Monday, August 29, 2011

Anyone sick of baby business?

Too bad.  I have more!

First, I made the curtains! BUT, it's really hard to take a picture in front of a window, so I'll have to try again at night so that I can actually show them off.

Also, I had a really nice baby shower, where I got spoiled.  I was so thankful that people got me things I would need and have to buy anyway, like my awesome diapers, a changing pad, crib linens and more.  I also was so thankful to my friends and mum who worked hard to put it all on.

Now, I have a question for anyone who has had babies:  How many newborn sized clothes do I need?  I have heard they outgrow things so quickly, so anything I've gotten, I've chosen size 3-6 months.  While I was putting things away in the dresser, I realized that I only have one sleeper and one two piece PJ in newborn size.  This just doesn't seem like enough.  So what should I buy?  How much do I REALLY need?  I have a little sweater that a family member knit that can work as a "coming home from the hospital" jacket, as well as a sleep sac that can keep the little one warm in the car, but otherwise, I have jut the one sleeper and PJ.



Anonymous said...

Hi, I am a friend of Kristen with two boys.

While babies grow very fast, I'd say you need more newborn items. In the first few weeks, they curl up their little legs and arms so that 3-6 month clothes are way too huge. However, if you are having a VERY long baby, this may not be the case. But, just to let you know that both my boys were in the 95th percentile for length and still needed newborn (0-3 month) clothing.

Oh, and plus, you tend to have to change them a few times a day especially if they "spit up" (a cute name for barf) or "leak" out of their diaper (warning - newborn poop is not solid!).

I am sure there are sites that give you an estimate for how much clothing is a good amount but my guess would be to start with 5-7 sleepers and two cute outfits that can mix and match depending how much you want to dress up your child versus a believer in a newborn can hang in jammies.

Not sure if you want to swaddle the baby, but you can also invest in a couple of swaddling blankets b/c receiving blankets tend to be too small. That, or you have to sew up some larger ones to properly swaddle.

Good luck! Rhonda

Rebecca said...

I'm curious about this as well as I have no idea what to expect (I'm due in early December). From what my friends have said is that it really depends on how your baby grows the first little bit. My friend's baby grew out of the 0-3 months clothes super fast because she had such a long length.

I took a look at "What to expect in the First Year" and it says:
3-10 onesies
4-7 stretchies with feet...more for you since you will be having a fall baby
only a couple of actual outfits
2-3 sleepers

It really depends on how much you want to do laundry as well :) Some people hope to have tons so they don't have to do laundry so much (like literally once every few weeks).

Anonymous said...

Hi Heather,
I am also a friend of Kristen and I have an almost 4 month old daughter.
It really does depend how big your baby is at birth. I would suggest having a few sleepers, onsies and outfits to get you started and then seeing how big your baby is when he/she is born and deciding if you need more 0-3 clothes.
In the last week or so I just started putting away the 0-3 clothes and bringing out the 3-6 clothes, so we got about 3.5 months out of the 0-3 clothes.
My baby wore mostly sleepers and onsies for the first month or so, but then we got into outfits. I have no idea how many outfits I had for 0-3, but there were a lot and it was great because I only did baby laundry about once every two weeks.
Joe Fresh has very inexpensive, good quality and cute baby clothes.
Let me know if you have any other questions.
Good luck,

Nicole @ "Haute Runner" said...

Keep the baby posts coming...

No advice on newborn clothes but I will be watching the comments as I will be in the same boat in February.

Heather said...

Thanks you guys! That's really good info. I appreciate it. I'll buy some more in preparation and then if I end up having a smaller baby, my grandma "commanded" my mum to go get some on her way to see us for the first time!

Thanks again!

Kirst said...

Looks like you have lots of advice. Our kids, especially Taylor, wore newborn stuff for a long time but most kids not. And sleepers are always good at that age. And hand me downs are awesome because then you have lots. When you have the baby I will ask my friends if they have anything left. I don't but I've passed it on to them.

Heather said...

Thanks kirst! I thought of you and how your kids probably wore newborn stuff for a while. But both matt and I were big babies, so who knows. I hope for a nice small but not too small baby.

Chrissy and Brian said...

Both of mine were October babies and they lived in sleepers for the first few weeks. I would suggest stocking up on onesies and sleepers. Of course I couldn't stop myself from buying a few cute outfits for them, but they only wore them if we were going out, the rest of time they were in sleepers.