Newborn coats- Aibu??

(65 Posts)
louloutheshamed Tue 22-Oct-13 20:40:10

Disclaimer- lighthearted.

I have been sorting through ds2s (1 mo) presents today and he has been given 4, that's 4 coats, in sizes 0-3 and 3-6m. All little puffa jacket things, and a duffel coat.

Now I don't mean to sound ungrateful but it's such a bloody nightmare trying to get little newborn arms through the sleeves, then you have to take the thing off in the car, and in the pushchair you get the newborn temperature paranoia and its much easier to just add/remove blankets rather than faffing with teeny puffa jackets, no?

I don't get it!!

2tiredtoScare Thu 24-Oct-13 09:37:00

Excellent grin

Kyrptonite Wed 23-Oct-13 23:37:38

They're not dolls? But they took so long to get out of the packaging!

1944girl Wed 23-Oct-13 23:05:12

I second the poster about people thinking their newborns are dolls.One of the worst examples of this is in cold weather, seeing babies in buggies outside with no coverings on just indoor clothes, while mother is proudly pushing the same buggy and she is warmly wrapped up.

2tiredtoScare Wed 23-Oct-13 15:37:45

I thought a mei tei was a cocktail

notwoo Wed 23-Oct-13 15:17:02

My DS hated those gotthemoon. He used to cry if he had bare legs! I know they're supposed to cover their legs but he'd wiggle them out and complain until I put his babygro back on!

gotthemoononastick Wed 23-Oct-13 14:52:38

All you need for small babes are lovely soft bundlers from a certain dept.store.They are gorgeous,soft white nighties with elastic at the bottom.Saves trying to line up poppers in the dark.I know because I am old and the 4th generation of my family are now using them too.Look adorable too!

kiriwawa Wed 23-Oct-13 14:47:15

I did get DS a snowsuit for when I took him skiing. His arms were stuck out at right angles the entire time he was in it and he looks very cross indeed in all the photos grin

Grennie Wed 23-Oct-13 14:44:47

I once bought some cute moccasin slippers for a baby. I was very young and had never had anything to do with babies before obviously.

monkeymamma Wed 23-Oct-13 14:38:40

Ds has one coat that lasted from birth to nearly 7 months, a gorgeous, handknitted, hooded jacket in dark blue with just one big button. It went in over all his other clothes inc hat if he was wearing one and ws no faff whatsoever. (It was a gift from my DM). In fact title sort of doubled as a cape if i couldn't manage the buttons. Because it was thick knit it lasted ages and when it finally was too small I requested another identical one in larger size which is now his main jacket aged nearly 2. (He does now wear raincoats, outer/proper coats etc too). But real coats for newborns are crazy! Even ds's pram suit I didn't bother with the arms, just cocooned him in it iyswim (always had his hands by his face when tiny).

UriGHOULer Wed 23-Oct-13 14:33:04

moogy a mei tei is a simple baby carrier (hesitating to use the word 'sling'). It's a sort of square of fabric with long straps at each corner. The baby sits snuggled on your front (or back when they're bigger).

I'm not a fan of snow suits. They're a faff to get on and off and have the dreaded sleeves. Blankets all the way here.

lagoonhaze Wed 23-Oct-13 14:18:37

moggy its a type of sling

NomDeClavier Wed 23-Oct-13 14:15:24

Also I think whether you put baby in a pram in a snowsuit or not really depends where you live. We're not in the UK and it gets cold here, in a 2nd floor flat with pram stored on bottom floor across a courtyard and spend a fair amount of time out and about so for al fresco BF, church (always freezing even in summer), and even just going down to the pram an all in one snowsuit type thing will be necessary.

It's nowhere near as thick as DS's or even our winter gear but a cardi/hat/sleep suit/blankets really wouldn't be enough.

Plus after a few months I'll likely back wrap and unless I can find a decent baby wearing coat with a back opening we'll have to wear separate coats, and even in March it'll be chilly and windy.

Oh good. Reassuring for labour!

I can't help commenting now though when there's talk of snowsuits/puffy coats and small babies because I don't think it's immediately obvious that one shouldn't use them in car seats and people therefore won't know unless it's pointed out.

NomDeClavier Wed 23-Oct-13 14:07:50

We won't be leaving by car horry - we live right next door to the hospital!

FunnysInLaJardin Wed 23-Oct-13 14:06:03

YANBU. DH bought DS1 a fishtail parker being the old mod that he is in size 0-3 months. The coat retained it's shape when worn and DS1 looked like he was nailed to the cross! We didn't make the same mistake with DS2 thlgrin

NomDeClavier please don't use a snowsuit (or a thick coat) in a car seat under any circumstances - put baby in indoor clothing and then use blankets on top of the fastened harness.

See this blog post for why it's really important, with photos you won't believe of how much a padded suit affects the harness fit and restraint in an accident.

peanutMD Wed 23-Oct-13 14:05:01

oh i did receive a pair of newborn jelly sandals when she was born, WTAF?

peanutMD Wed 23-Oct-13 14:03:26

My DD is 7 .5 months and up until about 6 weeks ago lived in babygrows and now wears soft leggings and tops (with bloody tights as she hates socks) still don't own a coat, mainly because they all seen to be god awful puffy things!

We do have a few thick cardis though which i love, i did get an uber cute Gap all in one fleecey thing with a hood for the Connecta when winter hits bargain at £3 on Ebay grin

DeathMetalMum Wed 23-Oct-13 13:57:16

I've used coats for both of mine we don't have a car so futmuff on the pushchair and then coat on top. But then I also 'dress' my babies against mn rules, though leggings/dungarees/tops/dresses and tights not jeans.

notwoo Wed 23-Oct-13 13:52:58

I received a tiny baby raincoat and tiny baby swimming costume.
Both very cute but surely useless? I never used them.

Also baby flip flop type things. Horrible.

moogy1a Wed 23-Oct-13 13:46:59

What's a mei-tei?

TheBigJessie Wed 23-Oct-13 13:45:04

A while ago, another MNer posted about receiving a newborn coat with ruddy great ornamental buttons on the back. For a small personage that spends most of its time, including out, lying down.

Artandco Wed 23-Oct-13 13:42:57

I never understand when babies wear a full coat/ snowsuit.

Surely outside when cold they are in carrycot pram ie with sides/ hood etc.. So a hat, cardigan, babygro and pile of blankets works. In sling large coat/ snowsuit won't fit and warm from you anyway so just same as above and you wrap your cardigan/ coat around them. Or car seat and wee same ie hat etc and blanket over? When do you use a coat/ snowsuit?

After 6+ months I can understand as sitting/ arms out etc

2tiredtoScare Wed 23-Oct-13 13:35:17

I've seen newborn spa type slippers

NomDeClavier Wed 23-Oct-13 13:31:59

Oh I'm with whoever likes tights on babies. Socks just fell off DS. Lovely practical baby knits are great too, but I despise people who give cashmere or similarly silly yarns for newborns.

Coats <shudder> I've got a 0-3m and a 3-6m snowsuit waiting for DD due Dec (I have big babies so I expect the first to do the trip home from hospital and that's it) and I'm dreading the thought already. She'll either be in the pram, and probably smothered in blankets, or a sling so I don't know when she would wear a coat.

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