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That special 'coming home' outfit(97 Posts)
Already planning something special for bringing our bundle of joy home in and I just wondered what and where people are shopping for cute newborn clothing? I LOVE Boden but its very expenses however the first outfit should be a treat, for everyone, shouldn't it? All cute ideas very welcome...
a nappy, a babygrow
withint the hour it will be covered in either sick or poo
Awww gymboy don't be a killjoy!
I loved choosing my babies first outfits, its little thoughts like this that get you through those awful last weeks!
And its nice to keep their first outfit!
will there be a welcoming party to recieve the baby at home?
Sainsburys babygrow. Blanket.
Newborns can get mega-poo on an outfit within minutes. Fancy clothes are a waste of time and energy!
We know we are having a girl. LOL to the poo comment. Ah the things that don't even cross my mind having never had a baby before!
I put DS in outfit that my best friend bought for him in a fit of excitement when i told her I was pregnant.
Totally didn't fit him and he could hardly move poor thing
Don't forget you may well be bought a traditional shawl or similar.
Lol, I planned lovely outfits... On advice bought a 0-3 month outfit for my expected dd who came out so tiny that it drowned her. Learning from my mistake I then bought a newborn size outfit for my expected ds. He was then over 9lbs and it wouldn't even do up. He was like medallion man! My advice is to save the special outfit for first trip out or similar and then it can be really special (and fit her).
outfit ? your wee precious bundle will hopefully only be matter of hours / day(s)... surely a babygrow will be fine as others say ? Honestly think it will be last thing on your mind when you're trying to leave hospital after birth to be thinking about 'dressing' your newborn.
in reality all you're doing is putting her in the car and carrying her to the house. no-one's going to see her. keep the outfit so that it's clean for an outing or when people visit.
babygro and cardigan for my DC's when I left hospital
and for the next month
We had been lent pretty much everything we could need, but I decided I wanted a nice new patterned babygro (it came from Asda i think) for ds when he was born. Its in all the pictures from the hospital, and there it ended he ended up meeting my family in a loaned babygro having been sick on his "meet and greet" outfit in the car on the way from the hospital.
Dont spend alot of money on something fancy. DS now (at 19months) is generally in nearly new or supermarket clothes.
I just bought a 'special' babygrow to bring my DD home in, with a matching hat. From mamas & papas i think. Looks lovely in photos.
And just FYI, not all babies cover everything in sick and poo. My DD was sick twice ever in her first year, and all I ever had to throw away due to a stain were two cheap white vests after she'd been really ill.
I got this
bunny romper & tutu
Sorry won't let me link it individually, but its 2nd down on the right.
We didn't know what we were having, so while I was in hospital after DS2, I gave DS1 some money to choose an outfit to buy for DS1 to travel home in, I think it helped him feel part of it all. I shall do the same after the birth of dc#3, I shall send my DS's out (with DH of course) for the going home outfit.
My dc just wore babygros home from hospital but they also both wore a cardigan knitted by my MIL. Dc are now 17 and 14 but I still have the cardigan.
a coming home outfit ?
well, we didn't expect to go into hospital at all, so DD was wearing a vest, a hat and a baby grow that had been washed in the hospital sink twice.
and a nappy, obviously.
can't even remember if she was in a cardigan.
definitely a lovely green blanket that went a manky grey colour when it was washed for the first time at home.
I haven't bought anythign special either, I've just packed a few babygrows in newborn size, I've been in and out of hospital the last week for monitoring and every time have seen newborns leaving in their carseats and they all have babygrows on, a hat, mitts and a blanket over them.
Debenhams .. John rocha and jasper Conan have some cute outfits, not the cheapest, might be a sale on just now. My baby boy will be coming home in a Jasper Conran cutie...yes I know it's gonna get covered in all sorts..but this is my first, so why not. Frugi have some cute stuff..even more expensive tho! Good to get various sizes as baby could be too big/long for newborn..and sizes differ from store to store. Have fun!
I bought all of mine a special outfit to come home in.
Nothing very expensive but cute.
This current baby will be born at home so i will have to find another excuse for a cute outfit!
A friend bought us a beautiful grey set of romper material dungarees with a little white and grey t shirt underneath - It was lovely and comfy and I washed it all ready and put it in my bag along with a jeff load of blankets, grows and vests -
Nothing fit (He was 11lb 13oz) ... I actually sobbed (hormone central) - The poor midwife tried to console me, I was taking DS home to meet all of Dhs family and I thought they would all judge me for him not being in a lovely outfit - They actually all commented on how nice it was to see a baby in a white babygrow, that also made me sob ha ha
Ds came home at 8pm in a white sleep suit. Dd was similar. Then we all went to bed!
She'll be under a blanket. Buy a nice hat because at least that will be visible.
My first had a special dress to come hom in, still got it somewhere, second, can't actually recall, this one will have something special to come home in. maybe it's where I come from but it's very common to have something that bit special.
yah boo sucks to all the killjoys on this thread [blows raspberries]
I bought all 0-3 too but even though DS was 8-13 it was all massive on him so he had empty feet flapping over the end of the car seat
is it just me or did anyone else find the 'coming home' with your first newborn a real anti climax/underwhelming experience?
admittedly i was 19 at the time and really didn't know how i'd feel at all but the reality was that i was so pissed off with being in pain (down below) and awful cramping and exhausted after having not slept for 3 nights that i really just wanted to get home and go to bed. i lived with my parents and younger sister at the time and they were lovely and stopped as we were leaving the hospital to show off their new grandson (my mum works in the maternity hospital so this baby was famous before it was born!), and then again at the florist's on the way home to get me a lovely bunch of flowers and then again at the chip shop to get some dinner. it took over an hour and a half to get home and felt like 3 hours to me. my sister rabbitting on the whole journey about her new nephew and all the places she'd take him and asking how many times he woke up last night and how he better not do it tonight or he'd be sorry. by the time we got through the door at home, ds was sleeping, the food was cold and i just wanted to drop where i stood. i know how much of a misery guts i sound BTW
I'm looking at borrowing and buying second hand clothes probably, but I'm looking for a the first outfit that she will wear. I defo want something nice and that will look good in pics. Any ideas?
I put on their best babygrow. They both looked lovely and it wasn't a faff.
I bought a beautiful outfit - she came too flipping prematurely to fit it so was wearing what we could muster from the emergency grandma shopping expedition!
It'll hopefully get used this time - variation on the Mothercare soft dungarees that are more like a babygro just de-babygroified someone's already posted.
Personally I think buying a special outfit is a waste of time and money. I'm just going to put mine in a white baby grow and wrap in a lovely hand knitted fleece blanket. Newborns look so cute in plain babygrows, all new looking :-)
I don't own white babygros - white babygros go grey with my laundry skills so quickly it's a false economy for me to buy them. I own multi coloured patterned babygros as they hide the stains so much better :D
Cute babygrow with ducks on it that I'd bought after a midwife appt. I've kept it in a little memory box for when she's older. It's a special moment and one I felt needed to be marked somehow! Good luck
Oh come on! Allow the OP a bit of excitement. So what if she wants a special outfit, nothing wrong with it.
OP, agree with pp about debenhams - not as good as they used to be though. Vertbaudet do some cute bits too but tbh you can't beat next or mothercare
With regards to the outfit go for something cute but not fussy/fiddly. If you're anything like me you'll be all fingers and thumbs to start with so the fewer buttons and different bits there are the better.
Also dresses or dungarees can be better than trousers until the umbilical cord comes off
I had a outfit to take the baby home in but she was smaller than I expected and 0-3 did not fit. Might want to think about that before you pay out!
I've bought a nice sleep suit from next. It says born in 2013 on it and I thought it was cute so bought it then decided to use that as going home outfit.
Can't believe how grumpy some of you lot are!! We are all aware how difficult having a newborn can be, why on earth shouldn't we get a little excited over stuff like this?? I'm only going to get to do this the once and I'm bloody well going to make the most of it!!
Our little miracle is a surprise, so have just picked up a cute Winnie the Pooh babygrow from Asda. Not much faff but gorgeous - can't wait to put it on him or her
I did a tie dyed baby grow, I used blue ink and made one with loads of circles made of rubber bands. I did a blue one for my son and kept it for my daughter so I have pictures of them both as babies lying on my shoulder in the same outfit looking quite similar.
I thought this would be about your own outfit! Seriously, babygro. They're not dolls to dress up. They just need to be warm enough and comfortable. And it's not like will be a party to greet them (surely?!) so why stuff a little newborn into something structured?
Boo the grumpy people! DS didn't have a 'special outfit' to come home in, but I did save the cutest sleep suit for the journey and a little hat a friend bought. The sleep suit had little London buses and taxis on it. He looked lovely and I felt incredibly proud even though the only people who saw it was me and my DH!
I bought a special sleep suit. One was from next I think the other was from John Lewis.
My second didnt end up wearing it, because she was tiny and only fit in to early baby clothes at first!
Cath Kidston does some nice bits that are a bit pricey, but not outragous.
I stuffed DS2 into his outfit which I had bought in a fit of hormones. Lovely knitted babygro from Next. He was bursting out of it but I was fucking determined....
Just ignore all the cats bum faces. The Pregnancy area appears to attract them. Never saw anything like this on the Conception area, I have to say. Miserable twats. Also, wtf white babygro. They make babygros in different colours these days people. It's actually 2013! Women can vote and EVERYTHING.
I hate how so many people are so blasted negative and finickety about pregnancy and new babies. GET A GRIP. It's a baby, not a bomb.
Take two outfits, one in newborn size, one in 0-3 months. So many folk on this thread have said they were upset when they'd bought the outfit in the wrong size for their baby. I'll be taking a lovely sleepsuit in newborn size for if she's that size, and I'll also be taking a dress/leggings set in 0-3 in case that's more appropriate.
Actually knowing me, I'll probably take several sleepsuits, bodysuits, rompers, outfits, bibs, hats, etc... <cringes in advance> At least I'll be prepared...
Forgot to add some links - I absolutely adore this ladybird sleepsuit from Next - £10 though, bit bonkers. I've bought some gorgeous Next sleepsuits from eBay instead. Their designs are lovely though.
Oooh actually Asda have their own version of a ladybird sleepsuit - here for £6 - every little helps, not to mix my supermarket slogans...
I also really like this floral Asda all in one, with matching hat - really like a lot of Asda and Tesco's baby clothing, not quite as distinctive as Next's ranges in some cases, but still extraordinarily cute (must be difficult to make ugly clothing for babies) and much more reasonably priced.
I got loads of nice things second hand from ebay, for both. Ds first wore an Arsenal babygro (!), went home in a baby blue Armani suit. DD 1st wore a vest with pink roses on it and little footed trousers - not exactly what I'd planned, but the smallest of the (large) selection of things I had brought. Scans are not very accurate re size of baby! I found "bundler" nighties very useful, also footed trousers good with vests as a little outfit (no socks to lose and not much different to a vest and babygro in terms of comfort and simplicity)
Dressing up babies isn't really my thing (but to be honest, that's probably because I barely put any effort into dressing up myself!)
It didn't occur to me last time to get anything 'special' for taking DS home from hospital, other than hand knitted shawl that my mums friend had knitted for him (as it transpired DH picked up the wrong woolly bundle, so it was a blanket instead)
So, we had him in white body/suit and sleepsuit and will be reusing all his clothes on this bundle (regardless of its gender!) so it will be wearing the same, and sadly, since its a May baby don't think I'll get any use out of the shawl :-(
Well I will really get the cat bums faces going as not only have I bought lots of blue & pink stuff (baby is a surprise) it all has slogans (gasp!) on it
We have lots of "keep calm and love mummy/daddy" etc.
When I was pregnant with dd I bought a white fluffy dungaree set from mothercare - it was gender neutral as we didn't know what dd was.
I used it again to take ds home in. I am very sentimental and I will keep that little suit forever!
Bluemonkey and quite right too!
When I say a special outfit, I don't mean a stiff scratchy pair of jeans, or a crunkly party dress or anything just something a bit more fancy than a plain white boring babygro, something like this maybe direct.asda.com/george/baby-romper-suits/max-knitted-baby-all-in-one-and-hat/G003899500,default,pd.html
Lol. I love the expression cats bum face!! Hehe
My baby is 3 weeks old - is wearing an outfit for the first time today, he's lived in babygros until now!
Realised that wasn't particularly helpful - I'm a 1st time mum too and had very little confidence handling him initially. Babygros are easy to get on and off and are comfy for the wee ones. Buttons up the back are a no go for me!
Im packing the easiest clothes with lots of poppers as Im sure I will be so nervous about dressing her first time round. Maybe a nice hand knitted cardigan to compensate.
Going home outfits are a lovely idea though, I wish I were more confident about my baby dressing skills! - it is a very special day after all.
Msbluesky32 Make your OH do it, then snigger.
In seriousness, you soon get used to it.
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The best home taking outfit I have seen is in Zara - Zara mini. Pricey but very smart and cute.
Weissdorn, my DS never fitted the newborn things we had been lent, our going home outfit was also 0-3m.
DS though was very long and skinny, despite being 9lb 4oz, but his feet and legs were always to big/long for sleepsuits very soon after birth.
Subscribe to zulily.co.uk they have gorgeous 'fancy' baby clothes from various companies reduced. I'm obsessed by it and dying to buy loads but we don't know what we're having yet!
I like the idea of a special outfit for the first photo that will go in his/her baby book and probably be circulated round Facebook within minutes!
Well you could do what I did and not buy any outfits at all. I thought I had it covered with enough babygrows and scratchmitts. I didn't realise until I was in hospital and saw lots of babies in lovely outfits and TBH I was a bit shocked to find out that DC were expected to be clothed during the day and that babygrows were more akin to PJs. Wish DC had been informed that they were supposed to sleep when wearing babygrows...
I got my first baby a lovely snow suit from mamas and papas and baby number two wore the same one with a little white company outfit underneath.
Ok just to update I've got a couple of babygros incase I can't be bothered with the fancy outfit or if she is a wee pooping machine!! However I also have a back up cute white dress with pastel spots from mothercare who have loads of pretty dresses. That's all I'm buying. I was given loads of clothes so it was also a treat to myself to spend a little on cute outfits which I really like. And if she can't fit into the dress on her way home or if I can't be bothered she will get use from it at a later stage so not a waste of money and either way I hope she will look lovely, albeit probably all newborn and scrunchy!!
The current next directory has some AWESOME unisex outfits - lovely bright colours and stripes. My DS is no longer a newborn but he is rocking one of the 3 pack of babygrows right now - stripey sleeves and back and a lovely hot air balloon on the front. I have never seen the bright stuff in the shops but it is all there on the website.
I can understand the "outfit" wish but stick with something reasonably sensible, chances are your baby will be sleeping and trying to wrestle a sleepy baby into a shirt and trousers is not a top plan. Pick a fancy babygrow and cardigan or at least something soft and comfy like a romper suit with feet (essentially a babygrow without the front poppers).
White babygrows and vests are very cute on newborns but I have to say I love the bright funky stuff you can get now and it hides stains better than bright white so lasts longer.
Babies can wear sleepsuits in the day. Dressing them up fancy during hospital stay is bonkers. They sleep most of the day anyway. Then you put them in the "sleepsuit" at night and the little monkeys stay awake. Perhaps we should dress them in the outfits for bed?
I go for a normal baby grow but I am using a hand knitted matinee coat that I brought dd1 home in, sentimental to me
Whatever you decide, do check how easy it is to get the outfit on. I got ds (9) a cute cream velour sleep suit thing (more day than night iykwim) and it had 3 poppers on the back. That was all. I cried trying to put it on him, not quite knowing how much I could wrestle my pfb into the thing! So whatever you choose, make life easy for you.
Fwiw, 3y later we brought dd home ... I don't recall sat she came home in but do remember great fun in photos over the next few days.
Wishing you all the best with your baby when it comes.
With my 3 they all has a coming home outfit nothing fancy just a pretty babygro with nice hat and nice cardi and blanket and I will do the same with no 4! It's a happy occasion to be bringing baby home and in the hosp it was so warm all I wore on them was vests.
As fafing around with outfits I would always dress baby during day and babygro for bedtime it was part of our routine which helped me in the beginning as I had a little of the baby blues and getting up and getting myself and baby dressed was really about getting me out of my rut and out my bed x
Boggles at the idea of putting a new born in a dress. Will you also be trying to get her into tights?
I have no idea what DS or DD wore to come home from hospital. They seem to be unscathed by this.
I've got a little pink dress from next, white tights and cardi (maybe pink cardi) and white fluffy ugg style boots
I've done a hat that I've customised with little crystals and pink glitter buttons.. Either that or pink I love daddy hat.... Or a headband... Will see at the time ;)
I've just got random babygrows ect for before we come home, I guess the outfits just for leaving hospital.
DS1 had a sleepsuit and babygro, DS2 had a superman sleepsuit that DS1 had chosen.
I really couldn't do the faff with the little outfits having just given birth.
If the weather is cold a dress is not a top plan as you would need to put a snowsuit or a fleece babygrow over the top of it - a cardi does not keep legs warm (although admittedly you could use blankets).
A dress and tights is not, in my opinion, the most comfortable thing for a newborn to wear for a car journey.
A coat and a blanket never hurt a baby... Its a soft baby dress.. No buttons or scratchy bits ect...
Plenty of people let their babies wear dresses
I'm a bit at the fashion police on mumsnet?? To really set the cat among the pigeons I could just say its lazy to leave a baby in a babygro all day!!
My daughters wore dresses tights (OMG yes tights!!) babygros and trouser outfits from newborn safe to say it never done them any harm or me I was quite happy to spend the time putting some nice on them! Shoot me!
Nice baby grow for first pictures in hospital, nicest outfit that fits for first pics at home, (on you've bought or which ever gift fits).
Going home from the hospital doesn't matter they will be snuggled up in a blanket in their cat seat or drowned in a snow suit (these are always huge).
Save buying a proper posh outfit until a special occasion, DD1did have a posh frock to meet her great grandma, she pucked on the collar and stained it. The collar also rubed and stuck up, looking daft in photos.
so if you want a posh outfit, don't buy one with a white collar, however cute.
My DS wore a unisex sleepsuit with tiny animals embroidered on it - a gift from MIL & was rather large for him. He was wrapped in the shawl that either my great-aunt or my great-GM made for when my brother was born.
Not sure what to put DS2 in as MIL hasn't given us another sleepsuit! Hopefully he won't need a 'coming home outfit' though, unless I'm expected to dress him in utero!
Far and away the best cute outfits are jersey dresses and tights or leggings and tunics, that are soft comfy, don't mind being scrunched in car seats and don't need ironing.
DH bought both of ours an outfit from the nearest supermarket.
No-one saw us come home, no welcoming committee (fortunately) and both times I was recovering from forceps after tricky births so the outfits were really completely pointless (but DH liked them and it meant he felt he had something to do while I was on the PN ward)
My sister in law's husband hired a limo for her to bring the baby home in. Can't remember the outfits. They were probably new.
We have a little green babygro and I've knitted a matching green hat with frog eyes because he was jumping up and down at his first scan and the whole family have been referring to him by various froggy nicknames ever since.
Personally I actually think tiny babies look cuter in sleepsuits than in anything else. I think newborns in dresses (or baby boys in tiny jeans) look uncomfy and a bit silly - particularly as they tend to have little skinny sparrow legs for the first couple of weeks until they've put more weight on, which look a bit odd sticking out of the bottom of dresses. For me, there's something adorable about a baby in a cute sleepsuit and cardi - comfy and cosy, and they look properly "babylike" - they will be wearing dresses/jeans/dungarees for the rest of their lives, so I like to let them look like proper babies for as long as possible! I have got ds' newborn sleepsuits washed and ready for when dd arrives next month, and I can't wait to see her in them too.
And yes, the thought of trying to wrestle a baby into anything more complex than a vest and sleepsuit so soon after giving birth is completely unrealistic IMO
spoken as someone who took hair straighteners in her hospital bag last time, how naive I was
Must admit all of mine were in little white sleep suits - 5 for £2 or something from Tesco! I like the idea of a special shawl or blanket though because you could use it to swaddle at first and then as a pram blanket etc as they grow.
Yes, I have a lovely blanket that MIL knitted which we tucked over ds to bring him home - I will be using that with dd and that will be our little family heirloom. More durable than an outfit and certainly less faff!
Treat yoursef to whatever you think is cute, even if it's Boden it will be worn more than once, and Boden is hard wearing, but (sorry to be a kill joy) you might want to have a standby outfit in case it gets covered in sick or poo just as you leave the hospital.
I don't think I enjoyed these little moments enough though, so I think you should go for it and get one.
I had a sleepsuit with a really nice print and a matching hat from Jojomamanbebe, and a bodysuit in the next size up, then another sleepsuit in the next size up with the same print but different colours (but mine were all born at home so never got to 'come home' in the outfit).
Hahaha special outfit. Babygro, hat/cardy, blanket. Whatever's clean. Don't stress about it. You will be too tired to have the energy to put anything over than a babygro on the wee one. Just remember to take a pic of baby in carseat on hospital bed, that'll do.
Nothing that requires over-the-head. Will just lead to fumbling frustration and a crying baby.
Taking baby home is not really that special, you will be too tired/traumatised/desperate to get home/terrified/wondering if you will leak blood onto the car seat/worried DH will crash the car killing you both instantly leaving DC orphaned in a cruel world
Don't agree after each of my 3 dcs births I have always been lucky enough to feel the best I have in months and on top of the world? I feel sorry for any first time parent reading this thread as basically people like you are saying its not worth making an effort with your child you will feel like crap and finally being able to take you baby home means nothing?...
If this a reflection on your life I feel very sorry for you!
Oh it doesn't have to be an uncomfortable expensive outfit. It can just be a romper you find that's really cute. Equally it doesn't have to be expensive. But it is nice to think what their first or coming home outfit will be. I'm having a homebirth this time, and so don't need a coming home outfit, and I'm just doing romper a for the first 6 months at least, but I've still uhmmed and ahhed over which romper will be the first! my favourite so far happens to be one I bought from a second hand shop, a mothercare one with a cloud print all over.
Dd 6 years ago wore a little prem baby outfit I'd bought in the wrong size by accident from vertbaudet. I put it in the hospital bag just in case, and she ended up being 6lb 7, and even newborn was HUGE on her. It's lovely I've still got that teeny outfit in her keepsake box.
I don't do "outfits" on newborns but I like to buy each of my DC's a new babygrow with a matching hat. Next has some lovely ones in bright colours.
I spent ages picking the perfect 1st outfit for my daughter to wear home from hospital, only she turned out to be tiny and everything literally swamped her. Ended up coming home in a hastily bought tiny baby babygro and a hand knitted cardy done in record time by my auntie. She still looked super cute
Whatever takes your fancy. Personally I can't imagine putting tights on a newborn! They still have umbilical cord etc which you don't want pressure on. Maybe a plain babygro then a dress over the top if you must
Personally I use babygros the first 6 months, then v soft baby trousers/ leggings/ etc until 1. I always use baby vests with poppers right up until potty training also. Sil brought our newborn a proper tuxedo age 0-3 months! I did laugh tbh
We chose a special babygro with embroidered animals on it. It was soft and comfy but beautiful. It now has pride of place in DD's baby box.
OP I have the same little white spotty dress! They do a matching hat too! Just in case you didn't see ;) Booooo to the people who discourage little outfits, live a little! I think if you're not too tired, do it! This is my first and if I'm too tired my OH will dress her and if HE is too tired then Nana will do it! Haha I think if I'm honest if I didn't dress our little girl up all pretty my mum would! Why not? It's things like that you look at in the photo's and make you go 'aww'
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