Baby clothes–how do you plan for sizing?

posted 3 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
7191 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

I figure that most people will buy is clothes for 0-6 months, since they are cute and hard to resist. I’m waiting until after the shower to start buying clothes.

Post # 4
28 posts
  • Wedding: June 2011

I know that it is hard to resist buying cute baby clothes!  I know from my experience, I was gifted tons of clothes–he did not even wear some of the newborn clothes he got.  Also, its hard to plan for seasons.  My son is a little  peanut and there are some things he did not wear beacause he did not fit in the size when it was apporpriate for the weather. 


Post # 5
6632 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I would get a few things 0 to 3 months and everything else bigger.  My little boy was born early and I ended up having to go buy premie clothes. 

Post # 6
9137 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

Try to buy in a few sizes.  You will most likely get tons of stuff 0-3 months at the baby shower so try to buy for 6, 9, or 12 months.  When I buy that way I try to remember what season it should be when the baby is that age and I try to buy appropriate to the season.  For example, if I were due in December, the baby will be 6 months in June so I should look at summer clothing in the 6 month size.

Post # 7
2783 posts
Sugar bee

@keepsmiling19:  My daughter only wore 0-3 for about a week before I had to move her up. If people ask, I usually prefer them to buy bigger sizes..that way I always have a supply for when she outgrows her current sizes. She’s almost two now and this still works well for us.

Post # 8
1472 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

My little guy (born at term) was in newborn clothes for about a month and then in 0-3 for about 4 months, so it really depends on the baby. In general, I’d buy bigger stuff now and littler stuff if you need it (just have a few of them on hand). If you are having a shower, I’d wait and not buy anything in newborn and just a couple basics in 0-3. 


Post # 9
11668 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I plan to buy bigger sizes.  Most people will give you the newborn stuff, which doesn’t last long!  

Post # 10
1760 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

My son will be 1 month old on Thursday. Was born at 9lbs 3oz (lost almost a pound in the hospital) and he’s still in newborn clothes. I bought no newborn clothes because I figured 0-3 would work or the few newborn outfits I was gifted would be fine. I was soooo wrong. I bought clothes up to 24 months off clearance racks, consignment stores and rummage sales from the time I was 13 weeks pregnant until now. I did typical buying… Born in June so 6 month clothes would put us at fall into winter, 9 months is winter into spring… etc. but I also bought some short sleeve shirts or rompers in the winter months because we keep our house warm or there are always jackets and blankets for him. I’m all for deals, just be smart about it!

Post # 11
844 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

My son just turned 4 months yesterday and I already have him in 6-9 month clothing. He can get away with SOME 3-6 months depending on where we get it from. He was 7p 14ounces 20.5 inches long when he was born and by 2 months he was 14p 12o 25inch long…. every child is different so you will just have to see but you can’t go wrong with seeing what get at your shower and then purchase majority of your clothes once he gets here. KJ have clothes in his closet that he hasn’t worn yet and now they are too small, lol…. If I have a boy for baby #2 great….. if not… :/

Good Luck to you… very exciting!


Post # 12
2740 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

I know baby clothes are adorable, but if you’re having a shower I’d hold off on buying a bunch of stuff for now.  Everyone always says they get flooded with 0-3 stuff at their baby showers, and I did, too, but most of what I got as gifts was the adorable-but-not-practical stuff (baby jeans, tiny shoes, little sweater vests and polo shirts)… so I had to go out and buy a bunch of basics in size 0-3.  Side snap t-shirts, onesies, footies, etc.  My son is 14 weeks old and just starting to outgrow size 0-3 and has worn pretty much none of the “real” clothes.

Post # 13
1234 posts
Bumble bee

My neices all outgrew their outfits quick- and besides that, I’ve heard my sister say the cute outfits were a waste since it was too much hassle. Much easier to have them in a onesie whenchanging diapers

Post # 14
972 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@keepsmiling19:  Resist the urge! We were given so much. We have clothes with the tags still on that he never got to wear and had outgrown. And I couldn’t really anticipate what we would need more of – had tons of onesies in size 3 months (when I was too nervous to pull them over his tiny head), but none in 9 months.

Post # 15
4372 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

My little guy was 8lbs5oz, 22in at birth and be outgrew most of his newborn clothes around 2 weeks old but only by length. He’s very thin and tall so anything long (like long onesies) still fit him but pants and sleepeout are out. He will probably be in 0-3 and 3 months for a while depending on each piece but I can see him outgrowing most of his clothes fast due to his length. Hopefully he stays close enough to the right size because we have a ton of hand me downs from family and I’d love to be able to use them and save money. 0-3 is not the same as newborn though. It’s generally between newborn and official 3 month clothes. The other thing to keep in mind is you will likely need at least a few newborn sleepers. My LO was swimming in 0-3 clothes at first and I had to run out and get some newborn size stuff to get us by since I ( and most people) avoid buying that small. 

Post # 16
330 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

All the 0-3 month clothing I have gotten has said the weight range is 8-12 pounds.  I have bought mostly 0-3 and 3-6 month clothing.  I wouldn’t buy too many preemie size because chances are you won’t wear them too long. 

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