Post # 1
For recent moms, what was the sweet spot in numbers of clothes for the first year? (I google it and see people with huge tupperware containers for each month and we have one container for the first year.. yikes.) I’m asking because we had a shower and I thought clothes would be our big thing but we didnt get any so now I’m trying o figure out what we really need. Are there certain types of clothes you found worked for certain ages too?
Also while I’m asking, in terms of blankets, towels and wash clothes what was the minimum you wanted/needed too? Thanks so much!
Post # 3
@lovemygsp: I ended up using maybe 2 blankets and two towels, just cause I do laundry and those don’t need to be washed after every use. I’d probably say have 10-14 outfits at a time. I like variety and if I get behind on laundry it’s not a huge deal. For newborns I literally dressed her in a onesie/stretchy pants or pjs all the time. Very easy, and cheap. Stretchy pants are also awesome because when my daughter grows out of them, it’s only because she’s too tall for them (since they’re stretchy they still for her belly) and we use them as capris in the spring/summer. Easy peasy
Post # 4
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Commenting to follow. We currently have about 6 sleepers and 3 onesies in the 0-3m range, 4NB sleepers, and 4 3-6m sleepers. We’re hoping that the smaller sizes will do baby until we buy a few more sleepers after we know how big he/she is. We have 2 hooded towels and I think that should be perfectly fine since one can be wet or in the wash and the other dry or in use. We have a million washcloths and blankets though because that’s what everyone decided we needed! I actually have more than 60 washcloths. Luckily, I’m planning to use several of those as cloth wipes to go with our cloth diapers. For blankets, are you thinking blankets for in bed, swaddle blankets, receiving blankets, or some other kind of blanket?
Post # 5
We didn’t get many clothes at our shower but holy crap we got a ton once she arrived so I wouldnt go too crazy buying clothes. We have an over abundance of clothes now.
Post # 6
In the very early days I did laundry every other day and had about five of each item of clothing (onesies, sleepers etc). Five of everything seemed to give me enough clothing to keep up with all the changes without having a stack of stuff that was hardly worn before LO outgrew it.
Post # 7
I am scared to even count how many clothes little Cora has waiting for her and that is before my baby shower, which I know will be adding quite a bit to the collection. My mom can’t go anywhere without buying an outfit or two >.<
Post # 8
I would say for each age range 10 footed pjs… 10 mix and match-able onsies and 5-7 pairs of stretch pants/shorts (depending on weather in your area) And also depending on weather either 2 jackets/cardigans/sweaters.
For us we have way too many clothes… She can’t even wear them! And we bought little jeans… But they look so uncomfortable!! Same with little frilly dresses and tutus! So cute… But it all just gets covered in bibs anyway because my 12week old spits up and needs an out fit change 3times a day! And usually it’s just pjs all day! Hahaha she’s comfy and that’s all I care about now!! *******try and buy pjs with zippers… So much easier then clasps/buttons!
Towels 5-7 and washclothes 5-7… But I was them after every use and we do laundry every 2-3 days.
Post # 9
Omg I had waaaaaaay too much clothes. We got tons and I went on shopping sprees – some of it gone worn once or not at all! My son grew so fast that some times he changed sizes in a matter of days. He was in preemie clothes for one week, then newborn for about a month then 3 months until 4 months and now at 4 months he wears 6 month size – you have no way of knowing!!!
I can tell you that everyone has their own preference. Our friends said ooooh you have to get these diaper shirt onsies, theyre the best! We did and never used them once.
Depending on what time of year the baby is born (for example I love long sleeved onesies right now I don’t even use short sleeved ones) you need 3-5 of everything, sleepers (fleece and thin – with zippers!), onesies, pants (I have always used pants one size up so that his belly was comfortable – and must have cotton comfies or jogging pants – the jeans and stuff are adorable but not for just being at home!), and I really like the one piece jumpers from Carter’s.
Post # 10
Also yes, facecloths. We blow through them, probably 6-10 a day!
Post # 11
My kid spits up a lot, so she goes through a LOT of sleepers. At 3 1/2 months, she wears almost exclusively sleepers. So I like to have a lot of them on hand, not just because she NEEDS that many, but because I get sick of seeing the same ones over and over again if she goes through 3-4 per day. So I like to have ~20 sleepers in each size.
We also go through a lot of burp rags (buying prefold cloth diapers for this purpose was a godsend) and bibs. Can’t have too many of those if you have a spitter.
As for towels and washcloths, we only use 2 towels and maybe 4 washcloths total.
DD also has 4 fleece blankets that are used for naps and carseat. If she didn’t spit up so much, I’d be fine with two but I like to have extra in case one gets soaked.
Post # 12
@lovemygsp: when DS was a newborn (October baby) we loved the sleeper gowns. He practely lived in them his first month or so. Then we moved to fleece sleepers that zipped. (Still to this day love love love zipper sleepers) I’d say we had 8-12 sleepers and 15-20 outfits for each age. Keep in mind that your child may not grow and stay in the size bracket they are at the time. DS has stayed small so we end up with a lot of clothes because he did not grow out of them quickly. DS is 15 months and in 9 month clothes but my neice was in 24 month clothes at 15 months. Some people got him 12 month summer clothes at my shower and he was only in 6 month clothes when summer came. I’m hoping they will fit this upcoming summer. Congrats on your soon new addition!!
Post # 13
Each baby differs, and it all depends on how fast they grow. My son was a premie so I had to go buy premie outfits. At the age of 2 I would say he was way more clothes now than the 1st year of life.
We had about maybe 4 banker boxes full of 1st year clothing. He is tiny for his age. He does wear 2 T clothing now but still can fit in 18 month clothing easily.
Post # 14
Thanks for all the helpful responses everyone! the clothes we do have are almost all onesies so it looks like we need sleepers too. I think I’ll buy a few and then see if she uses them. Ill just get a few for the first few weeks until I can get out to buy more. We live 45m from everything so I really want to make sure we can get by at first. DHs mom was at the shower and asked what else we needed yesterday and then said she went on a shopping spree so ill wait to see what she got first. Hah. Thank goodness for grandmas.
Post # 15
Brand new mom here, but I really like 2 piece sets (tops/pants) since DS wets through his clothes 2-3x/day and I can change his pants only rather than deal with footed things- since we change him 5x/day or so. He also screams when he is changed so the side snapped/kimono style tops are a godsend for late night changes. I bought 90% of his clothes used from a local Facebook mom2mom group since I figure it’s going to be stained or grown out of it quickly. I would say I have 10-15 ‘outfits’ for each size including preemie since he was under 6lbs at birth, I spent about $100 total w/ sizes up to 6 month and most in 3-6months. I do laundry about every day and a half.
Post # 16
I loved just plain onesies and footie pjs/sleep and play pjs for our little man….still do actually! There are plenty of days where he doesn’t “get dressed” He’s 9mo old now, but when he was a newborn….cutesy outfits were more of a pain since you’re changing diapers so often. We were given TONS of receiving blankets because everyone said they were so useful, but I’m not really sure what for…we hardly used them! Lol. I always layered a onesie and then a footed pj so that if he wet through a diaper, only the onesie got wet. ohhh….baby legs!!!! they’re amazing for quick easy diaper changes!! pair them with a onesie and you only have to open the bottom of the onesie to change a diaper 🙂