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baby clothes--how many of each "item" do you suggest having?? and here's the next issue i don't know how to handle--how much to wash pre-baby?? there's a good chance based on both family's histories that baby will be be big, 8-10lbs, so i'm not sure what size that would be and i hate to take tags off of clothes that won't get worn.<br><br>
here are the categories i have come up with, if you could give me numerical suggestions for each that would be fabulous!!<br><br>
short sleeved onesies<br>
long sleeved onesies<br>
pajamas<br>
gowns<br>
one-piece outfits (day time)<br>
shorts<br>
pants<br>
short sleeve t shirts<br>
long sleeve t shirts<br>
sweaters/jackets/sweatshirts<br>
baby legs
 

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OMG, take it easy there on your list. I would start with the bare minimal because you don't know yet<br>
1) how big your baby is<br>
2) if s/he is a spitter<br>
3) tends to regular diaper blowouts<br><br>
And in the end, your baby is going to grow so fast that a lot things are seriously only going to get worn once if you don't need to change your baby multiple times a day. I'd say stick to very simple items for the first two months - long and short sleeve onsies with pants for when it gets cool, some sleeping gowns. Go from there once you see what you've got. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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I think summer babies are the trickiest to plan for because you have the normal climate but then everyplace is so cold with AC that you have to be prepared for that as well. At least with winter babies its easier to plan.<br><br>
I think a lot also depends on your climate. I am in upstate NY and it gets cooler in the evening but is hot during the day. Also my kids run hot and get sweaty very easily so I dress them the same way I am dressed with another layer nearby if needed, they are often in a sling so i figure that is keeping their body temp nice and regulated.<br><br>
Also mine were born right around 8lbs but were slower growers and stayed in the 0-3 size for the full 3 months we got a lot of use out of our clothes, but it is true you just don't know how your baby will grow or how big they will be.<br><br>
My kids have hated footed sleepers. DD#2 would kick and kick until she broke through the snaps up the legs just to get her feet out same with socks we just gave up trying.<br><br>
I like having a sweater and a blanket in the diaper bag for when we are out some places keep the AC way cold.<br><br>
I am fussier than a lot of the mamas on here. My kids were always dressed in an outfit during the day and pjs at night although I know a lot of mamas keep it simple and stick to clothing that can be used all day/night. We were gifted with tons of clothes and I enjoyed using them and enjoyed people's reaction when they saw my babes in outfits they had given them.<br><br>
I would wash enough for what you think you need for the first few days so you aren't having to deal with laundry postpartum.<br><br>
I like one piece outfits during the day. My girls had a lot of these type of outfits which were adorable and easy<br><a href="http://www.carters.com/null/Gingham-Sunsuit/664454098213,default,pd.html?start=6&cgid=carters-baby-girl-sunsuits" target="_blank">http://www.carters.com/null/Gingham-...-girl-sunsuits</a><br><br>
We have quite a few of this for our little boy on the way, again simple cotton one piece<br><a href="http://www.carters.com/carters/Dino-Romper/V_201-789,default,pd.html?dwvar_V__201-789_color=Blue&start=12&cgid=carters-baby-boy-rompers" target="_blank">http://www.carters.com/carters/Dino-...by-boy-rompers</a><br><br>
I plan on 2 or so outfits a day. These outfits take the place of onesies and pants, and shirts and shorts in our house. teeny babies get swallowed up if they are in lots of different layers. I love overalls but think they look uncomfortable on babies that are under 3-4 months old, the fabric bunches all up under their chin.<br><br>
I love the gowns for night time easy to change diapers we have 5-6 of them, these I feel are safer to wash because they don't depend so much on weight and height.<br><br>
I say plan on 2-3 outfits per day and 1-2 pjs and then multiply that by the number of days you don't want to worry about laundry.<br><br><br>
This was really long, who knew I had this much to say about clothes <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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Wow, I am sort of not believing having 30 gowns and 24 pairs of socks!!<br><br>
I have:<br><br>
size 1-3 mos:<br>
short sleeved tshirts and onesies: 6<br>
long sleeved tshirts and onesies: 5<br>
pants: 4<br>
gowns/sleepers: 3<br>
socks: 2<br>
little tiny baby hats: 2<br><br>
size 3-6 mos:<br>
about the same as above<br><br>
lightweight blankets: 8<br><br><br>
I don't differentiate btwn daytime clothes and pajamas with my babies- just all soft cotton stuff. I do laundry twice a week so what I have is plenty, in my experience.<br><br>
I have 9-10 pound babies and they are in the 1-3 month size for about 2-3 weeks, then go to the 3-6 month size for quite a while.<br><br>
I will wash all the clothes at around 36 weeks, but they are waiting in the drawers now!
 

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Woah, I don't think she meant it literally or offensively. Everyone has their own idea of what's appropriate for them and their situation, and that's okay!
 

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I'm just going to get some gowns and blankets. I don't plan on going anywhere for the first month or two anyway. My DS was estimated to be 7-8lbs and he ended up being barely 5.5...sooo I'm a bit leery of buying a lot of clothes until I see how big this LO is. A baby can wear the same gown all day as long as there aren't any major stains.
 

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dd (born july 26) was a spitter...like big time. And if she wasn't spitting my breastmilk would leak all over her while feeding...it was a disaster for the first 3 mths. I could NOT afford much clothing and lived 110miles from the nearest store that sold anything concerning babies and had no computer...SO we made do with what we had. Which honestly sucked. I was washing clothes every day to every other day and was having to change her outfit at basically EVERY diaper change. So her outfits were changed essentially 8-10 times a day.<br>
I have a friend though that her daughter would wear her jammies with feet to bed, and 1 MAYBE 2 outfits in a day.<br>
I have a ton of those little dressy onsies and similar items like papya mom linked to for the new baby. Its nice because its still soft cotton but its "nice" looking. Dd spent alot of time swaddled in a little flannel recieving blanket so you couldn't even see her outfit then..lol. I would invest in basics to begin with.<br>
sleepers maybe 10? just so you have enough if you have a spitter and enough to not have to do laundry EVERY day.<br>
The tees/onsies are a matter of taste some like the snaps some don't. I would rather have the snaps when they are little because it prevents the inevitable having to fix/adjust/fuss with pulling the shirt down all the flipping time. I would but some of each and get a feel for what you like...again maybe around 10 total? I also cannot say if you are going to use an "undershirt" or not. I never did, dd was hot blooded and in the heat of the summer why add the extra layer is my thought. Some people though ALWAYS wear undershirts on thier kids...its again a mater of taste.<br>
I would have an equalish number of pants to onsies/tee's...thats just my ocd always need to match talking though. lol.<br>
I would buy pants (im thinking the soft cotton carterish ones) over shorts because truly in a newborn/0-3mth old shorts are going to run into funny/odd sizing issues of them being to long so why waste the money/time anyways? Plus the tiny itty bitty denim/khaki ones look cute but are SO stiff and uncomfy looking on baby's you feel mean putting them on. Plus I find that these "outfits" look really cute on the hanger but look funky on newborns/0-3mth olds...<br>
I cannot say I ever owned a sweater/coat etc for dd when she was little newborn stage. It was too much of a hassle to wrangle her into it and then do it up it never fit right and was just all frumpy and funky feeling/looking. Again I repeat she spent alot of time swaddled and if it was cooler (like ac or outdoors in the evening) she would have a fleecy blanky draped/tucked over and around her.<br>
im not a huge gown lover ( I realize I am the minority here) but I have 2/3 of them...I can see the practicality of them but on the other hand they drive me a little nutty. Dd was always wriggling her bottoms half around and sticking legs out and the arms were too long or just something about them was off..kwim?<br>
Baby legs...these will last all the way until your dc is older so I would buy as many as you like!!! Really they don't go "bad" or out grow them so its truly something you can just find the colors/patterns you like and buy away! If you just wanted to not buy a ton they will probably be the last thing to get dirty on your child, the legs of clothing tend to stay clean and nice until your lo starts crawling/eating lol.
 

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DDCC-<br><br>
short sleeved onesies - 20 0-3 months, 25 3-6 months (both my girls had reflux due to my hyperlactation and explosive poos so we go through at least 5 a day)<br>
long sleeved onesies - 0 too hot here during the summer<br>
pajamas - 0 my kids sleep in gowns or footies, though this one will probably do onesies once it's able to regulate its temp.<br>
gowns - 7<br>
one-piece outfits (day time) - 5 footies<br>
shorts - 0<br>
pants - 0<br>
short sleeve t shirts - 3<br>
long sleeve t shirts - 0<br>
sweaters/jackets/sweatshirts - 0<br>
baby legs - 0<br>
socks - 10 sets<br><br>
My children were over 8 lbs. Both were spitters and projectile vomiters. Both grew out of 0-3 months within the first 1.5 months. Both girls outgrew clothes so fast i never even got them in half what we'd bought. And i had foolishly taken the tags off and washed everything. I say take the bare minimum and then wash as you go.
 

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Sounds just like my son. He was 8lbs 5oz at birth but due to hyperlacation he grew a TON the first month and was 20lbs by 5 months old. He was also a projectile spit upper and that didn't stop until around 9 months. I have a ton of easy to change stuff like gowns and things with zips instead of buttons because I would change him 5-6 times a day. Of course, the seasons are backwards this time but it's very hot and humid in Korea in the summer and we'll be inside a lot the first month or so (in the AC) so I think that the long sleeved stuff will work just fine. I'll have a little time to get some 3-6 month stuff ordered that season appropriate. In short, I'm just going with it. I'll make what I have work until I need more stuff!
 

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I have no idea about numbers of stuff. Over the months, I've just bought what I thought was cute and was on sale! I did divide it into sized bunches and made sure I didn't get too many of one type of thing and made sure I had enough essentials. I have no experience with this at all, so I just wanted to have fun with it and not worry about it as long as I didn't spend too much. It's not worth stressing about to me, I figure if the baby doesn't wear it, oh well- I'll give it away to a baby that needs it or save it for the next one. And if I don't have something I need...I'll just go out and get it. I honestly just wanted to have fun picking through all the cute tiny stuff at sales. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug"> And it was sooo much fun!<br><br>
I didn't buy so many onesies, which is good because MIL just sent us a giant box of them along with other stuff, and I'm sure when my mom gets here in a few weeks she'll have a bunch too. So we already probably have too many of those. I have a bunch of footed sleepers, and I found these cute footed pants that seem way easier than snapping up sleepers or putting on socks. Got a few t-shirts, a few undershirt/tank type shirts, couple pairs of leggings, 3 sun hats in slightly different sizes, about 3 or 4 blankets and just a couple of comfortable "day" type clothes...we don't know the sex yet, so that kind of stuff is harder to buy. I got stuff in lots of different sizes even up to a year, basically whatever I saw on sale and couldn't resist. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 
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