CHECKLIST: WHAT YOU REALLY NEED
First equipment for your baby
At the same time the most beautiful, but also probably the most overwhelming topic when it comes to the baby in your belly: the initial equipment! There are about as many opinions on this as there are guides, and really everyone says something different. We think: That doesn't have to be the case, because it really doesn't take much at the beginning - but the right thing is absolutely necessary.
On average, newborns weigh between 3,200g and 3,600g when they are born - the perfect size is 50/56. In size you should have little but suitable clothing so that your baby is comfortable.
What is important?
- Bodysuits are your baby's underwear. These should fit snugly and not be overly large in order to fulfill their functionality and properly warm the baby. Initially, as long as the navel has not yet healed, we generally recommend cotton bodysuits, as they can also be washed hot if blood is contaminated by the remains of the umbilical cord. But of course you can also start directly with pure wool & silk or wool bodysuits, most dirt can be removed easily with biological gall soap.
- Your baby is born without fat reserves. That's why we recommend almost exclusively clothing made of wool & silk or wool, especially in the beginning - even in summer! Because these natural materials help your baby to regulate its temperature - it can't do that itself at first. In childbirth, the hormone breakdown can mean that you sweat a lot and have a slightly different perception of warmth - but that doesn't mean that your baby is also too warm. Even at 30 degrees, you should always dress warmly, as a point of reference: Always one layer more than you!
- Especially with the first baby, we like to recommend starting with swaddling bodies. This makes it much easier to put on and take off, as you can simply put your baby in their clothes and don't have to bend their arms until they sit properly in the sleeves, as is the case with normal bodies. You should avoid everything that has to be pulled over your head at the beginning - that's just unnecessary stress!
- While bodysuits should always be nice and snug, cardigans – especially thicker ones – can be bought one size larger. They grow well with you, just roll up your sleeves and you're done!
Our checklist serves as the minimum equipment for the first 8 weeks with a baby - whether and what more you need will become clear as soon as the baby is here. After all, you know your and your very own preferences for washing clothes, changing clothes and the like best. From our experience, however, 2-3 outfit options are enough for the first time with a baby - so it is almost impossible for your baby to outgrow the beautiful things without ever having worn them!Download checklist