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Talk to me about long sleeved body suits

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Barefootcontessa84 Sun 13-Nov-16 08:37:27

I'm not sure if I'm missing something here - do I need any long sleeved body suits to start with?

I am having a March baby, and from what I've read I'll likely dress her in a short sleeved bodysuit and sleep suit. I understand that long sleeved bodysuits are good for underneath dresses/with leggings etc, but I doubt whether I'll bother with proper outfits to start with?

Do I need the long sleeved ones or can I skip for now? Thanks!

Lules Sun 13-Nov-16 08:39:43

You should be ok, but March can still be quite cold and will depend on how warm your house is. You can always get them later anyway.

frikadela01 Sun 13-Nov-16 08:40:52

I wouldn't bother. I have a June baby and he wears long sleeved body suits under t-shirts but only started doing this recently now the weather has turned.

EsmesBees Sun 13-Nov-16 08:42:53

Just think of them as vests. So on warmer days you might want a short sleeve vest, on colder days a long sleeved one. Or you could get a Cardie to go over the sleep suit if it's chilly. I had a March baby and it was still pretty cold out.

DrWhy Sun 13-Nov-16 08:43:25

I didn't get them initially but now DS is 8 weeks we've started putting him in outfits other than sleepsuits from time to time and they go well under dungarees (much easier than trousers as they have poppers for changing).

Nottalotta Sun 13-Nov-16 08:44:08

Ds wears them all the times currently. I'm having an early Feb baby next and will be getting some. Depends how warm yourhouse is (mine isn't) and whether you spend much time outside.

NapQueen Sun 13-Nov-16 08:45:45

Both my winter babies had short sleeved vests for under sleepsuits (I then added a Cardigan if it got cooler indoors). Long sleeved ones were such a faff so they'd be only for under dungarees or pinafore which were few and far between in the first 6 months.

orangebird69 Sun 13-Nov-16 08:48:34

I had an October baby and never put him in a long sleeved vest under his baby grow. Although he has always ran a little warm iykwim.

feesh Sun 13-Nov-16 08:49:58

I live in a hot country and still had quite a few. We either used them under sleeping bags (so their bare legs were kept warm by the sleeping bag, but the long sleeves helped keep their arms warm) or with comfy leggings as daywear.

tinytoucan Sun 13-Nov-16 08:50:44

I had a March baby and I didn't get too much use out of the long sleeve body suits when he was tiny. Like you plan to I put him mostly in short sleeve vests under a babygro, with a cardigan if it was chilly (although our house isn't cold so that wasn't often). He started wearing the long sleeved ones more when he turned 6 months.

Congratulations- March is a lovely time to have a baby smile

welshweasel Sun 13-Nov-16 08:53:17

As above, short sleeved under sleepsuits and long sleeved with leggings or dungarees. Also used them instead of a sleepsuit with a grobag in the summer.

Barefootcontessa84 Sun 13-Nov-16 08:55:57

This is really helpful - thank you! Dressing a newborn seems a bit of a minefield confused] !

knaffedoff Sun 13-Nov-16 08:58:32

We used long sleeved vests alot as the babies got older and underneath t-shirts, which still fit but it was probably not warm enough to use without the long sleeved vest.

TooMinty Sun 13-Nov-16 09:04:29

I'd say you don't need them in the smallest size - it's hard to get them on under a sleep suit, much easier to use a cardigan over the top as pp says. If we have a decent summer you might want them in 3-6 months or 6-9 months to use on their own under sleeping bag at night. And you might want them in autumn/winter if you like the Sheldon Cooper look smile (long sleeves under a t-shirt)

FreeButtonBee Sun 13-Nov-16 10:08:21

Oh god, long sleeved body suits on tiny babies are a NIGHTMARE. Sleeveless or short sleeved only until they have some sort of control over their limbs. Lots of little cardis are better - ones without hoods! - the hood either sits bunched under their neck or threatens to suffocate them. Stupid children's wear designers. That said, m&s normally have lovely neutral double layered jersey cardis which I loved

SpecialStains Sun 13-Nov-16 10:27:09

Might be an idea to get a couple for colder days.

My top tips for baby clothes - newborn and 0-3 sized baby grows should always have integrated scratch mitts and poppers down the front. Anything else is a fiddly abomination!

Good luck with your pregnancy!

feesh Sun 13-Nov-16 12:09:09

Zips down the front are even better and will literally save you hours every day!

Barefootcontessa84 Sun 13-Nov-16 12:19:19

Great tips smile thank you!

SpecialStains Sun 13-Nov-16 16:33:46

Aww, feesh I feel like I've missed out. I was given all my baby stuff and none of it has zippers!

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