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What clothing for a winter baby?

post #1 of 18
Thread Starter 

I know it is kind of early, but I dragged out my 0-6 months box from the basement yesterday, and apparently I have almost nothing in newborn or 0-3 sizes.  A few summery dresses (not going to be helpful) and a couple pair of footies.  I think I must have loaned/given away a lot when my son was an infant (and not sleeping...funny how that can make you feel "done").  I will put out a general request for hand me downs once we announce things, but in case I don't get anything, I am trying to figure out what the neccesary clothing basics are for a winter baby.  Help me make a list?  

post #2 of 18
What's the climate like where you live? Here, all we need is a bunch of footie pajamas, and that will be warm enough. I'll probably also get onesies to wear around the house for easier diaper changes.

If you live somewhere that actually gets cold, you'll probably need more than that. :-\
post #3 of 18
Dd was a summer baby and we got by in the shirts and diapers with occasional legwarmers.
This time around I hope to maintain the easy diaper change with wool covers and wool legwarmers. Or regular legwarmers with a bunting/romper for when we go out. I assume new baby will be in the moby most of the time and they are pretty cozy in there.
Footies don't seem to work for me cute as they are. Maybe I'll knit some cowboy booties. It doesn't get too cold here in Portland but it's damp, which sometimes is harder for me to figure out layering.

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post #4 of 18
Thread Starter 

New England.  It will be chilly at least until March, probably won't really warm up until May.  How many of each clothing item do you think?  I'd love to do mostly wool longies, but I have never had those in newborn size, since they are expensive to buy, and I don't knit.  Do you do fitted diapers under them?  We were probably going to do mostly prefolds this time around, which I imagine doesn't mix well with wool, for  a newborn (since the poo is liquid).

post #5 of 18

I'm not much help, being in middle Georgia. DS was a Dec baby, and we used lots of long-sleeve, cotton onesies with plenty of blankets handy. Cotton footy pajamas. We also had some fleece outfits, but I found DS would get too hot in them unless we were outside in the cold.

post #6 of 18

I panicked last time with my first "winter" baby and got so much tiny warm stuff, and the it wasn't cold until Jan! If this is a girl, I should be set, but if it's a boy I'm going to need a lot of clothes. I'm trying to figure out what should be in my layette as well. My kids seem to hate socks, so I think I'm going to try to find or make lots of footie pjs.

post #7 of 18

I'm glad somebody posted this!  My kids are spring and summer babies and I'm really clueless about this winter baby thing.  Especially since I plan to cloth diaper and pretty much wear them all the time.  What are wool longies and can they be crocheted?

post #8 of 18

Thank you for asking! I'm in the Seattle area where it'll be cold (ok, to me 40* is cold!) and wet til at least April. My DD was a May baby (and we lived somewhere warmer) so she pretty much just wore shirts and a diaper. I'm not so much worried about around the house stuff, but what do you put them in when you have to leave the house? 

post #9 of 18
Im have this dilemma too. Ive had a spring and summer baby. Add on the fact were moving to the mountains where -25 degree weather in December . Normal... I guess the baby and I can just hibernate untI spring wink1.gif haha im guessing long sleeve onsies, leggings, and fleece pjs. Lots of blankets!
post #10 of 18

I'm more worried about the going outside factor. I'd love to just stay inside til Spring (no really, I would!) but with 10 & 7 year olds that's not going to happen (dance 3-4 nights a week-oi!) I looked at the baby snowsuits and whatnot and they all seem to start at 3 mos size. I have sewing patterns for jumpers/pjs so I wonder if I can just sew one from heavy fleece or something like that. I'm probably over thinking this because when I do take baby out he'll be in a sling/carrier next to me so he's probably not going to get that cold anyway. 

post #11 of 18
Thread Starter 

I bet you could put a size three month snowsuit on a newborn and have it be fine, since it is going to go over other clothes.  Maybe a bit bulky, but it would keep them warm while youa re outside.  They can't be worn in carseats, so easy in and out might be a bonus.  Our going out plan is probably going to be a shower cap style cover for the infant bucket and blankets tucked in underneath.  I love to baby wear, and my July baby (where there were no other children to wrangle) was in a convertible car seat and straight into a carrier, easy peasy.  But it is *so* cold here by January, and realistically I will probably save the babywearing for indoor activities until it is less bitter.  I know there are babywearing coats and vests to help solve that problem too, though.  I am a winter wimp, so I don't envision a lot of sledding with the big kids with newborn in tow. We will be hibernating other than school drop off and pick up for a while.

 

Wool longies are basically pants made out of wool.  They can be lanolized, and then they act as a water proof layer (more or less, not as waterproof as plastic, of course) over the top of a diaper.  We have a pair made of interlock which are lovely, and some knit ones, but a quick earch online showed a bunch of pictures of crocheted longies as well, so it looks possible!  I think for a newborn, a fitted diaper with elastic to keep in messes would work best under wool, though I am sure there are people out there who do prefolds with success.  You only have to wash them every few weeks (or if they get poop on them) which is pretty nice.

post #12 of 18

I worked out what I want to have on hand as a layette, but I'm in Florida, so I don't need as much warm stuff, but we leave the windows open all winter so I want to make sure baby can be well covered and layered. I'm also planning on having another spit up prone baby since I have overactive letdown and #1 had bad reflux (better safe than out of burp cloths!). I count on being able to do laundry every other day.
 

Essential layette (buy or make)

5-8 footed sleepers

2 long sleeved gowns with built in mittens

3-5 long sleeved onesies

2-5 short sleeved onesies

1-2 jackets or hoodies

3-5 pairs pants (with or without feet)

3 pairs socks that look like shoes

2-3 casual outfits

2 nice outfits

1-2 hats

3-5 bibs

6-12 burp cloths

6 thin receiving blankets

4 warm blankets

2 muslin swaddle blankets

2 velcro or zip up swaddle blankets

2 crib sheets

2 crib waterproof mattress protector

2 waterproof changing pads (no changing station this time, I'll just be throwing one of these underneath baby in the crib, on the bed, or one the couch)

 

I also didn't include any diaper stuff. I have some cloth, but I get overrun with laundry so easily I have a hard time using them.

post #13 of 18

I really want to get this: http://www.hipmommy.com/product-p/vdaa-0491b.htm I can see myself sitting around with the baby in that for the first month at least. It's really not far off from what I had to do with DD when she was a newborn. She wouldn't wake up to eat so my mw had me keep her skin to skin all day and I just tied a huge piece of cloth around us. The seems much more convenient!

post #14 of 18
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Originally Posted by CourtBChase View Post

Wool longies are basically pants made out of wool.  They can be lanolized, and then they act as a water proof layer (more or less, not as waterproof as plastic, of course) over the top of a diaper.  We have a pair made of interlock which are lovely, and some knit ones, but a quick earch online showed a bunch of pictures of crocheted longies as well, so it looks possible!  I think for a newborn, a fitted diaper with elastic to keep in messes would work best under wool, though I am sure there are people out there who do prefolds with success.  You only have to wash them every few weeks (or if they get poop on them) which is pretty nice.

You can also make recycled wool longies using the sleeves of felted thrift store sweaters. I was able to buy a bunch of 100% merino wool men's xl sweater for $2 a piece at my good will. They're all waiting in a bin to be sewn up into wool longies and soakers.

post #15 of 18
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Originally Posted by TrishWSU View Post

I really want to get this: http://www.hipmommy.com/product-p/vdaa-0491b.htm
 I can see myself sitting around with the baby in that for the first month at least. It's really not far off from what I had to do with DD when she was a newborn. She wouldn't wake up to eat so my mw had me keep her skin to skin all day and I just tied a huge piece of cloth around us. The seems much more convenient!

That does look pretty cool! I kinda wonder if you couldn't just slide baby into a regular halter top, though.
post #16 of 18

kimkim, we're in Southern Oregon, Ashland.  

 

I'm going to make a couple of wool sacks, maybe just sleeveless and they can wear a long sleeve bamboo shirt or something under?  Maybe just two buttons at the bottom?  I'm afraid if I leave it totally open at the bottom then baby will wiggle little feet out of it and it'll get cold, but I want easy access for diaper changes so don't want to sew the bottom up.  What else could I do? 

 

I'm going to make some wool pants and long tops too out of old cashmere sweaters; if it's girl I'll make dresses.  Waiting on making those til I find out the gender so I can make appropriate embellishments.  I made one set for my son last winter (he was 2).  He doesn't keep covers on, so I layered bamboo under them on a really cold night.  They were so so soft, he loved them, and it was the first winter my toddler wasn't cold in the night!  I made the top really long, coming down to his knees, so he stayed cozy.

 

When we left the house I used a warm down baby sack for the carrier or stroller- it tucked right around baby and kept them cozy.  I also kept a cozy wool thing in the carseat.  So we didn't do coats- ridiculously hard to get on for such a short amount of time.  

post #17 of 18

I woke up this morning with a mad determination to make things for the baby!  So I sewed some cute things on plain baby gowns...

 

 

AppleMark

 

 

and then I made two pairs of wool pants from old sweaters- one that'll fit this winter (with a heart on the butt) and another for next winter (with hearts on the knees).  I'm not a perfectionist, but things came out cute enough for me : )

 

AppleMark

post #18 of 18

Just finished this little vest for the baby!  There are a few flaws because I modified the pattern a bit to make it slightly larger as so many comments said it would fit a doll not a baby! but I think it came out well enough.  It's super soft (alpaca).

http://thriftyknitter.com/?p=223

 

AppleMark

 

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