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  1. Default Can a newborn baby wear clothing sized for 3 month olds?

    A friend has given me a ton of used baby clothes, I went through all of it and have noticed that a large portion of the clothing is sized for a baby that's 3 & up (month wise). I'm going by the size labeled on the inside tags. There's only a few outfits that are labeled 0-3 months. So I was wondering if my baby girl (who's due in late July) can wear the 3-6 month old clothes?
    I've never had a baby before, and don't have a clue about how many newborn outfits I need.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kwanrifffic View Post
    A friend has given me a ton of used baby clothes, I went through all of it and have noticed that a large portion of the clothing is sized for a baby that's 3 & up (month wise). I'm going by the size labeled on the inside tags. There's only a few outfits that are labeled 0-3 months. So I was wondering if my baby girl (who's due in late July) can wear the 3-6 month old clothes?
    I've never had a baby before, and don't have a clue about how many newborn outfits I need.
    The sizes are just a guideline, based on how big an average baby is at that age. They really should sell them by weight/length. Anyway, it totally depends on how big your baby will be. In other words: she can wear it once it fits, until it stops fitting. LOL

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    Is there also a weight range on the clothing tag? It's actually better, I believe, to go by the weight because babies all grow at different rates your may be able to fit into 3 month old clothes before she's 3 months old. My mom tends to buy baby clothes that are bigger than the actual baby/kid since they grow so fast anyway. That's just my observation.

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    Yes, and another reason why people have so many clothes to lend, is that there is no such thing as having "too many" clothes for a baby. They are constantly wetting themselves, spitting up, etc... babies go thru more costume changes in one day than Diana Ross at an awards show!

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    Unfortunately, none of the tags have weight labeled on them, its just all about the age in months. I was wondering if she's a little too small for the 3-up month range clothes, can she wear them anyway, granted they will be a bit loose? In total, there are about 3 or 4 outfits that are labeled 0-3 months, so I guess I should buy some more just in case the other outfits are too big. Like BG mentioned, they do go through a lot of daily outfit changes, so I'm trying to figure out how many 0-3 month outfits I need.
    On a slightly different note, last week I was talking to a nurse at my OB, she told me to buy the thick/heavy body suits that cover the feet. She said to have the baby sleep in this, instead of giving the baby a blanket to sleep with. She said the blanket is a health hazzard, as is other items like baby socks/booties -choking hazzard.
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    Well where do you live. I would not recommend full heavy body suits if the baby is due in July.
    Buy these for fall evenings and winter time.
    You can get thinner lighter sleepers for July thru fall and for fall days. However, if you go with the no-blanket route, you may want to get the thicker stuff for sleeping at night. Just keep in mind the temperature. As for socks, I can understand the choking issue perhaps at night, but during the day, you will be there to see if the socks come off (and they do a lot) and the baby will not be grabbing her feet just yet. That said, if you buy sleepers with feet, no need for lots of socks, but get a few pairs just in case.
    Yes get more newborn things, but do not go overboard since she will grow out of these quicker than you think. Don't forget the baby shower. I think at the shower, most people tend to buy frou-frou stuff and only a few of the everyday wear stuff that you really need. The frou-frou is great for going out, but just for being home, sleepers, sleeper, sleepers. Onesies in summer (these are just short sleeved no legged body suits.
    I used the sleepers for day wear, but I ended up preferring sleep gowns for sleeping because it was easier to change diapers in the middle of the night without waking baby up too much. Get a few cloth hats for baby to wear in evening or on chilly days. Two or three for summer are fine.

    The doc can guesstimate the baby's weight pretty close on your last last ultrasound. My doc was about 4 ounces off. Anyway, this can give you and idea of her size closer to birth.
    Are you diabetic or eat too much? Have they done GTT yet to determine gestational diabetes? Sorry for personal questions. These things can determine the size as well as genetics. What size were you and hubby when born?
    Here are some helpful hints for a layette, but again it is all your decision. Everyone is different in their preferences.

    http://pregnancytoday.com/reference/...inglayette.htm
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kwanrifffic View Post
    Unfortunately, none of the tags have weight labeled on them, its just all about the age in months. I was wondering if she's a little too small for the 3-up month range clothes, can she wear them anyway, granted they will be a bit loose? In total, there are about 3 or 4 outfits that are labeled 0-3 months, so I guess I should buy some more just in case the other outfits are too big. Like BG mentioned, they do go through a lot of daily outfit changes, so I'm trying to figure out how many 0-3 month outfits I need.
    On a slightly different note, last week I was talking to a nurse at my OB, she told me to buy the thick/heavy body suits that cover the feet. She said to have the baby sleep in this, instead of giving the baby a blanket to sleep with. She said the blanket is a health hazzard, as is other items like baby socks/booties -choking hazzard.
    the nurse is absolutely right, although you might still need at least one blanket handy just in case. my little cousin was born very long. she wasn't big or anything, just very long. she was always wearing clothing that were designed for 6 month older babies due to the length of her legs. honestly, unless you can foresee how big your baby will be (how big are you and your husband?) then there is no way to tell. my cousin's dad is very tall, thus the very long baby. see if you can get people to sell/give you their old baby clothing. with the amount of clothing babies go through, there is no reason to buy everything brand new, unless you guys have that kind of funding.

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    I second the second hand clothes. As soon as the first yard sale sing goes up, go out to yard sales, hit the thrift stores, goodwill store, baby consignment usually has the best quality of secondhand, but also charges more than brand new at WalMart or Kmart. Best buys for everyday wear are at yard sales and thrift stores, goodwill, etc. Plus there are always those who will have a few things to give you as they "do their spring cleaning." Pass it on

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    Quote Originally Posted by babyoscar View Post
    my cousin's dad is very tall, thus the very long baby.
    No relation. My brother who was the largest of my Mom's kids, grew to be the smallest adult of us all, and my other brother who was her smallest baby, is a giant as a man. My Dad is just average. My brother, the small baby/large man, was also a blue-eyed blonde for the first few months. Neither stayed. Ah, baby talk! I'm so excited for you kwanriffic!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kwanrifffic View Post
    Unfortunately, none of the tags have weight labeled on them, its just all about the age in months. I was wondering if she's a little too small for the 3-up month range clothes, can she wear them anyway, granted they will be a bit loose?
    Most folks I know buy 3-6 even for newborns (except preemies), because the 0-3 ones rarely fit for more than a month. But, as people here have said, you'll probably still want to get more of the basic 0-3 onesies, etc. Just don't load up on 0-3 for the "dress-up" stuff, because it probably won't fit long enough. The 3-6 will be fine for a longer time.

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    Believe me babies grow really fast. My niece just turned 3 months and has already out grown outfits she wore once.

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    I'm certainly not the expert since I don't have kids yet, but I do have tons of friends and coworkers who have all recently had babies. I think it just completely varies. For example, someone I work with just had a baby boy about a month ago, and he was over 9 lbs at birth. His torso is really long and my friend says he has outgrown 0-3 month outfits already b/c of this. Another friend had a baby about 3 1/2 weeks ago, and her son weighed 6 lbs. 11 ounces and she said all his clothes were huge on him, even the newborn size (which I believe is smaller than 0-3). Another girl that I work with had a little girl in January, and I believe she was also around 6 lbs. some ounces, and I saw her 2 weeks ago and she says that her daughter is just now starting to fit into 0-3 month outfits, and that she had to go out and buy her preemie outfits. It just depends! My supervisor had a little boy a year ago and he was only 6 lbs but dropped down to 5 and was in preemie clothes, but now the kid weighs over 22 lbs and he just turned 1!!!

    Another thing to take into consideration is the brand. I've heard from many people that brands like Gap and Gymboree run big. Some have said the preemie size, which says 0-7 lbs, has fit their babies till 9 pounds and that this size (0-7 lbs) was a perfect fit for newborns.

    One of my friends swears by these padded sleepers they used to sell at baby Gap. They are warm and cozy but not too hot like fleece might be for summer. I always wondered why people bundle up their babies with a onesie, an outfit, and a blanket, even when it's semi-warm outside (like 60 degrees). Maybe some of the moms here can enlighten me. I can see it with really tiny newborns, but after that?

    I'm also curious to know how many outfits you need for a newborn. I guess I didn't realize they go through so many per day. That must be why my friend says she is doing so much laundry. I guess if you had lots of outfits, you could limit the laundry some!! Ha ha! Baby clothes are just too cute, I just don't see how you can ever not hav enough!

    Oh one more thing, try Ebay for baby clothes. You can get great deals and most people who take the time to list their baby clothes on Ebay, instead of giving them to Goodwill or a friend, take really good care of their clothes, and you can get name brand for a lot less.
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    One of the girls I went to high school with was a very tall and big girl. She wasn't overweight or anything, just big boned. She was over 6ft tall. One day all of us started talking, and she mentioned she was like close to 13lbs when she was born. I was shocked of course, since I weight about half of that when I was born. I then asked her about her mom. Her mom was also very big, and so are all of her siblings and her mom's siblings. Anyway, just thought I mention that.

    All my family are small, yet my uncle, my cousin's dad, is very tall. He wasn't a big baby when he was born either, but somehow he just outgrew everyone pretty fast. So you never know, really. When I babysat my cousin years and years ago, we would go through about 2-3 outfits per day. And really, you don't want to be doing laundry every day, so multiply that by how many loads of laundry per week you want to do. All I can say is good luck, children are a handful!

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    I think this covers the height, weight and girth issues:

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    As many here know, I'm an experienced parent & granparent, and here's what I say: If people give you free clothes, take 'em, use 'em, then pass 'em on.

    One of my sons was born at 7 pound some-odd, and the other was over 10 pound. They both went through clothes at an alarming rate, until we realized it was better to dispense with such niceties, and just let the kid run around in a diaper.
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    My friend has four little ones. One set of twins who are 3 years and 8 months, another set who are 19 months, and number 5 is due in May. She doesn't have time to be online (go figure) but her advice on the changing of the baby's clothes would be this:

    If it doesn't smell horrific and the baby/toddler doesn't care, leave it on them.

    I know this because I've heard her say it a thousand times. Four toddlers gives a mom a totally different perspective!
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    Most newborns start out wearing the Premie clothes, and then go from there. You'll learn quickly that there is no set pattern in growth. Your baby will grow when she's ready and you can pick her clothes from there.

    Maybe you should ask your Nurse or doctor for a book on childhood development? I know many doctors give these to patients once they determine they are pregnant.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lisa Seye View Post


    The doc can guesstimate the baby's weight pretty close on your last last ultrasound. My doc was about 4 ounces off. Anyway, this can give you and idea of her size closer to birth.
    Are you diabetic or eat too much? Have they done GTT yet to determine gestational diabetes? Sorry for personal questions. These things can determine the size as well as genetics. What size were you and hubby when born?
    Here are some helpful hints for a layette, but again it is all your decision. Everyone is different in their preferences.

    http://pregnancytoday.com/reference/...inglayette.htm
    They have not yet done the GTT yet. Both my husband and I are tall, I'm 5'10" and he's 6'5". I was a normal 7 lb. baby, but my husband was a big baby and around 11-12 lb.
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    Well there are all kinds of factors that could have come into play with determining yours and your husbands size at birth. Just as there are all sorts of factors that can determine your daughter's size. The best way though is by those ultrasounds, the one closest to birth. I am so excited for you.

    I had 9 lb, 7 lb (close to 8), and a 7lb (closer to 6) babies. The girl was the smallest.
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    Congrats! I've just had my first in November. He was born 8lbs 8oz, 21inches and the 0-3 were a little big in the beginning. The best thing for him were the premies (for the first two weeks).

    The outfit (0-3 size) we took him home in from the hospital swallowed him. I was embarrassed because I didn't have an alternative outfit (it was freezing outside). So I had my mom buy a few premie outfits.

    After that he wore the 0-3 month for about two months and at 9-10 weeks old he was in the 3-6 month sizes. He grew fast!

    It will all depend on how much the baby weighs at birth and how much he starts gaining. Every baby is different.

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    Mr. mm had to go out and buy preemie clothes when my daughter was born because she was so tiny (she's 19 now and still tiny). When my son was born, he went right into clothes for 3-6 months. As many have said, babies grown fast, so if they don't fit at first, they will soon.

    K-mart and Target clearance sales are great. I once got a beautiful brand-new dress for my daughter for Christmas for $4. (Shop in summer for winter clothes and vice-versa.)

    Oh, and to get that lovely baby spit-up odor out of clothes before you pass them on, use Biz.

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    I've always heard that a general rule of thumb is that babies usually wear clothing in a size that is twice their actual age. That was a pretty good guideline for my son, if I am remembering correctly.

    When they're newborns, the first couple of months, realistically they don't spend much time in nice outfits. At home the most comfortable clothes are footed sleepers in the winter and onesies in the summer.

    When my son was a very new newborn he liked to be swaddled tightly in a receiving blanket to sleep. Newborns in the nursery in the hospital are wrapped in blankets, so I wouldn't worry too much about that as a choking hazard. Practically, once they get a little bigger they kick blankets off anyway. A thin footed sleeper in an air-conditioned room should be fine to sleep in in the summer.

    My son was born on Dec. 31 and came home from the hospital on the coldest day of the year (we live in Ohio) but I soon found that a onesie and a sleeper and a receiving blanket was too much for him at night - he would get way too hot in all that.

    I know it's easy to freak out that you won't have everything you need (I sure did) but once the baby comes you'll find your way in everything, probably much more easily than you think.
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