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Newborn/0-3m clothes - what do I need?

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Madratlady Thu 19-Sep-13 22:48:35

Is it necessary to have both newborn and 0-3 month clothes or can babies go straight into 0-3?

If I do need newborn then how many of everything would I realistically need?

What about 0-3? Do I need loads of clothes? I will do washes every few days.

I need to get off eBay before I start buying cute but unnecessary stuff!

AmandaPandtheNightmareMonsters Sun 22-Sep-13 15:55:43

Totally agreesmile

IneedAsockamnesty Sun 22-Sep-13 14:11:03

I'm quite sure that recommendation is only in a normally heated staff tend to forget that the wards they work on maternity wise are so shockingly over heated that its really not needed.

AmandaPandtheNightmareMonsters Sun 22-Sep-13 14:04:25

I was told that the recommendation is a hat for the first 24 hours as they are experiencing such a temperature change but only outside after that. No idea if that is right. Agree I didn't in ridiculously over heated hospital though.

TarkaTheOtter Sun 22-Sep-13 13:15:39

I agree sock, I was told to "put a bloomin hat on that baby, poor thing" by a midwife in the hospital when I was sure they're not supposed to sleep in hats indoors because of SIDS.

IneedAsockamnesty Sun 22-Sep-13 11:00:02

Thinking back to my first child I'm pretty sure it was on a leaflet that was given to me when I left hospital.

One thing that I do tend to challenge is the hospitals insistence on swaddling and bunging a hat on baby inside the hospital when the heating is set on 'tropical' if your so hot you can't breathe and are getting dizzy your baby does not need a hat indoors.

AnythingNotEverything Sun 22-Sep-13 10:20:04

Mildred - I'm not sure where you formally learn about layers, but the accepted rule of thumb is one more than you!

Also, (and I know this sounds mean) but baby is better off being a bit cold than too hot. If he/she is too cold, you'll be informed, but if they get too warm it's a real SIDS risk, and they can just fade away. Not wearing a hat allows baby to regulate its temperature (unless it's utterly freezing of course!).

HorryIsUpduffed Sun 22-Sep-13 10:14:24

hmm And they do it when you're nearly, or completely, out of clean laundry. For good measure they ensure a lovely mustard dribble down the pale jumper you dared to wear yourself, and you'll be at a group of some kind where everyone else is perfectly dressed and coiffed.

Poonami, yes. Another term is of course Poomageddon.

JollySleepyGiant Sun 22-Sep-13 08:33:50

Mine usually manage to do it poonamis out of the legs of nappies, Horry

HorryIsUpduffed Sun 22-Sep-13 08:16:30

Um, I can't remember where I learned about layers. I was crap with DS1 - he was summerborn and I was so neurotic about overheating (SIDS risk) that he was probably cold a lot blush

It was probably in a book.

And Yy to taking vests off downwards after a poosplosion.

Note that (disposable) nappies are flat at the back with no elastic. When there's a major movement, that's where it goes.

JollySleepyGiant Sun 22-Sep-13 01:41:32

A tip about vests... Envelope necks are so you can remove the vest down the way if the vest is covered in something unsavoury.

I wish I had only bought sleeveless and long sleeved vests. Short sleeved ones just bug me as they don't sit right.

MildredH Sun 22-Sep-13 00:41:14

Just out of curiosity- without sounding utterly daft- where do you learn things like how many layers to put on a newborn?

Will we learn this at antenatal/nct? Or just from experience?

I realise I sound completely naive. DH & i are professional people in our 30's but more & more I realise I'm clueless about babies!

MildredH Sun 22-Sep-13 00:38:20

Thanks Xmas- another thing to add to the list. I just wouldn't have known!

Madratlady Sat 21-Sep-13 23:23:49

<happily buying baby clothes on eBay>

Xmasbaby11 Sat 21-Sep-13 22:15:48

Mildred, DD was born in winter and wore vest + sleepsuit constantly. She is now 20 mo and still wears a vest under any outfit apart from during the heatwave!

AmandaPandtheNightmareMonsters Sat 21-Sep-13 16:34:17

Yes, find out what you and your husband weighed at birth, plus family babies if you can. It gives you a rough idea what to expect if you have a full term baby. Ours don't tend to come out lower than 8lbs this generation, so I didn't expect a wee one. DD1 was over 9lbs.

MousyMouse Sat 21-Sep-13 13:00:44

how big tend babies to be in your family?
if 3.5 kg (7.10 pounds) or bigger I would start with 0-3 month clothes. if smaller, newborn.

Picklesauage Sat 21-Sep-13 12:55:13

Next do some up to 1 month stuff. I found these the most useful size, not too big, not too small, just right grin

SaucyJack Sat 21-Sep-13 10:11:54

Deffo go for the trousers that come with feet such as Horry linked to above.

My older two were both in the 7lb range and would've drowned in 0 to 3 stuff btw.

McBaby Sat 21-Sep-13 07:52:02

8lb14 here new born never fitted and as she was long only in 0-3 months for a couple of weeks. Just get a few of small sizes there is always time to but more and they can wear bigger clothes!

Also don't underestimate how generous people are we got given more 0-3 month clothes than she could ever wear.

Ditsy79 Sat 21-Sep-13 03:36:18

My DD was 8lb 7oz when she was born, and was in newborn clothes for a couple of weeks at most. At 7 weeks, she has now nearly outgrown the 0-3 clothes. I completely agree about not getting outfits, babygros and vests are so much easier when changing nappies etc. The in-laws got us a few really cute 0-3 outfits, but when I tried to get DD in them yesterday they were too small.
I have managed with about 10 vests and 10 babygros in each size - suppose the number you get depends on how often you want to wash them.

AmandaPandtheNightmareMonsters Fri 20-Sep-13 22:42:26

Mine went straight into 0-3, and one was only 8lbs. They aren't moving, it doesn't matter if the legs are a bit long and the sleeves folded over. And they grow so fast.

HorryIsUpduffed Fri 20-Sep-13 22:38:42

There are nice leggings with feet - warmer for winter and less faff than socks which are a PITA. This kind of thing.

Or, if you prefer socks, get Sock Ons as well. They are amazing.

Madratlady Fri 20-Sep-13 22:33:33

I've so far got a mixture of sleep suits and little tshirts, I'll get some soft trousers to go with them.

TripleRock Fri 20-Sep-13 16:35:00

DD was 6lb 12oz and was totally drowned in NB for the first few weeks. 0-3 would have been impossible. She probably could have done with some Tiny/Prem sized clothes, but we managed to get by with NB.

About 10/12 vests and sleepsuits is probably good to start with. I personally didn't overbuy in NB as I was convinced DD would be fairly big, so we had gone through most of the NB before I had even been discharged from hospital. DH had to go out on day 3 and buy pretty much same again, but it was all doable.

HorryIsUpduffed Fri 20-Sep-13 16:25:15

The vests thing ... Newborns probably need to wear as many layers as you do plus a vest. So if you're in a top and bottoms and a jumper, he's in vest and top and bottoms and jumper.

Walking counts as a layer, so if he's in the pram and you're walking then it would be vest and top and bottoms and jumper and blanket/coat.

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