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the gift of newborn baby clothes from a first-time aunt

Toy bunnies and sleepsuits

As I write this, I find myself turning the word ‘Auntie’ over and over in my mind. That’s because my future sister-in-law has a little bump and I can’t help but be excited! As an almost-aunt, I want to spoil the baby, and mum and dad too. That’s why I’ve put together a gift box filled with essential newborn baby clothes to help give their little bundle the best welcome into the world, and to make their first parenting experience a little bit easier.

Now, I know they’ve already started shopping and they’ll get plenty of presents at their baby shower. But when it comes to children, we all know you can never have too many clothes! One way or another, little ones make it their mission to make a big mess. So more newborn baby clothes in the drawer means fewer parenting panics.

The other thing to consider is that they’re keeping bump’s gender a surprise from everyone, even themselves! So as much as I want to pick up that stylish all-in-one with a printed waistcoat and bowtie, or that perfectly layered dress and tights set, I’ll be searching the shelves for neutral baby clothes instead. After all, any baby can rock a classic white bodysuit without needing accessories. Must be something to do with their chubby cheeks and cuteness factor.

With all of that in mind, I’ve lovingly wrapped up some newborn baby clothes for my little niece or nephew in the making. And because sharing is caring, I’m passing my words of gifting wisdom on to you. So, whether you know someone who needs spoiling or are shopping for your own bump, you can’t go wrong with the baby basics.

Toy elephant and bodysuits

bodysuits and other essential layers


With their little bundle due in the winter months, I know layers are going to be an essential part of baby’s wardrobe. Grandma is helping out by knitting some chunky jumpers, but their bubba will still need something cosy to wear underneath. That’s exactly why bodysuits and vests made it onto my essential baby clothes list. I’ve bought some long sleeve numbers for walks to the park (or coffee shops – that’s probably more realistic!) and short sleeves for days spent cuddling at home. Plus there’s spares because you never know when you’ll need a clean outfit on hand!

cosy sleepsuits and all in ones


I don’t know about you but I’m quite envious that babies are allowed encouraged to wear onesies every day. They’re comfy, they’re cute and they don’t require matching top and bottoms to be clean at the same time! So what kind of auntie would I be if I didn’t make sure the littlest family member was as snug as a bug in a rug? And looking cute too of course. Hence sleepsuits and all in ones made it into the gift box of essential newborn baby clothes.

Cosy long legs and sleeves, enclosed feet (that means no more cold toes during the night) and room to wriggle. They’ve got it all. Plus they’re available in multipacks so I know mum and dad won’t feel guilty throwing one little white baby outfit away when a poonami strikes and no amount of stain remover can remedy things.

Essential newborn baby clothes

hats, scratch mitts and more


Every new little addition is precious from their baby hairs right down to their toes; my niece or nephew especially. That’s why I’ve taken care of the little extras that round off the bundle of newborn baby clothes. For starters, a soft and stretchy hat will keep even the tiniest of ears warm from the very first journey and make for a very cute baby announcement photo. (Note to mum and dad: I definitely want a copy I can frame!).

I’ve also lovingly wrapped up a pair of scratch mitts to protect their baby’s delicate skin from sharp nails. And tiny toes will be kept cosy in some equally tiny socks (at least before the little wriggler kicks them off). Finally, there’s bibs for mealtimes because what baby doesn’t get messy! It’s quite literally the smallest things that count when you’ve got a little one. That and some sleep but I can’t box that up for them.

a wrap on newborn baby clothes


As I make my first foray into aunt-hood, it’s nice to think I’ll be a part of my niece or nephew’s life from the very start. Whether mum and dad decide to gather the family around at the hospital or simply share the moment together, I hope this bundle of newborn baby clothes will help welcome their little darling into the world. After all, even sleep-deprived parents can’t go far wrong with stretchy fabric and a few poppers!

As written by Rhi

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