It's so hard to know what you'll need before you see the size of baby isn't it? I've got TONS of 0-3 months for his arrival next month since everywhere I have looked for clothes that is the smallest size. Hmmm maybe I need to find some newborn babygrows and vests too?
Only thing I think I'd stock up on would be more newborn size sleepsuits.
I didn't think I'd need much, if any, newborn clothing for DS - he was predicted to be large until about 36 weeks, when he 'normalised' but I presumed he'd still be chunky. He came out 7lb 4! I was in hospital a week afterwards and he must have wet through three or four sleepsuits in 24 hours, some days. I don't know why, I blame it on the badly-fitting nappies! Anyway, I kept on sending DH out to Mothercare to get more of them. It took me a while to realise that anything that says '0-3 months' doesn't, in fact, fit a baby at 0 months!
Oh, and I think a cardigan is a good idea with a newborn - more than one if you like. Even in august it can get nippy at times, and it's lovely to put on over a babygro and looks very cute. Does the baby have any knitting grandparents?
To be honest, I'd wait until a week or two before the baby is due and then get your DP to get down to Tesco or Asda and buy a load of cheap white sleepsuits and vests in newborn size (maybe 10 or 12 of each?). Keep the receipt in case your baby is very small/big an you need to exchange for a different size.
A couple of cardis will suffice. You can always send relatives out to buy more stuff once you're home.
Once you know what you've got and how big he/she is, you can have fun buying the cute stuff.
I know debka, I never thought I would buy something purely on the cuteness factor!
But this dressing gown is the cutest little fleece thing that I got on eBay for £3. Couldn't resist it and figure that I can put it on over sleepsuits in the morning (well maybe, otherwise it can just hang next to the cot looking cute!!! )
HELP!!! I have nothing and don't know where to start!! Does anyone know of a site where you can hire baby clothes bundles? I'm just back from the states and there are quite a few websites where you can hire clothes (nice stuff) and then send it back when they grow out of it and they send you the next size up! Several of my friends said it was great as you didn't end up with loads of clothes to store it is also eco friendly!!
oh man am just trying to figure out blankets let alone baby CLOTHES! I have bought a bunch of stuff and given a huge bag of (really nice) hand me downs so hopefully, am covered at least for a while but wanted to check - when you buy "newborn" is it equivalent to a size 50 or 56? I was told in the shops to go for the 56 as that seems to be "average"....no idea how big baby will be but she is consistently on the 50th percentile (whatever that means ;)
Jamie I think you might need a few extra sleepsuits in a smaller size - maybe I'm wrong but I am assuming that they spend the first few weeks mainly in sleepsuits and vests?