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Newborn clothes - help!

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    Hi mums and dads!

    Can anyone help advise me what to buy for my new baby coming end of June/start of July?

    Baby is measuring long but normal weight.

    How many newborn/1st month/ tiny baby size vests and sleepsuits etc will i need?

    How soon would she/he be moving up into 0-3 months?

    Are sleepsuits all I need clothes wise? Would appreciate any help from those with experience!! The internet feels like a never ending shopping list of must haves! With current shopping restrictions and reliance on online delivery it feels like its all getting too much!


    Thank you!


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  • I wouldn’t bother with newborn stuff. I had a long baby and started with 0-1 month. He lasted 6 weeks in them. Baby number 2 is long and heavier and she lasted 3 weeks in them. She’s 7 weeks now and almost out of the 0-3 months stuff.

    Don’t bother with cute outfits at the start. They are a pain in the ass to change! Vests and babygros and a couple of cardigans. A couple of caps as well and you’ll be sorted. How many you need kind of depends on the baby. My little boy went through 3-4 outfits a day because he peed so much when we changed his nappy. Baby girl could wear the same babygro and vest for a few days.




  • I wouldn't bother with newborn sizes. My kids were in 0-3 from day one and 3-6 in a matter of weeks.
    Nappies too, they were one or two sizes bigger than the newborn size.
    Try avoid the cute outfits, there's loads of cute baby gros to be had. There'll be days you will go through multiple outfit changes.
    Just have lots of vests, baby gros and muslins so you aren't washing constantly either.
    Best of luck, those first few weeks are just lovely




  • Agree with the above, just babygrows until 3+ months because you are constantly changing them. I bought about 5 'up to one month' things for my kids, although my 9lb daughter grew out of them in two weeks, they were still good to have. I hate seeing little babies in clothes much too big. I would stick to sleepsuits, vests and muslins like the other poster said. Bibs are too fiddly on their tiny necks and I found cardigans annoying so always had a blanket to hand of I thought it was chilly.




  • Hi op,
    I’m due mid June too! It’s a mad time isn’t it?
    I would echo what other posters have said about baby grows. Stick to those rather than outfits. I’d get one pack of up to one month baby grows just in case. On my first I followed the advice that a lot of people gave and didn’t get any but ended up using them for quite a few weeks. Wasn’t a big deal at the time cos the other half went out and bought some but you don’t really have that option now (we’ll just factor in delivery times really).
    From memory this is roughly what I’ve got:
    - pack of 5 up to 1 month short sleeve vests
    - 2 packs of 3 up to 1 month baby grows
    - 15 short sleeve vests in 0-3
    - 15 baby grows in 0-3
    - hats (I have an excessive amount knit by my mother) I’d suggest 3. Don’t put the cutest one on as soon as they’re born - it’ll get covered in blood!
    - bibs one pack of 5
    - muslin cloths x6 to start. I suspect I may need more

    I’ve had deliveries from m&s, H&M and dunnes. Dunnes and m&s were the quickest though I was only waiting about 10 days for the H&M stuff.
    Not the ideal way to shop but it’s still fun when you get all the tiny stuff in the post. Enjoy picking it all out!




  • I got newborn stuff for my first.... They thought she would be on the small side... She was short, but not small and I just about squeezed her into the going home outfit I'd packed!

    She was in 0-3 months as soon as we got home from the hospital, although they were a little baggy on her for the first week or two.

    For no. 2 I got up to 1 month for the hospital and the first week or two at home and they were ideal.

    How soon will they move up sizes? It all depends on the baby really. I had no 2 in 0-1mth & 0-3mth from the beginning, you'll find some brands are smaller fitting and no2 grew according to the charts. No1 was still in 3-6mths at 8/9mths because she gained weight at her own pace.

    As for how much you'll need, as people have said it all depends on how much you need to change baby and also what you get as presents. I'd get 1 pack of long and short sleeved vests and a pack of sleep suits in 0-1mth to get you started and then a couple in 0-3mths. I know it's awkward with things as they are at the moment, but you can always buy more if you need to. Tescos have decent quality vests/sleep suits.

    Oh and, don't get bogged down with everything you 'need' that you see on the internet. All a newborn needs is the basics - some clothes/blankets, nappies, some where to sleep, food and a safe way to travel i.e car seat and a buggy/carrier.


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  • My 2 only fit 3-6 and 6-9 months when they were born:)




  • I never really bought anything other than 0-3 months until I had my fourth baby. Maybe one or two 0-1 mo babygros, that they wore in the hospital and a small few other times. When I had my last baby she was smaller and the 0-3 was swimming on her, so I bought maybe 6 or 7 0-1 months babygros that she wore for 5 or 6 weeks.
    Dunnes babygros tend to be shorter than m&s or next I found, so you might get away with 0-3 straight away If you’re expecting a long baby. You’ll be fine with 0-3 vests from the get go. For a summer baby you might need a couple of cardigans, depends on the summer we have!




  • 0-1 month is your best bet and some 0-3 months.
    My first 2 were 7lb 7 oz and 8lb 1z, and fit 0-1 months for 5-7 weeks, then up to 0-3 months.
    My third...well, he was a whopper so never mind him!!

    Size-wise, I find Dunnes and Boots tend to be smallish.Ditto for Tesco.Nothing wrong with them, but I will get longer out of a 0-3 month Mothercare, than a 0-3 month Dunnes, just due to the weights they sell by.M&S tend to be generous (and also have a 0-1 mth option), and Mothercare is generous.You would get a long time out of their sizes.Mamas and Papas clothes I find generous in width, but not length.Oddly.Next is the other one, their baby stuff is good too.H&M sizes.are big, but I don't find the quality great for lots of washing.

    Most my kids newborn stuff was a good mix of the above, (probably less Tesco) as I found they washed best, and lasted longest.Particularly the Mothercare and M&S and to a slightly lesser extent, Dunnes.I don't bother with Pennys myself, as I prefer to pay a bit extra and get longer wear from the stuff, but that is just my own personal choice.

    Stick to babygrows.Or, I had May & June babies ...the little trousers with the feet on them, and a long sleeve vest can work well if the weather gets quite hot.H&M and Mothercare have them.I would avoid putting outfits on babies too, tight waistbands around their little tummies do nothing for their digestive system which is troublesome enough as it is!




  • Next are small as well I find. My little girl is in 3-6 months in next babygros and filling them and they won’t last much longer but in 0-3 in everything else (just about).




  • bee06 wrote: »
    Next are small as well I find. My little girl is in 3-6 months in next babygros and filling them and they won’t last much longer but in 0-3 in everything else (just about).

    I found the opposite I have to say! I found they fit bigger than most. It’s just funny how each kid can be different. I’d say to op, it doesn’t really matter though. Whatever you buy if you’re conservative enough in numbers, you’ll get some use out of and you can judge as you go.


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  • bee06 wrote: »
    I wouldn’t bother with newborn stuff. I had a long baby and started with 0-1 month. He lasted 6 weeks in them. Baby number 2 is long and heavier and she lasted 3 weeks in them. She’s 7 weeks now and almost out of the 0-3 months stuff.

    Don’t bother with cute outfits at the start. They are a pain in the ass to change! Vests and babygros and a couple of cardigans. A couple of caps as well and you’ll be sorted. How many you need kind of depends on the baby. My little boy went through 3-4 outfits a day because he peed so much when we changed his nappy. Baby girl could wear the same babygro and vest for a few days.

    A Dad here. Them fancy outfits are a pain in the hole!

    This is the nature of war. By protecting others, you save yourself. If you only think of yourself, you'll only destroy yourself.





  • I only got as far as the outfits being a pain and added my tuppenny ha'pence.

    As to little boys, you need to face the penis in the six o clock position to help avoid leaking. Also I found opening the nappy, exposing it to the air and leaving it a minute meant he's pee again into the dirty nappy.

    Apologies if this is old hat to most, not everyone knows these things though.

    This is the nature of war. By protecting others, you save yourself. If you only think of yourself, you'll only destroy yourself.





  • Feisar wrote: »
    I only got as far as the outfits being a pain and added my tuppenny ha'pence.

    As to little boys, you need to face the penis in the six o clock position to help avoid leaking. Also I found opening the nappy, exposing it to the air and leaving it a minute meant he's pee again into the dirty nappy.

    Apologies if this is old hat to most, not everyone knows these things though.

    My little boy got wise to the waiting and used to wait longer! I’ll never forget the time he managed to pee in his mouth!




  • Mine pissed in my face.

    Wise words from Feisar, particularly if you need a urine sample for the doctor. Nappy off, wait about 30 seconds and be very ready with a container.

    &.. baby grows all the way.

    Best of luck with the corona babies, no better time to have one. You'd be self isolating for a couple of weeks and cursing the doorbell anyway!!




  • I was smiling at mine at changing time and he peed in my mouth. Last week I was holding him up and playing with he and he puked in my face.

    I didn't buy anything, my sisters in law sent me lots of stuff and buying more would be a shocking waste and not very eco friendly. He hasn't been in anything but babygros since he was born in mid March. So at a minimum, 6 babygros, 6 vests, about three little cotton hats, some socks and muslin cloths. If you think six muslins are enough, buy 12 as they're the handiest thing ever.

    I sometimes use disposable bibs as he rashes up very quickly if anything damp is against his skin and you don't always realize a bib might be slightly damp. Most of the time I just have one of the muslins in position when he's feeding.

    Where's my tea?





  • Candie wrote: »
    I was smiling at mine at changing time and he peed in my mouth. Last week I was holding him up and playing with he and he puked in my face.

    I didn't buy anything, my sisters in law sent me lots of stuff and buying more would be a shocking waste and not very eco friendly. He hasn't been in anything but babygros since he was born in mid March. So at a minimum, 6 babygros, 6 vests, about three little cotton hats, some socks and muslin cloths. If you think six muslins are enough, buy 12 as they're the handiest thing ever.

    I sometimes use disposable bibs as he rashes up very quickly if anything damp is against his skin and you don't always realize a bib might be slightly damp. Most of the time I just have one of the muslins in position when he's feeding.

    They're so different. One of mine needed about 1200 muslins a day. The newest needs 1 a week.




  • John_Rambo wrote: »
    They're so different. One of mine needed about 1200 muslins a day. The newest needs 1 a week.

    I think we can let the math dictate an average of 600 muslins, per baby, in that case (and it might not be enough)!

    Where's my tea?





  • Thank you so much everyone! Its so reassuring to get this info from mums and dads who are "in the know". The internet can be so overwhelming and makes me think I need 100s of items for my baby to have any chance of survival!

    I feel so much calmer now and am feeling a lot more confident .

    Can I ask a quick q about nightime clothes? Sorry if this is very naive of me.

    Are grobag style sleep suits the best way to go? Do you add a blanket or just use the correct tog value?

    If not, is vest, babygro and a cellular blanket fine? What have you found works best in the first few weeks?

    Thank you all so much!




  • I just use a cellular blanket until they start rolling. Our house is quite warm so it’s easier to remove / add if needed.




  • The grobags are fantastic from maybe 4-6 months onwards - I was wary of using them up to then. Preferred cellular blankets as you could add remove layers. Getting the tog right for a newborn in the Irish summer can be quite tricky, and newborns are very temperature sensitive.

    Mine were all newborns in heatwaves (it is not much fun BF in that). I usually had them in a vest and babygro at night, then add blankets as needed .We are by the sea, so there would always be a breeze. Have a few blankets and a couple of spares and spare sheets, due to mini-pukes (or maxi pukes:D)....they do this thing where they lie there beaming at you and the next thing, present you with a flow of liquid out of their mouths...while still beaming at you...:P


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  • Gro bags have a minimum weight to ensure babies don't slip down into them and suffocate. We swaddled our two in cellular blankets until they hated it at about two/ three months. We switched them both to Gro bags but my daughter hated the restriction and we moved her back to blankets at about 7 months. My son stayed in a Gro bag until he was about a 1.5 years old. All kids are different so don't buy too many things like that at first. The hospital will swaddle them from the start so we just kept doing that until baby stopped liking it (but it shouldn't be done once they can roll over).

    Edited to agree with all the muslin chat. My kids are 2.5 and 10 months and I still use them daily. Both kids went through about 10 a day as babies but we rarely use bibs.




  • John_Rambo wrote: »
    They're so different. One of mine needed about 1200 muslins a day. The newest needs 1 a week.

    Maybe we were using them wrong, but we found muslin cloths not much use at all with our lads. They aren't absorbent, and milk/puke just rolls off them. Our second lad for the first month puked up about half of every bottle pretty much, so we were using towels to prevent the worst of it escaping onto floors furniture, and it worked most of the time until the delayed puke came into play.

    We couldn't think of a proper use for muslin cloths at all to be honest. For non puke times we had shoulder cloths which were far more effective at catching normal spills and milky burps.

    In terms of clothes, definitely agree that outfits are generally a waste of time up until 6 months at least. Sleepsuits and vests are pretty much all you'll need. We never used bibs until after 3 months when the serious dribbling kicked in. Baby 2 is 6 months now and could go through 8-10 bibs a day between feeding messiness and general dribbling.




  • funny how different all babies are, just indicates to you that you should only buy a few of each thing until you see what your baby is like.

    we used milions of muslin cloths, we had them in every room cause we seemed to need them constantly and we found them perfect, absorbed everything and easy to throw in the wash etc.

    bibs i used from the start on both of mine, the second guy in particular was a real dribbler so they were an absolute necessity unless you want to be changing wet baby gros and vests all the time, in fact the second lad I had bib and layerd a muslin over it to catch the rivers of drool that flowed out of him!so muslin got changed very frequently and the bib changed a little less often...

    gro bags we used from the start too, they never slipped over their heads, the head hole was too small. the reason i liked using gro bags from the start was night feeds, if there was no nappy change needed we could just lift them in and out of the cot and not make them cold by having to remove blankets. my eldest wore his gro bag up till he was three and the other has taken his off at 18 months, he just keeps taking them off in bed so there is no point in putting them on so we are on a cot duvet for him.

    i think one united message from everyone is forget about the cute outfits, definitly have one or two for pictures or special visitors (although that might not be a factor for you!) but as everyone said, babies live in babygros for the first three months at least, outfits are far too fiddly and hard to get on.




  • One thing i find great for new borns and onwards those pants with feet socks in them as such, mighty




  • Milly33 wrote: »
    One thing i find great for new borns and onwards those pants with feet socks in them as such, mighty

    I love them! When I eventually take them out of a babygrow I use them! My kids were desperate for taking off their socks!!




  • Hi.
    I had my first baby 2 weeks ago.
    I didnt but any newborn clothes as I thought he would grow quickly and be a waste of money.
    Himself arrived early (only 10 days mind you) and the 0-3 months were swimming on him :D
    So we stopped off in Tesco on the way home and bought a few babygros in newborn size.

    Outfits yes they look so cute but my God they are difficult to change quickly, so yes babygros where possible :D

    We had bought gro bags but there is a minimum weight baby needs to be to use them and ours isnt there yet so weve been using cellular blankets. We had to buy more of these also...

    We were lucky that we had bought a lot of stuff before Covid 19, so weve only had to get some stuff online.
    Next are pretty quick at delivery but nearly everything seems to be sold out at the moment.
    Dunnes have limited stock online and takes up to 10 working days to arrive.
    Smyths are only taking certain number of orders in a day so youll need to order in the morning time generally and its up to 6 working days with them.
    We ordered window shades for the car from Eurobaby on Monday and they arrived yesterday!

    Best of luck with the new arrival!

    Best of luck with your new arrival!




  • Babygros until about 3 months. Then I use them as nightwear mostly. Maybe have one or two in a small size. Myself and husband are tall but I seem to have smallish skinny babies so their clothes tend to last them. My first was 6 weeks early so he went through every size. Small baby, newborn, 0-1 month, 0-3 months. Next two were born at 39 weeks. I suppose if they went overdue they would have been a lot bigger.
    3 month old here is currently in cotton leggings or tracksuit bottoms type pants and various sweaters. He’s going thru an explosive poo Or spit up phase so I need an unlimited supply of vests and muslins.




  • Milly33 wrote: »
    One thing i find great for new borns and onwards those pants with feet socks in them as such, mighty

    Love these!! Got them for my little boy in H&M but they only go up to 9 months so he'll be finished with them soon...noooooo :( I haven't found bigger sizes anywhere else.




  • really, what a shame. I was only just doing out a list of things to get for later and had them on it..Such a shame as they are great both mine never left socks on them and the booties are just a pain in the other end....


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  • Milly33 wrote: »
    really, what a shame. I was only just doing out a list of things to get for later and had them on it..Such a shame as they are great both mine never left socks on them and the booties are just a pain in the other end....

    I think they are called “crawlers”!
    Try m and s.


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