Baby girls clothes are fun, and there is great temptation to dress a little one in cutesy little outfits. That's great for outings and pictures, but not realistic for everyday wear. Newborns and infants tend to mess up clothing easily - whether from one end or the other - and multiple changes per day are common responses to these episodes. You'd be surprised how explosive infant poops can be, and newborn diapers just aren't a match for the force involved.
You really don't want to be dealing with several layers of frilly frocks with "cold water wash separately" or "dry clean only" on the directions as often as you'll need to make outfit switches. The smartest thing is to save the fancy stuff for special outings and stock up on washable, soft outfits that come on and off easily.
These are the staple items of infant and baby wear. They're great for layering and can be worn alone on warm day. Onesies come in plain cotton white or cutesy patterns and colors. They're cotton and comfy for the baby to wear. Have a supply of various sizes: size 0-3 months for newborns, 3-6 months and 6-9 months. Onesies are important wardrobe staples until potty training age, at which point won't want the snaps getting in your kid's way.
Sleepers are pajamas with feet attached. Many are made from cotton terry cloth. These are easily washable, cute, soft and comfy. Have a supply in the first few sizes. You may also have some in fleece for cold nights.
Size and Season
An important part of planning clothing purchases is knowing the approximate season in which your baby girl will wear a certain size. For instance, if your baby was born in the spring, clothing in 3-6 month size should probably be right for summer. Winter wear would need to be either 6-9 month or 9-12 month sizes.
Sometimes baby's skin is sensitive to certain materials, such as polyester or rayon. Cotton, organic especially, is made to be hypoallergenic and usually works well for babies with sensitive skin. It's also easily washable.
Don't buy all pink for your baby girl. It may be tempting, especially if your baby girl is bald and looks rather unisex to the rest of the world for the first year or so. But a little variety is a good thing, so green, yellow, peach and lavender can be good choices as well for a baby girl.
Babies are easy for the first several months of their lives... at least when it comes to the shoe department. Since babies don't walk until they're almost a year old, they don't need shoes to support their tiny feet.
Anyone who has ever bought children's clothing knows how expensive it can be. But with a little careful planning and a willingness to go where the deals are, you could be saving money on children's clothing as soon as your very next shopping trip!