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We were given my daughter's entire wardrobe from birth to age one either through hand-me-downs or gifts, so I never had to think about buying stuff for her in the beginning. Now that we're having a boy, we're basically starting at square one this time and I have no idea how much of everything he needs! I don't want to overbuy, but I also don't want to not have enough.
What are you supposed to buy and how much of everything???
It seems the only thing to be careful on is "newborn" sized clothes, because a large baby will never fit into them. My mom said it was comical looking at how small some of the clothes she was given were.
The Carter's store where I have been going to lately has a fantastic return policy - basically you can return at any point - even years later as long as you have the receipt and tags. So I am stocking up. I won't wash anything until I actually use it, and I'll return what I end up not using.
I think you need to start out with about 8-10 cotton sleepers, and maybe 8-10 outfits, in the 0-3 month size. I would buy maybe 2-3 sleepers in newborn size. I use a ton of side snap undershirts in the newborn stage...hardly any real outfits. You can always buy more newborn stuff if you need to when he's here. The outfits for boys can be real simple - onesies and little pants or shorts. Or if it's summer, those rompers which are a short sleeve shirt and shorts all in one - so easy! You can always add more if you need to. Also, don't forget a hat for the summer. And maybe a couple pairs of socks if you want.
I plan on reusing my DD clothes this time around even though I am having a boy. I have a few onsies and a couple of pants (white or green color) that i bought and since it'll be late spring/early summer, there won't be a need for anything else. I got more clothes as gifts but they're more girlie colors but I don't care, I'll still use them for a boy too. lol. I am too conservative when it comes to money and shopping for clothes.
I'm just super careful about newborn size. My other girls wore newborn size for 2 weeks, that's it. I'm expecting the same from this baby (I have tall girls).
I find that you don't really need much in every size for the first couple of years because they just fly through sizes. I love the Carters pants/onesie sets, I have a few of those, a TON of sleepers for some reason, and some one piece footless outfits. I like putting them in soft, comfy clothes in the beginning - I stay away from jeans, cords, shirts that aren't onesies, etc.
For boys I love the rompers and all-in-ones. So easy and comfy. My boys wore a ton of them for their first six-nine months. The little pants-onsie outfits are also equally cute and practical. They have some great colors out for boys right now too
As for size and how many of each...it's so hard to tell. My boys were completely opposite. Liam was teeny for the first three months of his life. He wore newborn clothes for 3 months. Kieran grew at the speed of light and wore newborn for two weeks. So I do think it's hard to predict. I would base it off your daughters size and if you/DH are tall (if you are, I would go with less newborn, since it's mostly length that makes them grow out of it so quickly).
I think 3-5 newborn sleepers and 1-2 onsie sets would be fine to start for newborn, especially if you don't expect them to wear it long.
For the bigger sizes, I would go with a nice variety. 7 sleepers, 7 onsie outfits, 3-4 rompers, etc. I think more people tend to overbuy rather than underbuy, so I am sure as long as you have enough for a few days worth of clothes, you are good. I think most of us are doing laundry a lot with a newbie
I think most kids tend to slow down once they hit the 12-18 month size, so that is when I start buying more clothes.
I definitely agree with the onesies and pants deal. Lots and lots of onesies are so nice to have! Babies spit up and poop all over everything, so at first you are changing their clothes a lot (at least, it seems like it).
Thanks, Ladies! Advice well taken! And I love the tip on Carter's return policy. I will definitely be stocking up there. It seems like they have one of the best selections of baby stuff anyway. No sense on spending a ton of money at Old Navy or Baby Gap when he'll just grow out of it anyway (and poop and puke on it).