(Closed) How many clothes?

posted 7 years ago in Babies
Post # 17
576 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I only needed 5-6 of each type of clothing because I did laundry fairly often. I would say don’t buy clothes more than one size in advance, because you don’t know how fast they will grow and what type of clothes they’ll need in each size. For example, when my daughter was in size 6-9 month clothing, it was summer and she wore nothing but short sleeved onesies. If I had bought clothes other than short sleeve onesies in that size ahead of time, they wouldn’t have been used. I never know how fast she’s going to outgrow a size and what type of clothing she’ll need then, so I never buy clothes in the next size up until she’s just about to outgrow her current size.

Everyone has their own preferences for what type of clothing they like, and it really depends on season. My daughter wore only footed sleepers for the first five months (winter), then only onesies for the next several months. Around 9 months old I stopped using onesies and one-piece outfits because I found a shirt and pants more convenient. Don’t buy too much ahead of time, and you’ll quickly develop your own preferences.

I had two hooded towels, 4 swaddle blankets, and at least a dozen washcloths. I could never have too many washcloths because I use them for everything, and I always need some on hand for breastfeeding. 

Post # 18
1138 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I’ll just reiterate the comment of one of my new mom friends, which is: never refuse anything free. That is, if someone offers you hand me down clothes, TAKE them! You’ll either use them, or you can give them away, but it doesn’t hurt to at least have them on hand and try it. 

Post # 19
9806 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

I have some onesies and sleepers, that is most of what I could concentrate on buying.  I did buy some stuff but I certainly don’t have a lot.  I’m waiting until after she’s born to buy any more because you really don’t know what size they will be at birth and how fast they will grow.  If you buy too much you will probably end up with things you never use or barely use.

I have avoided anything cutsey or non-practical.

I’m purposefully trying to not buy many clothes until she gets here.  Amazon Prime delivers in 2 days so I can get anything easily if I really need it!  After that it will start getting to garage sale season! 

I would definitely take anything free though or get some super cheap things via craigslist or garage sale though if available!

Post # 20
416 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

We have a few fleece sleepers in newborn size, because our house is chilly and that’s what he wears during the day.  We also have lots of onesies, because he manages to dirty them frequently and we go through several a day.  I’ve done laundry every day or every other day since he got here, and having at least 8 onesies is really useful, because it means you can have spares in a few different places (upstairs/downstairs) and not worry about running out if the clothes are in the wash.  We also use the Halo sleep sacks, have two fleece ones (because he’s dirtied those too), and if he dirties both in one night, then we’ve just swaddled him until the laundry can be done the next day.  We haven’t done a real bath yet since his cord hasn’t fallen off, but we’ve been using a couple washcloths and a face cloth or two per sponge bath.  We also use the small cloths as “pee-guards” when we’re changing him, so it’s useful to have some extras of those.

I agree with PPs though – you can always buy more if you need them, so don’t worry about getting a million things.  We also didn’t know how big he’d be, so we only bought a few newborn-size things, and then we ended up getting more once he got here.  Now he’s growing like a root, so we’ll probably only get a few more weeks out of them, but C’est la vie…

Post # 21
8880 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

Oh boy.  We’ve got between 10-20 of each size of sleepers and onesies. Then there’s all her tights and dresses and shirts.

Oh well, whatever she grows out of we will happily donate to someone in need 🙂

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