5 Time-Saving Tips for Dressing Your Newborn Baby

I’m sharing my tips on dressing your newborn baby to make your life a little easier!

Mornings are, without a doubt, the most challenging time of most new mum’s days. It was a struggle to get myself cleaned up and dressed in something appropriate for the day, let alone get the baby ready for action!

I remember being pregnant with my first baby and fantasising about the fun we’d share hitting the shops for cute, perfectly coordinating outfits, dressing them up to the nines and capturing their ‘model-like’ images in a family photo album.

In reality, I do most of my shopping online during a middle-of-the-night baby feed which generally results in a delivery of mismatched outfits in the wrong sizes. When I try to dress my two bundles of joy they squirm, cry, roll and run around to the point that buttons are either incorrectly done up straight-jacket-style or someone’s bum is hanging out.

The 2-year-old prefers to be at one with nature, sans clothes, these days.

Newborn Baby Clothing

When it comes to having a photo taken, unless I bribe her with a jelly baby she refuses to keep still at all, let alone smile and show her best angle. (All angles are adorable of course).

Nevertheless, I still do enjoy the whole experience and over the last couple of years, I’ve come up with a few ways to make my life easier in dressing a newborn that isn’t too unbearable for them too. So here are my 5 easy tips for dressing your newborn baby:

5 How to Dress a Baby Tips

Keep it Simple

When your baby has unleashed a poopsplosion and you’re crammed into a Baby Changing room, you want to get them changed and be out of there as fast as possible. You do not want to be fussing around with too many buttons, bows and layers, regardless of how pretty they might look.

This actually happened to me at Miss M’s first vaccinations – it was our first trip to the family doctors too and I was so keen that we both looked presentable and ‘in control’. And we did too, both quite fancy really – until we literally got to the door to the surgery when she pooped through 3 layers and spat her breakfast all down my top. You live and learn.

I’d recommend keeping outfits with numerous layers for special occasions only and certainly in the first 3 months sticking with onesies or two pieces where you can easily change a nappy without having to entirely undress your squirming mini.

Most babies also HATE clothing being pulled over their heads so I make sure now that necklines are stretchy enough to easily pull up and down.

Kerry from Oh So Amelia has the right idea – “Did you know that you can roll down the onesie over the shoulders instead of pulling it up over babies head?  Gone are the days of nasty poo explosions which end up in babies’ hair, all over the floor, yep you get the picture….everywhere!”

Go for Front Fasteners

Do not be tempted to buy anything that fastens at the back before the baby can sit up unassisted. Whilst ‘tummy time’ is essential for the baby’s physical development, testing it while getting them dressed isn’t the best idea and will result in tears and stress for all!

Go for poppers, buttons or zips that fasten on the front or under the bum so your baby can lie on their back and gaze at you while you’re doing them up.

Invest in Dribble Bibs

And I mean MANY dribble bibs! They’re worn snugly underneath baby’s chin and catch the constant drool/spit up they deposit in the first few months and teething stages.

Dribble Bibs are great practically for keeping new born baby clothes free from excess drool and in turn their skin won’t be irritated and they can also make a fairly simple outfit a little more stylish and quirky too!

Buy Basics in Bulk

For basic items like vests, onesies and socks, buy them in a neutral colour and buy in multi-packs. Until the age of two, and probably beyond, you’ll go through these so rapidly each day. Especially in the early days of constant poonamis and spit-ups.

I wouldn’t recommend spending a fortune on these kind of basic items because you’ll end up losing so many and stains ruining them and they’re pretty much always hidden under other clothing anyway so as long as they’re cotton, they need not be expensive or fussy.

Hannah from Make Do and Push adds “The most expensive (and whitest) outfit is the one most likely to be on the receiving end of an explosive nappy. Fact.”

Don’t ‘over buy’

Try your best not to splurge on too many newborn clothes before your baby arrives.  You won’t know their actual size until they’ve literally ‘shown their face’ and might end up with a wardrobe full of items that are too small.  Perhaps buy a few key items in size Newborn and 0-3 Months but keep the receipts until the baby is born on as many as possible in case you need to exchange the sizes when the baby arrives.

Gill from A Baby on Board says “Everyone told me not to bother with newborn baby clothes as babies grow out of them so quickly, so I only bought for 0-3 months.  Turns out that despite being an average weight both my babies were TINY and even new-born babygros were huge.”

You won’t want to hit the shops yourself in the first few days (week, months….maybe!) after you’ve had your baby but many stores offer Free and Next Day delivery now so you need not worry about having your baby’s complete first wardrobe on the first day you bring them home.

How to Dress a Newborn Baby Conclusion

These are my tips on making dressing your new baby a bit more bearable.  Do you have any tips to add?

Any clothing disasters to share?  Or have you been gifted an outfit that you have hated?  I’d love to hear about your tips and experiences too!

Do you have any tips on how to dress a newborn baby in summer or how to dress a newborn baby in winter?

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  1. Katie
    / 9:01 pm

    Awesome! With you on the dribble bibs… I however, and every single person I know i think, did however splurge!! She now has more wardrobe and drawer space than me!! Crazy!!

    • / 7:55 pm

      Ha ha it’s just all too easy to spend a fortune isn’t it! But little girl clothes are my weakness too :) x

  2. Gins
    / 12:40 am

    These are great tips! I am a mom of four. ❤️ :-) Excellent advise!

    • / 8:27 pm

      Oh thank you and wow you have your hands full! :)

  3. Claire at Tin Box Traveller
    / 5:02 am

    Ridiculous as it sounds I didn’t know about pulling baby grows and sleep suits down rather than up until I read Kerry’s post. Many a poo in hair moment for Tin Box Tot could have been avoided! Mummy fail :) #parentingpicks

    • / 8:18 pm

      Ha it took me MONTHS to work it out – I thought they were just wide necks to fit over their big heads easier! x

  4. Ami Roberts
    / 1:38 am

    I can relate to all of these!! Is it bad to say that I don’t actually miss those newborn days and the struggle of getting them dressed?? :)

    • / 11:32 am

      No it isn’t bad because I feel like that too ha ha! x

  5. Talya
    / 1:26 am

    Great tips no.1 and 4 all round! They just puke up way too much for anything else! #ParentingPicks

    • / 11:32 am

      Ha ha so true – if only babies were ‘wipe clean’ x

  6. My Mummy Likes
    / 10:04 pm

    Ive hardly bought any new born sizes this time, my first was born weighing almost 4 kilos and I have photos of her one month old wearing sizes 3-6 in some of them. Some stores too size up really small (Zara for example) which really p*ssed me off as she hardly wore any of her newborn clothes, Anyhoo, Ive saved them for this time around although by the looks of it this little girl is going to be whopper too!

    • / 11:33 am

      Oh they are small – it’s annoying because for gifts, people don’t know any better than to buy the age and it’s such a shame when things don’t get much wear x

  7. lu @ looking for mama me
    / 9:33 pm

    Back fasteners aren’t easy when they can sit up either lol I definitely over bought for my girl, I bought lots of things in every size and funny enough she wasn’t a size 0 in winter like I thought she’d be and was still only in 000/00 so there’s some winter clothes she’ll never wear :( sad… must have more babies to wear them!

    • / 8:15 pm

      Ha so true – back fasteners should be banned!! x

  8. Laura
    / 7:20 pm

    A fantastic list! I kept my son in onesies only for the first 3-4 months. And yes, those back fasteners are a nightmare! He had a gorgeous onesie that was a gift but the back fastening was pretty tricky.

    And baby shoes?? That one blows my mind. I remember thinking how adorable they were before my son was born, and he ended up with loads as presents. Needless to say, he didn’t wear any until he was starting to walk lol!


    • / 7:23 pm

      Thanks Laura! Ha ha baby shoes are only appropriate for a quick photo then they’re off! :)

  9. / 12:56 pm

    All very good tips. They do always make the most mess on the best/most complex outfits! It does take forever to get two little ones dressed and out. Still takes me ages. #parentingpicks

    • / 7:24 pm

      Thanks lovely! Oh I know – as soon as you get one ready, the other has a meltdown waiting their turn in our house! x

  10. Robyn
    / 12:27 pm

    Great tips – I learned every one of these the hard way, so I hope some mums-to-be come across this and save themselves the doing the same! My baby was on the small side and I dressed him in nothing but onesies and body suits until after he was 6 months old. They were warm, comfortable, convenient and it was only when my husband said he was too big to spend all day in pajamas that I started putting him in separates over a bodysuit!

    • / 8:14 pm

      Thanks Robyn! I was the same, I learned the hard way with baby 1!

  11. Mama, My Kid Doesn't Poop Rainbows
    / 11:17 am

    Fab points, I totally agree. Our tot lived in onesies for his first three months. Who’s supposed to know when it’s pajama time when they’re that age. We always try to look in control for the doctors but that tends to be when the biggest disasters happen.
    Thanks for hosting #parentingpicks x

    • / 8:13 pm

      Ha ha very true – they don’t care as long as they’ve got something on :) x

  12. / 10:47 am

    This is great! I have a 16 month old and a 2 month old. It takes me an hour to get out the door ????
    Some good tips #parentingpicks xxx

    • / 8:10 pm

      It can be such a nightmare can’t it – and NO chance of getting anywhere early ever! x

  13. alan herbert
    / 9:40 am

    Great tips.

    During the birth of my first child, Herself took a seizure and was given sedatives.

    This meant I was handed my son first. The midwife told me I could dress him. After watching me struggle for a few minutes she eventually took over.

    Great post thanks for hosting.

    • / 8:10 pm

      Oh wow! Aww at least you tried though – I’d never dressed a baby before my own either, was ‘fun’!

  14. / 8:25 am

    Really good advice! I totally scaled down second time round as half of BB’s clothes didn’t get worn… #ParentingPicks

    • / 8:09 pm

      It’s heart-breaking when you have to put clothes away that are too small and hardly got worn! x

  15. Jenny (Midwife and Life)
    / 9:19 pm

    Great tips, stretchy trousers and vests are great too. #KCACOLS

    • / 2:26 pm

      OH yes – the stretchier the better!! x

  16. Rachel (Lifeofmyfamilyandme)
    / 7:03 am

    Oh i remember this well! Miss C was 5 though when Miss M was born. Miss M lived in onesies for the first few months, unless we were going out for an occasion and even then i had spare onesies in my changing bag with lot of dribble bibs! Front poppers are a must too! Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next Sunday

    • / 10:36 am

      I would keep them in onesies forever if I could ha ha! x

  17. Maddy @ The Speed Bump
    / 9:28 pm

    Great tips! The day I discovered you can roll onesies and vests down rather than having to pull them over the baby’s head was a life-changing day! So much easier! #KCACOLS

    • / 9:29 pm

      Ha ha it really is! They should come with directions :) x

  18. veronica lee
    / 6:07 pm

    Those are really very helpful tips! You can’t have too many Dribble Bibs!


    • / 6:09 pm

      So true – they’re brilliant! :)

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