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<p>I am one of the first-timers who is in way over her head.  I haven't done the research, haven't the true experience with the girlfriends' kids or enough contact to know what to expect. <br>
What do I really need?<br>
What do I want to just because?<br>
What can/should I indulge in because it's adorable?<br>
What should I steer clear of no matter what?</p>
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<p>For now, I'm thinking about clothes and linens and such.  Mostly I want to know how much fun to have at a sale (as in what's a really good price) and when to reign it in. <br>
I know it's a big question and very personal, but I'd love to get opinions!</p>
 

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<p>I consider aden + anais swaddle blankets and a <a href="http://researchparent.com/moby-wrap-baby-carrier/" target="_blank">Moby Wrap</a> my only must-haves for the first few months, besides clothes and diapers. We breastfeed and co-sleep. In terms of clothes, I hit a number of garage sales when I was pregnant. I live in SoCal, so maybe a little more expensive than other places, but I probably paid about 50 cents per item. 25 cents for really simple things like plain onesies or bibs and maybe $1 for cute outfits. These were mostly the things we used on a day to day basis and we saved the cute new baby shower clothes for going out.</p>
 

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<p>Some of it is all over.  I found strawberry items at Gymboree's sale and that's one of the symbols of my sorority so it's kind of a rule that I have to get it even if I'm not active anymore and wasn't a very good sorority girl.  (I was never the type, but did get some great contacts that I've since reestablished with on FB.) <br>
Then I also have fallen in love with the elephant hat and full-body.  Maybe I'll just stick to a few things in really big sizes so I have something to look forward to.  Unfortunately, even with the sale, my cart is now at just over $60.  I really don't want to take anything out!  My justification is a little terrible, I must say. <br>
Quick!  I need an intervention. <img alt=":bouncy" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/bouncy.gif" style=""> <br><br>
PS: ResearchParent: I live in San Diego.  Didn't think we had any other SoCal moms on here.  Cool.  You have experience with our climate and the changes, then.  Tell me more! </p>
 

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Since I'm team green I'm not buying any clothes with the exception of the first outfit. I want a neutral color soft gown type thing. My older kids are dying to buy cute baby clothes, and if I knew what I was having I'd probably be right there with them!<br>
What gets me is the tiny baby shoes. I don't even think they are necessary for babies, but they are soooo cute! This kid already has a pair of soft soled baby Converse, b/c we all have a pair (or two) of Converse. <img alt="redface.gif" class="bbcode_smiley" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/redface.gif"><br><br>
Edited to add: I guess I should say I expect the baby will just be mainly in onesies for awhile until it starts to cool off.
 

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<p>Since shoes were mentioned, I really only use Robeez or their knockoffs until my kids can run around. The smallest size doesn't fit even my big babies until at least 3 months, but before that, they're in footed sleepers most of the time anyway.  They're really, really flexible but harder for babies to remove than socks. And very cute.</p>
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<p>Even if you plan to learn the sex of the baby, getting mostly gender neutral clothes (and asking for those with showers) is very handy for later babies when you get fewer gifts or just want to have those tiny clothes ready.  People always give blue and pink stuff once the baby arrives so you won't be stuck with green and yellow for long. I like that my SIL, sister, and I have a nice layette of baby stuff we pass between us and improve with each baby and it works even though I've had all boys and they have 3 girls between them. </p>
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<p>I'm with researchparent in terms of the Moby Wrap and A&A blankets being awesome and garage sales being the way to go for the bulk of baby clothes. They're worn for such a short time that people sell them in great shape.</p>
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<p>I really like "baby bags" for nighttime at first. Really long gowns with elastic at the bottom so you can change diapers at 3am without thinking about snaps. My kids pretty much wear those at night and sleepers during the day through the newborn and 0-3 mo sizes. </p>
 

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<p>What about a take-home outfit.  Do you get one of the baby-bags for that?</p>
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<p>Nope, you need something with legs for the carseat.</p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>amyrobynne</strong> <a href="/community/t/1395456/newborn-clothing-linens-kits-for-ftm#post_17542734"><img alt="View Post" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br>
 
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<p>Nope, you need something with legs for the carseat.</p>
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<p>Yup.  That makes sense. <br>
I found this link: <a href="http://blogs.babycenter.com/life_and_home/5-things-to-know-about-your-babys-coming-home-outfit/" target="_blank">http://blogs.babycenter.com/life_and_home/5-things-to-know-about-your-babys-coming-home-outfit/</a><br>
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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Michelle Murphy</strong> <a href="/community/t/1395456/newborn-clothing-linens-kits-for-ftm#post_17542743"><img alt="View Post" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br>
 
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<p>Yup.  That makes sense. <br>
I found this link: <a href="http://blogs.babycenter.com/life_and_home/5-things-to-know-about-your-babys-coming-home-outfit/" target="_blank">http://blogs.babycenter.com/life_and_home/5-things-to-know-about-your-babys-coming-home-outfit/</a><br>
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<p>That site looks pretty good to me. With my last summer baby, I'm pretty sure he came home in a tiny tee and shorts that I'd bought the day I found out I was pregnant with my first (#3 was the first child who fit into it at the right season). </p>
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<p>A thin one-piece sleeper with a thin receiving blanket is probably the most logical thing to bring a summer baby home in but if you want something cuter, her recommendations make sense.</p>
 

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The newborn wardrobe is called a Layette and you can find a million lists....I like to have 10 days of clothing because then I dint have to deal with laundry every other day .... The machines are in the basement and I have 4 others that need clean clothes too <img alt="smile.gif" class="bbcode_smiley" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/smile.gif"><br>
if you'll be driving home with the a/c on plan a pants and thing long sleeve top.<br>
both my babies so far were born on Thursday and at church on Sunday, so our nb clothing includes church clothes right from the beginning.<br><br>
simple elastic bottom gowns for night, sleepers or rompers for day, socks and tees and light pants plus 3ish church clothes. I don't like diaper shirt onesies at all so I chop the cute ones off and hem them into tees.
 

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Another thing - I couldn't find the article easily on my phone earlier - babies don't constantly need hats <img alt="smile.gif" class="bbcode_smiley" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/smile.gif"><br>
<a href="http://www.claremontmidwife.com/2011/07/newborn-babies-and-hat-debate/#.Us6VAbhOlyI" target="_blank">http://www.claremontmidwife.com/2011/07/newborn-babies-and-hat-debate/#.Us6VAbhOlyI</a><br>
We do put hats on for outdoors, as that's a habit I like fully ingrained before their first toddler winter, but indoors, in good climates, when snuggling with mama ... hat free! <img alt="smile.gif" class="bbcode_smiley" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/smile.gif"><br><br>
For linens, I like to put a fleece blanket under my side of the sheets on the bed, for an extra barrier of damp protection -- babies are leaky creatures --- and this saves me having to wash my mattress cover so frequently. So you'll see more fleece on my list than expected for a summer baby.<br><br>
4 large guaze swaddling blankets (A+A is one kind, I make my own)<br>
8-10 small flannel receiving blankets - I use these for burp clothes, to make a barrier under baby on the sofa, stroller, top of my covers ... anywhere it would be easier to wash one small blanket than all the upholstery!<br>
3-4 fleece blankets (often called 'crib' size)<br>
4 pack & play sheets<br>
4 basinette sheets<br>
3 change pad covers/mats, (something quickly & easily removed/washable ... remember they are leaky babies, and nakey leaking can be messy!)<br>
1 quilt, 1 afghan (these aren't essential, but each of my children gets one of each at birth)
 

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Since shoes were mentioned, I really only use Robeez or their knockoffs until my kids can run around. The smallest size doesn't fit even my big babies until at least 3 months, but before that, they're in footed sleepers most of the time anyway.  They're really, really flexible but harder for babies to remove than socks. And very cute.</div>
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Yes, Robeez! That's all my older kids wore for quite awhile. I was looking at the them other day, and they have even more styles now. So cute!<br><br>
Also, thanks <a data-huddler-embed="href" href="/community/u/164269/SynEpona">@SynEpona</a> for the barrier reminder for the bed!
 

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If you do leather baby shoes, there is an ebay seller, that has super soft lambskin shoes, which are extra nice for tiny (not crawling yet) feet. I only use baby shoes to hold socks on <img alt="smile.gif" class="bbcode_smiley" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/smile.gif"> when they are really little, and get Stonz boots for the first & 2nd winters (for summer babes that will be 6 & 18mth at winters). I'll have to go searching to find the shoe seller again .. I stocked up once, and didn't buy again b/c we had lots. Baby shoes/slippers are also great to buy 2nd hand, b/c until crawling/walking, they are in near perfect condition even after several babies ... our local baby consignment shops sell the real Robeez for 2.50$/pair, and the knock offs for 1$/pair (or those were the prices 3 years ago when I was looking for DD!)<br><br>
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<a href="http://stores.ebay.ca/Littleoneshoes/0-3month-/_i.html?_fsub=15385458&_sid=555593355&_trksid=p4634.c0.m322" target="_blank">http://stores.ebay.ca/Littleoneshoes/0-3month-/_i.html?_fsub=15385458&_sid=555593355&_trksid=p4634.c0.m322</a>
 

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<p>I have a somewhat smaller fleece blanket that I love for myself.  It's a static-free one (or something like that - doesn't attract dog hair anywhere near as much).  It might be a bit big for baby, though.  I've seen fleece blankets for babies in the stores, but most of the ones I've seen are a cheap fleece that's prone to static and hair-catching.  Any thoughts on keywords to look for to make sure I'm only getting (well, "wishing" for, really) the really good fleece? </p>
 

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<p>I have a somewhat smaller fleece blanket that I love for myself.  It's a static-free one (or something like that - doesn't attract dog hair anywhere near as much).  It might be a bit big for baby, though.  I've seen fleece blankets for babies in the stores, but most of the ones I've seen are a cheap fleece that's prone to static and hair-catching.  Any thoughts on keywords to look for to make sure I'm only getting (well, "wishing" for, really) the really good fleece? </p>
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Because I use them between the mattress cover & the fitted sheet, I'm not worried about static or that cheap feeling, I just want them to be somewhat water resistant, which fleece is.</p>
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<p>Both my kiddos have naturally picked a fave blanket from gifts or things, that we use as a car-blanket. DD's is double layer sherpa-ish fabric on one side, and minky fleece on the other. DS's is a single layer really plush fleece - almost microfleece on one side. These stay in the car all the time, for winter warmth and year round sleep. They're both nice enough feeling, and haven't attracted too much pet hair, but our cat is never in my car, and before our dog passed away she was rarely in the front passenger area of the car.<br><br>
No-pill fleece, minky/minkee, and sherpa fleeces will all be reasonably nice, but I've only used those terms when searching for fabric, not actual finished blankets.</p>
 

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<p>Since shoes were mentioned, I really only use Robeez or their knockoffs until my kids can run around. The smallest size doesn't fit even my big babies until at least 3 months, but before that, they're in footed sleepers most of the time anyway.  They're really, really flexible but harder for babies to remove than socks. And very cute.</p>
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<p>We love Robeez (and their knockoffs) and use them pretty much exclusively for at least the first year unless we're going to a wedding or something. I feel bad about all the cute baby shoes I got at my showers that were never worn. My second kid (my girl) was so picky about what was on her feet that she wouldn't wear anything but Robeez until about 20 months. My friends would joke I was going to need to find some larger sizes for her to wear through high school, because she would scream at the top of her lungs if I tried to put anything else on her feet. She had about 7 pairs of really cute girl shoes (new and used), but I FINALLY got her to wear hard-soled shoes by convincing her to wear her one of her older brother's very boy-ish pairs. She still won't wear anything else.</p>
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<p>Also, <a data-huddler-embed="href" href="/community/u/237349/Michelle-Murphy" style="display:inline-block;">@Michelle Murphy</a>, I live a couple hours north of San Diego, closer to LA, but I live in a small mountain community, so I don't have to deal much with the heat fortunately. However, SoCal is an awesome place to live with kids as there is SOO much to do. We spend a long weekend in San Diego every year going to Balboa Park, Sea World, the zoo, etc. (Kids are free in October most places.) LA has a bunch of children's museums and other museums that we enjoy. I'm sure when they're older, they'll like Disneyland and the other amusement parks, but that was a total bust when we tried it since it turns out my then 3 year old son has the tolerance for rides of an 80 year old granny. Even the carousel was a little too much for him.</p>
 

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<p>We love Robeez (and their knockoffs) and use them pretty much exclusively for at least the first year unless we're going to a wedding or something. I feel bad about all the cute baby shoes I got at my showers that were never worn. My second kid (my girl) was so picky about what was on her feet that she wouldn't wear anything but Robeez until about 20 months. My friends would joke I was going to need to find some larger sizes for her to wear through high school, because she would scream at the top of her lungs if I tried to put anything else on her feet. She had about 7 pairs of really cute girl shoes (new and used), but I FINALLY got her to wear hard-soled shoes by convincing her to wear her one of her older brother's very boy-ish pairs. She still won't wear anything else.</p>
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<p>Also, <a data-huddler-embed="href" href="/community/u/237349/Michelle-Murphy" style="display:inline-block;">@Michelle Murphy</a>, I live a couple hours north of San Diego, closer to LA, but I live in a small mountain community, so I don't have to deal much with the heat fortunately. However, SoCal is an awesome place to live with kids as there is SOO much to do. We spend a long weekend in San Diego every year going to Balboa Park, Sea World, the zoo, etc. (Kids are free in October most places.) LA has a bunch of children's museums and other museums that we enjoy. I'm sure when they're older, they'll like Disneyland and the other amusement parks, but that was a total bust when we tried it since it turns out my then 3 year old son has the tolerance for rides of an 80 year old granny. Even the carousel was a little too much for him.</p>
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<p>My son wore Robeez exclusively for the first year and a half! Even before we knew the gender, I bought these cute little Mary Jane Robeez on Ebay. I can't wait to stock up for little baby girl!</p>
 

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If anyone shops on Zulily they are having a sale on Robeez.
 

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Another thing - I couldn't find the article easily on my phone earlier - babies don't constantly need hats <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/smile.gif"><br>
<a href="http://www.claremontmidwife.com/2011/07/newborn-babies-and-hat-debate/#.Us6VAbhOlyI" target="_blank">http://www.claremontmidwife.com/2011/07/newborn-babies-and-hat-debate/#.Us6VAbhOlyI</a><br>
We do put hats on for outdoors, as that's a habit I like fully ingrained before their first toddler winter, but indoors, in good climates, when snuggling with mama ... hat free! <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/smile.gif"><br><br>
For linens, I like to put a fleece blanket under my side of the sheets on the bed, for an extra barrier of damp protection -- babies are leaky creatures --- and this saves me having to wash my mattress cover so frequently. So you'll see more fleece on my list than expected for a summer baby.<br><br>
4 large guaze swaddling blankets (A+A is one kind, I make my own)<br>
8-10 small flannel receiving blankets - I use these for burp clothes, to make a barrier under baby on the sofa, stroller, top of my covers ... anywhere it would be easier to wash one small blanket than all the upholstery!<br>
3-4 fleece blankets (often called 'crib' size)<br>
4 pack & play sheets<br>
4 basinette sheets<br>
3 change pad covers/mats, (something quickly & easily removed/washable ... remember they are leaky babies, and nakey leaking can be messy!)<br>
1 quilt, 1 afghan (these aren't essential, but each of my children gets one of each at birth)</div>
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<p>That's pretty much exactly my linens list. We ended up with more receiving blankets since my daughter was a puker, but that's a good number for normal. I also had a couple of yucky 'crib blankets' that we got as hand me downs (the type that come with crib sets and usually have a design on them), that we used to put down on the floor or grass for her. </p>
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<p>I personally HATED gowns. I just found them such a pain to deal with. </p>
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<p>It's going to be so weird this time, because my first was born end of November. We were layering and bundling in blankets all winter. It'll be weird to deal with heat instead! I have a feeling we'll be doing lots of onesies and muslin swaddlers. I'd also say about a dozen sleepers or easy outfits, although I go way overboard on that. I had a million hand me downs last time though, so we'll see how it goes this time, I still don't know boy/girl so I don't know if I'll be reusing everything or need to sell off and get a more gender neutral stash. </p>
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<p>Oh and yes on Robeez. Other than one wedding, it's all she wore for shoes for the first 18 months. Soft soles are much better for their developing feet (well and ours even too), and I liked not having hard shoes digging into me when I held her! lol</p>
 

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<p>This is my list for the first 3 months based on what I've used in the past. A lot of the stuff I just have to get from family members (I'll have them scan their stashes for neutral stuff since we're team green)</p>
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<p>4 gowns<br>
6 onsies<br>
5 one-piece outfits<br>
2 sleep sacks<br>
3 swaddle wraps<br>
1 package of socks<br>
1 hat<br>
12 diaper covers</p>
<p>2 dozen prefolds and cloth wipes<br>
10 burp clothes<br>
3 bibs<br>
4 swaddling blankets<br>
1 keepsake quilt<br>
1 afghan</p>
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<p>Two crib sheets and two mattress protectors. I've got 3 sheets for the cradle as well.</p>
 
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