The Only Clothes You’ll Need for Baby’s First Summer

Planning for your baby’s first summer can be stressful. You might wonder how you’ll keep them cool as the days get hotter, how to make sure they don’t end up with a sunburn, and whether they’ll end up enjoying the pool like you hope. One thing you don’t need to worry about though: what clothes you’ll need to buy for their summer wardrobe. Check out the shopping list below to make sure you have everything you need (and nothing you don’t) to dress your baby this summer.

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Onesies/Shirts (5)

As you look for tops for your babe, choose items that are breathable and light. Consider shopping for cotton onesies in simple colors and patterns that can be mixed and matched easily.

Shorts (5)

Your baby will be nice and cool this summer in simple, breathable shorts. Keep colors and patterns simple to ensure that you don’t need to match them with any specific tops and dressing will be a breeze.

One-Piece Sets (5)

One-piece sets are as easy as it gets when it comes to dressing baby. One piece sets can include dresses, rompers, or button front pieces. Since you won’t be matching these with anything else you can shop for bolder or more unique sets.

Swimwear (1-2)

Depending on how often you hit the pool (or the water table) your baby will likely need 1-2 swimsuits. Since sunscreen isn’t recommended for young babies, consider shopping for UV resistant swimwear that will help your baby avoid sunburn. Rashguard style suites will keep your baby comfortable and safe as they learn to splash.

Hats (2-3)

Not only do hats add a little extra to your baby’s outfit, they also protect their heads, ears and faces from the sun. Choose make of soft, breathable fabric. For babies that are a little more aware, a chin strap can provide the security they need to keep a hat on their head.

Sunglasses (1)

As you prep for your baby’s first summer, don’t forget their eyes as you think about sun protection. Choose protective sunglasses that will help your baby enjoy the outdoors as much as you!

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The Only Clothes You’ll Need for Baby’s First Summer

Julia Pelly has a master's degree in public health and works full time in the field of positive youth development. Julia loves hiking after work, swimming during the summer and taking long, cuddly afternoon naps with her two sons on the weekends. She is writing a memoir on pregnancy, motherhood, and sisterhood and lives in North Carolina, with her husband and two young boys. ... More

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