Do you recall the excitement when you discover the gender of your baby? When I learned about the gender for my first child, I was super hyped! My mind filled with hundred and one ways to dress up my baby girl when she arrives. Beautiful dresses, bright tees, cute onesies and so much more fun ways to dress the baby up! And what happened?

Before the baby even arrived, your new wardrobe is filled with newborn clothes! When the baby arrive, she starts to grow in super speed and mummy can’t finish dressing her up in newborn clothes before she grow too big to fit. This happened to not just myself I’m sure. I’ve seen new parents shopping for newborn stuff in boxes, including clothes! I’ve often wanted to go up to them and tell them to stop wasting money, but I just can’t do it! I hate myself for not stepping up, guess I’m still very much a conservative mum.

Before you head down for your next shopping spree for clothes, here are some tips for you.

Buy just enough for twice a week of washing. Newborns grow very fast and some newborn may even be too big to fit into newborn (0-3month) clothes at birth. So buy just enough of newborn clothes before the baby is born. Shopping for clothes is never ending, and you’ll have a lot of opportunities to shop after giving birth. So don’t need to be too kiasu.

Here’s the shopping list of essential clothes for a newborn baby. You’ll have to wash the clothes every two days so these will be enough to rotate.

Sleepwears (at least 6 sets)

Get comfortable sleeping wears, long sleeves and pants if baby is going to be sleeping in air-conditioned rooms. I love one piece sleep wears that covers their hands and feet.

Onesies (6 pcs)

Onesies are no brainer. They wear easily and is easy for diaper changing. But get the 3 to 6 months instead of newborns so they can be worn for a longer time. When buying onesies, get a size bigger than the baby so they get to wear for longer time.

T-shirts (3 to 5 pcs)

For the occasion outings.

Pants (2 pcs)

Love those that has got the feet covered cos it is a challenge to keep baby’s socks on all the time. Socks that are too tight leaves marks on the skin, socks too loose fall off easily.

Shorts (2 pcs)

For the warmer days, shorts is good, even with onesies so that the baby’s thigh is covered in case they catch a cold from too much wind from the fan. Shorts or pants should also be at least one size bigger as we need to fit in the diaper. When these are too tight, the skin may not be able to breathe properly hence causing rashes to grow.

Before you head out to shop for more clothes, go check if you already have more than enough in your shopping bags hiding inside that baby room first!