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What size/how many clothes to pack?

(22 Posts)
MrsLianeB Sat 27-Apr-13 16:57:49

Have been busy making lists of what I need to pack in my hospital bag and have been stumped by the sizes of sleepsuits for baby.

I was considering taking some newborn and some 0-3 mths vests and sleepsuits. I am hoping not to be in hospital for too long and hubby can collect more clothes if necessary.

Will 3 of each be enough to get me through day 1?

Flickstar Sat 27-Apr-13 17:01:21

Sounds more than enough to me. How exciting!

Sirzy Sat 27-Apr-13 17:03:41

I wouldn't bother with 0 - 3 unless you are expecting a very big baby.

DS was 6lb 14 and newborn drowned him and I had to send out for tiny baby clothes, he was over 10lb before 0-3 began to fit.

I would probably just take 6 newborn vests and babygrows to start with then take it from there.

RugBugs Sat 27-Apr-13 17:12:07

I found it easier to go by weight/length than age for the smaller sizes.
0-3 months tends to be around the 'up to 14lb' mark which is huge!
When I get round to packing hospital bag I'll be taking 3 sets of up to 8lb stuff and 3x up to 10lb.
DD was 7lb1 so hoping for a similar weight again.

heidihole Sat 27-Apr-13 17:22:10

I took 0-3 as baby measured big. Turned out to be 10lb6 so that was def right size to buy smile he's unusual though so I'd say buy lots of 0-3 for at home as they grow fast but take newborn to hospital.

mrspaddy Sat 27-Apr-13 17:24:25

Was about to ask the same thing. I was just going to get 0-3 and not bother with newborn at all but they seem quite big

willoughboobs Sat 27-Apr-13 17:29:26

My DS was 9lb 14oz and his 0-3 were too small he went straight into 3-6 blush my dd was 7lb 11oz (was told she would be bigger than 10lb) and had to wear premature baby clothes. So I think it all depends on the shape and length of each I would take a couple of each size just to be on the safe side.

FattyMcChubster Sat 27-Apr-13 17:32:59

I would take 6 newborn vest/sleepsuits and not bother with 0-3. dd was 8.11 and was fine in newborn for a while. She did throw up a lot in hospital though (only in over night) and I ran out of clothes for her so take more than you think you'll need!

Also never leave the house without a spare outfit and a full pack of wipes. You will need them!

Clargo55 Sat 27-Apr-13 17:37:43

I would get a few sets from Next. They have a First size (7.8lbs) and an Up to one month (10lbs). I think 0-3 months would swamp most newborns.

I would take 3 of the first size and up to one month. Then maybe take 1 0-3 months set just incase. You could always leave a bag full of spares in the car boot or at home near the front door to grab if necessary.

Cavort Sat 27-Apr-13 17:42:57

I am packing 1 x tiny baby (up to 7.5lbs) vest and babygrow and 1 x newborn (up to 10lbs) vest and babygrow in my labour bag for the arrival of our DD. If DD is unexpectedly a whopper DH will have to dash to Tesco to get some 0-3's!

I am then packing another bag with 5 x vests and babygrows of both sizes in it in case we have to stay in hospital.

My DSis had a 7lb1oz baby 3 weeks ago and had only packed newborn so her DH had to dash out for tiny baby stuff as the newborn clothes swamped him.

TigerSwallowTail Sat 27-Apr-13 17:44:00

As others have said, just take newborn stuff. Leave some extra newborn things in the car though, along with some 0-3 monthd if you want so if you need extra or you end up having a huge baby and need them your husband can bring them up for you.

emblosion Sun 28-Apr-13 00:02:59

I'd just take newborn stuff I think. My ds was 9lb and v long but fitted into newborn size for a good couple of weeks. Different shops size differently, but I shouldn't think you'd need 0-3 months unless baby is a whopper smile

patchesmcp Sun 28-Apr-13 15:52:36

Was going to post and ask this too!

Can somebody please remind me how many nappys I should take, and whether the rest of this list looks right please?

Bibs x 3
Vests and babygrows x 5 (various sizes)
Hat x 3
Cotton wool pads
Wipes for when I remember cotton wool is a pain and doesn't work
Cellular blanket and cardigan for trip home in car

Is there anything I've forgotten? Sorry to high jack your thread OP!

NoTeaForMe Sun 28-Apr-13 16:19:28

I wouldn't pack 3 hats personally. One would probably do, or 2 I guess, but 3 seems a lot. I also wouldn't pack 3 bibs, one would be plenty. Unless you know you're staying in then most hospitals get you out quite quickly, of you take a muslin you can always wrap that round them if necessary. I took a bib last time and didn't use it.

I've put 10 nappies in, does that sound about right to people?!

patchesmcp Sun 28-Apr-13 16:26:47

Notea I thought it was excessive but they take up so little room and the ones I have vary quite a lot in size so I figured I'd stick them in!

At the moment I've got 12 nappies packed. Can't remember how many I took in with DS so no idea if that number is unrealistic.

ihearsounds Sun 28-Apr-13 16:51:22

I would take new born and the 0-3. My dc's have all been under 9lb but varied lengths. So the smaller ones were fine in the newborn, but the very long baby went straight into 0-3 for about a week.

I took 3 of each. Babies throw up. Nappies leak. Boys suddenly pee mid change. If your bf, you get leaky boobs and unless its just me, this soaks baby clothes.

Nappies I took a pack in, but I have never been lucky to be in and out in a day.

Also need scratch mitts and socks. Also something like a coat to leave hospital in.

Don't forget about your stuff either.

MissLurkalot Sun 28-Apr-13 17:13:00

I'm taking 3 sleep suits and 3 vests in tiny baby.
3 sleep suits and 3 vests of new baby.
One cardigan in new baby.

TinkyPeet Sun 28-Apr-13 17:59:49

For baby I have got 2 vests and 2 sleepsuits in newborn, a cardigan, 2 pairs of socks and will be putting in a blanket and a couple of dummies, a pack of size 1 nappies, a pack of wipes and the mini sudocrem that you get in samples. Just my stuff to buy and put in now, with my previous 2 dcs I took far too much, had to cart it round everywhere and just ended up bringing it all home again unused! If I do end up staying an need more, dh can always come home and pick up some more stuff for us, simples x

monkeyfacegrace Sun 28-Apr-13 18:07:48


Can I politley ask if these babies are all your PFB's?

En route to the labour ward I tend to grab a vest, babygrow, snowsuit and phone charger and that'll be it!

NoTeaForMe Sun 28-Apr-13 19:12:52

No, monkey this is my second and I think from a few of the posts they are about seconds too. Most people like to be a bit organised and have a bag of some description packed.

MissLurkalot Sun 28-Apr-13 19:23:59

4th and final time for me... :-)
1st was 10lbs and she fitted into 0-3 months
2nd was 8lbs and she fitted into Tiny Baby
3rd was 8lbs and he fitted into Tiny Baby
4th is meant to be about 8-9lbs, so hence taking Tiny Baby and Newbirn.

Sleep suits have fitted scratch mitts, don't forget a little hat too...

RugBugs Sun 28-Apr-13 20:44:16

Second-time round here too and IF I go in it will be because of pre-term labour or PE again so a stay of 2+ nights.

FTMs don't seem to go home same day often here, they get sent up to post-natal wards for bf support etc.

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