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Icelollycraving · 31/03/2011 18:50

hi,having my first baby in a couple of months. Got lots of clothes shopping over last few days. Now,sadly not being psychic I don't know how big he will be or for how long... What size is best? Know this may sound dim but don't want to end up with things he can never use etc. Some are by weight others by months.

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supersewer · 31/03/2011 20:41

don't buy loads, I got given a rediculous amount when 1st baby was born (hardly anything for second!)
avoid newborn unless you think you are going to have a tiddler.

YouTry · 31/03/2011 20:41

My no so little girl was in newborn til 2 weeks and 0-3 until about 8 weeks so don't get too many things! We found everyone bought us 3-6 months as a gift. I'd just buy vests and babygros. Tesco do some brilliant vests which un-popper all the way like a jacket so nothing goes over the head- we thought these were brilliant! And don't bother with coats and snowsuits- a pain to put on, just use blankets!

habbibu · 31/03/2011 20:41

dd was 10lb 11oz. Newborn did not fit her At All (fwiw, IceLolly, it was a straightforward birth, so don't be scared of big babies). Everyone thought ds would be bigger, but he was a relatively small 9lb 1oz, but still went straight i 0-3 mo no problem.

PenguinArmy · 31/03/2011 20:42

DD was a bit small so she lived in four vests and four babygro's for the first few weeks.

Things are so easy to buy and people will buy you stuff anyway so don't stress about having EVERYTHING in before hand

habbibu · 31/03/2011 20:42

That said, I'd hardly bought anything, so was in tesco on the way home from hosp buying vests and babygros and snowsuit...

backwardpossom · 31/03/2011 20:44

DS was 7lb 7oz and was in newborn clothes for about 6/7 weeks. 0-3 just swamped him which was a bit of a nightmare as I had nothing in newborn size - just naively assumed 0-3 months would fit.

He's now 20 months and only just gone into 12-18 months in some shops' clothes (e.g. Next) but outgrown other shops' 12-18 months clothes (e.g. Tesco).

VeronicaCake · 31/03/2011 20:49

DD was still wearing the newborn stuff at 10 weeks. Another baby in our antenatal group was into 0-3 by 1 week and in 3-6 by 6 weeks (she is really really long). Fortunately her Mum is a good friend and has passed on loads of stuff to us.

Watch out for the weather too. We got given loads of summery 3-6m stuff for DD (born in May) and she wasn't big enough for most of it until October when it was too cold to wear.

So yeah don't buy too much 'cos you don't know how big your baby will be or how generous your friends and family will be (we got tons of gifts from neighbours too - some people lurrrrrrve buying baby clothes). Stick to things which will be really easy to take on and off like sleepsuits. Be aware that some babies with colic or reflux don't like tight things round their tummies so avoid trousers with elasticated waists and the like.

Oh and I've just remembered I bought 0-3m vests and discovered DD was swimming in them and DH had to stop off at M&S on his way in to collect us from hospital to buy some smaller ones. She wasn't that small either - 7lb 6oz. So don't dismiss newborn size, some babies need it.

Happylander · 31/03/2011 21:00

My advice is don't buy much and don't take any tags off what you do buy/get bought. My DS didn't wear half the stuff he had.

PenguinArmy · 31/03/2011 21:10

I'm another who had a DD in 0-1month (newborn) until she was 3/4months.

Woodlands · 31/03/2011 21:55

Newborn sizes do vary, as someone said. Most of the clothes I took into hospital said 'Newborn - 7.5lb'. I imagined there would be some room for manouevre with this, but when DS was born weighing 8lb13oz, I soon realised he wasn't going to fit into any of them (we did try). Luckily I had chucked in one M&S vest and babygro which said up to 1 month, 10lb, and they fitted fine, though by morning were covered in mucus and meconium and DS was a bit minging until DH came in with more clothes.

PenguinArmy · 31/03/2011 21:57

I do remember packing one early baby (was measuring small), one new born and one 0-3months in my hospital bad Blush

I wasn't nervous about being a parent (eldest of 5 so used to babies) but I was scared about dressing them. It all seemed so complicated.

PenguinArmy · 31/03/2011 21:57

bag, obviously not bad...more Blush

megapixels · 31/03/2011 21:58

I bought mostly 0-3 ones. They were hideously big in the beginning but they do grow into it within a couple of weeks so no point buying smaller in any case I thought later. Looks pretty cute when I look at those photos now, in those oversized clothes.

Woodlands · 31/03/2011 22:06

just to add I hadn't bought those newborn sized clothes, they were in a bag of hand me downs someone had given me, and they looked unworn. It's definitely worth getting stuff from Freecycle/eBay/a friend with a baby a few months older if you can.

exhausted2011 · 31/03/2011 22:11

My midwife actually threw the 0-3 month vest away!! Was a bit small!!
She was kinda joking, but the 0-3 didn't last very long with ds.
He was 10 lb.

DinosaurRumpus · 31/03/2011 22:17

It depends on where you buy things from too - sizes vary SO much from shop to shop.
DC4 is 20 weeks now but is wearing sleepsuits that are 0-3, 3-6 and 6-9 months at the moment Confused

When she was born we tried to put her in a 0-3 Pumpkin Patch sleepsuit which she wouldn't fit into (she weighed 10lbs at birth!) but the newborn Mothercare sleepsuit did fit [ even more Confused!]

CocktailQueen · 31/03/2011 22:22

Sleepsuits are all you will need to start with, plus a few cosy cardies. get some in newborn size and some in 0-3 - you will prob get loads as pressies and you can go and buy more when baby is here and you know the flavour :) Unless your baby is pretty big you will get at least a month's wear from newborn - and Next do a handy up to a month range as well which is good for when they've outgrown newborn but are too weeny for 0-3! Good luck and have fun! :)

Icelollycraving · 31/03/2011 22:26

Wow thanks everyone! Shall get a few bits in various newborn sizing but more slightly larger. I get extra scans for sizing so hopefully that should give me a good idea :)
A thread where everyone is nice to the op,yippee :)

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SocietyClowns · 31/03/2011 22:31

I got lots of 0-3 for my first following advice from everyone and their friends.... dd1 was 6lbs 14 and looked ridiculous in the sleepsuits, so I got a pack of early baby ones followed by a pack of newborn ones to cover the first few weeks. With dd2 I thought I was prepared and packed early baby sleepsuits into my hospital bag. Well, she was only 6 lbs 6 but they were a little snug on her... long legs I guess. Midwive was a bit Hmm as if I was trying to dress dd2 in doll's clothes Grin...You really can't anticipate how they turn out. I think getting a small amount of newborn size is quite safe, until you know what your baby is like Smile

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