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!!

HulaHooperStormTrooper Tue 22-Oct-13 20:41:40

YADNBU I remember how I hated sleeves with my babies.

KirjavaTheCorpse Tue 22-Oct-13 20:45:06


You buy them, they look adorable for five minutes, but they're bloody impractical and you take it off and stuff them in a snowsuit or a blanket.

Katla Tue 22-Oct-13 20:48:38

YANBU. I returned the ones I got given - three 0-3 months and two 3-6 months. The only one i kept is currently being worn by a soft toy - it was bright orange biker jacket with loads of zips and no stretch - like an action man jacket type of thing <shudder>

I also got loads of dresses in tiny sizes which got worn once (when we met the person that gave us it).

FannyBazaar Tue 22-Oct-13 20:50:31

YABU, you never received a newborn dressing gown grin. It was ever so cute but ever so pointless.

cashmiriana Tue 22-Oct-13 20:52:05

In fact I would extend it to baby jeans, cords, trousers etc other than soft jersey ones. They always look so stiff and uncomfortable. I hate the idea of waistbands digging into little baby tummies.

Besides which they are a terrible faff at changing time.

ElleBelly Tue 22-Oct-13 20:52:09

Yanbu. DS is nearly 5 months and descends into fits of pure rage when approached with a sleeve, particularly of a coat or snowsuit.

Thurlow Tue 22-Oct-13 20:52:21

Aw, YABU, DD had an AMAZING purple all-in-one snowsuit that she looked ace in.

But then we never went in a car. That would be a pain in the arse. She was always in the pushchair and blatantly cold, so I never had 'the fear'.

Newborn dresses, however, were ridiculously annoying. Anything that involves tights on a child is annoying.

Rhubarb78 Tue 22-Oct-13 20:57:49

I second the tights thing. They are baggy till they reach about one anyway.

We got newborn slippers which were the most useless gift ever. They were quite cute though

Smartiepants79 Tue 22-Oct-13 21:02:40

Things like this get quite quickly taken back to the shop whence they came and swapped for either something else or the same thing in a much bigger size to keep for next year.
Coats for very small babies are pointless. They need all in one snow suits.
Also HATE anything with a hood for a baby that spends all day lying down.

bittenipples Tue 22-Oct-13 21:05:53

And what's with putting pockets on baby clothes?

misspontypine Tue 22-Oct-13 21:09:48

I was given a newborn hooded jumper it was apparently made out of cardboard I dont actually think I would have been able to get it onto ds without breaking an arm.

At least a jacket has a zip and obvious access point ;)

ElleBelly Tue 22-Oct-13 21:12:08

I can't understand baby shoes. DS was given some, I tried halfheartedly once to put them on him, he kept snatching his foot away, fanning his toes and curling his foot up. I gave up.

MissStrawberry Tue 22-Oct-13 21:13:51

Maybe the people who have bought the coats haven't got children or haven't tried to put a coat on a baby so don't know how tricky they can be.

Rhubarbgarden Tue 22-Oct-13 21:14:33

Fanny we once bought a baby dressing gown for a 'most pointless baby item' joke present grin

FreakinRexManningDay Tue 22-Oct-13 21:20:23

Dd1 was born in the middle of winter so I ended up with soft snow boots (what newborn needs snow boots ffs) and a matching white furry jacket and hat. Most impractical gift but I did swap them for a gorgeous snow suit and cardigans.

1944girl Tue 22-Oct-13 21:22:37


My grandson was brought home from hospital at 3 days old wearing tiny denim jeans and matching jacket.The following week he wore the same outfit for his first photo shoot.One of these photos is hanging on my wall.I cringe when I see it but cannot take it down.
I may be old fashioned but like babies to look like babies.My own two wore knitted cardis and baby grows.That was the 1970s.I despair of this generation and the fashion in what they call baby clothes.But I am just an old granny.

RandomMess Tue 22-Oct-13 21:23:19

Aw my youngest had a fab bolero type cardi and fantastic car seat footmuff which was just great or was wrapped up in the pram. I really can't remember any of mine having coats when they were babies - like you say pointless!

tiggerpigger Tue 22-Oct-13 21:26:45

My baby is 5 days old and I looked for a dressing gown for her when I was in Mothercare. Whats wrong with that? Didn't find one tho...

1944girl Tue 22-Oct-13 21:27:14

When my niece was pregnant she kept putting photos on FB of the baby clothes she was buying/got given.One photo was of a pair of wellingtons in a newborn size.I kid you not.

ChunkyPickle Tue 22-Oct-13 21:30:17

Agree - although I've ended up with little hooded fleece jackets for DS2 because he spends his outside life in a mei-tai, so I needed something hooded (hats just get pushed off), and couldn't get an all in one with a hood (other than enormous snow suit he'd overheat in when strapped to me) for love nor money - especially since I'm SICK OF POPPERS and wanted one with a zip (actually H&M had the perfect thing, even in a nice blue star pattern, but only from 4 months sad )

I've given in, bought a pattern and am sewing them myself.

PistachioTruffle Tue 22-Oct-13 21:31:57

I'm pregnant with dc1. I bought a soft little white coat with a hood in size 0-3 months in the sale, my DM laughed at me, and assured me it would be worn once and then abandoned grin

I personally don't like stiff or uncomfortable looking clothes like jeans on teeny babies though, they just look so uncomfortable.

pianodoodle Tue 22-Oct-13 21:52:22

I think with newborns the simpler the better!

We had one box for vests, one box for sleepy suits and another for blankets/cardis/hats.

DD was an old fashioned looking baby I didn't really put her in "proper" clothes until she was nearly 6 months except for the odd occasion or where we needed to send a picture of her to someone who had sent us an outfit smile

tethersend Tue 22-Oct-13 21:59:26

YANBU, both mine were bald babies and looked like Russian POWs in the lovely wool trenchcoat someone bought.

Xmasbaby11 Tue 22-Oct-13 22:02:18

Up to 6 months, all you want is vests, sleepsuits and snowsuits. Job done!

Do they have tags on? Could you take them back and exchange them for something useful? Or ebay them?

Kyrptonite Tue 22-Oct-13 22:16:34

DS is 6 weeks and wears coats with no trouble. He's grown out of his newborn snowsuit but is too small for his 0-3.

Lonelybunny Tue 22-Oct-13 22:16:41

Knitted card's all the way , I am a knitter tho grin

LittleBairn Tue 22-Oct-13 22:18:32

YANBU I extend that to all baby clothes unless it's a hat, cardie, vest or sleepsuit.

Kyrptonite Tue 22-Oct-13 22:27:06

I hate baby grows. I can never get DS' legs back in them so he lives in soft trousers. He has pyjamas at night because it's easier to pull up and down then popper and wriggle!

spritesoright Tue 22-Oct-13 22:35:18

See I really liked DD's winter coat and found it easier than wrestling her in to an entire snowsuit. I kept her legs warm with a buggy blanket wrap and foot cosy. I found if it was just a blanket she would thrash about and soon have her arms free (and therefore cold).
When we got indoors I could unzip the coat and take off the blankets without waking her (essential).
If you got four you could try one out before returning them all.

Annagramma Tue 22-Oct-13 22:38:26

YANBU. DS is two days and we've already be inundated in that. I can't do anything with sleeves on newborns, it's so fiddly.

Weasleyismyking Tue 22-Oct-13 22:40:18

I've been using a 3-6 month duffle coat on DS2 for a couple of weeks now. We're hardly ever in the car and he just wriggles out of a blanket.
I find babygros a faff after a couple of months and switch to soft clothing in the day and pjs at night.

I also have a dressing gown that I bought in a jumble sale when DS1 was a baby. It's now hanging still unused in DS2s room grin

LittleprincessinGOLDrocks Tue 22-Oct-13 23:23:07

I must be in the minority here, but I loved dresses and tights on DD from about day 3, and duffle coats. She even had a gorgeous dressing gown from being tiny. Oh and she had jeans too, but they were so soft and were lined with soft cotton and had poppers for easy access to the nappy.
I liked her in baby grows, but I only put them on her in the evening after her bath for her to sleep in.
It is all a matter of taste, as long as baby seems comfy that is all that matters.

Beavie Tue 22-Oct-13 23:36:24

I'll tell you what is really pointless, baby hat and scarf sets. I had a gorgeous set given to me for dd2, and when she was about 3 months I went to put it on her. Hat, no problem, very cute. Mittens, never easy, but we got there. Then the scarf...I looked at dd2 in bewilderment. Babies of that age don't have necks! Where was I supposed to put the feckin thing?!

I agree that coats and snowsuits are just a pain in the arse. The best baby thing I had for dd2 was a maxi cosi car seat liner snuggly thing. It was fab because I could just unzip the cover and hang it over the side of the seat if we were in the car or a shop, then when we went outside I would just zip it back up. It kept her super warm and I never needed a coat. Strongly recommend!

jivequeen53 Tue 22-Oct-13 23:38:15

When my DS was born some friends bought him a red puffa coat for age 8yrs!. They thought as he would have so many newborn clothes it would be more practical to buy something he could "grow into".

Congratulations annagramma flowers

kiriwawa Wed 23-Oct-13 12:59:10

I think some people confuse newborns with dolls.

ringaringarosy Wed 23-Oct-13 13:07:10

Morckk baby hoodies are the answer!

mrsjay Wed 23-Oct-13 13:25:22

yanbu most baby clothes are impractical and annoying but they are really cute especially a baby dressing gown grin

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.

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

I've seen newborn spa type slippers

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

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.

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

What's a mei-tei?

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.

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.

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

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

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

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.

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 Wed 23-Oct-13 14:07:50

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

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 14:15:24

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.

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

moggy its a type of sling

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.

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).

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.

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

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

All you need for small babes are lovely soft bundlers from a certain 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!

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!

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

I thought a mei tei was a cocktail

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.

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

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

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

Excellent grin

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