How many outfits?

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How many outfits?

If you were going frugal but had a washing machine at home, how many outfits in one size does a baby need? How many 0-3's do you actually need for a kid?

Oh and also, when an outfit just says "6 months" on the tag. Is that the same as 3-6 months?

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honestly... babies go through alot of clothes. After Luke puked on his third outfit for the day we'd day, we'd joke that he lost his clothing privileges for the rest of the day.

he had a couple of "cutesy" outfits for church, or if we were seeing family. other than that it was all onseies, sleepers, and sweat pants. Truly, those first 0-4 months they go through several sets of clothes a day from spit up. If you have 10 onesies, a couple sleepers, and a few pairs of sweats you will probably be good. And then have a few nicer things for "occasions." Anyway, that's how we did it Smile

I think an outfit that says 6 months will be a bit bigger than one that says 3-6 mos

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I agree with Carolyn. LOTS! But don't go overboard on all the cutesy outfits as they will be spit up on, poop blown out of, drooled all over etc. I was lucky to get a bunch of hand me downs, so I'm not going to crazy. The sad part though, is they do outgrow them so fast, so if you plan to do laundry every day, you can probably go pretty minimal. You won't need many newborn size. that is only up to 8 pounds, and most babies weigh that at birth or soon after. I have a drawer full of nb, 0-3, another drawer full of 3-6 and 6, and another drawer full of 9-18 months at this point.

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I found local cosignment sales and I bought up a ton of cute stuff but I stayed in the 0-3 and 3-6 sizes. Then I bought a few sleep gowns/sacs and other more cuter stuff for church etc.

Ross has cute stuff for cheap, I've gotten a few pairs of pants and other cute stuff for really discounted.

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Thanks, girls!

(And I'd still love to hear more opinions/numbers if you haven't responded yet!)

I'm actually glad now that we got some cutesy things in various sizes from our bags of used gear and from the shower. If it weren't for that I'm sure my boyfriend and I would be dressing them only in boring white onesies all the time. That's what I'll buy if I have to flesh out our piles.

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6 months is usually 6-9 mos. size.

As for the number of outfits, I always have too many. Too many cousins and a crazy shopaholic Grandma.... so I would say it depends on how often you do laundry. If you do it once a week, I would getat least 27 outfits (three a day) plus sleepers. I don't know why three, it just seems OK.

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I really don't know how many. With DS we had an entire dresser and closet packed full of clothes for him. Onesies, cute outfits, pjs, dress clothes, etc. I would dress him cute every day and have to change him when he made a mess. This time I am planning to let the baby live in sleepers unless we are going to the pedi or somewhere in public.

Also, with DS I was told I wouldn't need NB clothes or NB diapers or if I did get them I wouldn't need many at all. However, I found that he used them for several weeks and he was 8ln3oz when he was born. So its really hard to say what small size you will need a lot of. I would have maybe 10 of each for each baby so you have some for that day, some that are clean for later and some that are in the washing machine.

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I would say 10 or so NB outfits (maybe more since twins usually run smaller) and then 10-12 outfits total in each size. This is what we did and were fine. Nicholas wasn't much of a spitter though.

As for sizing, for Carter's when it says 6months it means 3-6 month.

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DS1 probably went through 3 changes per day, plus jammies. If I remember correctly, spitting up/puking was the biggest culprit that led to his frequent wardrobe changes. Since we did CD's, I ran his laundry every 3 or 4 days or so. I skipped size NB, and went straight to the 0-3 months, and we did well with that. Between 0-3 and 24 months, they grow pretty quickly, so I don't overbuy in any of those sizes. It's not until that we've gotten into the T sizes that his growth has really slowed down appreciably.

I still do the vast bulk of my shopping at the baby thrift store. I can get a whole season's worth of clothes for about $20-30. DS1 was a spring baby, so we did a lot of cute onesies, and if it was a chilly day, he'd get a pair of socks, too. Not quite sure how to dress a winter newborn... I suspect we'll figure it out once I go to stock up on winter clothes, since the only winter clothes I have on hand are more in the 9-month sizes. Thanks for the reminder to keep an eye out!

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"JuneorJulyBaby?" wrote:

I would say 10 or so NB outfits (maybe more since twins usually run smaller) and then 10-12 outfits total in each size. This is what we did and were fine. Nicholas wasn't much of a spitter though.

As for sizing, for Carter's when it says 6months it means 3-6 month.

This reminds me...if you have any Gerber clothing know that they run tiny so if your LOs are 6 month and wearing a 9-12 month gerber outfit then that's normal :rolleyes:

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"Jenn0113" wrote:

This reminds me...if you have any Gerber clothing know that they run tiny so if your LOs are 6 month and wearing a 9-12 month gerber outfit then that's normal :rolleyes:

Gerber runs super small!!!!

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Oh great point on the different sizing between brands. I noticed gerber is a little extra special. I put their 0-3's in my preemie/newborn pile already. And good to know on the Carter's size, too. I did put the 6 months in my 3-6 pile.

Thanks for your help, girls! I'm going to dig around the piles next time I stand up here and do some counting. It seems like SO much clothing, but I'm thinking we might need more plain onesies once I get a good count.

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Carter's seems to be made for long skinny babies too, IMO.

Yes, there can be huge variations between brands and sizes. Some 3-6 month sleepers might fit a 2 month old and some might fit an 8 month old. And of course you don't know how your babies are going to be built. Some are short and stocky and football-shaped like my nephew, lol. And others are long and skinny. And of course you, with twins, might end up with one of each extreme! I know a set of boy/girl twins who are now 6 months old, and the boy is this big, chubby, linebacker type, and the girl is a very petite little thing. So maybe don't invest in too many of the higher sizes until your babies are here and you can see how they are shaped and how they grow.

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I had ALL newborn and 0-3 month sizes for my first.... so when she came out as this little wee 6 pounder, I had to the go to the store the same day she was born and buy a handful of Premie sleepers!

As for the amount... having lots of footed sleepers is important.... baby may be spitting up and having runny poopy blow-outs for the first couple months Wink imagine you will go through an average of 3 outfits a day and pajamas, and may only want to do a baby load every few days, so it's nice to have options. I wash the baby stuff in a seperate load because I use all natural detergent for that stuff (I prefer the regular brands for the rest of us), so never did I do a load more often than once every three days. there just wasn't enough volume to make it worth while

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I was sorting our clothes and got soooo frustrated! I was holding them all up and ended up sorting them by the size they looked, not the size on the tag. I have hardly anything in "newborn" except for two sleepers and I think three onesies. I have five or six onesies from old navy in 0-3 which are about the same size as my newborn ones :confused: then all my 0-3 and 3-6 sizes really vary, and the 6-12 ones are even worse...I think they must be more like 8-10 months, lol.

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the other mistake I made was having too many "cute" outfits... Mostly you just need comfy warm clothes for baby, and an outfit or two on hand for christmas or special events. I had jeans and sneakers for my newborn last time, which was soooooooo stupid. Never wore them.

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"Veni Vidi Vici" wrote:

I wash the baby stuff in a seperate load because I use all natural detergent for that stuff

yes, I wash all the baby stuff separately, including sheets and blankets, in Dreft for the first 6 months or more... they have really sensitive skin.

And I agree, shoes are a total waste of money! Plus, it is bad for a growing foot. You are best holding off on those until they are walking and buying a pair of robeez and nice slippers until they are bigger.

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"sugspop" wrote:

yes, I wash all the baby stuff separately, including sheets and blankets, in Dreft for the first 6 months or more... they have really sensitive skin.

I make my own detergent!!! Its soooooooooooooooooo much cheaper!! Slightly annoying process, but I only have to make a batch every 4 months or so Smile

Gerber clothes are just annoying!!!!! I don't think Luke ever fit in a gerber onesie. He couldn't even wear a 12 month one at 6 months.

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Just wanted to echo the ten outfits per size idea. I will dress dd in onesies with pants for the first few weeks. I got all mix and match so if she spits up I'll just change the onesie. I also go three sleepers for each size because I often went through two or three a night.

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I'm glad you asked this. After our shower I came home with tons of clothes and I started sorting them, but got kinda overwhelmed with what I will need and what I won't, so I ended up just putting them all in the crib to sort later.

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I probably have at least 25 outfits in each size (0-3 mo. and 3-6 mo.), and everything bigger than that is in boxes, but I know I have plenty there, too. A newborn can go through two or three outfits in a day, between spit up, pee or poo accidents, and God knows what else! And yes, when it says 6 months, it's up to that age... same thing with 12 months, 3 months... if it's just one number it means "up to" that age. But all babies differ there, too. My kids have always generally worn a size bigger than what they are (and still do)!

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Good thread- I washed all the clothes I have so far yesterday and have been sorting then. I am going to have to get more little stuff. Also very hard to decide because some of the weights were on the clothes so it really will depend on how big this little girl is going to be. My dd was 5lb 13oz and my ds was 7lb7oz. My mom ad three girls and I believe the biggest was 6lb 12oz out of 3 of us- so not sure if this baby will be on the smaller size or not. I may have to send hubby out after she's born for smaller clothes.

All the outfits for 3 months seem so small, I remember bringing an outfit with my ds cause it looked tiny but it was way too big lol