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Best basic babygros / vests

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BonaDea Mon 12-Nov-12 12:03:55

Have now had the all clear for 20 week and fetal cardiac scans, and so am going to start stocking up at long last. Can someone please recommend the best basic clothes in terms of vests and babygros? I'm not particularly driven by cost, but would like to stock up on some good quality / comfy/ convenient vests and baby gros in white / neutral as we don't know what we're having.


stinkinseamonkey Mon 12-Nov-12 12:29:46

H&M have clever designs, like vests that pop up the side of the front so don't irritate the stump etc

they wash brilliantly (just got mine back after handing them down to a friend) and come in lovely GN brights.

gros and vests with just poppers at the bum/legs are a ball ache if your baby does leaky poos as you have to pull them right over the head

feet and built in scratch mits are good

stinkinseamonkey Mon 12-Nov-12 12:31:13

H&M also have more realistic sizing IMO

stinkinseamonkey Mon 12-Nov-12 12:31:40

oh and no back poppers, babies lie on their backs - ouch!

RichManPoorManBeggarmanThief Mon 12-Nov-12 12:41:06

If you just want multipacks of vests/ sleeper suits etc, I like M&S and Mothercare - Mothercare ones are good because they have built in scratch mitts to stop them scratching their faces. John Lewis also do some lovely ones- slightly more expensive but gorgeous designs. The quality of those three are comparable I would say.

Agree with stinkin that back poppers are a pain in the butt. Do not be tempted. They lurk at the bottom of the drawer and never get worn. I dont mind vests/onesies that only pop at the crotch. Tbh, if the poo is that bad, they get cut out of their clothes grin . However, I do prefer short sleeved/long sleeved onesies to t-shirts/sweatshirts because they don't ride up due to the fact that they popper at the crotch. Riding up is v annoying.

The neutral options are always a bit limited these days which is also annoying. I buy a lot of the white ones. DD wears quite a lot of blue as I am too tight to buy everything again. Fortunately I live in Asia where even if your baby is dressed head to toe in pink with a bow on its head, people still ask if it's a boy

stinkinseamonkey Mon 12-Nov-12 12:43:17

oh yes re multipacks, I agree that M&S are best value

BonaDea Mon 12-Nov-12 12:46:47

Thanks, ladies.

And is the drill that you have them in a vest which is like a short-sleeved body suit without legs AND an all in one babygro over the top with feet (and potentially built in scratch mits)?

stinkinseamonkey Mon 12-Nov-12 13:02:26

yup, the generally have 1 more layer than you, so where you'd be comfortable in just pjs (one layer) at home they have gro and vest. Same goes for outside, what you're wearing plus 1 layer

KatAndKit Mon 12-Nov-12 13:04:34

yes that's correct. perhaps a long sleeved vest on cold days and perhaps a cardi over the top.

I liked my Next babygrows best but I just used cheapo vests from Primark or Tesco or Asda and then i didn't mind binning them when a major poosplosion took place.

mmmnoodlesoup Mon 12-Nov-12 13:06:11

Agree, mothercare, john Lewis or M&S. I also got some lovely ones from primark, 3 vests for £3! Seem v good quality

2blessed Mon 12-Nov-12 13:10:53

M&S vests really good value. I've also heard really good things about asda that they wash really well so that's what I've stocked up on. Mothercare and I think Sainsburys both have a buy 1 get 1 half proce offer on at the moment. Happy shopping smile

carrielou2007 Mon 12-Nov-12 13:18:26

Try to avoid buying too much as duff stores size g really varies. Both my were big babies and also long. I found Next good quality and generous sizes. Boits were lively but most not long enough for my giants!! Asda were fab for bulk buying but again I found they came up small. Havi g said that, I picked up loadsin their sale last week, 7 vests for £4 I bought 2 packs in 0-3, 3-6,6-9 and 8-12 months. You always use vests!!

carrielou2007 Mon 12-Nov-12 13:20:42

Grr have had three unsuccessful eye ops as you can tell...

That should say Boots were lovely but small and too short so were M abd S. gap are really small as are Monsoon so don't 'put away' any gifts from there you get given as they will be too small when nubs gets to their alloted 'age'!!

BitBewildered Mon 12-Nov-12 13:29:51

Gap and Jojomamanbebe are small. M&S supersoft ones were the nicest feeling ones I found. If you get the ones with envelope shoulders you can take them off without undoing the poppers. Then when you get a leaky poo you don't have to try to get them off without getting poo all over DCs head. Which is nice. Most babygros and bodysuits have them, but not many people know why! I found out on here, when DC2 was 1.5 FFS

PipIsOutNow Mon 12-Nov-12 14:16:02

Another vote here for next babygrows. By far the best quality and designs and at £15 for 3 not too pricey either. Asda are fab for vests. Didn't see the point in spending lots on vests as u can't see them anyway. Think I had a pack of 7 for £7.50? Mothercare are good for babygrows too and for basic cardigans and they also seem to have the best unisex range too.

EsmeWeatherwax Mon 12-Nov-12 14:30:48

Next for babygros and vests here, they are lovely quality, last well and wash well. I can always get a bit more wear out them as they are generously sized, and I have enormous and very fast growing children!

EsmeWeatherwax Mon 12-Nov-12 14:31:00

Next for babygros and vests here, they are lovely quality, last well and wash well. I can always get a bit more wear out them as they are generously sized, and I have enormous and very fast growing children!

DewDr0p Mon 12-Nov-12 14:36:22

Most of our vests and babygros were from M&S and they were lovely and soft. Loved John Lewis ones the best I think. But had some from Sainsburys and Asda that were also totally fine.

kellestar Mon 12-Nov-12 15:13:40

Agree with not going overboard, DD was slim and long, all the next grows and vests have gone unworn. She's nearly 2 and is still slim and tall.

Asda come up big imo, sainsbury's not too bad.

Love the H&M vests, side poppering is really easy and came in a nice range of colours. Our local store (amazingly) has a great baby range.

M&S do multipacks of brights that are very reasonable, wash well and keep their shape & colour.

Lots of things left from DD's arrival, she is a december baby and it was freezing, but vest/grow/cardi was fine, snowsuit on top when going out and about. Better than a coat. M&S snowsuits were nice and soft.

I had only bought 0-3 as everone said newborn goes unused, but had to go out and buy small baby and newborn, she didn't move into 0-3 until she was nearly 6 months. I did buy things at NCT sales, so would recommend having a few smaller things in, just in case. We had 8" of snow when she arrived, no chance of getting into town for clothes so popped to tesco and bought small stuff.

BonaDea Mon 12-Nov-12 15:19:29

Ok, so what would be the best numbers of things to get then do y'all think?

Some newborn bits - how many?
Some 0-3 - how many?

KatAndKit Mon 12-Nov-12 15:37:19

Depends how much you like doing washing and depends on if you intend to dress baby in day outfits or just use babygrows all day and night (much easier!)

I had nine vests and babygrows in newborn in plain white - this was the right amount and I got nine because they came in packs of three! He was in them about 3 weeks and was an average sized baby.

I had slightly fewer babygrows in 0-3 but it was summertime then so I only needed about 6 and I also had some jersey trousers and dungarees that i put on over his vest in the summer, and a few little summer romper suits.
If you are having a winter baby I'd also get about 10 of each of vests and babygrows in the 0-3 size. The little plain white cardigans in the mothercare range are perfect for layering on top of babygrows.

rrreow Mon 12-Nov-12 15:43:28

I really like the ASDA ones. They have a nice range of designs for under 1yo. They're cheap. Quality is fine: I'm going to use the vests/sleep suits from DS1 on DC2 when he/she is born.

I found the cuffs on Next sleep suits very tight. Very hard to put on a newborn without feeling like you're manhandling them.

rrreow Mon 12-Nov-12 15:44:15

Also sleep suit is the same thing as baby grow! Just in case.

BonaDea Mon 12-Nov-12 16:18:15

Am basically planning to have baby in baby grows / sleep suits exclusively at first. It kind of freaks me out to see tiny babies in jeans and sweathshirts IYKWIM

EarnestDullard Mon 12-Nov-12 16:27:49

Tiny outfits look cute in the shops but aren't worth the hassle. Stick to vests (short sleeves, no legs) and sleepsuits (long sleeves, with legs and feet) for the first few months. Velour sleepsuits are nice and snuggly if the weather's cold. Am I right in calculating that you're due in March? DD1 was a March baby and got through loads of sleepsuits in 0-3mo, so I stocked up on 3-6mo but we had a heatwave and she was only in vests most of the time! So my advice would be to stick to newborn and 0-3mo for now, then see what you need in bigger sizes nearer the time.

As for quality, tbh they grow out of newborn stuff so quick that cheapish stuff is fine. Supermarket own brand aren't as good quality as Next, M&S, Mothercare and Boots but for the month or so you'll need them they're perfectly adequate. And they'll get poo- and sick-stained anyway. Save your money for when they're a bit bigger and stuff lasts longer.

Agree that Gap stuff is small. Also lovely, but pricey. Wait for the sales smile European stuff also tends to be small sized.

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