Post # 1
Hey bees! I was trying to determine how much of a baby clothes stash I should have before June when baby girl arrives. 🙂 So far we have a couple Newborn, 2 0-3, a bunch of 3-6, and a couple 6-9 outfits. I know that many people have said their baby never fit in Newborn clothes, and my mom said I was born too long for 0-3month clothes!
I was wondering how long your baby wore each size? And how about diapers? I don’t want to get a pile of Newborn or Size 1 diapers if I won’t be using them!
I also see a lot of really cute warm and fuzzy pajamas and things like that, but I haven’t bought any because I wonder if they will be too hot for June/July/August? Any specific suggestions for summer?
Thanks in advance! 🙂
Post # 3
I dont know about clothes since im in the same boat as yotheyWe bought alot of size 1 diapers because they say 8-13lbs. I was not planning on getting any newborn or premie size unless we need them. I figured we can send hubby or my mom/mil out to get a pack if needed.
Post # 4
I’m really curious about this as well!
My baby is due in May. We’ve already been gifted 5 or 6 newborn outfits that I’m worried she won’t even fit in and a bunch of 0-3 months – and they’re all long sleeves. I have no idea if baby should be wearing long sleeves in the summer (we don’t have AC so our house gets hot!)
Post # 5
The big thing is every child is different. Some people may find they don’t need newborn clothes/diapers, while others will.
Our child is due in 2 weeks and I was lucky to get tons of hand me downs from my sister and a neighbor. I have probably 10 onesies, 4-5 sleepers and some other misc. things in newborn, then I have an entire drawer full of 0-3 month clothes. Same goes for 3-6 month, 6-9 month, and the 12 month is stashed away right now. I’ve bought a few things, and I did get numerous things from my showers, but the majority is hand me downs. If I had to get everything myself, I would have probably gone with half of what I have, but I’d also be doing tons of clearance shopping.
You can purchase things and leave the tags on and tape the receipts to them, that way if you don’t need it you can return it (or even regift it). I have even more clothes in the closet from the showers that have tags on. I figure if I don’t wind up needing it then I will just gift it to the next person having a boy.
I use the same taping receipt method for diapers as well. I’ve only been buying diapers/wipes when I find a great deal. I think I have 3 big boxes of size 1 (as I was gifted 2 of them), 3 big boxes of size 2, then 2 big boxes of size 3. I have a few small packs of each size as well. I did pickup a few small packs of newborn size (maybe 150 total diapers), as they have the the cutout for the cord and I figured it would be good to have in the beginning. My plan is to open nothing until we see what we need. I’ll return or regift what I don’t use.
You do need to judge what you get based on the season. A long sleeve sleeper is one thing in the summer, especially if you have AC and you keep your house cooler. You aren’t using blankets (just swaddling) with a newborn, so the long sleeve sleeper would be fine. Think about what the weather will be like around that time – people buying you clothes likely won’t think about it. I can’t tell you how many fleece sleepers in 3-6/6-9 months I got.. it’s going to be hot during that time, there is no way this kid is wearing fleece!
Post # 6
@snoie: Thanks for the ideas!
Post # 7
Don’t take the tags off of anything! Best advice! I would only take tags off of a few onesises that are 0-3 months. Wait until you see what size baby you are having. I had a 9.8lb 20.5 in baby and so the Newborns didn’t fit at all! I had already washed about 15 outfits with matching hats and bibs. I ended up giving them to a friend who had a 5lb baby.
Also, I have found that some outfits say 6 months (or other size) but actually are much smaller or larger than other outfits of the same size. So I’ve gone through and pulled outfits based on my babies size and not the months. If that makes sense?
Another big tip. Look for outfits that have zippers or few snaps. It is really hard to snap or button things on an upset or wiggly baby. And even harder to do so at night when you are half asleep and trying to do a diaper change.
I also like the outfits that have cuffs that fold down like a pocket over the hands to keep the baby from scratching their face. I use them on nights that it is cold to keep him warm.
Post # 8
DD1 was in newborn for almost three months, DD2 was in newborn for 5 weeks. I didn’t even get halfway through the box of NB diapers for DD2 before she moved to size 1! I guess there’s just no way of knowing until baby gets here and you can see how fast she’s growing.
Post # 9
do not take tags off ! my doctor told me she would be suprised with my baby was anything over 6 pounds and he was 6 pounds 8 ounces and 20 and 3/4 long. i bought premiee clothes and he was so long he didnt fit. he is 9 weeks old and is in 0-3 months because he is so long. most some babies go straight into ones, we used newborns. i had my baby in december so the weather is different but we had him in a onesize and sleeper.
Post # 10
@vintage2010: Yeah I noticed the sizing seems to depend on the brand. I have 3 Disney baby onesies that are 6-9months and they look about the same size as some other 3-6month onesies that I have in another brand!
Post # 11
I am surprised people are saying not to take tags off. I get it, but personally I want everything, I mean everything- washed and ready to go. I am going to be far too busy once baby comes to have to detag and wash things I could have before just to save a couple dollars, but maybe that is just me! I want to have as much ready as possible, and if baby doesn’t use it, some happy person will get my free donation 🙂
Post # 12
@cbee: I agree. I plan to have everything washed and ready.
Keeping tags on things doesn’t really work for me, anyway. I’ve received so many gifts already, don’t have the receipts and it will be several more months before baby arrives so exchanging things isn’t really an option.
Post # 13
Not very long. My daughter was 12 pounds by the time she was six weeks old and started wearing size 12 months when she was 4 months. When she was one year old, she was barely squeezing into the 18 month size. Talk about top of the size charts!
Post # 14
See what you end up with – detag and wash a specific amount and hold onto the rest. If you find you need that one outfit, just use it. That was the advice given to me from both sisters. It’s not like babies tried the clothes on in the store (unlike adult clothes), so it’s not an “end of the world” situation if you have to have them wear one or two outfits.
Post # 15
Altl bebies are different. My babies were small (4-5 lbs) but alot of people have 7-8 lb babies, and some bigger ( my sister in law ha a 9 lber!) so some babies dont last long in the NB sizes while others dont . I didnt buy many NB sizes for my second baby. His cloths were just a little big on him until he grew into them.n I learned the hard way with my first that they do not last long in a size. and somtimes she didnt even fit them at all (she was really thin but really long) and i still hav that problem with her. So id say what you have is good, in a pinch use the bigger cloths at least until the baby is here. Ant Alot of the times people will show up at the hospital with cloths/blankets and such. My parents and FI parents did that with the kids. And i ended up having an overly large stash of NM clothing when I already had my own.
Post # 16
@vintage2010: I wish someone would have told me about the zipper thing with my first baby. I am only a little ashamed to tell you that I CRIED over those snaps when I was brand new post-partum. It was just so hard!
For #2, I looked for zippers on purpose. I learned my lesson!
OP, my baby was in newborn and 0-3 month clothes for like 4 months maybe longer. But she was just 6lbs when she was born. So, I bought a bunch of tiny clothes for this baby, and it looks like he’ll be bigger. There’s just no way to know for sure.
I still washed everything though…I wanted it organized.