Post # 1
I am having my first March 27th, in France. Unfortunately showers aren’t popular here, so I’m equipping myself with as much gently used clothing as possible. I’m going to a woman’s home who has boy and girl clothing, up to 8 years and plan to clean her out for cheap! 🙂 I know the answers will differ greatly, so I’ll make a poll and hopefully it will help other first time moms.
So…I think I will cloth diaper as well as probably want enough clothes to be reasonable, but not waste too much on frequent washings…without having to much.
I know every mom and baby is different too:)
Post # 2
Honestly I never thought “Oh dear, I have too many clothes” and often thought “We are running out of clothes!” especially in the beginning. All bodily functions all the time. I too went the used route because they grow so quick that it’s crazy to think of shelling out the big bucks for something they’ll wear for a month. When I was planning my mother said I should buy way more than I thought I would need and I thought she was crazy. Luckily she knew what she was talking about and stock piled for me. I was very glad to have the extra clothes because mine was a heavy drooler through the teething portions, a messy eater/breastfeeder, and a spitter-upper. I easily went through five outfits a day and HATE doing laundry all the time- so I liked the extra.
But like you said every adorable little person is different so yours may well be!
Post # 3
Follow up: I’m saying onesies because that’s the term everywhere…but (season depending) do you need a onesie under footed jammies? (I’m guessing yes). So…more onesies than footed jammies…but then how many footed jammies? Also, long sleeve or short sleeve onesies? Or does that just depend on the season…? 🙂
Thanks for your votes, keep them coming! Hopefully I’ll be educated enough for my used shopping sprees planned this thursday and saturday!
Post # 4
FrenchNewlyWed: We do a onesie and pants about half the time, and just a footed suit the other half, and then footed suit (pajamas) at night. When they are newborn the footed suits are the easiest. We do not do anything under the footed suit. Snaps are cute on the suits but zipper is easier (especially for middle of the night diaper changes!). I would buy less of newborn sizes and more 0-3 and 3-6 months. I would say ten suits minimum but not more than 15? When my son was a newborn he could usually wear the same suit all day since he wasn’t blowing out diapers yet or spitting up much! Now we change his clothes more during the day (he’s wearing the 3-6 month size now) since he’s drooling/spitting up more and sometimes having blowouts. Have fun! Those tiny clothes are so cute!
PS A super useful layer for us has been a little fleecey oversuit with mits and a hood. We put that over the suit for going out in the car. Even in early winter in Alaska it’s warm enough (with a hat and a blanket).
Post # 5
Update: so exciting! I went to the craigslist lady’s home and spend 45 euros, but it would probably be worth at least 200? Hurts to drop a lot at once (maybe I’m cheap). However, all of the stuff is either Petit Bateau, Jacadi or Tex (good French brands) and many articles are even made here in France so that feels good. I spent 1.50 per onesie, and on the petit bateau website a onesie is minimum 14 euros.
2 knit booties
5 knit cardigans
3 t shirts
2 pairs of short
1 pair of pants
Now I’ll go to a big baby clothing yard sale on Saturday and then perhaps try to calm down! I’m sure I’ll see some new things I want later and will get some gifts so I probably shouldn’t go crazy. However, I have nowhere near 10 per each size of onesie yet.
Post # 6
You mean just a this?
I have consistently used less than 10 (more like 5-10) for each clothing size. I consider the above to be a onesie, just a simple one piece of clothing with a print or something. I use other things though, like long sleeve shirts and pants in the cold months and sunsuits (mine is a girl) in the summer. The little sunsuit type things were my favorite for summer months. My baby only wears her onesie underneath her sleep sack for bed. So 5-7 of those were plenty. I would probably stick with 5-10 onesies and then spend the rest of the $ on other types of clothing. Get long sleeved clothing for winter months. The long sleeved onesies are good under pants though or with leggings. I do that sometimes.
But don’t stock up too much on the larger sizes since you don’t know how quickly your baby will grow (or not) and it’s hard to predict what season you will need what types of clothes.
Sunsuit is really a onesie, but more decorative. These were my favorite things for my girl during summer months (a lot cuter than a simple onesie, even though it really is a onesie as it is one piece)
Also, baby usually goes through the newborn, 0-3 month, and 3-6 month clothing the fastest. So I wouldn’t buy too much in newborn or 0-3 mo.
I normally do not put a onesie under footed pajamas. But honestly my baby doesn’t wear footed pajamas yet to sleep in (she is 7 mo). she wears a onesie and a zip up sleep sack. So I needed 0 footie pajamas during the summer months.
Post # 7
kes18: Yes that is what I mean by a onesie. I just assumed I would want one under almost everything…like a uniform. I will also use sleep sacks, very popular here. I got one at a consignmnent store for cheap and it’s a good brand that is adjustable (can get longer).
Post # 8
FrenchNewlyWed: I usually don’t put it under everything. Assuming your home is heated in the winter, I don’t think you need a onesie under everything. I only used my underneath the sleep sacks (I have an April 10 baby and still using cotton sleep sacks). Only now as it’s getting to be winter and below freezing out I am thinking of getting a fleece sleep sack. Sometimes I used onesies during the day but I’d just use the onesie with pants/shorts/leggings over it. I don’t think you need to double up on top. But I do use a onesie every night for sleeping! Long sleeve onesies in the winter and short sleeve in spring/summer/fall. You don’t want to overheat them though, I’d err on the side of baby being cold than baby being too hot. Overheated babies are linked to an increased risk for SIDS.