We get it: Shopping for clothes is a blast—especially when said clothes are teeny-tiny and oh-so-adorable. But as much fun as it is to register for a full wardrobe for baby, there’s definitely more strategy involved than you’d think. What do you actually need vs. what do you want? What will make baby’s life as comfortable, easy and stylish as possible? To help you navigate this uncharted territory, we rounded up six smart tips to keep in mind, plus picks from Carter’s Little Baby Basics collection that should make your list.
1. Think about the future, not only the right now.
We all wish baby could stay small forever, but the reality is, he’s going to get bigger—fast. Fortunately, Carter’s Little Baby Basics collection ranges in size from newborn to 24 months, so if you love those knit pants in one size, you can get them in the next size up too. In fact, don’t go overboard registering only for newborn clothes, since baby will quickly outgrow them. Instead, spread out your selections from newborn to 6 months, taking seasons into consideration. If baby will be born in winter, your newborn picks should focus on long-sleeve bodysuits and cozy fleece PJs. But keep in mind you’ll also need lightweight options, like a multi-pack of short-sleeve bodysuits, in larger sizes for when it warms up.
2. Shop the must-haves, but don’t forget to have some fun.
Basics are the key to every wardrobe—including baby’s—so make sure your list includes essentials like the Carter’s Take-Me-Home set, Sleep & Play and Babysoft coveralls. These pieces are made with soft cotton (aka easy to wash and comfortable for baby) and thanks to their expandable shoulders and snaps, make diaper changes almost a breeze. Speaking of, be sure to keep an extra set of these must-haves in your diaper bag so you’re prepared in…