Post # 1
Hi mama bees,
I’ve been going through all the clothes we were given as hand-me-downs or at the shower, and I’m trying to figure out what else we need to get. Baby will be born in October in the northeast, so it will be cold for the first six months. I have a few questions:
I’ve seen some people say that their fall/winter babies lived in footed sleepers, rather than onesies, for the first few months. Was this your experience?
I’m also not sure about putting pants over onesies at first, since it seems like the waistband would hit the umbilical stump? Should we plan on just using gowns until the stump falls out?
How many onesies and/or sleepers, and of each size, should we have? My baby will likely be on the small-to-medium end of the size spectrum. FWIW, we were given eight 3-6mo long sleeved onesies, three 0-3mo short sleeved onesies, and five 3-6mo short sleeved onesies. We were also given four 3mo footed sleepers, four 6mo footed sleepers and two infant sleep gowns.
Thank you so much for sharing your hard-earned wisdom!
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This topic was modified 3 years, 11 months ago by mightywombat.
This topic was modified 3 years, 11 months ago by mightywombat.
Post # 2
Dear Daughter was born in January, in PA. She lived in fleece zip up footed sleepers for the first 6 ish weeks. Her cord fell off 5 days after birth but when you do put pants on you just make sure they are below it.
Post # 3
Our daughter is nearly 7 weeks old and turns out she hates footed sleepers. She loves her sleep sack though so we put her to bed in a long sleeved onesie and her warm and toasty sleep sack and she’s a happy baby. During the day we do pants now but in the early days when there was a stump we used the sleepers with had legs but no feet coverings. I just ordered more long sleeved panted sleepers from the Gap as they’re our favourites by far which I’m planng on using most days that we’re home and I put on socks to feet her feet warm.
Something to keep in mind is that different brands are sized differently. Our Dear Daughter is long and she’s already outgrown some 0-3 month sizes and I’ve already started using some 3-6 month sizes! lots of stuff we never even had a chance to use that she’s already outgrown or just didn’t like. My advice is don’t get too much, what you have sounds like enough to get started and see what your LO likes. Once you know that just get more. I’ve found that we do laundry daily now so you don’t need lots in the beginning anyways.
Post # 4
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My daughter was born last November (we live in Maryland, so mid-atlantic). Even though we were team green, she ended up with so many cute clothes I only put her in her sleepers at night.
I felt like we had too many short sleeve onesies- wish we’d had more long sleeve (maybe had 2 or 3?). One of the best presents she received were two sets of fleece tops and footed bottoms. I could layer these with a onesie if needed, and the attached feet were great- no cold toes from kicking off socks!
They’re pricey but a pair of Zutanos booties are SO worth it. Most of her socks wouldn’t stay on, but these did. (You can find similar less expensive brands on Amazon)
We didn’t have any problems with pants/stump. You might want one or two long sleeve 0-3 onesies start, but that depends on your baby’s size. Do you have anything for layering- a hoodie or sweater? My daughter was swimming in the ones we had, but it was fine- she was able to wear them throughout the winter. Do you have sleepsacks or swaddles?
You’ll also probably get clothes after the baby’s here and at the holidays. And you can easily do a quick Target run once your LO is here. I agree with PP-you’ll probably end up doing laundry every day (I didn’t want anything that she’d spit up on to sit too long).
Post # 5
My son was born in February and DS#2 is due in January. We are in New England and he lived in newborn sleepers with long sleeved onesies underneath for the first couple of months. We only put outfits on him when we were going somewhere. They sleep a lot in the beginning so the sleepers were easy. I probably have 6-8 newborn sleepers and the same for onesies and I do his laundry probably twice a week. He has a ton of 0-3 mos sleepers, onesies and clothes, but I have a big boy and he grows out of everything super fast so I try not to over do it on clothes now and at this point mostly get hand-me-downs.
Post # 6
My daughter was born in August, and she lives in footed sleepes – we put her in them during the day too as her feet get cold in the AC when she wears onesies. Socks are a huge pain in the neck to keep on her.
At night she sleeps in a sleeping gown and then a swaddle sleepsack on top. Easy to change diapers that way!
i would get a few newborn clothes – our daughter was born at 8lbs and she is still wearing some newborn clothes at 6 weeks. We thought she would outgrow them quickly so we didn’t get a lot and I regretted that!
Post # 7
I would guess you wouldn’t use the short sleeved onesies during the winter, so I’m guessing you might not get much use out of the 5 6mo onesies. I never had my baby wear the short sleeves in winter, it was just too cold.
Otherwise, I think what you have it fine- I would not buy more because you do not know at what rate your baby will grow and what you will prefer. I would get some newborn footed sleepers (maybe 5) and leave it there. Also don’t wash everything except some newborn and 3mo clothes, and just a handful. That way if you need to return or exchange items it has tags. Certainly don’t prep the 6mo clothes.
Don’t forget you can leave the house and buy more. Plus it gives you a good excuse to get out of the house for a short trip
Post # 8
I just want to pipe in with a reminder that even if your baby is a Fall/Winter baby – you will likely have the heat on in the home and also babies tend to get naturally very hot as it is. So you can still find yourself using a onesie and maybe a light sleep sack even in the Winter. Just a thought. Also don’t even touch button up or snap up outfits or sleepers, way too fiddly. Get all the zip up ones you can. Especially for bleary eyed middle of the night diaper changes.
Also, the best thing is to get a bundle bag for the stroller like this: (baby is cozy and protected from the elements while not being drowned in puffy clothing)
Post # 9
We brought out son home on the coldest day of the year last winter – he wore footed sleepers – both fleece and regular. The thing is at your house you should dress the baby how you are comfortable – so if i had on long sleeves and pants he would have the same thing on – as far as going out in the winter I think it is easy when they are that small – I usually put him in a fleece sleeper, wrapped a blanket or two around him in the car seat and then he had the cozy cover – if it was really windy i put a blanket on top of the car seat walking in and out.