Another question: I'm eyeballing these realllly cute Hanna Andersson baby jackets that are cheap on Ebay, thinking about getting one... but how often do babies really wear sweaters/jackets? Those of you with baby experience: how do you dress them for cool/cold weather from 0 to 6 months? Are waist-length fleece jackets nice, or is it more convenient to just go with a full length bunting/bodysuit or blanket? We're in Iowa, so we'll have cool fall weather then cool to very cold winter weather.
Well, it depends. If you are thinking about for carseat- skip the bunting/bodysuit stuff. They are way too puffy and interfere with the harness so shouldn't be warn in a carseat. How I do it (my ds was born in October too so I'll do it the exact same way this time) is to put baby in a onesie and diaper, outfit and then a sweater (not puffy) with a hat. Then put in carseat and cover with blanket (or if you aren't using a bucket then cover baby with a blanket then bring outside to the carseat). My ds had one of those fleece Hanna Anderson jackets (it was orange with a zoo theme and a pointy hat! So cute!) and it was perfect. Not too thick to interfere with the harness straps, but good enough to keep the chill off (I still covered the carseat with a blanket).
If you are thinking of situations not using a carseat (taking baby outside, going for a walk in the stroller, etc) then a bunting might be the way to go. My ds had one when he was young but we really only used it for playing in the snow (first sledding ride was at like 2 1/2 months old ).