(Closed) Is buying newborn sized clothing a waste?

posted 6 years ago in Babies
Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Theres no way to tell until your baby is born 🙂 Also u/s estimates can be a pound off in either direction.

Post # 17
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

hspw714:  I, personally, would say it’s a waste in general– I wouldn’t buy more than the outfit you have bought to bring baby home in.

This is coming from a mom who had a preemie (7 weeks early) and who was in the five pound pound range when he came home.  

Here’s the thing:  If you bring a newborn outfit to the hospital, it’s entirely possible that your baby won’t even be able to wear it home if you happen to have a larger baby.  On the other hand, if you have a small or average  baby, they might be able to wear NB for a few weeks.  

The reason I think NB size is a waste is because- you know no matter what that that size will last SUCH a short time.  There are tons of cute baby gowns/onsies etc that can be just slightly big so they can can get a decent amount of wear time.  No, I didn’t always have my baby in clothes that were too big.  

Just wait and see how many things get worn once- or not even at all– you’ll be surprised.

 

 

 

Post # 18
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Helper bee

I think the key is not to buy too many. My mom has always taught me when buying clothes for a baby I should always purchase different sizes that way they’ll have some clothes for now & some for later or just in case outfits.

Post # 19
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

Make sure you have a few outfits but a lot of babies completely skip newborn sizes altogether.  We bought my sister a cute newborn going home outfit and at 7 lb 13 oz she was too big for it.  We rolled up the sleeves and pants and still had her wear it but that was the only time she wore newborn clothing.

Post # 20
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

My son wore his newborn clothes until he was almost 2 months, he was born 6.8 pounds

Post # 21
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I does depend on your baby, of course.  My daughter was born 6lb 4oz (18 days early) and the NB was even too big for her.  Including the hats!  I had to go out and buy preemie clothes that she fit in for at least a month.  I wanted her comfortable, and the baggy clothes were hanging everywhere which can’t be safe for her sleeping either.  I think definately get NB clothes.

Post # 22
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I know your baby is measuring small as mine is too.  My Dear Daughter12 was 7lbs 10oz and actually wore some hand me down preemie sleepers for 2 weeks, then newborn until she was 6-8 weeks, and then I was able to finally mix in 0-3.  She has always worn her age or a tad smaller for her size.  Now that she’s in the even number size clothes (12, 14 etc), odd age years for her are really tough.  Clothes fit her leg length but not her tiny waist.  Not that any of that matters compared to a baby lol.  

Anyway, I have a bunch of newborn clothes completely anticipating that our baby will be swimming in it for a little while.  

Post # 23
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Busy bee

Soft little onesie-type clothing and zippered PJs, definitely not a waste–lots of leaky diapers and spit up in the early days.  Other than going home outfit, count on plenty of cute newborn outfits for shower gifts!  

Post # 24
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

My nieces and nephew all weighed between 8 and 9 lbs at birth and they still wore newborn sized stuff for a bit. I have like 6 new born sized outfits now and I’m sure I’ll get some more at my shower or hand me downs from my cousin & sister.

Post # 25
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Busy bee

My daughter weighed 6 lbs 13 oz and she had to wear premie sizes for the first couple of weeks, just for reference!

Post # 26
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Sugar Beekeeper

hspw714:  From what I have seen NB goes up to 8 pounds, at least the brands I looked at. Most of my friends and family that have had children had babies that were right around 8 pounds or so and went right into 0-3 months. My Darling Husband and I were both over 8 pounds at birth so for us we are not investing in any NB clothing.

NB clothing is a favorite for aunties, grandmas, friends and other people to purchase for you because of the itty bitty size. I would recommend not buying any more until closer to your due date to see what you have been given. After your showers etc you can fill in any gaps that you think may need.

Post # 27
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I bought zero NB clothes but we got many as shower gifts.

As for the going home outfit, my mom bought ours.  She got both NB and 0-3 so we will be ready for whatever size he comes out.  And then he will theoretically still be able to wear the bigger size for a longer period of time.

Post # 28
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Helper bee

I just made a spreadsheet of my outfit stash so far (I’m 28 weeks) we have 2 3-piece outfits and 3 onesies in NB. I’m calling that done for now untill she’s born. Going to get sleepers and she’ll be in those awhile. Plus my husband was like 10 pounds at birth (please god no). My other rule for me and what my mom and sister are doing is – only buy sales for now. Clearance rack finds at first, then fill in with basics. idk. I guess i’m cheap? But if we have X amount of dollars – even if it’s a lot of money I’d rather spend a small amount on cloths and take the rest and buy super safe carseat/stroller and then hell, start a college fund. 

Post # 29
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

LIke others said, it’s all dependent on the baby.  My dd was 6 pounds 11 ounces at birth. She wore NB for probably 2 months, maybe even longer. She’s always been smaller though, always comes in at the 30th percentile. Right now she’s 8 months old and still in size 6 months. So just depends. 

Post # 30
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

My baby came home from the hospital at 7 lbs and newborn clothes were pretty big on him. He wore them for about 5 weeks. I would say not to invest in too many cute outfits, buy mostly PJs. You probably wont take your baby out much in those first weeks and anything other than zipper jammies is a pain in the ass to deal with (in my opinion)

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