I'm not really getting to grips with when i'll need bodysuits or vests or rompers or playsuits or sleepsuits (Ok, the last couple, I guess the clue is in the name ) or whatever and how many of each is a reasonable supply?? would value some suggestions. Also, does it matter on the age (e.g. 0-3 months tend to be in bodsuits more than 6-9 month olds)? I'm so clueless. Maybe I'll just move somewhere warm and let the baby be naked all the time....
I think sleepsuits/rompers/playsuits are pretty much the same thing.
I just got lots (reflux babies so needed loads) of babygrows that came in packs and short sleeved or sleeveless vests. I would put socks on top of the babygrows if chilly which looked quite cute and a little cardi. That's the basics really.
Yeah, you can't have too many vests. Mine wore vest and babygro (ie sleepsuit/playsuit/romper thing) until they hit around 6 or 7 months. Before they can move themselves around I didn't like them in waistbands. A couple of cardis and you're sorted. You'll also be given so many outfits you'll be swamped with clothes before you know it.
Don't buy too much. People love to buy baby clothes and you'll probably find that you get giving a ton. Buy a few packs of vests and sleepsuits in newborn and 0-3 months, and that's pretty much all you need. Remember that Tesco etc sell baby clothes so you can get hold of more really easily.
Also chose clothes for comfort rather then style (if you have to chose one). Babygrows on babies are so comfy with no waistbands digging it and look really cute, compared to say a little set of shirt and jeans where the material may be rough..
About a dozen babygros (the things with arms and legs and go over the feet) and dozen vests (like vests with poppers between the legs, may have short sleeves). Couple cardis or jackets if it's cold, 'snowsuit' (like a babygro made of duvet) if really cold. And a couple washable blankets.
It's not compulsory to do up all the poppers, nor to dress your baby in cute outfits.
See what friends+neighbours etc end up giving you before buying any. Freecycle and Ebay have tons of baby stuff as it gets worn so little.