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How many outfits does a newborn really need?

Jul 10th, 2017, 16:14 PM   #1
 
Hi ladies! I'm pregnant with my first, and I'm worried about getting too many baby clothes that they'll grow out of too fast and never wear. My baby is due in Jan, so I'm aware they'll need winter layers. I also know a lot of people tend to buy clothes as gifts, so I'm worried about wasting too much money on clothes that won't get worn.

Obviously there will be a lot of nappy changes throughout each day but how many times a day do you actually change all their clothes? Is allowing for 3 changes per day realistic? (Dressed in the morning, jammies at night, a spare in case of explosive poo or sick)

Thanks for your help! I want to make sure I'm not overspending on clothes for newborn so I can put that money towards bigger clothes to grow into
 
 

 
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Jul 10th, 2017, 16:24 PM   #2
 
Everyone's different. With me, I bought a couple of newborn vests and outfits, quite a few up to 1 month and 0-3 months vests, sleep suits and outfits, and now we're buying 3-6 months of all those things. Chances are perhaps we might not use any of the newborn size clothes because baby may be too big for them! You never know how much baby is going to weigh or how big baby is until they're here. It's best I believe to have a few different sizes of each thing. We've bought clothes according to weather too.

I'm due in January so it'll be winter, so we've bought quite a few coats, snowsuits, jumpers etc in size 0-3months, and some cooler items in 3-6 months for when it's spring time. You've just got to be practical about what you buy and the sizes you are buying I suppose! That's what we've tried our best to do!
 
 

 
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Jul 10th, 2017, 19:30 PM   #3
 
I love basic white baby clothes so i decided to buy the bare essentials and see what we got for gifts (not to be presumptuous) i just didnt want to waste. A family member bough t a newborn clothes starter kit so i knew i had the basics and only bought the odd thing.

As it happens we got an outrageous amount of gifts, we were receiving them on a fairly regular basis for 2 months - people are so generous!!

The reason i was so relaxed is we have a 24/7 asda (and many other shops) near by so i knew if we had a tiny baby or ran out of clothes.. They would never be far away and we wouldn't waste money on buying things we'd get as gifts. I think some people find it harder because they fall in love with certain outfits etc but i tried not too.

If you save your money now..worse case scenario you or your partner /family/friends have to nip out and buy a few things after the birth.
 
 
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Jul 10th, 2017, 19:37 PM   #4
 
Also... I didnt go overboard with jackets and coats and snowsuits. My baby was always roasting in my sling and spent a fair amount of time indoors. I also don't think they are supposed to go in Car seats with snowsuits and big jackets etc so they only come in use for pram walks. I literally didnt use my pram for about 6 weeks because the sling got so much use and even in wintery months the sling was very warm for baby.

Of course they are useful and you might not choose a sling but i just mean i wouldnt recommend buying too many newborn size winter layers xx
 
 
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Jul 10th, 2017, 20:36 PM   #5
 
I would get a handful of each size to start with.

My little boy was im tiny baby for two weeks (newborn drowned him and he had no legs!), we made do with 5 vests and three sleepsuits, he wasn't very sicky nor had explosive poops though, I imagine you would need a lot more if they were. Then we moved onto newborn for 2-3 weeks, again I had 3 sleepsuits and 5 vests. 0-1 month lasted him until nearly 10 weeks, we had more of those but could have easily got away with less.

The sizing is not consistent between brands! We have just gone into 0-3 sizes and one of the vests labeled newborn is the same size, so he has only just started to wear it.

People tended to buy us actual outfits, which I find really difficult to put on and change in so we tend to just pop those in when we have visitors. Some people love dressing babies up but I would prefer sleepsuits and vests for everyday!

Buying clothes is fun though....!
 
 

 
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Jul 10th, 2017, 20:39 PM   #6
 
Oh and to add, my mum terrified me by looking at the newborn stuff I had got and saying well you would never have fitted in that! That was when I went and bought all the 0-1 month size. My boy was just over 6lb at birth and quite short.
 
 

 
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Jul 19th, 2017, 23:50 PM   #7
 
I wouldn't worry too much beyond the bare essentials. As you say, people buy stuff as gifts, so you'll probably end up with loads. People bought lots of 3-6 month stuff for us too!
My daughter was too small for newborn size at first and we had to go and get some tiny baby things. Bear in mind you can easily get baby clothes from supermarkets or wherever in a hurry so if you find yourself needing something, it's no panic!
Having said that, the first time we went to stay over at grandparents, I packed 3 sleepsuits for the night just in case and she pooped and vomited over all 3 and had to sleep in a day outfit!
 
 

 
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