January 02, 2009

Newborn Clothes

So you get all kinds of advice when you're about to become a parent (and when you are a parent), and I certainly did my share of prepatory reading. And everything--everything I read or heard said that you should never spend money on newborn sized clothes, that you should only buy 0-3 months, that they will outgrow newborn sizes in about 4 minutes, and that they're a waste of money.

This is bad advice.

Theo was 7 lbs 7.5 oz at birth, and 19.5 inches, which places him squarely in the "average" category of newborn sizes. Like, literally--50th percentile. One would assume that having produced an average sized infant, that the above advice that everyone gives would be accurate.

Which is why Theo is absolutely swimming in his 0-3 month clothes???

The only reason Theo had something to wear his first few days before Kevin could make it to Target is because my friend Melinda, whose daughter Veronica was very tiny, sent us a stash of truly newborn-sized newborn onesies. She sent all of Ronni's gender-neutral colors, but by day 3 I was ready to call her and say, "Send the pink ones too!!!"

Kevin did get to Target and get a package of newborn onesies and newborn footies so Theo doesn't look like he's drowning, and like a stylish lad, has some variety in his clothing options. But lesson learned. It may be the case that your baby will instantly outgrow newborn sized clothes and 0-3 months are the perfect investment for you, but if I had to do it over again, I'd buy some truly newborn-sized clothes in addition to those larger sizes. Maybe I would keep them in the package and see what size kid I brought home from the hospital--save the receipts and take them back if they're too small--but I do wish we'd had more.

Posted by Shelby at January 2, 2009 11:39 PM

Yep-- you are the one who knows best for your own child. If your kid needs the newborn size, that's what he needs!
It kind of mirrors my ever-changing body-- I gotta quit trying to hold up the now-too-large maternity pants or squeeze into my still-too-small pre-preg pants and just get myself pants that freaking fit! Even if they only fit for a little while before I have to get a new size.

Posted by: Anita at January 3, 2009 02:49 PM
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