Clothing Questions

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Registered: 04-03-2008
Clothing Questions
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Wed, 08-19-2009 - 4:34am

Hi ladies,

I have a few questions related to clothing- as I tend to get SO confused when I see the sizes in stores.

First off how long are babies really in the newborn size?

Second at 1-3 months what sizes were your (child)ren wearing?

Finally,

I still have plenty of time to plan but was just wondering- if I want to take my baby out in cold rainy weather (between about 40-50 degrees) what all do I need to have in terms of clothing?

March and April tend to be coldish and rainy here but I don't want to stay cooped up in the house...

However I don't want to buy a newborn jacket if it only lasts about a week or something...

It's all so confusing! LOL



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Registered: 04-03-2008
Sat, 08-22-2009 - 2:34am

Thanks for all the info ladies!
So to sum it all up:)

-Stroller needs rain protection- but that is definitely a given here in Hamburg, most people don't drive for the daily shopping so all the strollers have them.

-Still buy newborn sizes! I am guessing that if people decide to give us clothes some will be newborn size, plus I have a lot of stuff from my childhood and from my mom so I probably won't add to it with more then a going home outfit.

-Don't worry if clothes are a bit too big.

-Babies don't need jackets. But if I find a very cute one I am allowed to buy it with te knowledge that I am buying it solely for me and not because it is neccesary LOL :D



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Registered: 01-17-2007
Fri, 08-21-2009 - 3:42pm

First off how long are babies really in the newborn size?


Well, Ry wore the newborn size until he was almost 4 months old, but he's also a teensy guy. The point is that you never know. Everyone told me not to bother getting anything in the newborn size because babies grow out of it so quickly and we ended up having to make a Target run the night we came home from the hospital because all of his clothes were too big!


Second at 1-3 months what sizes were your (child)ren wearing?


Newborn. He couldn't fill out the 3 month size till he was 4 months, and then he wore the 3 month size until he was 7 months and he's just now growing out of the 6 month clothes and into the 9 month size and he's 10 months!


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I still have plenty of time to plan but was just wondering- if I want to take my baby out in cold rainy weather (between about 40-50 degrees) what all do I need to have in terms of clothing?


Ry spent all winter in a onesie and socks with PJs over it and then a sweater or sweatjacket if we went outside, and he was fine (and it's much colder here). When it got really cold or snowy, we'd tuck blankets around him in the carrier. Of course, we didn't do a lot of outside time when he was really young. It was pretty much just the trip from the parking lot to the store that we had to worry about.

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Registered: 04-13-2008
Fri, 08-21-2009 - 5:52am

Question, are US sizes smaller than UK ones? Teddy was born nearly 10 lbs and yet his Newborn size sleepsuit looked big on him (see attached pic).

I'd second what other people say though, buy mostly 0-3 and a few NB sizes, then when baby is there you can always send your hubby out to buy smaller sizes if needs be! But bigger sizes you'll use anyways at some point or other.

As for outdoor clothes, I also had him in onesies mostly when he was little, and had a snowsuit type thing (it wasn't thickly padded though) or else just extra hoodies (not proper jacket/coat). I also think blankets work well. Just make sure to check baby's temperature every now and again as it's easy for them to overheat. A raincover for the buggy is also great!

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Registered: 10-03-2008
Wed, 08-19-2009 - 11:37pm

I didn't read other responses, so pardon any duplication.


First; Really it just depends how fast they grow. My first grew very slowly &

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Wed, 08-19-2009 - 8:48pm
Ash-First of all I had been away from the WTT boards for a bit, so congrats. Secondly, my little guy is on the opposite spectrum as far as clothing. He's 22.5 months old and still wearing some 12 month clothing. If it's pants he needs 18 months, but they fall off of his waist. He was still wearing newborn onsies until he was 3-4 months old. Needless to say this time I'll be getting more newborn stuff as this one will be almost 3 weeks earlier than he was. He was 8 lbs 2.5 oz at birth, but 21.5 inches long. For the first year he was pretty much right on target with clothing. He's slowed down since then so the stuff I bought him last summer for this summer is all too big. As far as coats and jackets and such I always buy them a size up from where he is so that I get more wear out of them. I just rolled up the sleeves. I wouldn't worry about getting a newborn jacket, I'd probably just start with 3-6 months jacket, sweater, or sweatshirt that way you can layer, and baby legs.
To answer you more specifically it's really not a big deal to not have a lot of newborn size clothes, it's ok for the clothes to be big and them wear 0-3 month clothes. I think Gideon was in that size until he was somewhere around 4 months old.

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Wed, 08-19-2009 - 4:50pm

Barrett was 8.4 lbs and 20 in when born - he's been in the 75th percentile pretty much the whole time. Most of his newborn clothes fit for one month, the 0-3 very close to 3 months. Except the Gerber clothes, they ran much smaller than the other brands!

*** I started writing this much earlier today so I'm really not trying to copy Sarah and Grace!**** I think for newborns, wrapping in blankets works extremely well since the baby tends to curl up into a little ball anyway. Barrett wore nothing but onsies for the first month - even sleeping, he was in a onsie and swaddled. If you are going to be using a stroller, sling or carseat for most outings then pjs or a onsie w/ a warm blanket should be great.

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Wed, 08-19-2009 - 2:41pm

James wore the newborn stuff for about 2 days. 0-3 monthes he wore until about 6 weeks, and now he's in 3-6 monthes. Honestly though it's different for every baby, and brand sizes the clothes differently. I find cheapy brands tend to run large.

For me, I didn't buy clothes hardly at all. People bought us clothes of all different sizes, and I just figure if he needs more than what people bought us, I'll buy it when he needs it.

For those first few weeks I think some 0-3 onsies and sleepers would be sufficient and then once baby is born, you'll know how big they are and how fast they're growing and can decide what else to buy. My mom bought us some really cute newborn (or maybe premie?) stuff that never fit James at all.

Also, don't think because you're small you'll definitely have a small-normal sized baby. That's what I though and my child is in the 93rd percentile for weight...

And, in my opinion, shopping for baby clothes is just as fun, if not more so once you have met your baby, and have them here. If you itching to buy stuff while pregnant, buy non season specific things like onesies, pajamas, bibs, socks, stuff like that ;-)

For the cool weather I second onsie+sleeper+blanket, babies don't really need jackets because while outside they will most likely be in a carseat/stroller/sling, or something of that nature, and it's easy to bundle them in a blanket.

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Wed, 08-19-2009 - 2:26pm

IT's so hard to say because, as PP have said, it all depends on the size of your baby at birth! Elena was only 5 lbs 13 oz, and was swimming in newborn sized clothes for the first 2-3 weeks or so. Some of her newborn onesies still fit her now, and she is 2 and a half months old. She is mostly wearing 0-3 months now though.


It also depends on the brand of the clothes - some of them are a lot bigger than others. She has one Baby Mexx onesie that is supposed to be a 3-6 month and it fit her at a month and a half! And as I said, some of her newborn clothes still fit, while others



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Wed, 08-19-2009 - 11:53am

There is really no way to know. With Desmond he was in newborn clothes for a week or so, 0-3s for 2/3 weeks maybe and in 3-6s by 6 weeks, he was in 6-9 and 6-12 month clothing by 3 months, in fact in his 3 month professional pictures he is wearing size 6-12 month clothes, so I know my time line for him is about right. He was in 18 month clothes towards the end of 5 months/start of 6 months, though some of his 12 month clothes still fit. He was in all 18 & 24 month clothes by 9 months.

It was actually kind of a pain since we had prebought a ton of his clothes before he was born and he never ended up wearing half of them since he was in the clothes in the wrong season.

With Eloise, we bought her a couple of things and nothing over 0-3 months to start, so that we didn't buy clothes she would never wear.

She fit in newborn clothes for close to 6 weeks, and didn't really fit in the 0-3 stuff till around week 3, she was in 0-3s till yesterday (we noticed she had outgrown the last of the stuff that still fit her in 0-3) so 5 months. She fits well in 3-6 month clothes now at 5 months and we started pulling them out for her when she was around 10 weeks old. I don't see her moving up to 6-9 month clothes till fairly close to her turning 6 months, and I figure she will probably be in 12 months by December or January. She is running fairly close to true to size. It could change, but I am doubtful that it will.

To actually answer your questions.

Newborn Clothes: Eloise 6 weeks, Desmond 1 week
At 1-3 months: Eloise: Newborn and 0-3 sized clothes (started on 3-6 month clothes toward the end, but they were still big on her); Desmond: newborn, 0-3, 3-6, 6-9 and 6-12 month clothes.

As far as cool weather in the spring, I would just get some of the play and sleep outfits and put a onsie or t-shirt under it and then wrap in a blanket if you are going to be outside for long. It is what I did for both my spring babies in fairly comparable weather to yours. You can get the play and sleep outfits in fleece so that they keep the baby toasty warm (I know Carters carries them, not sure where you would find them in Germany though).











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Wed, 08-19-2009 - 9:43am

It depends on your baby, and my dr said mine would be 8lbs and she was 6lbs so there is really no telling until your LO arrives. But I definitely agree with pp that it's better to buy bigger. That being said, Daphne is so small her newborn clothes are just starting to fit at 4 weeks and her 0-3mos are HUGE on her.

It gets really cold here too, I have winter hats, mittens, buntings etc, and plus you can always wrap em in a blanket. I also have a plastic weather shield for a stroller.





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