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How To Dress A Newborn For Summer

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From selecting the right material and TOG to keeping things sunsmart.

Have you got a summer baby? When it comes to dressing your newborn for summer, there are a few things to consider. From carefully selecting the right material, and TOG ratings to keeping things sunsmart, we've put together our top tips to help you decipher what to dress a newborn in summer.

How to dress a newborn in summer?

Wondering how to dress a baby in summer? You're not alone! When it comes to choosing summer baby clothes, there are a number of factors to consider including:

  • Material: Choose breathable, organic materials that lick up sweat and will keep your child cool.
  • TOG Ratings: Consider choosing TOG-rated materials especially when it comes to newborn sleeping bags for extra peace of mind on avoiding overheating.
  • Comfort: Choose loose clothing that allows for airflow and feels soft against delicate newborn skin.
  • Sun protection: When heading outdoors remember to pop a wide brimmed hat on your child and sunscreen to keep them sun-safe.

What to avoid with newborn summer clothes?

Similar to winter clothing, the most important factor is to make sure your child doesn't overheat. For newborn baby summer clothes, this means making sure they're not wearing too many layers. Avoid heavy materials and non breathable fabrics that will leave them clammy. When it comes to dressing them for bedtime, opt for TOG-rated fabrics that align with the temperature in your nursery to give you extra peace of mind that you're dressing them with appropriate layering.

Best Summer Baby Clothes

Discover our top picks for baby summer clothes in 2022.

1. Nature Baby Singlet Bodysuit

nature baby bodysuit

A summer essential, this lightweight and breathable singlet bodysuit will be on rotation all summer long for your newborn. It's made from GOTS certified organic cotton, which is a breathable material and ultra soft against newborn skin. On a hot day, you can leave baby in their nappy and this bodysuit, but easily layer it up if it gets a little colder.

Features of Singlet Bodysuit:

  • GOTS certified organic cotton
  • Snap buttons
  • Super soft
  • Breathable
  • Machine washable

2. Wilson and Frenchy Organic Rib Top

wilson and frenchy organic top

So cute, so comfy, we wish this came in our size too. It's another summertime staple that you can either put on over their bodysuit or on bare skin on extra hot days. This one is also made from GOTS certified organic cotton, so it's nice and soft against newborn skin.

Features of Organic Rib Top:

  • Made from GOTS certified organic cotton
  • Machine washable
  • Can layer over a bodysuit
  • Soft and comfortable

3. Purebaby Legionnaires Sun Hat

sun hat

Summer newborn clothes aren't complete without a baby sun hat. We love this one from Purebaby as it's made from recycled materials and offers UPF50+ protection. Perfect for a day at the beach or a walk to the park in their pram.

Features of Sun Hat:

  • UPF 50+ protection
  • Made from recycled polyester and elastane blend
  • Adjustable
  • Chlorine resistant fabric
  • Machine washable

4. Pekpi Swim Nappy

Introducing your newborn to the water for the first time? Make sure you grab some reusable swim nappies first. We love these ones from Pekpi as the exterior is made from 100% post-consumer plastic bottles. Super lightweight and with a drawstring closure to help fit your baby for longer, the style also has firm but gentle leg elastics to keep everything tight and in check. Simply slide on and let your baby splash about.

Features of Swim Nappy:

  • Reusable
  • Exterior made from 100% post consumer plastic bottles
  • Available in 3 sizes
  • Drawstring closure

5. Woolbabe Summer Sleeping Bag

summer sleeping bag

All you need to put your baby to sleep during those hot summer nights. The Woolbabe summer sleeping bag is all you need for summer baby sleepwear. These luxuriously soft Woolbabe duvet sleeping bags are considered the best in the biz because they use quilted wool filling as a temperature regulating fabric. It keeps your child at the right temperature while sleeping and the merino wool licks away moisture and sweat.

Features of Summer Sleep Bag:

  • Suitable for 24 to 32 degree room temperature
  • 30% merino/70% soft organic cotton blend fabric
  • Suitable for babies aged 3-24 months
  • Machine washable

Feeling empowered to start your summer baby clothes shopping? Discover our curated edit of baby clothes. Now that you know how to dress a newborn in summer, why not take a read of how to dress a baby in the winter or our ultimate guide for dressing a newborn?