How many clothes do I need?

Ellie - posted on 09/01/2012 ( 16 moms have responded )

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I'm trying to build my gift registry for my first baby. I keep hearing that babies go through several outfits a day, but they outgrow them so fast. How many onesies/bodysuits do I need for 0-3 months, 3-6 months, etc? What about sleepers? Is my newborn going to sit around in onesies most of the time and just wear "outfits" when we go out? Help!

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Amy - posted on 09/02/2012

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I also found the "outfits" looked uncomfortable even when we were going out. In the early months my kids went places usually in just footed or cotton pants and onsies. I would only get a few things in 0-3 both my kids were out of that size within two weeks. I also wouldn't "register" for clothes, people love buying baby clothes so they will buy that stuff, register for the big stuff or more expensive stuff like highchairs, strollers, baby carriers, bottles if you are going to bottle feed.

Tena - posted on 09/08/2012

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My boys (summer babies) lived in onsies for the most part. My daughter (winter baby) in her sleep and plays



None stayed in newborn that long and we actually had to buy some newborn for the younger 2 because everything was 3-6 or bigger and they were preemies. I really didn't have to change them more than once a day unless we had a diaper explosion. I did go through a lot of bibs because the first and last were spitters.



They had outfits but most days it was just easier to do the one piece sleepers until they were a couple months old or we were going out



One thing you must have is a lingerie bag to put the tiny little socks in so they don't get lost in the wash. In fact with my daughter she had 3 one for whites/lights one for tights and one for darks.

Nikki - posted on 09/02/2012

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I had way too many, especially outfits. I only dressed my newborn in outfits for something special, they just looked too uncomfortable when I got them on her tiny body, especially denim. It really is a personal preference, if I was having another baby I would probably aim for 10-15 onsies in each size, you would probably never go through that many in a week but there were times that sleep deprivation led me to forget the washing for a few days. Get lots of bibs, they save you from having to wash lots of extra clothes.

Ana - posted on 09/13/2012

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Because it's your first child, you are probably going to end up with wayy to much anyway..



I bought a good amount with my daughter when she was born (she's 2) and it seemed like I saw something cute or useful every week until she turned 2!



One thing I will say, because my daughter was in day care, I had to buy a little more in diapers and clothes.. half of them were lost, or given to other kids by mistake..huff.. but at home fro her first 0-3 she was in cute little summer outfits, and onsies (born in June)..and she puked and peed and spilled milk and what not on them all day, and I changed her after every bath etc.. so I needed more onsies and night/sleeping gear than regular clothes when she was 0-3.



Now I'm preg with another Girl and I am shopping in my first dautghters closet for dresses, onsies, socks, and especially shoes! My daughter has like 4 pair of little shiny church shoes that she grew out of in 1 month and I went back to JC Penneys and bought the next size up and she wore them once and grew out of the AGAIN! Bananas..

Elfrieda - posted on 09/02/2012

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I agree, don't bother registering for clothes, the whole fun of buying a little outfit is picking it out, so most people won't follow your list anyway. If I want to buy something off the registry, I'll get something useful like going in with other people on a high chair, or buying bibs or something like that.

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Marne - posted on 10/10/2012

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I also had way to many outfits, for me the one piece babygrows worked the best, easy to put on and change nappies.



I found that having a onepiece baby grow for each day, and some body vests mits and beanies, were just fine. They get irretated when wearing to much clothes, i would say rather use blankies than jackets and so on.

Sherri - posted on 10/03/2012

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@Leah not necessarily I dressed my babies in outfits every single day. I never had them in one piece jammies unless it was bed time. The cuter the outfit the better in my opinion. My son is 7mo's now and I still do, whether we are leaving the house or not. Did with the first 3 too.

Leah - posted on 09/30/2012

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you want to have a lot of cozy, cute, one piece outfits. I got tons of adorable little newborn outfits that you just don't want to put them in unless it's for a quick picture. You want them to always be comfortable. Keep in mind zippers are easier for Dads sometimes if they are going to be changing them!

Ana - posted on 09/13/2012

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Oh, and for my baby shower, I got equipment, diaper pail, blankets, bibs, etc.. not clothes.

Ellie - posted on 09/09/2012

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Thank you so much, all of you! Each reply is so helpful. Especially like the tip about the lingerie bag for the socks! I was wondering how I was going to keep track of those.

Sherri - posted on 09/09/2012

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Well it completely depends on how big your baby is and how much he grows. My son is 6mo's old and is still in 3-6mo's and has been since end of May. He is just starting to go into 6mo clothes now. So you bet I needed a TON of clothes. Nobody is going to be able to tell you how many you will need or how many you will go through. Every baby is different.



Also I despise sleepers other than for jammies and I hate hate hate sleep sacks never owned any I hated them so much. My kids from day one were in outfits every single day and jammies at night.



You will go through a ton of onesies as you will put them under their jammies, clothing, and if your house is warm have them just in them to lounge around at home. I could never have enough onesies. Love them



Also the hospital will only keep them in t-shirts till the day you get released as they keep the hospital at 80 deg because that is the optimal temp for a newborn.

Amanda - posted on 09/08/2012

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If your baby is due in the winter you'll find your prob gonna use sleepers more than anything. I also love sleep sacks. And hospitals are cold so definitely not just a onsie. Onsies are actually not recommended to be laying clothing any more due to overheating...especially with sleepers. Baby's wear 0-3 months for 2-4 weeks and 3-6 months another 2 months. To give you an idea my kids were all in 9-12 month clothing by 6 months old. My lil guy is 10 months and wears 18 & 24 month stuff.

Karen - posted on 09/07/2012

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Honestly, my baby pretty much lived in rompers (May baby) to keep him cool. I know winter babies who wore sleepers all the time. It sounds bad, but it's easier. You are so busy and so exhausted after having a baby that anything makes your life easier is a great thing! It is true if you have a baby who spits up a lot, that you will go through several outfits a day. My baby was NOT a spitter, when I got him changed in the am, he stayed in the same outfit until bed. So I didn't go through many clothes. Most people end up only really getting their baby Dressed when they are leaving the house or for a special occasion, so you don't really need many "outfits." Honestly you only need about 10-12 onsies, and outfits and jammies of each size, but remember to be weather appropriate, my baby slept in onsies in the summer, so no jammies 0-3 months for me. That should get you through a week, then do laundry. BIBS! Bibs are amazing and I don't think you can have too many, I probably have 3 to 4 Dozen! You WILL go through a LOT of them, especially if you have a spitter/drooler and when s/he starts eating solids. When in doubt, only ask for a few of each item, then if for some reason after the baby comes you feel you need more of an item then you can get more. It;s better to do that than to have too many that you never use. My sister had clothes that her baby never even got a chance to wear because of having sooo many clothes.

Amy - posted on 09/02/2012

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The other problem with registering for clothes is that most stores switch out and get new styles monthly, so if they're shopping 2 months after you registered its unlikely those items will be there still.

Lori - posted on 09/02/2012

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If you feel you must register for clothing I would say to pick out packs of onesies and socks in varying sizes. That way if you get "outfits" you can put the over these and help keep baby warm. Also if the outfit gets messy you can just take it off and you already have something else in place. If you talk to people let them know that if they want to buy clothing it keep in mind sizes and the time of year that the baby will be fitting into it. I got plenty of clothes that were adorable but when my daughter would be ready for them they were not right for the season, like shorts or dresses in the winter.



My daughter lived in just her diaper for the first 6 weeks of life since it was summer and we didn't really go anywhere. My son lives in onesies at home and footies at daycare since it is colder there.

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