Merino cardigan to wear lounging about with newborn

(34 Posts)
suntodayplease Thu 19-Sep-13 12:20:23

Can anyone help me find a new cardigan to replace a much loved but very tired cardigan. I'm after ideally a merino wool in grey,navy or cream. Needs to be longish (I'm 5"9) that I can chuck on over pjs or whatever I managed to thrown on with a newborn. We've a cold house and I'm no doubt going to be up a lot in the night feeding. My current one was from the White Company and has lasted brilliantly except for me catching it on a door and it ripped. Needs to be smart enough to wear with visitors and quick trips to the shops too.
The WC haven't got anything in this winters range which fits the bill, I've tried Hush - the cardigown thing is pretty good except the sleeves were really baggy.
Budget of £150
Huge TIA

PrimalLass Thu 19-Sep-13 13:39:58

I like Gap merino. Or try TK Maxx, I have a couple of bargain merino cardis from there.

kotinka Thu 19-Sep-13 13:41:41

wouldn't merino be a bit tickly for the baby?

PrimalLass Thu 19-Sep-13 13:41:48
carrie74 Thu 19-Sep-13 13:42:49

Have been v pleased with my Gap merino cardie purchased a couple of weeks ago.

orangina Thu 19-Sep-13 13:44:23

What about a cardigown from Hush? It is a bit expensive, but my friend swears by them....

orangina Thu 19-Sep-13 13:45:57

Aurgh, didn't read your OP properly, sorry!

CairngormsClydesdale Thu 19-Sep-13 13:46:12

Oh god mine only goes with toddlers. sad

Toptack Thu 19-Sep-13 13:47:18

Um - looks at own cardi that has just been sprayed with regurgitated milk - perhaps something more washable might be a good plan?

HandMini Thu 19-Sep-13 13:47:32

I would go for something more like the CardiGown. The GAP one looks a bit small and formal. I bought a lovely cream wool / merino mix cardi from MUJI. Would never have thought to look there, a real surprise.

GladbagsGold Thu 19-Sep-13 13:50:12

I don't think merino is very easy to wash/dry is it? But if you are set on it, it might be worth getting 2 x £75 tops so you can have one to wear and one in the wash.

dottyaboutstripes Thu 19-Sep-13 13:51:41

I bought that Gap one a couple of weeks ago and am very pleased with it (comes up v big though)
Just noticed it says "Dry Clean Only". Sod that!

dottyaboutstripes Thu 19-Sep-13 13:52:19

I have to agree though, that merino & newborn = not best idea ever!

IslaValargeone Thu 19-Sep-13 13:55:10

Can I just clarify, have you got the newborn yet, or is this for when he/she arrives?
I'm guessing it's the former, because I can't imagine anyone spending £150 on a cardi with a brand new baby grin

BreakingBadger Thu 19-Sep-13 13:55:10

I never understand people who spend £££ on stuff that will end up covered in vomit. I love clothes, but Primark is your friend for those first 3 months - numerous soft jersey jammies, comfy joggers and synthetic tops that will wash and dry easily. Get a nice winter coat and/or boots for the money when newborn is safely in buggy unlikely to hit you with bodily fluids.

But since you are probably going to ignore that, try a DKNY Cozy, they're lovely for lounging.

Not merino but I have this from White Stuff and its so warm and comfortable. Machine washable too. And 20% off today. I don't normally shop at White Stuff but this was perfect for what I was looking for.

WaitingForMe Thu 19-Sep-13 14:05:10

My baby wasn't vomity. I lived in two hand wash only jumpers when he was tiny. Mine were from White Stuff and Wrap. Wrap do gorgeous soft stuff which lasts really well.

carrie74 Thu 19-Sep-13 14:17:56

Ooh yes, DKNY cozy (now I've read properly). I've got two (but not purchased until children were considerably older: 7&5)

If you have your heart set on the cardigan get lots of muslins. DD is 5.5 weeks old and has thrown up on everything I own, including my hair. DH had it worse though, she threw up in his mouth!

I am with you OP, I have the pukiest baby known to man - 7 months and still up chucks 20-30 times a day! and I had a great cardi from Anthropologie. It wasn't merino - but is a wool mix and hand wash. I chucked it in the machine in a lingerie bag on the delicate cycle. Definitely get something with tight sleeves and pockets are also useful. Oh and it must cover your arse!

Hopefully Thu 19-Sep-13 15:51:42

Merino is quite often machine washable. I love having beautiful snuggly things to put on when feeling blobby and tired with a newborn.

Paribus Thu 19-Sep-13 15:58:15

DKNY cozy

suntodayplease Thu 19-Sep-13 16:52:57

Thanks for the helpful suggestions. I have 1 DC already and have no problems with merino wool being itchy or non washable. Wool wash on machine never caused me problems in the past. Also very used to dealing with vomit etc. didn't realise I was unable to spend ££ on clothing post birth though, new to me that one.
Will check out the DKNY cozy, sounds promising.

Onemanwenttomowameado Thu 19-Sep-13 17:02:09

Have you looked at woolovers? They have some nice merino cardigans, machine washable and pretty reasonable prices. Try to ignore the frumpy pictures- the quality is great and they look better on (IMO)

IslaValargeone Thu 19-Sep-13 17:02:17

Nobody was suggesting you can't spend ££ on clothing post birth.
Lighten up. hmm

Yes, I would look at Woolovers. You could get four or five items for your budget there. All nice natural fibres, too, wool and merino wool and cashmere and silk.

Totally understandable to want a bit of luxury, especially post-birth. Fleeces etc have their place but would only make me feel grottier if I was wearing them day in, day out. Merino is a lovely fabric.

I have a cashmere "wrap" from Boden which does the job OP describes. It rarely leaves the house, but it is gorgeous to wear inside, over PJs, as a smarter version of a dressing gown. I use it all the time.

teatimesthree Thu 19-Sep-13 17:25:33

Isla, that's exactly what you were suggesting when you posted this: "Can I just clarify, have you got the newborn yet, or is this for when he/she arrives?
I'm guessing it's the former, because I can't imagine anyone spending £150 on a cardi with a brand new baby grin"

IslaValargeone Thu 19-Sep-13 18:17:40

I said "I can't imagine anyone spending £150 on a cardi with a brand new baby" because most people quite often complain that their clothes get covered in milk/shite/other bodily fluids and might well get ruined, so don't feel inclined/able to spend a lot of money for something to 'lounge' in with a newborn.
I did not suggest she couldn't or wasn't allowed to.
If the OP wants to wear Chanel, good luck to her. The comments were meant light heartedly, not meant to be dissected, but I'll know next time, although I probably won't bother.

Onemanwenttomowameado Thu 19-Sep-13 18:27:52

Isla, telling someone to 'lighten up' isn't lighthearted, it's inflammatory, as I'm sure you know. The OP didn't ask for lifestyle advice, she asked for help finding a cardigan to replace an existing (damaged) item.

Good luck finding your cardigan OP.

PrimalLass Sat 21-Sep-13 14:22:00

I had a fabulous cashmere grey hoodie that was some ridiculously tiny price in a Littlewoods glitch. I lived in it when my DS was tiny. Made me feel comfy-cosy but not slobby.

fuckwittery Sat 21-Sep-13 14:32:18

Not merino, wool and cashmere, but this seraphine one looks nice. I've got a super soft seraphine cardy.
www.seraphine.com/grey-asymmetric-wrap-cardigan.html

MrsCampbellBlack Sat 21-Sep-13 15:06:14

M&S have got some lovely cashmere in at the moment [collective gasp at cashmere with a newborn] wink

nicer in RL

kotinka Sat 21-Sep-13 15:53:51

the pale one's lovely mrsc, good spot.

Twinklestein Sat 21-Sep-13 16:09:17

Another vote for Woolovers & Uniqlo do excellent merino.

If you don't mind handwashing stuff, this is the nicest boyfriend cardigan I've ever had. Comes in light grey, charcoal grey & deep sapphire, among many other colours.
With the current 25% off promotion it would be under your £150 budget.

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