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Kelley Rowland
Contributing Writer

6 Newborn Wardrobe Essentials

Welcome baby to the world with cute and comfortable clothes you’ll both love.

Let’s face it, baby is going to look adorable in pretty much anything. But dressing your newborn calls for more than just looking cute—the clothes should also be comfortable for baby to wear, and easy for you to take on and off. The solution? Carter’s Little Baby Basics collection, which is full of the essentials you need to start building baby’s wardrobe. Add these picks to your registry, stat!

Home Sweet Home

Pack this soft, four-piece set in your hospital bag and you’ll be prepped with everything you need when it’s time to head home. The cute socks and coordinating cap will keep baby cozy on the car ride home, and the long-sleeved tee with matching elastic-waist pants will make those first days of changing easier on both of you. (Not to mention it comes with fun animal details like this elephant option.) Babysoft Take-Me-Home set, $16 for 4 pieces, []( 126G764_color=Color&dwvar_V 126G764_size=12M#start=103&cgid=carters-baby-girl-little-baby-basics)

Back to Basics

Every well-rounded wardrobe starts with a few go-to pieces—for you, it’s probably a perfect white tee and jeans or a versatile LBD. For baby? Make it these colorful bodysuits. With their cute graphics, comfy cotton fabric and easy-on, easy-off shoulders, you’ll be reaching for them around the clock. Short-sleeve bodysuits, $26 for pack of 5, []( 126G763_size=3M&dwvar_V 126G763_color=Color#navID=header&start=28&cgid=carters-baby-boy-little-baby-basics)

Get in Character

The only thing more adorable than baby? Baby rocking one of these patterned, mix-and-match character sets. Our favorite detail (and sure to be yours too): those cute little appliqués, everything from unicorns to dinosaurs, right on the bum. Little Character set, $14 for 3 pieces, []( 126G847_size=12M&dwvar_V 126G847_color=Color#start=116&cgid=carters-baby-girl-little-baby-basics)

Snuggle Time

In the first few weeks of life, baby doesn’t need daily bathing. But when bathtime does happen, you’ll want to wrap her up for a post-wash snuggle session in one of these seriously cute animal-themed towels. Lamb hooded towel, $14.40, []( 126G878_size=OSZ&dwvar_V 126G878_color=Color#start=47&cgid=carters-baby-neutral-little-baby-basics)

Ready to Chill

That athleisure trend is still going strong. Dress baby up like the cool kid he is in this soft three-piece set, which comes with a graphic bodysuit and light gray striped sweats. (Plus, who can resist that adorable lamb on the back?) Terry little jacket set, $15 for 3 pieces, []( 126G712_size=3M&dwvar_V 126G712_color=Color#q=little%2Bjacket%2Bset&prefn1=websiteBrand&prefv1=carters&start=1)

All Dressed Up

Princess Charlotte is proof that you can never go wrong with the classic dress and cardi combo. This two-in-one set combines the best of Carter’s everyday essentials into one sweet little #OOTD for your baby girl. Bodysuit dress and cardigan set, $15 for 2 pieces, []( 126G748_size=12M&dwvar_V 126G748_color=Color#start=143&cgid=carters-baby-girl-little-baby-basics)

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.