We currently do not have in our possession even one plain cotton onesie or t-shirt or sleep sack!
So, I'm wondering what you experienced mamas would recommend that we invest in for just the first 6 weeks or so. For example, do brand new babies sleep in long sleeve onesies and a "wearable blanket"/sleep sack, or is it better to have them in a short sleeve onesie with socks, a hat, and then swaddle them for sleeping? When do they move into footed pajamas? Are kimono-style t's and onesies a must until the cord stump heals? What will the little bugger wear during the day when she's brand new (keeping in mind we're in Southern California and it rarely gets below 60 during the day)?
I thought I knew this stuff until I actually sat down and tried to plan it all out!
If you find that its not quite warm enough for that, socks and baby legs are great as well. You just probably arent going to want to be messing with snaps and zippers at night!
For outings or daytime wear, we just did one piece sleepers most of the time. Occasionally, I would dress ds in an "outfit", but that was rarely. I know we did it for his newborn and one month pics, but I cant remember another time he was dressed in an outfit.
I live in Michigan and have only had a Feb. baby and this one will be a Jan/Feb baby so I dont know much about a newborn and 60+ degree weather...only 30 or colder.
ETA: Get some onsies, which you will use later, and some sleep sack things, and then use what works. Whatever you get, get at least 6 or 7 or more because you will go through many a day -- newborns are incredibly messy creatures.
Something else to consider is the size baby you are expecting. If you don't know, find out how big you and your dh were at birth. This will give you a general range of how big your baby might be. That along with whatever your care provider is projecting will be close enough. If you are expecting a small baby you will want newborn size items and possibly preemie things. I expect to have a baby under 7 pounds. That means the only things that will truely fit for the first month or so will be preemie. I know what the tags on the clothes say, that the newborn stuff will fit. I also know my experience. Just something to consider.
I love those sleep sacks too. Those middle-of-the-night diaper changes dont need to be made longer by snaps. The stretchy sleepers are nice for day and night, too. I never did layers, because both my kids ran hot (heck, it was hot enough too that DD was just in a diaper half the time). The legged sleepers are nicer in the car seat, too.
I bought nothing new in 0-3 sizes this time, though, because I have had 2 8-lb babies already and they were both out of them in a matter of weeks. I never used the kimono style onesies, both my previous kids' umbilical cords fell off in a matter of days so it wasnt an issue. We werent going out then really anyway so we just snuggled up and the sack sleepers werent irritating. But I never really used onesies much, except the thicker ones like t-shirts.
Whatever you buy, buy cheap for the first sizes, because they grow out of them so quickly. I got a lot on consignment with my second and that was great, because the clothes are often barely worn and are so plentiful you can get them for a few bucks apiece at most.
I love the kimonos by Petit Bateau and also the ones by Mon Reve.
these are some of my favorite staples (check out the rest of the site as they also carry Zutano which many mamas like for bright, unisex colors)..I am into white cotton myself...
Oh and keep in mind Petit Bateau runs small.
I hate T-shirts on babies
Stock up on onesies and pajama type outfits.
Sleep sacks suck, anything with out legs ride up all the time and you will be constantly pulling them back down.
also make sure the buttons are in front. I once had an outfit with the buttons on the back. Not only was it more difficult to put on but I would not imagine that buttons on you back felt very good while you lay on your back most hours of the day.
If your baby is bigger then 8 lbs, newborn sizes wont fit more then a couple of weeks if at all. So dont buy much in actual new born size.
t shirts are so much easier at changing time than onsies are.
those heavy sleep blankets are good for the cold but inconvinient when using a car seat.
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The rest of the time we mostly wore the sleep n play snap-up one piece outfits on him. as it got warmer we'd also have him in just a onesie with socks during the day.
I second what the PP said about not going crazy with the 0-3 sizes. If baby is small and will be wearing that size longer, you can always go shopping after the baby comes. In fact, I really enjoyed being able to go out with DS in tow and shop for him, knowing it was for him and not just the baby in my belly
We liked the ones with snaps better than the ones with zippers, because the ones with snaps open more easily down both legs. But some people hate those because you have to be more careful figuring out which snaps go where when you put it back together.
At night, we swaddled her, generally in a lightweight receiving blanket.
After the first couple weeks, she was too good at wiggling the gowns up to her armpits and wiggling her diapers downwards at night (even swaddled) - so we switched to footed sleepers then.
Personally I found actual sleep sacks to be too big for newborns and get too close to the face because they were so over-sized.
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The gowns are nice for nighttime diaper changes. BUT! They do not fit newborns! They are just way to big! Even my almost 10lb ds was swallowed by the gowns for a couple weeks!
I have mainly sleepers, gowns, tshirts and any outfits are usually just knit pants and shirts. Nothing stiff. We do have a couple outfits that are a bit more elaborate. But they aren't my favorites...
Socks! Get lots of them. They seem to disappear for some reason!