- 7 years ago
- Wedding: April 2012
My baby is a little over a month old and has already grown out of newborn clothes!
My baby is a little over a month old and has already grown out of newborn clothes!
It’s so hard to know as all babies grow differently. My babies both wore 00000 when born 5lb and my sister in laws babies both 10lbs and wore ooo. You should get a better idea of the size the baby will be at 7-8 months. If possible leave the clothes washing for the last month.
I was hanging out with a new-mom friend today, and she said don’t ask people to buy you anything smaller than 12 mos plus. They’re only tiny for a really short time, if at all, and if you repeat outfits at all, you end up with tons of clothes they never wear.
I live in Haiti, so I wanted to bring all the clothes NB-12mo that we would need for our kid. He’s 4.5mo old now. Here’s a breakdown of what I have for him and what he’s worn so far.
NB-Someone gave me 3 or 4 sleepers, 5 longsleeve onesies and a couple of outfits that her son couldn’t wear because he was too big at birth. My son was 7lbs 14oz, 19in at birth and LIVED in these clothes for the first 3 weeks. I was so glad I had them because I didn’t get any other NB clothes to bring with me.
0-3 about 30 onesies (all gifts, we didn’t need that many even though he did spit up a lot), maybe 6 or 7 sleepers and 8 pants/bottoms. He wore the sleepers until he was 2months old and everything else he could wear until he was 3 months old and almost 15 pounds.
3-6 he used these sleepers from 2-3.5months, he started wearing the onesies and pants at 3months; we have 6 sleepers (not enough for our spitter) and probably 20 onesies, 5 or 6 pants (not enough, so he wears sleepers all the time), and 6 or 7 rompers (one piece but not pjs)
6-9 we have probably 10 sleepers (started wearing these at 3.5mo) and maybe 12 onesies. I’m not sure about pants.
12 we have lots of t shirts and shorts/pants, maybe 12 or 15 outfits. i’m not sure that we have sleepers and that will be a problem because we will need them in about a month at the rate he’s going.
I have a chunky guy, specifically he has massive thighs. Because of this, I’ve found that the pants that come as a part of an outfit are really tight on him. (the kind of pants you can buy at target as a 2 pack are fine because they are looser)
Also, I had my son in September when it was still hot here. We put him in long sleeves and pants at night (and dont have A/C), so I think you’ll want some lightweight long stuff for your baby in the summer months. If you have air conditioning, you’ll definitely want some warm things (not winter by any means, but something). I’ve found that I keep my son in sleepers almost all the time at home. The cute clothes are cute, but they aren’t as convenient–and my kid pukes a lot, so I need to be able to change him easily.
My friend who has a son one year older than my son told me she plans for about 12 outfits for each size, so I used that as my minimum in case I had a pukey baby.
As for diapers, you’ll use a TON of them. Don’t worry about having too many. You can normally exchange unopened packages for the size you need at most stores–even without a receipt.
My nephew left the hospital too big for newborn, wore 0-3 for about 2 months, and is now in 3-6 months at 3 months old.
I am 37w 2d and I have not bought many clothes for our baby… and I’m glad I didn’t because I got a CRAPTON of them at my baby shower. Ii know that I have so mamy clothes that our baby isn’t going to wear all of them. Luckily, one of my best friends is 12 weeks behind me in pregnancy, so I can give her everyrhing that our baby won’t wear. I say wait until you have the shower to see what you’ll need. People bought us more clothes than anything. I would have preferred more essentials!
My baby was 8 lbs 11 oz, 22″ at birth. She wore newborn clothes and diapers for 3-4 weeks. She wore 0-3 clothes and size 1 diapers until she was 8 weeks. She’s currently 10-11 weeks and wearing cloth diapers or size 2 diapers and size 3-6 clothes. She just today started not fitting in 3-6 sleepers due to length… yesterday I bought my 2.5 month old size 6-9 mo sleepers! She’s currently 24.5″ long.
This is what I used in terms of diapers:
About 120 newborn diapers
About 160 size 1 diapers (she could probably have stayed in size 1 longer, but I switched to size 2 for fear she’d outgrown them halfway through a large box).
switched to cloth dipaers + size 2 on occasion
My baby was born in June 2013. He was 6lbs at birth and he was in NB clothes for maybe 3 weeks. Then he just started shooting up. He was wearing 6 month clothes by the time he was 2 months old. Right now he is 4 months old and wearing 6-9 month old clothing.
1) It’s pretty early yet – I would wait and see if you get clothes from family/friends before you go buying anything.
2) Dont’ buy new clothes. There is a “Facebook Mom Swap” in my area. People sell their baby clothes for DIRT CHEAP. I mean, I purchased 30 pieces of baby clothes from a woman for $20. Look for Facebook mom swaps in your area.
3) My child lives in pajamas… you know, the kinds with the feet attached. They are so much easier than putting him in a onesie and then putting pants on him seperately. And purchase the kind that zips up over the kind that snaps! Sooo much easier!!! Fleece pajamas are great for the winter.
I wanted everything washed and took all the tags off and I don’t regret it because it gave me great pleasure to look at all the clothes in my closet just hanging there ready for baby! But that said, even with a new baby you will have time to do laundry if you would prefer. With respect to NB diapers, I think we had a pack of 32 from the drugstore and then we moved on to 1s. My daughter was 6lbs6ozs. You can put babies into diapers when they are under what the lb rating is without problems, and sometimes you want to if they are big poopers because there’s more diaper to catch the poo. You just overlap the little tab things on the diaper.
I think that my biggest piece of advice with respect to clothes is twofold: 1. Even if it says NB or 0-3 or 3-6, different brands are totally different sizes. Instead of looking at the month size tags, I just compare the actual lengths of them for organization now. I still have stuff that is tagged NB (that is not the of anyone’s newborn ever, in reality) that fits my 4 month old, and I have 6-12 month stuff that she’s outgrown. This whole size inconsistency thing is the most annoying thing about baby clothes. I missed putting a whole chunk of her wardrobe on her because I had it organized by NB, 0-3, and 3-6 and she’d outgrown the small 3-6 stuff before I realized this missizing phenomenon. And the other thing that doesn’t help that things are inconsistently sized is that babies, like adults are also sized differently – like my baby has long legs so she is a bigger size in sleepers with feet than she is in onesies, and she’s skinny so the clothes for more stout babies have a lot of extra material.
The other thing is that with NB clothes, most babies fit into NB sized clothes for some period of time – I think mine did (depending on how big the clothes were) for about 6 weeks. But like, she still needed clothes to wear for those 6 weeks – and quite a lot of clothes because there was lots of spit up and poo! So she changed outfits 3 times a day or so for 6 weeks – she still went through all her NB clothes even though she had lots of them. I found that when she did outgrow them it was like seemingly overnight, and then it seemed like a waste of clothes or whatever, but she did def need them for the time while they fit.
I don’t think anyone’s mentioned it yet, but you can buy secondhand! Because I have no idea what size I’ll need and I’m not having a shower, I’ve started picking up a few newborn-sized and 0-3 month onesies and sleepers in good condition at thrift stores and consignment shops for just a couple of bucks each to get us started. Once we figure out what we actually need, I’ll be able to stock up (or send Darling Husband or my mom out to do it for me).
@PlusOne: this is what we are doing too! Our local thrift store has 1/2 price sales and I can get onesies for $.50 each… I probably have 20 in misc sizes… I imagine we will register for a few sleeper sets and there will likely be people who buy clothes for the baby that we didn’t ask for and don’t need… I am not afraid of exchanging clothes for something more practical if it comes to it… They’re only small for a little while; why spend a ton of money on clothes they out grow quickly and destroy with poo and spitup? Not us!
My baby is 2 and a half months and still in newborn (he’s just over 10 lbs) and also some -3 month stuff. He wore his preemie stuff until he was 1 month. He’s growing fast though.
Wanted to emntion that I did not buy any clothes for this baby…all are handme doens, or baby shower gifts. And he does not have a ton of clothes, just enough which I am happy about.
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