Sorry if there are other a million other threads on this however I could really do with some guidance on baby clothes! I'm due at the end of August with my first and currently have the following bits. What else do we need and any tips on sizes?! We're trying to stick to essentials in the early days as realise we will be given lots as gifts:
Sleepsuits 3 x up to 1m 7 x 0-3m 1 x 2-4m
Babygrows 3 x up to 1m 3 x 3-6m
Babygrows (short sleeved) 7 x up to 1m 5 x 0-3m
Vests 3 x up to 1m
1 x top/bottoms 0-3m 2 x cardys 2 x socks 2 x cotton socks 10 x Muslins
What's the difference between babygros, sleepsuits and vests? Well I know what a sleepsuit and a vest is, is a babygro a sort of day time sleepsuit without feet?
My tip would be to have a look at the sizes in pounds and ounces rather than months. I think newborn is about up to 7 and a half pounds, up to one month is up to 10lbs and 0-3 is up to 14lbs.
I had a few newborn sleepsuits that were hand me downs, even though my baby was 8lb he fitted in them for a week or so. I bought mostly up to 10lbs sleepsuits and vests, I'd say you need about 10+ of each depending on if you have a tumble dryer.
You want a few things in newborn size as at 7lbs my dd was swamped even in them. But tiny baby only fit for a few weeks, so wasn't worth investing in them. You will get a lot of presents, bit may be surprised. A lot of people buy big sizes nowadays to avoid you having loads in up to 3 months but nothing for when baby gets bigger.
Sleepsuit is the modern name for a baby grow. An all in one with feet and sometimes fold over mitts. Shops have started saying sleep suit to encourage us to buy outfits and clothes for the day. DS was mostly in baby grows til he started pulling up as I think they're cute and they're all super easy
Sleep suits are easy for the first few months. Matching tops and bottoms gets hard unless you put the whole outfit in the wash. I think post 3 months my DC started wearing more outfits, although we had a few pairs of linen dungarees for ds and dresses for dd as they were summer babies in a heat wave when vests would have worked just as well.
Don't forget blankets and cardigans, great for extra warmth when you're not expecting it to turn chilly.
I went a bit mad with dd1 and bought loads of vests, sleepsuits and little outfits and she only wore most of them a few times and some of them were never worn.
I've now got a 15 week old dd2 and she is always in a short sleeved vest and long sleeved sleepsuit although I've stopped the vest now the weather's warmed up. I had 3 newborn ones that fitted for a month (she was 7lbs 9) and is pretty much out of all the 0-3 now too.
I personally wouldn't get hats or a coat for a summer baby, it's dangerous for them to get too hot, my dd was sweating in the car seat after just 20 minutes yesterday and all she had on was a thin cotton romper suit so had bare legs and arms too.
You'll also find different brands fit different shaped babies too, I found Tesco were great for my long thin dd1 but swamp dd2 and Sainsburys fit her better.
Thank you all! Have struggled with the sizing for different brands as there seems to be quite a difference but think I have a good variety and there is always online shopping... Had a voucher for 20% off at M&S so picked up a few more things this morning too Very tempted by all the adorable little outfits but as you say, I know sleepsuits/vests will be much easier for the first few months!
On another note, can anyone offer any advice re sleeping bags? Planning to use these (if baby will play ball) but are they practical with a newborn?
I found that DS2 was bursting out of newborn stuff within a week or so. He got lots of lovely little outfits and barely used them. He was 9lbs 15 at birth and just really big. It so depends on the size of the baby.