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Best place for basic baby clothes (vests, bodysuits etc)

(52 Posts)
minipie Tue 09-Oct-12 18:00:58

Hoping for some advice from those with DC already! I'm looking to buy some basic multipack bodysuits, sleepsuits and vests for DC1 due in early december. I'd prefer cotton in white or plain colours rather than anything fancy.

There are loads of places that sell them and the prices seem to range a lot, I expect the quality does too! Have you found anywhere where the basics are soft and wash well but don't cost an arm and a leg?

I have heard good things about M&S, and Gap stuff seems to last reasonably well judging by charity shop purchases - but Gap is ££! Primark is cheap but don't know how it lasts?


DizzyCow63 Tue 09-Oct-12 18:02:13

The supermarkets usually have quite good ranges, particularly Asda and Tesco, I've used both and they both wash well and are very reasonably priced too.

Doodlekitty Tue 09-Oct-12 18:02:51

Baby is not here yet, but I've bought a lot from matalan and sainsburys and they seem good quality

DizzyCow63 Tue 09-Oct-12 18:02:59

Meant to add, never liked Primark for DS, sizing always seems a bit off and doesn't last well IMHO.

cairnterrier Tue 09-Oct-12 18:03:53

Using Sainsburys vests and babygros for the second time for DS2. They wash really well and are very soft.

halloweeneyqueeney Tue 09-Oct-12 18:04:30

H&M by far the best, sensible designs (like newborn vests that don't pull poo all over the head and pop at the sides so don't bother the cord stump). H&M stuff lasts well and comes in sensible brights and darks that don't show stains so much

M&S mulitpacks of gros are actually one of the cheaper places per gro, and their babystuff washes well and is practical, don't assume primark is much cheaper, its fine but the M&S multipacks are cheap too and last better

gros that pop all the way up are better than ones that just pop at the legs incase you have a leaky poo baby

halloweeneyqueeney Tue 09-Oct-12 18:05:55

oh and tkmax is great, can get gro-company gro bags (some cheaper versions are filled with sweaty slidey plasticey material) and organic baby stuff for sale prices

I have bought mine in Asda both times.

With DD they washed really well but at the time I didnt have a tumble dryer so cant comment on that.

This time I priced around and Asda were again cheapest so I got them again (tight budget) but Im not sure if they are cotton.

I got some great pjs for me in M+S. The value range. So try them if you want better quality than Asda but dont want to go mad on price smile

Northernlurkerisbehindyouboo Tue 09-Oct-12 18:17:47

Dd3 is 5 now so I'm a bit out of date but I did really rate the Gap newborn stuff. It washed and wore well and was very simple. Boots also used to be good.

If you don't mind second hand, car boot sales are brilliant. That way you can get decent quality stuff for next to no money.

Northernlurkerisbehindyouboo Tue 09-Oct-12 18:26:39

NCT sales are also good. PILES of newborn stuff for very little.

mamababa Tue 09-Oct-12 18:28:34

All my vests are asda or Tesco used them for both DC and wash and wash and wash! The George babygrow's are fine too but I think m&s are better.

Mintyy Tue 09-Oct-12 18:28:41

I would buy second hand, I really would! You don't have to worry about if they wash and wear well ... they grow out of them within weeks grin.

BlingLoving Tue 09-Oct-12 18:29:57

Boots. All ds' body suits and sleep suits came from there after I discovered them. Well priced, especially if buying in boots multi-sales and they wash v well and stay v soft. They fit ds perfectly but he's a big baby so bear that in mind re sizing. For newborn you will definitely need newborn size, not 0-3 months. smile

NorthernNumpty Tue 09-Oct-12 18:29:58

All mine came from sainsburys, mothercare (only on offer) and m&s. I found Asda vests very thin.
You will go through so many with newborn explosive poo that you need them to be as cheap as possible. Cute little cardigans are great to jazz up a plain white babygro

BlingLoving Tue 09-Oct-12 18:30:26

The smile is courtesy ds who is sitting on my lap!

MoonHare Tue 09-Oct-12 18:30:34

Am about to start dressing 3rd DC in Tesco vests and grows. They've also been used by my niece. Can't fault them for durability and comfort. Asda and mothercare have also lasted well.

Splash out on just a few 'special' grows for days when you have visitors or go out somewhere, don't bother for home. If your baby poos after every feed as my last one did you'll probably change their clothes a couple of times a day. Don't buy expensive vests with cute patterns on - no one ever sees them, especially if you have a winter baby as they will always have other clothes on top.

Claxonia Tue 09-Oct-12 18:31:55

I bought the John Lewis white pyjamas and body suits in sizes from newborn to 1 year and I think they are really good. Also have some of the posh Tesco ones (F&F) and they are nice and soft, haven't been washed that many times yet though.


If GAP have an outlet store near you they're very cheap (vests for £1.99-ish), choice is usually rubbish. Although GAP have 60-90% off sales very often (DS is 9 months & there have been maybe 7 sales so far in his lifetime).

I really don't understand why the default colour for babies is white; everything that goes in or out of baby stains white! grin

Second what MoonHare said, cutesy baby clothes under a thick winter pramsuit aren't worth it!

CountryKitty Tue 09-Oct-12 18:44:49

M&S!!! White cotton sleepsuits and vests are about to be washed ready for DD number 3 and they still look like new. Have bought from other stores incl supermarkets but haven't found any that wash as well as M&S.

BillyBollyBandy Tue 09-Oct-12 18:58:40

M&S or Tesco - both big though for the size imo.

I found Primark good when inbetween sizes as on the small side, mine have been used on 3 babies so have lasted me well!

scarlettsmummy2 Tue 09-Oct-12 19:04:24

M and s best quality, nice and thick cotton that keeps it shape. Sainsburys and primark ok too. I have bought from most places and none stand out as being crap.

Flisspaps Tue 09-Oct-12 19:06:20

Primark stuff has done DD, been passed to DN and then back again for DS.

John Lewis is fantastic, have had baby grow etc from tesco, sainsburys, mothercare, m and s and John Lewis were the only ones to survive poo explosions (DS) and über vomit (DD) and so multiple washes on high heats.

They are also a good shape for my long babies, mothercare and primark in particular were far too wide and short.

MainlyMaynie Tue 09-Oct-12 19:18:00

M and S are by far the best I think, though I'd wait until you see what shape baby before you buy all the bigger sizes.

minipie Tue 09-Oct-12 19:20:20

Thank you all! M&S seem to get most votes so far. But lots of other honorable mentions. Will see who's doing what in terms of sales/voucher codes etc.

I have got some second hand stuff at an NCT sale, but not lots - I didn't see the real basics there, it seemed to be more "special" stuff. Perhaps the basics were deemed too grim to sell smile

I have a gro bag from TK maxx!

I love baby Gap's stuff for "special" but agree just a few and it's only worth spending on the outside layer!

GrassIsntGreener Tue 09-Oct-12 19:31:08

We have just had a baby boy. We went through the things from our daughter (4) and re-washed all of the white and neutral things that were worn a lot.

By a massive difference, the Next basics we had looked much much better than the supermarket basics. They all do the job at the time though.

PipIsOutNow Tue 09-Oct-12 20:52:40

Next is my favourite for babygrows but if you're on a budget then asda and sainsburys are fab too. I really don't like tescos found the sizing awful and they went really out of shape. It's all personal preference though I suppose as some of my friends love Tesco babygrows

Jergens Tue 09-Oct-12 23:27:32

Another fan of next vests. They had a great shape. Also, their babygros in the smaller sizes has inbuilt scratch mitts - godsend!

Splatt34 Wed 10-Oct-12 06:16:14

I think I've had vests & sleepsuits from everywhere! The only ones i wouldn't buy again were matalan which went all mis shaped after a couple of washes. all the others will be perfectly usable witg no 2. Try the "clearance" section on the next website. they are great quality & 1/2 price if you can get them there (it updates daily at 4am so keep going back)

Hyperballad Wed 10-Oct-12 06:28:09

ASDA newborn starter pack is amazing value (all in white) it has sleep suits, vests, mittens, hat, all for £8.

Do you have a GAP outlet store near you? Makes it so much more affordable, I have gap clothing but at supermarket prices as I shop at the outlet store. I got some gorgeous pairs of red trousers for 97p!

Hyperballad Wed 10-Oct-12 06:30:15

Ooooo Splat! I didn't know about the next clearence section!! That gives me something exciting to do during my early morning feeds!! smile

mimmymouse Wed 10-Oct-12 06:30:23

Sainsbury's babygros etc are fantastic. Come in large packs. Collect nectar points too! Also, can't recommend Boots Mini Club enough. Their clothes are excellent. And you get advantage card points. Good luck with the baby!

armedtotheteeth Wed 10-Oct-12 06:39:16

I've had a real mixture of brands and honestly for the basics Asda/Tesco/Sainsbury are just as good.as M&S or Gap and last really well too (some of mine been worn by my own 3 children and lent to cousins too and are still going strong.

Only shop I wouldn't recommend is H&M- fabric often very thin and a few things I've bought have developed holes.

Wiggy29 Wed 10-Oct-12 07:55:23

John Lewis is fab and, in particular, would opt for the ones that have inbuilt scratch mitts in the end- saves continually putting them back on. Also would suggest a couple of the nightie type ones from John Lewis/ Mothercare that have elastic bottoms for easy night changing.

minipie Wed 10-Oct-12 10:45:59

Thanks everyone! Good tips here about clearance section and in built scratch mitts. Good tip too not to buy too much stuff till I know what size and shape my DD is going to be!

Wiggy I have bought a couple of those nightdress/elastic bottomed thingies from JL (had a voucher so they were effectively free smile)

kalougri Wed 10-Oct-12 10:51:04

I think most of my newborn basics are tescos, with some Woolworths ones too. They will housing their 4th baby come the spring so I think they are doing well and most of them were bought for my dd1 who is 10 now. They have all washed well and fit my chunky babies nicely for the first month or so. I do love the m&s white terry babygrows though. Soo soft!

mummysmellsofsick Wed 10-Oct-12 10:57:55

H&M do lovely stuff and good value, organic corton

mummysmellsofsick Wed 10-Oct-12 10:58:21

Cotton blush

ScaryBOOAlot Wed 10-Oct-12 11:00:04

George @ Asda is great. Cheap but good quality, sizes also slightly bigger so last for ages.

H&M is lovely.

pegster Wed 10-Oct-12 11:01:45

Tesco & Sainsbury do very good value vests and sleep suits and they've washed well. Even more bargainous if you buy them with clubcard/nectar points as I dowink

alienreflux Wed 10-Oct-12 11:02:41

i always thought primark lasted really well??!

Maisydaisy34 Wed 10-Oct-12 11:04:07

I loved Mothercare babygrows and would buy plain white vests from tesco or asda
I've only bought a few babygrows from H&M but they looked comfy and washed well, aside from basics I love love love H&M for children's clothes they're are reasonably priced and was well and always have original pieces

elizaregina Wed 10-Oct-12 11:17:14

check out plain baby sales near you - ie not NCT.

a few have started up in my area and as with any sort of sale like that - you could see nothing OR you could have that one person selling amazing top quality stuff for amazing prices - it just takes one!

Some I have been too have packaged up vest and grows and stuff - i have got some wonderful lables for pennies from the sales.

i already have a ton of stuff from DD but wanted to indulge the shopping i missed first time ruond this time - without the consciounce of spending unneccasrily.

i have got brand new soft velvlety new born and 0 - 3 baby grows from places like baby azur - pumpkin patch, pampolona - for pennies....

dresses from I love gorgeous - they start at about £70, i got a super cute dress and cardi for £4. doesnt even look worn.

5 brand new seeming monsoon baby cardigans - beautful for £2 the lot....

minipie Wed 10-Oct-12 11:17:32

Thanks again! Looks like there are lots of good options out there, I will do some price comparisons.

While I have your attention grin... How many of each item do I need? So, how many:

- vests/short sleeved bodysuits
- long sleeved bodysuits
- footed sleepsuits and/or nightgowns (with elasticated bottom)
- day babygros with no feet

And do I need to buy newborn size, or is 0-3 generally fine? Or should I get a few of each and see what size DD turns out to be... ?

Thank you!

cairnterrier Wed 10-Oct-12 18:51:25

Personally, I would only get vests and sleep suits. The others are all variations on a theme.

I would get 5 vests and sleep suits in each size but be prepared for baby to either not fit in the newborn size or to grow out of them very quickly. DS2 was 7lb13 and looked swamped in the 0-3month size so at my hormonal best, I liked buying him things that actually fitted. I realise that some people feel that this is a waste of money but for me, I enjoyed buying the teeny tiny sized clothing and as well, I knew that I would want to have as a keepsake the outfit that he came home in from hospital.

Keep in mind that lots of supermarkets are now open 24hours and Next do next day delivery if you order before 9pm so if you do want other clothes quickly then it's easy to sort out.

I would also recommend getting a hat and a snowsuit/pramsuit as it may well be chilly once baby arrives.

Best of luck and enjoy this wonderful time x

minipie Wed 10-Oct-12 20:25:51

Thank you cairn! I know 7lb something is about average, and have heard babies often lose weight in the first few weeks, so it sounds like newborn might last at least a month or two assuming I don't have an enormobaby.

I guess if newborn turns out to be too small, if I don't take it out of the packaging I might be able to return it? or I can do last minute shopping like you say (though annoyingly I don't have large supermarkets/mothercare/next etc nearby).

Got hats and (adorable) snowsuit and pramsuit, borrowed off a friend bless her smile, it's really the basics I am missing as my friend's have gone AWOL.

So, it sounds like for the first few months there is no need for footless baby gros (and therefore no need for socks either)?

ballroompink Wed 10-Oct-12 20:36:27

Another vote for M&S vests! Best value for a multipack and they're very good quality too, they wash really well. I had DS in a vest+sleepsuit combo most of the time until he was about three months old. He was 7lbs 8oz at birth and the newborn size stuff fitted him until he was around 7-8 weeks old - 0-3 would have been massive until then.

WhatEverItIsIDidntDoIt Wed 10-Oct-12 21:02:32

Asda baby bits wash up really nice and are cheap

I wouldn't bother with Primark bits if I were you, they wash twice and they look like shite

cairnterrier Wed 10-Oct-12 21:16:15

Avoid socks as much as possible grin They only fall off and are a faff to take on and off during nappy changes. I found as you say, that newborn stuff lasted up to a month then onto 0-3 months.

Yes I think you should be able to return unworn items of clothing. Next do next day delivery to your home so that might help with the not being close to a store??

Enjoy the shopping smile

PS I really like green baby.com for things. A bit more expensive but supersoft cotton and they often have special offers on.

SJ47 Wed 10-Oct-12 21:25:07

Agree with what most folks have said. Also want to recommend Matalan. I have sleeveless vests from there that are plain white, pack of 5 and they are so, so soft. They don't have envelope necks either which I like as I find envelope necks tend to stretch over time and then gape terribly, giving baby an 'off the shoulder' look! The sleeveless ones provide a much smoother line! grin

I also have their cellular blankets, which are now on DD2. They are much softer than the John Lewis cellular blankets which are the same age.

mamij Wed 10-Oct-12 21:28:56

I got John Lewis for DD1 and used them again for DD2. They washed well and didn't lose their shape. They also stayed lovely and soft! DD2 have now grown out of them, but still plenty of wear in them!

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