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Old Feb 14th, 2010, 16:21 PM   1
Delilah
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How many baby clothes do we need?


As the title says, how many of everything do you need for a new baby?

I'm thinking about vests, sleepsuits, outfits, bedding etc!

Really have no idea if its one outfit a day or several.



 
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Old Feb 14th, 2010, 16:28 PM   2
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Hello

just saw this on updated posts so i thought i would comment.
i have loads of vests and sleepsuits as u go through so many, i have atleast 30-40 of each, cos ur changin them a few times a day and its hard to keep on top of the washing! so best to have more, i had some newborn but more 0-3 to last me longer. but u will need newborn at first as 0-3 will be too big.
with the outfits i didnt put lily in them until a few days ago, as i found it too hard to keep changing her when she was sick, also they look so comfy in sleepsuits.
cos they sleep so much in the day i wanted her to be comfy so i didnt use any outfits!
which is a shame cos i had alot of newborn outfits bought for me that she didnt wear!
this is only me though its different for everyone, i just found it so much easier to keep her in baby gros when she was so young.
but shes awake most of the day now so i put her in her 0-3 outfits!
i have about 4 sheets for her moses basket as shes sick sometimes so the sheets get wet and smell so i have to change them!
hope this helps xx
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Old Feb 14th, 2010, 16:34 PM   3
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I've heard 4-7 each of onesies/vests and sleepsuits. Opinions on socks and scratchmitts seems to vary (I'm sewing mitts onto some stuff), 2-4 sets of bedding (sheets etc). Outfits, I don't think they need so much at first, but that's up to you.

I've got (so far, family has made it known they are sending stuff as well)for NB 1 really warm sleepsuit, 3 onesies, 2 warm undershirts (for layering, due in midwinter here), several nightgowns, and a preemie suit. I've got for 0-3 months 1 warm sleepsuit, 3 pairs pants, 5 onesies, 2 warm undershirts, some extra shirts and body suits. I'll take stock in another few months and see what I have then. It doesn't seem like much in some ways, but I know they grow fast.
No bedding yet as I've got no bed yet!
I'm expecting to do laundry every day.
I took pictures of what I've go so far so family can see what I have and decide what they want to get.



 
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Old Feb 14th, 2010, 16:37 PM   4
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my plan is to not get many clothes before she's born just a few vests, babygrow that sort of thing and then when she's born and we know how big she is my mum is going to go pick some more things up.



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Old Feb 14th, 2010, 16:38 PM   5
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even if you plan to do washing everyday i recommend getting more than 3 vests, as u might have to change them 3 times in one day, then u could put your washing on, then when its drying the baby might need changing again. when lily was a few days old i changed her about 4-5 times a day because of her being sick and having accidents which came out of the side of her nappy and onto the vest. its always best to have more just incase! cos u dont want a screaming cold baby! lol and there so cheap so it wont break the bank also my LO was 7lb 10oz, but fit in newborn until a couple of weeks ago, and shes 10lb 6oz now! so the 0-3 will be quite big for abit! xx



 
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Old Feb 14th, 2010, 16:48 PM   6
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My daughter was a summer baby... She probably had 2-3 changes a day plus something to sleep in.

Around the house we used a lot of onsies (body suit with long or short arms) 2-3/day
sleepers 1/day but we only used these at bedtime so if it's cooler you'll want more per day. Multiply these by how many times a week you plan to do laundry and then add another half dozen.
socks 1-2 prs/day as they get lost easily

For out and about for summer
a couple of sets (you know the ones that have a onsie, pants, hat, sleep suit.... ) as I found that they were a light weight outfit

2-3 dresses (I had a girl) little lightweight ones, cotton materials. We used these for a lot of family functions and to see family we didn't get to see often

4-5 going out outfits, just cute stuff for visiting company and such.

Misc...
receivers - I had about 15-20 on hand 2-3/day (more if baby has reflux)
baby towels 4-5 as these get peed/ poo'd on too
2-3 playpen sheet sets and I also always put a blanket under LO anyways
we never used a crib so not too sure

Laundry....

I have a laundry set in our house so I would run a "soak" load and add to it all day as clothes got dirty. After clothing changes it was a quick run to the washer, spray with stain remover "baby oxy" is great if you can get it and then run the load in the evenings. I usually added my clothes from the day too and used baby soap. I figure that if I'm holding baby all day and she was pressed up against my clothes I wanted mine soft too!



 
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Old Feb 14th, 2010, 17:22 PM   7
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Girls thanks so much for this it does really help - I am planning what I need to buy and this is so useful.

Marie xx



 
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Old Feb 14th, 2010, 19:12 PM   8
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This is really handy, thankyou! I have received a few things from friends, and have been warned to not go crazy on the newborn stuff, as they grow so quick. I've also been told to get plenty of muslin cloths, as they are so versatile for swaddling and breastfeeding.



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Old Feb 14th, 2010, 22:00 PM   9
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OK, this is my third, so I pretty much know how much I will need. Get lots of undershirts (or vests if that is what you call them). I like the ones that only have three snaps at the bottom as it is a HUGE pain to be snapping those things up all the time. I would get about 10.

I would get at least 5-7 sleep stretch suits for nightime. Some people use the nightgowns, but I found that they ride up. Personal preference.

I would get LOTS of outfits. If you are breastfeeding (I can't comment on formula as I never used, could be the same too) the baby poop is RUNNY. It often get up the back of the baby and down the legs. So, buy LOTS of outfits (I always just used fanicer sleepers at the beginning) and always remember to pack at least two outfits and undershirts wherever you go, even to just the grocery store. I would say get at least 20 sleepers.

I would get probably 10-15 receiving blankets if you are breastfeeding. These are great to place under your breast between your baby and your shirt to prevent your shirt from getting DRENCHED with milk. Also great to have another for privacy. Great for burping too. Really, you can't have too many of these.

I would get thick cotton breast pads if you are breastfeeding. You will be changing them often at the beginning. Buy at least 20 pairs. Sounds like alot, but you will have lots of laundry and you might be changing them about 5 or more times a day, and you wear them nights too. Trust me, you don't want to run out of these!

Hats are good if your baby has no hair, or it is cold. My babies are born with a thick headful, so I only used them for my daughter as she was born during a snowstorm. You don't go through many...so just a couple is probably good to start.

Other things you will need are washclothes. I would personally skip those baby towels..they only can be used for a very short time, and I never found them absorbent. I am just buying some soft regular towels this time.

Lots of baby sheets for the crib/bassinet as the baby might spit up several times.

Hope that helps, and I hope I didn't forget anything.



 
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Old Feb 14th, 2010, 22:11 PM   10
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OK, this is my third, so I pretty much know how much I will need. Get lots of undershirts (or vests if that is what you call them). I like the ones that only have three snaps at the bottom as it is a HUGE pain to be snapping those things up all the time. I would get about 10.

I would get at least 5-7 sleep stretch suits for nightime. Some people use the nightgowns, but I found that they ride up. Personal preference.

I would get LOTS of outfits. If you are breastfeeding (I can't comment on formula as I never used, could be the same too) the baby poop is RUNNY. It often get up the back of the baby and down the legs. So, buy LOTS of outfits (I always just used fanicer sleepers at the beginning) and always remember to pack at least two outfits and undershirts wherever you go, even to just the grocery store. I would say get at least 20 sleepers.

I would get probably 10-15 receiving blankets if you are breastfeeding. These are great to place under your breast between your baby and your shirt to prevent your shirt from getting DRENCHED with milk. Also great to have another for privacy. Great for burping too. Really, you can't have too many of these.

I would get thick cotton breast pads if you are breastfeeding. You will be changing them often at the beginning. Buy at least 20 pairs. Sounds like alot, but you will have lots of laundry and you might be changing them about 5 or more times a day, and you wear them nights too. Trust me, you don't want to run out of these!
First, thanks for the thread and thanks for this post, sounds very helpful.

One question, when you mention 10 vests, in which size should I buy them? All newborn? Or also 0-3?
What I wonder is how much of all the clothes should be for newborn? I don't want to get too much before the baby is born (in case of size and we're on team yellow) but I also don't want to have to run out to buy more immediately after birth...

Oh, and I didn't know cotton breast pads exists... sounds good!



 
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