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There’s no need to panic about how to tell your babygro from your rompersuit – just use this simple guide to help you understand exactly what you need for your little one.

The world of baby clothes can seem like a bit of a minefield at first, with so many different things to remember, functions and features to learn about – and all those technical names, of course! This simple guide will help you learn how to use each item, and what to look out for.


Bodysuits (also called vests) come with short or long sleeves, and should be the first layer you put on your baby – the cotton is soft against their skin, and they fasten with poppers under the bottom for easy nappy changing. They usually have envelope necks, which makes them easier to get off – pulling down your baby and avoiding mess. As well as being used as vests under your little one’s sleepsuit, they also double up as a top with trousers, leggings and skirts on warmer days. Look out for different sleeve lengths and styles, cute patterns and pictures – save the long-sleeved ones for really cold days.

Sleepsuits and babygros

These all-in-one outfits are designed for sleeping in, and therefore perfect for newborns who sleep for a lot of the day. Sleepsuits and babygros normally cover your little one’s arms and legs, and the foot area is enclosed too.

All F&F sleepsuits and babygros have poppers down the front and in between the legs, to help make changing easy. However, there are some versions elsewhere that popper up at the back, which some parents find more difficult to get on and off – so do double-check first! Some parents also prefer wrap-over styles that you don’t have to pull over your baby’s head – especially useful for newborns and tiny babies. Fold-over scratch mitts are another handy feature to look out for.


Rompersuits became popular in the 1950s as casual playwear for little ones. This all-in-one outfit is basically the same as a sleepsuit but with open feet and hands, making them a comfy option for playtime and naps. A short-sleeved shorts-style romper is perfect for summer, or you can get ones with long sleeves and legs for winter. Some rompersuits do up at the front like a babygro, but lots of them pull over baby’s head with shoulder and bottom fastenings or button-down chests.

Scratch mitts

To prevent scratches and marks on baby’s delicate skin, it’s worth stocking up on some scratch mitts ahead of the birth. Buying them in multi packs is a great idea – they seem to have a habit of going missing when you need them most!

Warm layers

Cardigans – These are a useful extra layer on top of your little one’s sleepsuit or bodysuit for added warmth.

Hats – Newborn babies can get cold quickly after spending so long in the warm environment of the womb, so it’s worth investing in a few little hats for when you’re out and about.

Socks and booties – If they aren’t wearing a sleepsuit, you’ll need some socks to keep their feet warm. You could also try little booties when you head outside to add an extra layer of warmth.

Special occasions

Whether it’s for a christening, party or you just fancy dressing your baby up for a day – this is where you can really have some fun! Tesco has a huge range of dresses or trousers that come in two-packs so you’ve got more chance of creating an outfit that ‘goes’ together. Although let’s face it, sometimes we don’t care if it matches, as long as it’s clean…

Don’t forget

Each baby is different, take time to identify their individual needs and what works best for you both to avoid spending money unnecessarily – yes, even on those really cute booties!

So now you’ve got all the information you need to fill your baby’s wardrobe, there’s never been a better excuse to go shopping.


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