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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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Jul 26th, 2017, 10:48 AM   #8
 
Our DD was on the bigger side and spent no time in newborn size. It was also way easier to dress her in 0-3 then newborn.

Basic baby clothes like sleep suits and vests are not expensive. Lets face it - that's all you need for the first month. In fact my baby spend the first 3 months in sleep suits purely because they are so comfortable!

I'd buy 10 of vests and sleep suits in new baby and 10 in 0-3. xx
 
 

 
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Aug 1st, 2017, 10:17 AM   #9
 
I agree with others who have posted re sleepsuits. My little boy just had vest and sleepsuit (born in Feb) for first few weeks. I had occasional actual outfit but they were tricky to put on and I worried he was too hot. Friends/family tend to like to buy an outfit (I know I do for a new baby) and I recieved 0-3 or 3-6 mt which were ideal. I say a couple of packs of vests and sleepsuits will do x
 
 

 
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Aug 8th, 2017, 15:53 PM   #10
 
We had quite a few explosive/leaky episodes so I used to pack 2 changes if we went out somewhere. We didn't really change him into fresh clothes at night- only if they were sicky or dirty or whatever- as he'd usually have been changed at some point during the day anyway due to sick and/or poo. Then again he didn't have a bath very often at first, so I suppose we were a bit lax in that respect! I bought about 10 vests and the same for sleepsuits/babygros before we had him and people bought us a few more as gifts - that was plenty.

I had quite a few snow suits that were hardly used. They aren't safe to use in car seats and we mostly used blankets while he was in his pram, so we could probably have got away with just one or two for when it was really cold.

I also wished I'd exchanged proper outfits he was given for larger sizes, as I didn't really put him in dungarees and things like that till he was bigger, but I just used to take off the tags and wash stuff as soon as we'd opened it. Would have definitely got more wear out of the outfits if I'd exchanged them.

Just wanted to add - beware of stockpiling clothes based on future seasons. I thought I was being really organised getting things in larger sizes but I had a small baby who didn't fit into the 'right' size for his age at the 'right' time of year - so I had shorts that didn't fit him till winter and joggers that were too hot in the summer. Best thing to do would have been to hold my horses and buy nearer the time. Could be the same if you end up with a big baby who outgrows stuff quickly and then seasons/sizing are out of sync.
 
 

 
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Aug 13th, 2017, 18:08 PM   #11
 
I'm just about to have my third so this has been my experience:

First baby you get tons of stuff, literally everyone you know it's excited for you and in our case some people we didn't know (eg a friend's mum and dad who I had never met gave us 50 in Next vouchers!) so I wouldn't buy too much in the Smaller sizes because everyone falls in love with the tiny sizes so you end up with tons of 0-3 and 3-6 month clothes. I had my first in December and I did find that a few people didn't think about the fact that a winter snow suit wouldn't be any use in 3-6 months time so I did take a few things back. My first was 8lb 8oz so newborn was too small for her but 0-3 was too big so I found that the 'up to 1 month' size in Next and sainsburys was perfect for her for the first 5-6 weeks.

Second baby, family bought plenty still but overall we didn't get nearly as many gifts from other people (not that I'm complaining!) I was having a boy that time so did need everything but I basically just stuck with sleepsuits. I love sleepsuits and as I had a baby with bad reflux I could go through 3-4 a day easily so I just had plenty of them. My favourite thing is to shop in the Next sale. My son was 10lb 1oz so needed 0-3 straight away and although at times I had a slight seasonal discrepancy in the things I had stocked up on it wasn't hat noticeable and I would still always buy ahead for future seasons. With my third (due in two weeks and another boy) I do have the problem that the boys will be born in different seasons so there are some things that won't match at all. I have been fortunate that my SIL's sister has two boys and has given me a load of clothes she couldn't use and a lot of them are brand new so I think this third baby will actually be spoilt for choice!

In summary I would say, buy all the plain white vests etc that you want as no one gets excited buying them so you don't tend to get them as gifts. And then buy maybe 5 of each size sleep suits and I guarantee you'll get plenty as gifts too but if you don't just pop to the supermarket. If you are due in January then the Next Boxing Day sale would probably be great for picking up loads of quality sleepsuits (with built in scratch mitts) at half the price x
 
 

 
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Aug 13th, 2017, 22:13 PM   #12
 
I'm on number 3 and agree with not buying too much in bigger sizes as you don't know how big they will be or how fast they will grow. Neither of mine were in baby sizes at the right time and took longer to grow into them despite my first being 8 lbs 11! I'd just get a few early size bits and then get as you need. Plus you'll get a lot of clothes gifts if it's your first so you may find you can't use all you have, that was certainly my experience. I'd personally just start off with around 10 newborn vests and sleep suits and the same up to one month and see how you go from there! You can pick up bits easily and cheaply. I tend to put tiny babies in sleep suits all the time as its much easier and I also think it's comfier for baby X
 
 

 
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Aug 30th, 2017, 16:58 PM   #13
 
no outfits needed to be honest. Just vests/onsies. I usually buy plain white ones in size 3-6 month but a few smaller (I make big babies ) - and lots of them. They're really cheap from Asda and Primark (can't remember how much!). I just keep throwing them in the washer and dryer and that's that, until they're a little older it's honestly all they need
 
 
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