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Newborn/0-3m clothes - what do I need?

(56 Posts)
Madratlady Thu 19-Sep-13 22:48:35

Is it necessary to have both newborn and 0-3 month clothes or can babies go straight into 0-3?

If I do need newborn then how many of everything would I realistically need?

What about 0-3? Do I need loads of clothes? I will do washes every few days.

I need to get off eBay before I start buying cute but unnecessary stuff!

Lj8893 Thu 19-Sep-13 22:51:56

I have quite a lot of 0-3 month stuff, because I assume baby will be in those for at least the first couple months.

I've only got a few newborn bits because I have no idea how big or little this baby is going to be, from what I've heard alot of babies can go straight into 0-3!

So I have got a few newborn/1 month bits, and if I need more i can get more, if I don't need what I've got or don't need it for very long than I haven't wasted lots of money!

Xmasbaby11 Thu 19-Sep-13 22:54:04

You need newborn unless the baby is massive. DD was 9lb15 but still in newborn for a few weeks.

A bit big is fine of course but You don't want the baby drowning in massive clothes as long sleeves can annoy them and not be so cosy.

I would recommend getting:

12 vests
12 sleepsuits

as a basic wardrobe. DD needed changing 1-3 times a day with leaky nappies, milky, sicky etc.

Also 1 or 2 snowsuits for going out in the cold weather. They could be in 0-3 but again DD was too teeny for hers for 2 months, and she was a big baby!

Sleepyfergus Thu 19-Sep-13 22:55:24

I would just stick with 0-3 mth sizes. Arms can be folded up a bit if too long. All babies tend to look a bit drowned in their first clothes anyway! The wee buggers grow so quickly that newborn stuff lasts a nanosecond before they've grown out of them.

If your baby ends up being particularly wee, you could always get a few newborn bits then (loads in supermarkets these days) rather than buying in advance.

Congratulations and all the bet for the new baby!!

MsFiremanSam Thu 19-Sep-13 22:55:54

My baby was 8lb 2 at birth and at 5 weeks is still in newborn/1 month clothes. I have a drawer full of 0-3 month clothes waiting! The labels of most of the 0-3 month clothes say 'up to 14llb', which is still a way off!

MildredH Thu 19-Sep-13 22:57:33

Xmasbaby- do you always put vests under the sleep suits then?

RobotHamster Thu 19-Sep-13 23:00:53

Yep, i'd say 10+ vests and sleepsuits in newborn size. You'll need a few in your hospital bag don't forget.

With a winter baby i'd always put a vest on unless it was really mild.

PrincessRomy Thu 19-Sep-13 23:03:36

My dcs were both under 8lbs, so not massive, but not in newborn clothes for very long. Up to 1 month clothes are good - there's a bit of room for them to last more than a couple of weeks but not as massive as a lot of 0-3 months are. M and S and Tesco do this size. I'd say have just a couple of newborn outfits, a little more up to one month and some 0-3s. You can always buy more newborn clothes if you need that size for longer.

Sleepyfergus Thu 19-Sep-13 23:04:01

Yes to vests (I know I wasn't asked!) and I found Matalan were the best. The sleeveless ones. The envelope neck/ tshirt style ones always go a bit baggy and gapey around the neck. But the sleeveless ones are neater and cosier, and these ones kept their shape beautifully!

SuffolkNWhat Thu 19-Sep-13 23:06:00

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

steppemum Thu 19-Sep-13 23:19:37

well, ds was 10lbs and very long

none of the newborn stuff fitted

He wore 0-3 months for about 5 minutes

But if you have a tiny baby, they may not wear 0-3 until they are 6 month sold

I would buy minimum amount of each, and only take one set out of the packet so you can return it if it isn't needed

Don't forget you will be given loads of stuff.
And don't forget that you need different clothes in different seasons

Faith48 Fri 20-Sep-13 04:02:26

RDS was 10lb 6oz and I bought a lot of newborn sizes, 4 weeks later and he is still wearing them smile

Faith48 Fri 20-Sep-13 04:02:37


JollySleepyGiant Fri 20-Sep-13 04:13:10

Whereas DD was 8lb 2 and at 4 weeks no longer fits in her newborn stuff. I put her in a Sainsburys baby gro last night and she couldn't move her legs!

Flossie82 Fri 20-Sep-13 04:43:12

DD was 7 lb 6 at birth and in newborn size newbie until close to 3 months old.

DS was 6 lb 9 and totally swamped by newborn size, so we ended up getting a few tiny baby bits, although he did grow out of those very quickly.

I would recommend getting a few newborn and few 0 to 3 vests and babygrows to start with. It's not difficult to get more once baby gas arrived and you know what you need!

In the first size you don't need anything but vests and babygros, plus maybe the odd cardigan, hat, snowsuit etc depending on season.

Please don't bother buying "outfits" or clothes that are like grownup clothes (t-shirts, trousers, dresses, etc). They are a PITA to change, they are not comfortable for baby particularly before umbilical stump falls off ... and that's what other childless people buy you. You will have more than enough for the occasions you don't want them to look like they're ready for bed grin

I agree with not buying any outfits. They will wear them once if you're lucky. If you do like something cute, buy it in a 6 month size instead.

Just stick with 10 vests, 10 sleepsuits, a couple of cardigan, a couple of hats, some tiny socks for them to wear under their sleepsuits when outside, and maybe a snowsuit if you're expecting a winter baby.

HazleNutt Fri 20-Sep-13 07:37:15

it really depends on how big your baby is. Mine didn't fit in newborn and grew out of 0-3 before he got to wear most of what I had bought.

I agree about the outfits, have been given tons, but why would I want to put my baby in horribly stiff jeans, or t-shirts that always climb up the back and leave him half-naked? He's way more comfortable in vests and babygrows.

TarkaTheOtter Fri 20-Sep-13 07:49:11

If you buy a few packs of newborn vests and sleep suits from tesco (or similar) and don't open them they can be swapped for 0-3.

My dd was 7lbs and in newborn size for ages. Even newborn was pretty big to start with so no way could I have got away with rolling up 0-3.

Runoutofideas Fri 20-Sep-13 07:57:52

My dd1 was 5lbs 15oz and didn't wear 0-3 until at least 3 months old!

KatAndKit Fri 20-Sep-13 09:20:03

My ds was average sized, 8 pounds and fairly average length. Newborn fitted fine for a good three weeks. You get different sizes of newborn. Avoid buying the 7 pound size of clorhing unless your baby is a six pounder. Buy the up to one month size, or newborn that is labelled up to 9 or 10 pounds (primark and mother care both sell this size). As others have said, all you need for the first month is vests, sleepsuits, a couple of csrdigans and something appropriate for going outside (pramsuit). You can buy the pramsuit in 0-3 so you get more use out of it.

MildredH Fri 20-Sep-13 10:56:34

Wow. Had no idea about the vests- thanks! ( makes me wonder what else we're oblivious to!)

Madratlady Fri 20-Sep-13 12:28:16

I just got 14 0-3 month vests on eBay for £ 4.50 including postage so that's them sorted! I'll have a mixture of sleep suits and outfits so he has 12 or so in total. And I'll pick up another load of vests and sleep suits in newborn size.

PrincessRomy Fri 20-Sep-13 14:43:04

Ok, when I said outfits I meant as in vest/sleep suit/cardi, not full on grown up style jeans and jacket. Although I do personally prefer soft trousers/leggings in the day as I hate faffing with the poppers.

Can I ask a daft question? Everyone saying 'don't open packs' etc - a) how are you supposed to wash clothes ready, if you don't open packs, and b) how will you try them on to see which sizes do fit? Presume you can't try on one vest/sleepsuit out of a pack of 3/5/7 and return the remainder if they don't fit? confused

TarkaTheOtter Fri 20-Sep-13 15:32:22

Tescos are in packs of 3/5 so buy several newborn packs but only open and wash one or two packs. Then you can return the others. Pop the others in the wash when baby arrives and you know what size they are. You always have back ups (the 0-3 stuff) whilst the other newborn stuff is washing. I know it's nice to be prepared but they'll be plenty of time to wash baby clothes in the first few days.

princesscupcakemummyb Fri 20-Sep-13 15:59:31

ive got 14 newborn vests
2 newborn coats baby due in winter
1 newborn snowsuit
15 newborn babygrows

in 0-3 i have bought some things

3 0-3 oufits
pack of vests
pack of babygrows

IneedAsockamnesty Fri 20-Sep-13 16:01:02

I've never bothered with newborn sizes ever,I'm not going to disclose exactly how many kids I have but its more than 6 and less than 10 grin

Weights ranging from 6.3 up to 9.4

Sleeves can be folded over and when there tiny it looks so cute. I've always just done 12 baby grows 12 vests 4 cardi's 3 hats 2 snow suits 2 pairs of socks and that's it.

Thanks tarka!

mistlethrush Fri 20-Sep-13 16:08:38

DS was 10lbs 5oz and only in 0-3 for a month and would never have fitted in newborn.

weebarra Fri 20-Sep-13 16:23:44

DD was 8lbs 2 and at 4 weeks is only just growing out of newborn stuff. Agree with a PP that 0-1 stuff is a good bet. Don't know if it's because she is DC3 and all our friends have children but all the clothes we have had as gifts have been 3 months+.

The vests thing ... Newborns probably need to wear as many layers as you do plus a vest. So if you're in a top and bottoms and a jumper, he's in vest and top and bottoms and jumper.

Walking counts as a layer, so if he's in the pram and you're walking then it would be vest and top and bottoms and jumper and blanket/coat.

TripleRock Fri 20-Sep-13 16:35:00

DD was 6lb 12oz and was totally drowned in NB for the first few weeks. 0-3 would have been impossible. She probably could have done with some Tiny/Prem sized clothes, but we managed to get by with NB.

About 10/12 vests and sleepsuits is probably good to start with. I personally didn't overbuy in NB as I was convinced DD would be fairly big, so we had gone through most of the NB before I had even been discharged from hospital. DH had to go out on day 3 and buy pretty much same again, but it was all doable.

Madratlady Fri 20-Sep-13 22:33:33

I've so far got a mixture of sleep suits and little tshirts, I'll get some soft trousers to go with them.

There are nice leggings with feet - warmer for winter and less faff than socks which are a PITA. This kind of thing.

Or, if you prefer socks, get Sock Ons as well. They are amazing.

AmandaPandtheNightmareMonsters Fri 20-Sep-13 22:42:26

Mine went straight into 0-3, and one was only 8lbs. They aren't moving, it doesn't matter if the legs are a bit long and the sleeves folded over. And they grow so fast.

Ditsy79 Sat 21-Sep-13 03:36:18

My DD was 8lb 7oz when she was born, and was in newborn clothes for a couple of weeks at most. At 7 weeks, she has now nearly outgrown the 0-3 clothes. I completely agree about not getting outfits, babygros and vests are so much easier when changing nappies etc. The in-laws got us a few really cute 0-3 outfits, but when I tried to get DD in them yesterday they were too small.
I have managed with about 10 vests and 10 babygros in each size - suppose the number you get depends on how often you want to wash them.

McBaby Sat 21-Sep-13 07:52:02

8lb14 here new born never fitted and as she was long only in 0-3 months for a couple of weeks. Just get a few of small sizes there is always time to but more and they can wear bigger clothes!

Also don't underestimate how generous people are we got given more 0-3 month clothes than she could ever wear.

SaucyJack Sat 21-Sep-13 10:11:54

Deffo go for the trousers that come with feet such as Horry linked to above.

My older two were both in the 7lb range and would've drowned in 0 to 3 stuff btw.

Picklesauage Sat 21-Sep-13 12:55:13

Next do some up to 1 month stuff. I found these the most useful size, not too big, not too small, just right grin

MousyMouse Sat 21-Sep-13 13:00:44

how big tend babies to be in your family?
if 3.5 kg (7.10 pounds) or bigger I would start with 0-3 month clothes. if smaller, newborn.

AmandaPandtheNightmareMonsters Sat 21-Sep-13 16:34:17

Yes, find out what you and your husband weighed at birth, plus family babies if you can. It gives you a rough idea what to expect if you have a full term baby. Ours don't tend to come out lower than 8lbs this generation, so I didn't expect a wee one. DD1 was over 9lbs.

Xmasbaby11 Sat 21-Sep-13 22:15:48

Mildred, DD was born in winter and wore vest + sleepsuit constantly. She is now 20 mo and still wears a vest under any outfit apart from during the heatwave!

Madratlady Sat 21-Sep-13 23:23:49

<happily buying baby clothes on eBay>

MildredH Sun 22-Sep-13 00:38:20

Thanks Xmas- another thing to add to the list. I just wouldn't have known!

MildredH Sun 22-Sep-13 00:41:14

Just out of curiosity- without sounding utterly daft- where do you learn things like how many layers to put on a newborn?

Will we learn this at antenatal/nct? Or just from experience?

I realise I sound completely naive. DH & i are professional people in our 30's but more & more I realise I'm clueless about babies!

JollySleepyGiant Sun 22-Sep-13 01:41:32

A tip about vests... Envelope necks are so you can remove the vest down the way if the vest is covered in something unsavoury.

I wish I had only bought sleeveless and long sleeved vests. Short sleeved ones just bug me as they don't sit right.

Um, I can't remember where I learned about layers. I was crap with DS1 - he was summerborn and I was so neurotic about overheating (SIDS risk) that he was probably cold a lot blush

It was probably in a book.

And Yy to taking vests off downwards after a poosplosion.

Note that (disposable) nappies are flat at the back with no elastic. When there's a major movement, that's where it goes.

JollySleepyGiant Sun 22-Sep-13 08:33:50

Mine usually manage to do it poonamis out of the legs of nappies, Horry

hmm And they do it when you're nearly, or completely, out of clean laundry. For good measure they ensure a lovely mustard dribble down the pale jumper you dared to wear yourself, and you'll be at a group of some kind where everyone else is perfectly dressed and coiffed.

Poonami, yes. Another term is of course Poomageddon.

AnythingNotEverything Sun 22-Sep-13 10:20:04

Mildred - I'm not sure where you formally learn about layers, but the accepted rule of thumb is one more than you!

Also, (and I know this sounds mean) but baby is better off being a bit cold than too hot. If he/she is too cold, you'll be informed, but if they get too warm it's a real SIDS risk, and they can just fade away. Not wearing a hat allows baby to regulate its temperature (unless it's utterly freezing of course!).

IneedAsockamnesty Sun 22-Sep-13 11:00:02

Thinking back to my first child I'm pretty sure it was on a leaflet that was given to me when I left hospital.

One thing that I do tend to challenge is the hospitals insistence on swaddling and bunging a hat on baby inside the hospital when the heating is set on 'tropical' if your so hot you can't breathe and are getting dizzy your baby does not need a hat indoors.

TarkaTheOtter Sun 22-Sep-13 13:15:39

I agree sock, I was told to "put a bloomin hat on that baby, poor thing" by a midwife in the hospital when I was sure they're not supposed to sleep in hats indoors because of SIDS.

AmandaPandtheNightmareMonsters Sun 22-Sep-13 14:04:25

I was told that the recommendation is a hat for the first 24 hours as they are experiencing such a temperature change but only outside after that. No idea if that is right. Agree I didn't in ridiculously over heated hospital though.

IneedAsockamnesty Sun 22-Sep-13 14:11:03

I'm quite sure that recommendation is only in a normally heated room.hospital staff tend to forget that the wards they work on maternity wise are so shockingly over heated that its really not needed.

AmandaPandtheNightmareMonsters Sun 22-Sep-13 15:55:43

Totally agreesmile

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