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Whether this is your first or your fourth, having a baby comes with loads of stress! We’ve put together a clothing checklist to help keep some of the stress at bay.
Investing in a wardrobe for your little one can be exciting, but it can be easy to get carried away, wanting to purchase every cute thing you come across. The most important thing to remember when shopping for your newborn is comfort. We’ve created a carefully considered checklist of essential items, so you can spend less time fussing over clothing and more time bonding with your baby.
Written by: Emma Follet-Botha


Purchase a variety of blankets – you want a couple with some stretch to them as these are great for swaddling and sleeping. Heavier blankets can be used to wrap your baby up in chilly weather during outdoor walks. As well as being great for positioning around the crib, plush toys will be a welcome distraction when your baby gets a little older as changing them can become somewhat of an extreme sport!

123 Toddler fleece blanket 69.95 SHOP NOW; 123 Toddler plush hippo toy 99.95;
123 Toddler printed fleece blanket 69.95; 123 Toddler plush ballerina bunny toy 99.95 SHOP NOW


Separates allow you to change one piece of dirty clothing without having to assemble a whole new outfit. For example, layer your baby’s body vest over their leggings – if their nappy leaks slightly you can just change the leggings instead of having to remove the entire outfit. Look for stretchy waistbands that fit easily over your baby's nappy and belly, which will expand as your baby gains weight.

123 Toddler 3-piece baby romper, leggings and bib set 149.95 SHOP NOW; 123 Toddler long-sleeve vest (set of 3) 99.95 SHOP NOW; 123 Toddler printed leggings 49.95 SHOP NOW; 123 Toddler leggings 49.95 SHOP NOW


Babies are cute and cuddly, but they are also messy. The chances of your baby coating their outfits in food and spit up are pretty high. Rather than only having a few body vests in your child’s size, investing in bulk ensures that you will never run out when those inevitable stains and spills occur.

123 Toddler 7-pack long-sleeved body vests 189.95 SHOP NOW; 123 Toddler 7-pack short-sleeved body vests 189.95 SHOP NOW

123 Toddler striped sleepsuit 99.95 SHOP NOW; 123 Toddler printed sleepsuit 99.95 SHOP NOW
123 Toddler sleepsuit 99.95; 123 Toddler printed sleepsuit 99.95 SHOP NOW
123 Toddler 3-pack body vests 99.95 SHOP NOW; 123 Toddler 3-pack body vests 99.95 SHOP NOW
123 Toddler 3-pack long-sleeved body vests 99.95 SHOP NOW


Sleepsuits will keep your baby warm and snug, and body vests will make changing their nappy a dream, as very little undressing is required. These are the items you’ll most likely dress your baby in during the first few weeks, so stock up. Opt for bulk packs of long-sleeve body vest and short-sleeve body vests to make your money go further. Unless you’re expecting a small infant, 0 – 3 months (rather than newborn) is an ideal size initially, as your baby will grow into the size very quickly.


Beanies are an important item to invest in for your infant, as babies easily lose heat from the tops of their heads. Socks too are a must for when you aren’t using a sleepsuit. The practicality of the bib will never be underestimated, and you’ll find yourself needing to change your baby’s bib multiple times a day. Avoid bibs with plastic backing as these can go mouldy.

123 Toddler 2-pack bibs 79.95; 123 Toddler beanie (set of 2) 69.95; 123 Toddler 3-pack socks 49.95 SHOP NOW123 Toddler beanie (set of 2) 69.95; 123 Toddler 2-pack bibs 79.95 SHOP NOW; 123 Toddler 3-pack socks 69.95 SHOP NOW

Fashion Editor: Brittany Penebre. Junior Fashion Editor: Rushana Burton. Photographer: Andrè Wepener/Pixel Lounge.

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