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Michelle Hainer

10 Signs Of Quality Baby Clothes To Look For

Adorable baby clothes are easy to come by. But finding well-made, quality pieces can be a tougher task.

If you’re like most soon-to-be parents, picking out new outfits for baby is one of the most fun to-dos on your list. No doubt you’ll ooh and ahh over all the super-cute styles you have to choose from. But when it comes to the basics that’ll make up baby’s wardrobe, it’s important to think beyond looks. In well-made items, there are special details that’ll keep baby safer and more comfortable—and even make your life easier. Here’s what to be on the lookout for:

The Original Bodysuit

The workhorse of baby’s wardrobe, bodysuits need to be durable enough to withstand a lot (and we mean a lot!) of washings and diaper changes. Look for ones made with 100 percent babysoft cotton : It’s extra gentle on sensitive newborn. Nickel-free snaps are also a must, since the metal is a common cause of allergic rashes in babies. Another genius feature: Expandable shoulder that let you get the bodysuit on and off—without getting caught on baby’s head and ears. Finally, you’ll want durable reinforced snap panels that’re built to resist the daily wear and tear from all those diaper changes. 5-pack original bodysuits, $13, Carters.com

Sleep & Play

Since sleeping and playing are pretty much baby’s favorite activities, he or she needs cozy clothing that easily transitions from naptime to tummy time. Look for Sleep & Play outfits that snap or zip from ankle to chin to make dressing easier and have a soft safety tab at the top to protect baby’s neck and chin from catching on zipper teeth. Plus, built-in footies means tiny toes stay toasty in the cold-weather months. Cotton zip-up Sleep & Play, $8, Carters.com

Soft, Stretchy Pants

When it comes to pants, it may be hard to resist the cute factor of a pair of tiny skinny jeans, but they’re not exactly practical for a newborn. Sweatpants made with cozy, babysoft ribbed cotton are a much better choice. The no-pinch, covered elastic waistband makes them easy for you to get on and off, and it keeps more baby comfortable as he or she moves around. Sweatpants, 2 for $11, Carters.com

Sleeper Gown

A gown is a lifesaver when it comes to middle-of-the-night diaper changes. One with a cinched hem keeps baby’s toes snug and warm all night long while allowing you to simply pull it up for a super-quick change. Another thoughtful detail to look for: foldover cuffs that’ll protect baby from accidentally scratching his or her face. Sleep Gown, 2 for $12, Carters.com

The Bump and Carter's present Style Smarts, a sponsored series featuring clothes for baby that are both stylish and comfortable. Visit Carter’s to shop the Little Baby Basics collection.

By Michelle Hainer