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Newborn clothes list

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Misscocopops Fri 11-Jul-14 17:18:51

Hiya, first time mum to be here with a little girl due in late September. I don't want little miss to go without, but I don't want to go overboard when it comes to clothes. I have been buying a selection of newborn and 0-3 months clothes, with clothes being, footy grows, long sleeves grows, short sleeves grows, a few mittens and booties, and that's about it.

I was just wondering how many items of each size is about right? I plan to keep her in grows most of the time, and if she needs a pretty outfit I'll get her one that fits there and then.

Do I need top and bottoms sets? Socks? Do I need bibs? (I have 12 large muslins).
I have been advised to buy some 'tiny baby' items but again how much of what?

And finally! How many nappies in what size do I stock pile?

If it helps I had a scan today (30 weeks) and she's bang on average wih measurements etc.

Thanks very much in advanced for any help advice smile


ThinkIveBeenHacked Fri 11-Jul-14 17:23:43

I have for ds (dc2)

Two newborn knitted cardies and hats
Six sleepsuits and six vests in newborn
Two pairs of footed trousers and fpur long sleeved vests in tiny/new baby sizes
A pramsuit in 0-3

Ive then got about ten vests and ten sleepsuits in 0-3.

WaffleWiffle Fri 11-Jul-14 17:24:37


I am 30w+2d with my daughter, so we re due around the same time :-)

This will be my forth. I never bothered with mittens (although did buy them for my first born, but never used them) and ditto for socks. Babygros have feet in them so you don't need socks. Socks just come off all the time!

If you are planning on mainly just baby gros all the time, then you need one around one per night and one per day. Depends how often you intend to put the washing machine on.

Shops do not close once the baby is here!

Rather than stockpiling everything (nappies and clothes included), wait until baby is here and see what you need in what size. Buy them (or send husband/mother to buy for you) when you need them rather than now.

Just one pack of newborn nappies is fine to get you started.

ThinkIveBeenHacked Fri 11-Jul-14 17:24:40

Oh and nappies - two packs of newborn size (26 in each pack I think!) From asda.

will get bigger sizes after he is born.

PenguinsHatchedAnEgg Fri 11-Jul-14 17:27:54

Don't buy anything in tiny baby. Most full term babies will go straight into newborn, or possibly 0-3.

Torfhinn Fri 11-Jul-14 17:59:15

My son was only in newborn clothes for 2 weeks - he was 9lb at birth tho! I personally wouldn't bother with newborn - buy 0-3 months and then go out and buy smaller stuff if you have a litt'un. You can always put them in grows that are too big for them, but can't squeeze them in too-small clothes smile

Even at 9lbs, he was in size 1 nappies for several weeks.


GingerRodgers Fri 11-Jul-14 18:24:21

Dd was 8.11 when born and spent at least a month in newborn size.
She was terribly sicky and we went through a good 2-3 outfits daily, if not more.
Layers are a good idea so short sleeve vest under long sleeve baby gro with a cardigan if it's cool.
Never bothered with mits, socks or a hat (until winter obv).
Didn't need bibs until she weaned so used muslins (again got through loads every day).
Have a pramsuit for this one due sept but just remember not to put it in the car seat with pramsuit/coat on.

PenguinsHatchedAnEgg Fri 11-Jul-14 18:25:40

That's interesting Ginger. DS was almost the same weight and barely fitted them after a fortnight (we mostly had 0-3 anyway thankfully).

PenguinsHatchedAnEgg Fri 11-Jul-14 18:26:16

Sorry, read that back and it sounds like I'm disbelieving you. What I meant is that sizes can vary such a lot, and that shape of baby matters too (DS is long).

Pico2 Fri 11-Jul-14 18:35:26

DD was 7.5 and was too long for newborn (thanks to DH's genes, not mine).

Torfhinn Fri 11-Jul-14 19:03:06

Mine also became too long for newborn, they were fine widthways. Agree that sizes vary muchly - Sainsbury's stuff is v.v. short.

Lozmatoz Fri 11-Jul-14 19:41:52

Also remember people will buy you LOADS of presents, usually clothes so don't get too much.

GingerRodgers Fri 11-Jul-14 19:50:54

I was quite surprised too penguin as she was a decent weight and 90th centile for length too! and no we didn't cut off the feet just so she fit grin

ImBrian Sat 12-Jul-14 08:36:22

My ds isn't due till November but I'll be getting a couple of packs of vests and sleep suits in first size and a couple of cardys/jumpers for over the top. I won't buy any proper outfits till I see how big he is, plus he's the first boy in the family so relatives are buying him clothes etc.

weebairn Sat 12-Jul-14 08:44:56

I would just get enough vests and sleep suits (7 of each?) and one hat, one coat/cardigan, and some blankets and muslins. That covers the basics and people give you loads of stuff.

I was given loads of newborn socks and booties and never used any of them, all my sleep suits had feet!

My baby was 6 lb 14 oz so fairly average but was in tiny baby for about a month (I sent my mum out to buy some because she was drowning in newborn). I think it was cause she was so short though (she still is a bit of a midget). I probably wouldn't buy tiny baby in advance as most babies wouldn't need it.

I didn't use bibs till weaning.

I would probably only buy a couple of packs of nappies as you can buy them in any corner shop and it would be annoying if you needed a different size. Newborns need changing around 10x day if I remember correctly, packs have about 30-40 nappies in.

Congrats, my number 2 is due in late September too smile

Emmie10 Sat 12-Jul-14 12:43:33

I really liked the Next up to 1 month size. It fitted her pretty well for the first 6 weeks and she was bang on the 50th centile (7lbs 12 at birth). The babygros had integrated mitts that fold over if needed. I had three pretty daytime ones and 3 plain white for night time. Lots of gifts were 0-3 size so after 6-8 weeks she began to wear that size.

Emmie10 Sat 12-Jul-14 12:46:01

Oops posted too soon. I had 7 vests, 2 knitted cardis, a star wrap for out and about, hats and loads of Muslins. I didn't use mitts, socks or booties at all and bibs only once dd started weaning.

Heatherbell1978 Sat 12-Jul-14 12:50:29

I'm 35 wks and have probably gone overboard with stuff as I've been picking up the odd sleepsuit and vest pack here and there and have quite a lot now! I've stuck with newborn and up to 1 month only. Mainly up to 1 month (Next mostly). I have 3 friends who all had babies between 7lb 4 and 7lb 14 last year and they all recommended sticking with those sizes initially. I'm quite small and not looking like having a big baby. I have about 6 cardigans but 2 are gifts (0-3 mths) and the other 4 are newborn and 1 month. I've bought lots of muslins and 3 bibs. I've asked people to get me 0-3 mths if they want to buy me gifts:-)

seasavage Sat 12-Jul-14 15:43:17

I had babies around 6lb ... But even then early baby was barely worn.
The up to one month probably had more longevity.

Mrsgrumble Sat 12-Jul-14 15:48:14

What we used were about eight grows and vests and rotated them. Just went straight into 0-3 as baby was ten days late and big baby. If your baby is bang on, maybe get three newborn but no way tiny baby if you go to term.

Bibs are really handy if bottle feeding but didn't need them until baby was couple weeks while breastfeeding.

Nappies - I tried all brands and boots were the best with asda second, personally. Boots work out better value.

Cardigan and snowsuit and little hats.

People bought little gifts of fancier outfits etc, baby is over ten months and I am still using some gifts. People can be very kind hearted. So don't go too mad with buying just yet.

magpiegin Sat 12-Jul-14 15:59:21

My baby is due in September. I bought one pack of baby grows and I plan to knit a couple of new born cardigans and hats etc. we have already had a couple of gifts and we're planning on seeing what other gifts/ hand me downs we get given before we go mad with buying.

weebairn Sat 12-Jul-14 16:13:30

Some babies are small even if they are born overdue!! But you just don't really know until they are here. Bump size is not much of an indication going by people I've known...

GingerRodgers Sat 12-Jul-14 17:19:42

If people buy you lots in 0-3 you can always swap them for the next size up. I've also swapped (full, unopened) nappies for next size up too.

PenguinsHatchedAnEgg Sat 12-Jul-14 17:25:43

Some babies are small even if full term, but they are rarely in tiny baby are they? That only goes up to about 5lb usually doesn't it?

weebairn Sat 12-Jul-14 17:39:45

I thought tiny baby was 7lb. You can get smaller stuff than that of course. Newborn is about 10lb? That fits with what sort of size my daughter was anyway…

But I agree I wouldn't buy anything smaller than newborn in advance. We did go out and get some though and used it for a bit over a month, and my DD was born 5 days after my due date. I think it was more her length than her weight though, she was/is short (like me!)

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