(Closed) Is buying newborn sized clothing a waste?

posted 7 years ago in Babies
Post # 2
1463 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

My LO was almost nine pounds and still wore NB stuf for a good month or so!

Post # 3
7426 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

It depends on your baby. We didn’t have too many things that were size NB, but DD could have easily fit in them for about 2 months. She was around 6 lbs, give or take, for a bit after birth.

Post # 4
2015 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

newborn will be good for a few months. just dont buy tiny baby. my DD is 11 month old and still wears some newborn trousers haha!!

Post # 5
3370 posts
Sugar bee

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hspw714:  I wouldn’t  buy too many new born clothing items or diapers. Ultrasound estimations can be off by a pound or two in either direction. Kind of a hug gap when you think about it. The issue also depends on the baby and the clothing. I had a 9 lb. baby my first time, he did not fit newborn diapers the day he was born, but came home in a NB sized outfit that he swam in. You really just never know until you try it on the baby. You may also want to consider a gender nuetral “coming home” outfit. I had one. All 5 of my children came home in the same outfit (I saved it just for coming home from the hospital) snd now I still have it. And I can look at it and remember when each one came home in it. It’s a beautiful idea…

Post # 6
1609 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

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hspw714:  I would get newborn clothes.  My baby was 9 lbs 5 oz, and he is a week and a half and 0-3 mos is too big for him still.

Post # 7
9800 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

I wouldn’t stock up on a bunch, but I do think it’s good to have some items at least.  I didn’t buy much because I was 8lbs 2 oz and DH was 8.5 lbs so I figure baby won’t be super tiny at least (we are also both 6′ tall).  Instead of spending $ and not knowing, I got some used sleepers (7 or 8) from someone for super cheap and a few onesies.  Everything else I have is 3 months and up, if I happen to actually need more I will go pick some up.

I haven’t had an ultrasound since 20 weeks though, so no estimates.

Post # 8
1132 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

My DS was 6 lbs, 3 oz at birth. His clothes evolution was as follows:

NB: 0-6 weeks

0-3 month: 6 weeks – 3 months

6 months: 3 months – 6 months

He’s turning 6 months on Sunday and I am going to be swapping his wardrobe out for 9 month clothing this weekend. He just weighed in at 16 lbs, 1 oz and 26.5 inches at his 6 month check-up, which is pretty close to average.

Post # 9
1153 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Doctors told me at a 36w u/s my baby measured at 4 1/2 lbs & i had to be induced at 37w. I went out and stocked up on preemie clothes & diapers (not too much a dozen onesies, and a dozen sleepers and 3 packs of diapers). Baby girl ended up being 6lbs3oz (oops on the u/s being wrong) but she ended up wearing her preemie clothes for 2 weeks before we moved into NB clothes. She is up to 7lbs11oz now and NB clothes are still a bit on the big side. I’m excited that we are getting so much use out of each of the different sizes ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 10
1440 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

My little one is 6lb9oz, ultrasound estimates were about 7lb5oz. She’s got lots of room in nb stuff.  Granted, everything we have is hand me down.  I did buy a specific outfit for coming home and debated over nb or 0-3. I bought nb. I brought 0-3 month clothes with us to the hospital. But I think it’ll be a while until she is in them. 

Post # 11
1115 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I agree with PP’s, I’d get some stuff but not tons.  My LO was 7.1 lbs at birth and wore NB for about a month.  I didn’t have many NB clothes so she wore 0-3 i just had to roll up some of the sleeves ๐Ÿ™‚


Post # 12
1470 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

My guy was born at 6 pounds, 9 ounces, and was in newborn stuff for awhile. I had a 0-3 month “coming home” outfit (I didn’t really plan one, just threw an outfit in the bag), and it was HUGE on him, so if you’re looking for cute pictures, I’d definitely stick with newborn.

On the other hand, my kiddo pretty much only wore long-sleeved white onesies for the first 2 months and spent a lot of time wrapped in blankets, so I wouldn’t buy a LOT of newborn clothes.

Post # 13
11736 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

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hspw714:  my dd is 5 weeks and still fits in newborn clothes. She was 6lbs 14 oz and up to 9lbs 5oz now. She won’t be in them too much longer but they def weren’t a waste. She came home in a premie outfit that she was swimming in!

Post # 14
8880 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

My DD was 9lb 3.5oz and she fit into some newborn stuff for a couple of weeks. It really depends on the proportion of the baby ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 15
284 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

My baby was born 6lbs 13oz (amazingly they were  only a couple ozs off on their estimations) he wore newborn clothes for 3 weeks and then we moved him to 0-3months.  He also grew a lot faster than average is what my doctor told me.  So I’d say definitely buy some newborn but leave the nicer more expensive clothes to the bigger sizes!  except your going home outfit of course ๐Ÿ™‚

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