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Newborn coats- Aibu??

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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

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

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

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

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!

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