Post # 1
Let me start by saying that I don’t like shopping (not even for myself – I was a bit of tomboy most of my life). Now that I’m 2 months away from having my girl I’m starting to get worried that I’m not going to have enough clothes for her. She’s due in the middle of January and we live in the south so that adds to my frustration, because you never know what winter will be like down here (could be in the 40’s one week and the 70’s the next).
Can any of you moms give me some general guidelines of what I’ll need for her??
Post # 3
Replying so I can stalk this thread.
Post # 4
For the fall weather I like to layer our little girl so we can add and subtract as necessary.
We have lots of short sleeve onsies and then probably about 5 long sleeve onsies in each size, and the long sleeve ones are really nice for cooler weather. We have a couple little sweaters in different colors and patterns, a couple fleece zip ups that have come with differerent outfits and a couple coats. None of those are super thick though so usually she ends up in lots of layers with a blanket around her if it’s in the 30s or 40s. We also have warm bags that go over top all the clothes, not sure what you call them, for when it gets freezing but luckily we’ve only had to use that once so far.
For bottoms we have the baby legs, which I think make diaper changes easier, and sometimes just serve as a little base layer and then we put pants on top, but at least if we’re out and about and have to change her her legs aren’t completely bare. And then socks, as it’s gotten colder she’s been wearing thicker socks so it’s been kinda nice to have socks of various thickness.
She wore mainly little dresses in the summer when it was warm but now that it’s cooler she hasnt’ been in them as much though we do have a few jumpers of heavier material that she wears with baby legs occassionally.
Hats have also been great, in the summer hats with a brim were wonderful but now that it’s been colder she usually wears a knit hat that has a fleece liner and goes down over her ears. Definately would recommend a hat that has the ear covers for a winter hat.
Post # 5
@troubled: Thank you so much – that really does help!!
Post # 6
Anyone else have some tips?
Post # 7
I guess I don’t have real numbers but a few additional bits of info. We brought our baby home last year right before that freaky cold weather we had. No one really wanted to go out much then so we didn’t. 🙂 When we did go out, I usually wore her when we weren’t in the car so that kept her warm, too. Our daughter ran fairly hot so she didn’t need tons of layers. She usually wore long-sleeved onesies at first (I like the kimono-style ones). And socks were a must. The super cheap Wal-Mart ones stayed on best but I recently got some Robeez (on sale online) and they really don’t kick off. Miracle! And it was hard for us to find hats small enough. Steal the one from the hospital.
Post # 8
I had my daughter in June, but the weather stayed cold (40’s) for at least the first month of her life. I mostly kept her in short sleeve onesies with socks or long-sleeved sleep n’ play outfits. She was usually swaddled with a light blanket and had a hat on, also. Like troubled, I think it’s easier to dress in layers and then subtract some clothing if it gets too hot.
As for how many of each, it really depends on your baby’s size and growth. Dirty Delete was in newborn until almost 3 months, so we had probably 10 long-sleeved sleep n’ play outfits, 20 short sleeve onesies, 5 pair of pants, and maybe 10 nicer outfits and dresses. At that point, I was probably doing a load of laundry a day, as well, to keep up. In 0-3 months sizes, we had maybe 5 long-sleeved sleep n’ plays (by then it was summer), 20 short-sleeve/sleeveless onesies, 10 pairs of pants and shorts, and 10 or so dresses/nicer outfits. We still put socks on her in the summer, but she usually went hatless and didn’t need to be swaddled anymore.
Post # 9
Yeah from what i’ve heard its best not to buy too many clothes before the baby comes because she may grow really quickly or slowly.. when my sister was born she never fit into any of the newborn clothes they bought for her, she was a big baby and totally skipped the newborn sizes.
Post # 10
I would get some sleep and plays. They are the one piece outfits and they usually have feet in them. You can find them thick or lighter weights. They knit cap from the hospital always seems to fit the best…and our hospital gave us the cap! for going out to church or when we went out, she wore dresses with tights. Gymboree and Janie and Jack have nice cotton tights that I always thought kept her warm. They are both online, and I order from them alot. Oh! and leggings are really cute and comfy for babies. In the summer we do a lot of dresses. They seem to be easier for her to move around it. Don’t tell her I said this, but, my daughter had super chunky thighs, and I thought the shorts looked like they were too tight around her legs. Another reason for the dresses. After having 2 sons, 2 stepsons, and 3 nephews, I was/am super into dressing my little girl. If you have anymore questions, let me know.
Post # 11
I thought i had enough in NB sizes but I was wrong! I need to get her more clothes, I’ve been stalking Ebay 😉
20+ short sleeve onesies
4 long sleeve onesies
4 pairs of pants
0-3 and up I’m over-stocked but none of that fits right now. I bundle her up when we go out, and I only put the short sleeve onesies on under her long sleeve and sleepers.
I’m going to look for the baby legs, exactly what I’ve been looking for!
Post # 12
@StbHisMrs: NO no don’t buy too much in NB sizes. Your baby will most likely outgrow all the NB stuff in a week or two. Go for 0-3 months and roll up the sleeves and pant legs if needed. I only had a couple of NB things likely onsies to get me through until she put on a lb or two.
Post # 13
Go over to HelloBee, run by Mr and Mrs Bee that started this site. She has lots of articles about what are the best kind of clothes to have a different ages.