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  1. Mrs. Lemon-Lime

    wonderful pea / 17279 posts

    @simplyfelicity: maybe so, but I'm hoping this message on my gear list sways people to buy larger sizes...

    "Teeny tiny baby clothes are hard to resist, but remember babies grow so fast. Please choose sizes 3-6 months or 6 months + when baby will be out & about more!"

    I'm keeping the NB and 0-3 mos stuff that I am purchasing now on the gear list to show that additional smaller sized clothes aren't necessary.

    Do you think that will work?

  2. simplyfelicity

    cantaloupe / 6634 posts

    @Mrs. Lemon-Lime: That should help! You will still probably have all kinds of people come out of the woodwork with gifts. I got lots of in store credit at Target.

  3. Mrs.KMM

    grapefruit / 4355 posts

    We did not get any newborn size clothes and I was scrambling after DD was born because she was absolutely swimming in 0–3 month clothes. My mom bought us some stuff while we were still in the hospital and I went out the day we came home to get more clothes to put my child in. She wore NB for ~4 weeks.

    I had a May baby in the south so it was quite hot when DD was born. During the day, she wore short sleeve onesies, short rompers, or cute summery outfits. She still slept in long footed zipper sleepers though. We did not start using pants until it started to cool off in the fall.

  4. Mrs. Oatmeal

    blogger / honeydew / 7081 posts

    I ended up needing newborn outfits for both kids for at least a week- even M who was bigger at 8lbs 12oz. 0-3 month will be pretty big for the first couple of days, most likely.
    I'd get a few NB sleepers, then more of the 0-3 and 3-6.

  5. LindsayLou

    persimmon / 1322 posts

    Fair warning, it's hard to predict what sizes people will buy for gifts. I expected tons of newborn outfits, but we only received two. 95 % of the gifted clothes we received were in 3-6 months.

  6. Mrs. Lemon-Lime

    wonderful pea / 17279 posts

    Last question (I think) What else will I need? Here's my plan for the early stages in the NB/ 0-3 mos range.

    4 A&A swaddle blankets
    2 SwaddleMe originals, fit 7-14 lbs
    2 sleep gowns, NB
    6 sleep n play rompers NB
    2 long sleeve side-snap onesies NB
    3 short sleeve side-snap onesies NB

    6 sleep n play rompers 0-3 mos
    2 short sleeve/ short shorts rompers 0-3 mos
    7 short sleeve onesies 0-3 mos

    1 Pair of mittens
    2 Baby beanie hats
    1 Sun hat, 0-6 mos
    6 Pairs of socks, 0-6 mos

  7. Mrs. Pickle

    blogger / wonderful cherry / 21628 posts

    @Mrs. Lemon-Lime: I loved the sleep gowns in the early days. They made middle of the night diaper changes a breeze. I was gifted one that closed with magnets and it was my favorite. Now that I don't need to changer her diaper in the MOTN I prefer footed sleepers so I don't need to bother with socks.

  8. youboots

    honeydew / 7622 posts

    T was almost 8 lbs and was wearing some NB till 10ish weeks.

  9. lilteacherbee

    cantaloupe / 6791 posts

    LO1 was 8lb 13oz and he wore NB for 2 weeks. LO2 was 8lb 3oz and he wore NB for about a month.

    Even though my first was born bigger, my second has gained weight more quickly. He just turned 5 months last week and he's in 9 month clothes.

  10. red_seattle

    kiwi / 549 posts

    @Mrs. Lemon-Lime: it looks like a good list except that I'd add more sleep gowns. They are so dang handy, as Mrs. Pickle said-- but 2 means you won't have any extra if you have a middle of the night blow out followed by a spit up fest. I read once to buy baby clothes & sheets in at least 3-- 1 for baby to wear/use, 1 in the wash, and 1 spare. We followed that rule with DS and it worked well.

  11. daniellemybelle

    cantaloupe / 6669 posts

    Everyone told me that about newborn clothes too - LO was swimming in 0-3 months until she was 7 weeks old. I had barely anything in newborn sizes and while I was in such a postpartum haze, looking back I really wish I had some prettier things to put her in.

    Next time I'll do lots of sweet footed sleepers, with zippers or magnet closures. Who wants to mess with socks on a newborn? I love the look of gowns and they do make for easy diaper changes but I hated having to deal with socks.

  12. Foodnerd81

    wonderful cherry / 21504 posts

    @red_seattle: @Mrs. Pickle: funny- I thought gowns were so pointless. I was gifted a few and never used them!

    @Mrs. Lemon-Lime: I think that list looks good. I think you might end up needing more 0-3 items but better to wait and see what you like before buying more (maybe you will prefer shorts rompers or onesies or whatever) plus see what people give you. Like others have said I've had people come out of nowhere to give us baby gifts- like my parents next door neighbors sent us a few outfits both times. They definitely didn't check a registry but luckily the sizing worked out.

  13. Mrs. Lemon-Lime

    wonderful pea / 17279 posts

    @red_seattle: @Foodnerd81: @Mrs. Pickle: tell me more about night time sleeping please...

    Those ready made swaddles and sleep gowns are both made for that right? To me they seem like complete opposites pieces to put the baby in. My husband is on the fence about the ready made swaddles given new AAP guidelines, but the type I choose looks roomy in the leg areas.

  14. Alba4

    nectarine / 2951 posts

    I wouldn't skip NB size. My mom was convinced my baby would be too big for NB size, and although he was 8lbs 3 oz he still was in newborn clothing for about a month.

  15. SeptMomma12

    pear / 1849 posts

    @Foodnerd81: Me too! The gowns seemed like such a good idea but I tried them with both my kids and hated them.

  16. looch

    wonderful pear / 26210 posts

    How often do you plan to do laundry? I was doing my son's laundry at least every other day, so I only had enough to get me through that. In the early days, I would give my son a bath at night, put on a fresh sleep and play or footie pajama and then he'd usually get changed between his morning and afternoon nap the next day.

    I like to have at least 2 swaddles, in case you need to change in the middle of the night (if you go that route).

  17. brownepiano

    persimmon / 1467 posts

    I read most of this but not all. I just wanted to add that I had an average to long baby but he didn't wear newborn much because it rubbed on his umbilical cord and made it bleed. By the time it healed he was almost done with nb. Also sizes differ by brand BRU (kooala I think) and Gerber run small. Carters was true to size for us. So a safe bet could be a smaller sized 0-3. If you're in ac sleepers should be fine. Our nb sleeper we brought for going home was too short!

  18. lamariniere

    pineapple / 12566 posts

    @Mrs. Lemon-Lime: I think your list sounds good, but you will probably be doing laundry every 2 days in those early days. My two both spit up a lot starting around 2 or 3 weeks, and we could easily go through 4 wardrobe changes during daytime hours!

  19. Mrs. Lemon-Lime

    wonderful pea / 17279 posts

    @looch: I'm hoping to wash clothes twice a week. Laundry is my least favorite chore.

  20. Mrs. Lemon-Lime

    wonderful pea / 17279 posts

    @lamariniere: say it ain't so!

  21. looch

    wonderful pear / 26210 posts

    @Mrs. Lemon-Lime: You might have more than you think in terms of laundry. It's the burp cloths, the blankets, the washcloths, etc that caused a pile up for me.

  22. hilsy85

    squash / 13764 posts

    @Mrs. Lemon-Lime: I probably only do baby laundry once a week...we have a bunch of sleepers, which I switch out every night, and she barely spits up. So none of her clothes ever really get dirty, so I could probably go even longer if I wanted to. Depends on the baby!

  23. wrkbrk

    pomelo / 5084 posts

    @Mrs. Lemon-Lime: You're so prepared! Go mama! Just jumping in to say we looooove our swaddle me swaddles. Got the 3 pack and use them every single night still (he's 7 weeks old).

  24. ldh112

    kiwi / 556 posts

    @jape14: Same! My daughter was swimming in her 0-3 month clothing at first and she was 8 lbs! I'd at least get 3-5 NB sleepers and then reassess after she is here! She definitely won't be in 3-6 months for a while, unless it is in a brand that majorly shrinks at first (like Gerber).

    Next time around (IF there is a next time, ha!) I will at least have a couple NB onesies/sleepers.

  25. ldh112

    kiwi / 556 posts

    @Mrs. Lemon-Lime: I didn't do laundry that much at first. Not all babies spit up. It'll just depend on her! I only recall changing her outfit if she occasionally peed when I was changing her diaper. I probably did laundry every 3 days just because I didn't have a ton of clothes and wanted to stay on top of things.

    I wouldn't do any long-sleeves for summer time, but that's just me. My daughter was born in June. We kept our house cool but it just seemed like overkill since it was 90 degrees outside! I had a few sleepers/gowns she never wore since she was swaddled for sleep. We just did onesies and socks at night and onesies/pants/socks during the day.

  26. BandDmommy

    pomelo / 5660 posts

    When I was pregnant with DS, I only bought O-3 because of what everyone said about NB. He was born at 34 weeks exactly and I had NO clothes for him. He was in NICU 11 days, so once I was discharged from the hospital I had to run to Carters and buy a bunch of preemie stuff. Best laid plans... lol

  27. ShootingStar

    coconut / 8472 posts

    I think you have a good start and wait and see if you think you need more of something you like. Like others, we didn't like the sleep gowns at all, but some people love them. So you might find you like the long sleeve t's because they have the fold over cuffs, or you might like the short sleeves since it's warm.

    Also, just a note about the SwaddleMe's - we liked them a lot but they stretch out after a couple uses, so you have to wash them frequently to get them back down to size.

  28. red_seattle

    kiwi / 549 posts

    @Mrs. Lemon-Lime: DS slept in a sleeping gown (basically thin baby night gowns with elastic bottoms-- that's what we're referring to, right?) plus a swaddle of some kind, either blanket or a swaddle me. They make MOTN changing a so much easier. Once he outgrew those, we switched to onesies or sleepers depending on how warm it was under the swaddle. We did that until some time in month 4 when he started rolling over back to front. Then, when swaddled weren't as safe because of the rolling over, we did sleepers (fleece ones if it was a cold day) or onesies and a sleep sack like the ones Halo makes.

  29. red_seattle

    kiwi / 549 posts

    @Mrs. Lemon-Lime: we're talking about these, right? It's easier because you can get to the diaper without dealing with snaps or zippers. With some swaddles, you can access the bottom half of baby without undoing the area by their arms. But if you have to unzip a sleeper, you have to get the kid completely out of the swaddle to change a diaper. And who wants to mess with lining up snaps in the MOTN? So, the sleep gowns really solve the problem.


  30. snowjewelz

    wonderful kiwi / 23653 posts

    I actually had to buy a few more NB sizes b/c everyone told me not to keep too many, but DD wasn't big! She was def in NB for the first 1.5 months probably.

  31. Mrs. Lemon-Lime

    wonderful pea / 17279 posts

    @red_seattle: same concept, but this one http://www.amazon.com/Magnificent-Baby-Unisex-Baby-Newborn-Diamonds/dp/B00MO5G52Q/ref=sr_1_91?s=apparel&ie=UTF8&qid=1452699572&sr=1-91&nodeID=7141123011&refinements=p_89%3AMagnificent+Baby

    Your baby was in two layers? Gown + ready made swaddle...I didn't realize there would be so much room in those SwaddleMes.

  32. Mrs.KMM

    grapefruit / 4355 posts

    @Mrs. Lemon-Lime: SwaddleMe swaddles were amazing those first few months. You can put clothes underneath them but DD runs warm and would sweat like crazy if we had anything more than just her diaper under the SwaddleMe.

    Oh - and we occasionally has days with 4-5 different outfits. Certainly not daily, but those multi-outfit days definitely happen!

  33. 2littlepumpkins

    grapefruit / 4455 posts

    @Mrs. Lemon-Lime: dd was born 7lb2oz and was in nb 8 weeks, ds born 8lbs and in nb for 5+ weeks. He grew fast and is HUGE at 3 months though.. Gymboree 0-3m and 3-6 even have those fold over sleeves which I find really helpful. And they have some bright stuff but we have also had luck finding some toned down colors as well. Our son definitely goes through multiple outfits because he's a spitty baby, daughter wasn't so much. The first month or so our son was swaddled half the day anyway but we still used NB clothes.


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