How to Shop for a Newborn

How to Shop for a Newborn

Shopping for a newborn can be a lot of fun. Whether you’re looking for fun and whimsical organic infant clothes or handmade baby toys, picturing a little one enjoying your gift will always bring a smile to your face. While it’s always enjoyable to pick out cute outfits for newborns, it’s important to ensure that you purchase garments that are age-appropriate. In today’s post, we’ll walk you through everything you need to know about buying clothing for a new baby.

If you’re looking for luxury baby gifts that are perfect for any occasion, take a look at Estella NYC’s catalog when you’ve finished reading this post! We have an amazing selection of organic children’s clothing and eco-friendly baby toys that will provide a little one in your life with comfort and joy. Read on to learn about how to shop for a newborn!

0 to 3 Months

If you’re trying to figure out what to buy for a newborn, a great place to start is to consider what their days usually consist of. Babies in this age range haven’t developed the cognitive abilities they need to fully comprehend the world, and they spend most of their days looking around the room, sleeping, and crying. Given that they spend most of their time lying down and sleeping, a comfortable onesie which can be easily removed for diaper changing is a great choice.

Avoid items like socks and collared shirts, as socks will easily fall off and shirts are difficult to remove. Newborns often need blankets and warm garments to help them stay comfortable, but hooded items should be purchased later in the child’s development. Items with hoods can come into contact with the baby’s cheeks, triggering a suckling reflex. Many newborns become upset when their suckling reflexes are triggered and no milk is provided.

3 to 6 Months 

Shopping for a baby between the ages of 3 and 6 months is significantly easier. While babies in this age range are still developing and spend most of their time lying down, shirts with collars are no longer a cause for concern. You should still look for soft, comfortable garments that can be removed easily. Our avocado baby one-piece, for instance, delivers a soft and comfortable fit using GOTS-certified organic cotton. 

6 to 9 Months

Many babies between the ages of 6 and 9 months old will have figured out how to sit up and move around. Comfort should still be a primary concern, so choose shirts, one-pieces, and pajamas that are soft and easily removed. If you’re buying pajamas or onesies, make sure that they don’t cover the feet yet, as this can make it difficult for a little one to maneuver. You’ll also want to ensure that they have a soft and comfortable waistline to prevent any rubbing or scratching from occuring.

9 to 12 Months

Most babies between the ages of 9 and 12 months will have developed the ability to tenuously grip small objects, making buttons and other embellishments a choking hazard. Babies in this age range will also be able to feed themselves, making white clothing a less-than-ideal choice. Darkly colored garments are likely to last much longer than lightly colored ones, but in either case, you should invest in baby clothing that won’t become damaged by frequent washing. If you do happen to buy lightly colored clothing, a great way to ensure that it stays stain-free is to invest in a large bib or blanket that can be worn during meal times.

12 to 18 Months

Babies in this age range are beginning to become much more mobile, making garments like comfortable pants and socks a necessity. While it’s important to purchase children’s clothing that is soft, comfortable, and easily removed, babies in this age range are also curious and require engaging and fun toys. If you’re looking for handmade baby toys, be sure to take a look at our collection of eco-friendly baby toys! We have everything from hamburger rattles to avocado rattles that will soothe and entertain little ones for hours.

We hope that this post will help you find the perfect luxury baby gift for a newborn in your life. If you’re still looking for a great baby gift, take a look at Estella NYC’s catalog! Our handmade baby toys and organic children’s clothing has been featured in The New York Times, Social Life Magazine, Buzzfeed, and numerous other press outlets.

Estella is committed to producing luxury baby gifts without harming the planet. We utilize GOTS-certified organic cotton in our children’s clothing, and our eco-friendly baby toys are crafted by local artisans around the world. We ensure that our workers are compensated fairly and treated with the dignity they deserve, and we also ensure that the manufacturing process doesn’t pollute the local environment. Shop our catalog today to find the perfect high-end baby gift for a little one in your life!


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