.
What do I need for the hospital?
Only ONE set to go home. The hospitals in Switzerland are providing baby clothes for your stay.
At OÏOÏOÏ we rent out bundles of organic baby clothes. With our subscription, you can switch to the next size whenever your baby needs it and return your current set. Flexible, easy!
TEXTILES & MATERIALS
Which materials should baby clothes be made of?
We recommend NATURAL, BREATHABLE fabrics which help the babies regulate their body temperature. We work with organic cotton for the clothes, which is vegan, breatheable and does not use any chemical pesticides in growing and no harmful chemicals in production - this makes it extra soft to baby's sensitive skin.
Think about the baby's comfort!
Wool can be itchy, synthetics made from petroleum sources might not be that breathable. Thanks to a small percentage of elastan added to our organic cotton clothes, the clothes are stretchy and fit the baby comfortably.
Do you want to wash your baby's clothes together with yours and maybe tumble dry instead of spending your time hanging the laundry to dry? You don't have time to do hand-wash and brush or treat your clothes with special equipment? That's exactly why we work with organic cotton for the clothing must-haves.
At OÏOÏOÏ we work with brands relying
on ORGANIC COTTON for our clothing must-haves. For accessories we include wool and linen as well.
Having a summer baby?
While textiles can be lighter, we'd recommend covering the newborn's limbs if possible to protect them from the sun. You'll be surprised to see that newborns need the same essentials as in winter, because they don't have too much fat yet to protect their body.
Having a winter baby?
Layering it is! Bodysuit + Trouser/Romper for inside, add layers of Pullover and/or Overall plus a hat for outside. Midwifes teach us that hats are important as most of the body's heat is lost through the head.
How do you know if your baby's too hot or cold?
If they're too hot you can feel it at the back of their neck and if they're too cold you'll feel it by touching their underarms/lower legs. Feeling the temperature at the baby's hands and feet might not be accurate, as there's less blood flowing through these areas.
Our bundles are packed with baby clothing essentials for every day.
You'll get a worry-free bundles with fitting pieces for every season.
WASH & CARE FOR BABY CLOTHES
What to do if the baby's throwing up milk very often?
You can fold a muslin cloth in a triangle and wrap it loosely around the baby's neck.
How to prevent diapers from leaking?
Your midwife knows all the hacks! For the curious ones, here's a video from Hebammenhoch2 on how to change a diaper.
How to wash & clean baby clothes so they last longer?
Take a look at our CARE GUIDE
Normal wear & tear is insured in our subscription. Let's celebrate stains as signs of baby's curiosity to discover this world.
In case something does get stained or damaged, read our care guide here.
PRACTICAL BABY CLOTHES
When it comes to your baby starter kit, it's rather about finding practical, functional clothes in good quality than about quantity. Here are a few things to watch to get the right baby clothes essentials:
Trousers with integrated feet and a wide, soft waistband
Kimono/Wrapbodysuits with buttons in the front so you won't have to pull the bodysuit over the baby's head and neck, which is still unstable in the first few months.
Rompers and Pyjamas buttoned from top to bottom for ease of changing diapers.
Hats should fit tightly around a newborn's head and for babies a few months old we suggest strap bonnets so the hats actually stay on.
Cardigans instead of pullovers. Also here, buttons do the trick and make dressing your baby a lot easier.
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