Post # 1
I feel like such a newbie when it comes to the whole team green thing. If I knew Baby B’s gender then I would already have a ton of clothes but without knowing baby’s gender I’m having a hard time figuring out what I will need the first few weeks. So here are my questions…..
1. How many onesies do I need? I’m guessing I will not get out of the house to shop for at least 2 weeks. Our families haven’t been to helpful when it comes to baby purchases so I’m not expecting any gender specific clothing gifts in the hospital.
2. How many sleepers will I need? I’m due in October so it will be cold.
3. How many socks? I’m having a really hard time finding gender neutral/plan white socks.
4. How many swaddle blankets do I need? I didn’t use these with DS so the whole swaddle blanket is new to me.
Post # 3
I’m so glad you posted this!! Excellent questions to ask. 🙂
Post # 4
I am sorry but what does it mean when you are team green?
Post # 5
@Mrs.Jansen: That we are not finding out the gender of our baby.
Post # 6
I’m not team green, but I think it all depends on how much laundry you want to do. I think you can expect a baby to go through (on average) 2-4 outfits in a day. But in the beginning you might also use a lot of receiving blankets, swaddlers, etc. I shopped at Kohls and also at Carters and I found a lot of gender neutral items. They might be just slightly masculine, but they definitely do not scream “boy” either. I am a big fan of the little white outfits with the ducks on them, very neutral.
Post # 7
I basically bought a whole wardrobe of gender neutral clothing for the first 3 months; then, after the kids were born, I went on a shopping spree for 6+ months gendered clothing. Also, my kids were both small at birth, so I have a lot of newborn clothing:
- 30 onesies
- 6 pairs of pants
- 6 pairs of shorts
- 4 sweaters/sweatshirts
- 30 sleep n’ plays (mostly long-sleeved, but some short sleeved)
- 5 t-shirts
- 20 pairs of socks (I found plain white infant socks at K-Mart)
- 4 SwaddleMe blankets
- 5 Aiden & Anais swaddle blankets
Henri is 3 months, and he’s just now getting into some of the 3-6 month gendered clothing. So all of this lasted him the first three months (with plenty to spare!).
Post # 8
I haven’t found out the sex yet, but I’ve found a website online that makes onesies with different sayings. So for Father’s Day I bought some that pertain to Dad’s and Grandpa’s sports cars. My brother got a lot that were music related. For example, one of mine says… “my other car seat is in grandpa’s sports car” It is white with black letters. My brother got one that says “my dad’s band is better than you dad’s band”. I also have bought Texas A&M onesis and accessories because I’m an Aggie. So you could always get a favorite sports team or college socks, cloths etc. Hope that gives you some other ideas.
Post # 9
Our LO is currently one week and we were team green. I agree, finding gender neutral clothes is early impossible! We definitely cannot have enough receiving blankets. But make sure they are large ones, we have a few that are just so small and nearly Impossible to swaddle with. We have probably about 10 onesies, 4 sleepers, 4 pant/top outfits, 4 pairs of socks. We have gone through about 2 outfits a day so I guess it depends on how much laundry you want to do. Having gender specific the first couple of weeks is the least of the worries! Good luck and that surprise of a lifetime is so worth the wait!!
Post # 10
Thanks for the advice! I have 3 other kids and a husband to do laundry for so I’m hoping to do no more then my normal 1 load per day. We have a few boy and girl outfits just so we will have a few gender specific things for baby when he/she arrives. But we only have maybe 10 onesies and a few non gender specific sleepers. We have no socks at all and no swaddlers.
@Lindsay05: Did you have any “feeling” on what you were having before she was born? If so were you right?
Post # 11
@MarryMeTiffany: Oh I see, thank you for clearing that up for me, 🙂
Post # 12
@MarryMeTiffany: I was absolutely no doubt sure that it was a boy. I felt that since day one. We had a girl 🙂
Post # 13
I’m not a mom so I won’t be much help for most of your questions, except for the socks question! I work PT at Old Navy and they have plenty of gender neutral baby socks. They have white, off white, brown, sometimes green or yellow…
Post # 14
@Lindsay05: I’m like 99% sure we are having a boy. I will be shocked if it’s a girl. These are the things that make being team green so much fun 🙂
Post # 15
We’re having a similar problem, being Team Green makes it difficult!
I’ve mainly bought stuff on sale as I don’t want to spend too much moolah on really small stuff in case we have a giant baby and vice-versa.
I think so far I’ve got:
- 2 merino sleep gowns (one cream size 0-3 months, one blue size 3-6 months)
- 2 cotton sleep gowns (both yellow size 0-3 months)
- 2 short sleeve singlets that snap at the crotch (0-3 months, white / cream)
- 2 kimono short sleeve onesies (0-3 months, yellow)
- 5 t-shirts without snaps (0-3 months and 3-6 months, blue and cream)
- 2 pairs of pants (one 0-3 months, one 3-6 months, cream)
- 1 long domed all in one longsleeved and legged onesie (0-3 months)
- 2 hats
- 6 pairs of wool booties (thanks Mum!)
- 3 swaddling cloths (white)
- 1 cotton blanket (neutral)
- 1 wool blanket in the process of being made (cream)
- 1 vintage wool blanket (yellow)
I’m thinking that for the first two weeks or so Baby will live in the sleep gowns, booties and woollen cardigans (my Mum’s going to knit for me!), my Mum also has some vintage baby gowns that are old but in good condition for me to use. I figure if we need more stuff I’ll send Mum out to do some shopping!
FWIW I was just speaking with a girlfriend who had her baby in March and she reckons that she’s only had to buy about six all-in-one outfits (we’re coming into winter over here) because people gifted her so much clothing!
Post # 16
Hmmm I tend to be a little “less is more”.
I have a pack of 4 Aiden & Anais swaddle blankets and that’s all I’ve needed. Especially for the first 2 weeks. I did also have 2 of the velcro swaddleme’s but didn’t ‘need’ those til he was a little bigger.
Socks – I LOVE the cheap ones they have at target and I maybe had 1 or 2 6 packs. They were the ‘crew’ style white ones. Stayed on great! (These also make for great gloves in the winter for newborns) He outgrew socks really fast.
Onsies. I’d say you REALLY only need 5-10 if you plan to do laundry every day or every other day. Plus again – you’re mainly shooting for 2 weeks coverage.
Sleepers – maybe 5? Again since you’ll be doing laundry.
Don’t forget about the joy that is Amazon Prime! I often order stuff from there to save me a trip to Target 🙂
We ended up with SO MUCH NB-6 month clothing (gifts and hammydown) that I always felt SO guilty most of the stuff wasn’t being worn. I did laundry 1x/wk at least – and had my favorite outfits that got worn a lot 🙂 I also kept a bib on him most of the time so I was going through more bibs then I was outfits for stuff like spitup/drool.