Essential Clothing Items to Buy for a Newborn Baby

Welcoming your little one to the world is one of the most exciting times of your life. Help beat the stress and fully enjoy the moment by making sure that you are ready for your new arrival before they are earthside. Our ‘Clothes for Newborns Checklist’ will help you identify the newborn clothing essentials that you will need in those first months with your new baby. At Fauve + Co, we offer a variety of organic baby clothes to help you prepare for your bundle of joy, ready to keep them cosy and comfortable from day one.

Clothes for Newborn Checklist

As a new parent, it is easy to get carried away when purchasing your baby new clothes, only to discover that much of it is unusable or impractical, with many items only being worn once or twice. The first few months of any baby’s life can be entirely unpredictable as you cannot be sure what size your little one will be when they are born, and you will not know how quickly they will grow. This checklist offers a range of suggestions for the different clothing items that your little one will need for the first few months of their life, to ensure that you get the most use out of your purchases. By having all these items prepared and ready to go, you will be able to make the most of the precious bonding time, without worrying about popping to the shops every few days to top up on newborn clothing essentials. Here are some suggestions for a few of the clothes you may need:


Singlets are versatile clothing items that are essential for any newborn wardrobe. They can be worn all year round and are ideal for layering to keep your baby comfortable in any environment. With a variety of styles, colours, and fabrics available, you can create a range of looks for your little one with these simple newborn clothing essentials. It is a good idea to have between five to ten singlets on hand, as there will be a number of spit up, dribble and nappy accidents that will require regular changes of clothes.

Grow Suits & Pyjamas

Grow suits and pyjamas are comfortable clothes ideal for your newborn, placing them high up on our checklist. Since your little one will spend most of their time in the land of nod, making sure that they are comfortable while they sleep is without a doubt a newborn clothing essential. Realistically, your newborn will spend most of their time in these relaxed, comfortable outfits, leaving them enough room to grow and develop, while making sure that they are snug and secure all day long.


Bodysuits, or onesies, are great for when your little one starts moving and exploring what their bodies can do. Whether you are a fan of the long sleeve or short sleeve designs, mitten-cuff or side-snap onesies, there is a bodysuit to keep your baby comfortable at any time. Versatile and comfortable, they offer convenient snap closure designs to keep your baby in place as they get to know the world around them. With lots of fun designs, prints and colours, these newborn clothing essentials are a wonderful way to begin highlighting your baby’s unique personality to the world.


These cosy pieces are essential for newborns. With soft fabrics and practical designs, they are ideal for layering and are easy to put on and take off. Whether you decide to put them on over bodysuits, singlets or tops, the cardigan can be matched with a variety of looks to suit warmer or cooler days. With the option of being both casual and dressy, a cardigan is a perfect addition to any newborn outfit.

Pants & Leggings

Even if your baby is born in the summer months, having some pants or leggings are still a worthwhile investment. Great for pairing with bodysuits, cardigans or tops, long pants and leggings are both comfortable and fashionable options for your little one. With flexible designs, they work with your baby as they begin to experiment with movement. Often stretchy and soft, pants and leggings are ideal for keeping your baby comfortable, either as part of a casual outfit for home or a dressier outfit for show. Remember that you probably will not need the same amount of pants and leggings as you have bodysuits and singlets, but having a few in varied sizes will make sure that all your bases are covered.

Jackets & Hoodies

Jackets and hoodies are ideal for babies born in the cooler months of the year when warmer clothing is required. Easily paired with other newborn clothing essentials like leggings, bodysuits or singlets, a jacket or hoodie can offer an option for layering when you are taking your baby outside or when you are getting ready to leave the house. They are also great for those outdoor candid snaps to make sure you capture those early memories.

Hats & Beanies

From the day that they are born, hats and beanies are important items for newborns. As your little one will be born with an open fontanelle, heat will be readily lost from the top of their head, making a snug hat, cap, or beanie the perfect addition to any outfit to keep your baby warm and protected. With a range of styles and designs available, hats and beanies can be as stylish as they are practical, offering your newborn a fun addition to their outfits. These newborn clothing essentials will be needed from the moment you leave the hospital and should be part of your hospital bag preparations.

Socks, Booties & Mittens

With many grow suits and bodysuits missing built-in mittens and feet, the addition of socks, booties and mittens can be an important part of your newborn’s outfits. By covering your little one’s hands and feet, they will not only be kept warm and comfortable, but they will be less likely to scratch themselves with their fingernails as they explore their bodies and the world around them. As such, socks, booties, and mittens are considered newborn clothing essentials as they offer a variety of practical uses to take care of your new baby.


And when speaking of newborn clothing essentials, there is no doubt that bibs are absolutely critical. While bibs are more commonly associated with the increased dribbling and eating of solid foods in the later months, they are a great tool for managing feeding times for newborns. With spit up and spills being a common occurrence for most babies, having a bib on hand allows you to respond quickly to clean up any messes your little one makes. They can also lend another dimension to your baby’s outfit, with a range of colours and patterns available to buy, leaving your little one looking great and letting you keep things clean.


From their first day in the hospital, your baby will be wrapped in a soothing, cosy swaddle. Mimicking the feeling of being inside the womb, these tightly wrapped blankets are essential for every newborn wardrobe. Swaddles come in a variety of materials, offering lightweight, breathable designs to keep your little one snug and secure. Proven to help with the transition from the womb to the wider world, a swaddle is an excellent item to have on hand at any given time.

Special Occasion Outfit

While most of the clothes for newborns will be focused on comfort, it is helpful to have at least one outfit that provides a dressier look for your baby for when friends and family come to visit, or when you take them to special occasions. Without a doubt, people will be eager to take lots of pictures of your new baby, so having a special occasion outfit on hand will make sure that you are ready for those planned and spontaneous photo opportunities. While you must never sacrifice comfort for style, it is possible to have both with carefully considered outfit options, whether that involves a frilly dress with decorative slippers, or smart trousers with a matching top and jacket.

Shop Newborn Clothing Essentials with Fauve + Co to Complete Your Clothes Checklist

We at Fauve + Co have a variety of organic clothes for newborns, as well as a variety of collections ideal for helping you to get ready for their arrival. With a range of essentials available, we are sure that you will find everything that you need to work your way through your own checklist of clothes for your newborn. If you would like to know more about who we are and what we can offer, take a look at our story and information like our FAQs and up to date blogs and News. With free shipping on orders over $100 Australia wide, we are excited to help you find all those on our mentioned above on our ‘Clothes for Newborns’ checklists, as well as much more. If you have any questions about our great collections, contact us today or leave us a message online.