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How to Buy Newborn Clothes

Learn how to buy newborn clothes and get other tips on baby clothes and raising your newborn from Huggies.com.
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It’s easy to get lost for hours in the baby-clothing store—everything’s just so cute. How much cute should you buy? Keep these tips in mind.

Hit the sack. Given that your baby’s going to be mostly snoozing during his first couple of months, a sleep sack is a trés chic choice. "They’re foolproof as far as fit goes—they just cover the baby head to toe," says Pam DiCapo, a mom of two and owner of the children’s boutique Lauren Alexandra in Kansas City, Missouri. "Also, there are no snaps or buttons so diaper changes are easier, and they don’t rub against the umbilical stump, which is a sensitive area. Buy about five or six in newborn size."

"Zero" is bigger than you think.  "Most newborns are quite skinny—those rolls and dimples don’t show up until later," says DiCapo. "Even 10-pound infants wear size 0 to 3." Pick up four outfits in size 0 to 3, to be worn for visitors and photos, and let baby spend his downtime in sacks.

Don’t get too much in size 3 to 6 months. Moms tend to get a lot of baby clothes in that size at the shower or as gifts.

Forget the footies. To get the most mileage out of outfits, consider steering clear of footie pajamas for the first few months, which cram tiny toes as baby gets longer. Instead, invest in five or six pairs of baby socks. They’ll keep your little one’s feet warm—plus, they’re absolutely adorable!

New? Not totally necessary. "While I was pregnant, I hit every garage sale that advertised it was selling newborn clothes in good condition," says mom of one Kristy Norton of Little Falls, Minnesota. "I couldn’t justify spending much money on clothes that my child would spit up on and immediately outgrow. That’s not to say I never bought anything new—I did for special occasions or when I saw an adorable outfit I simply had to have—but buying the basics secondhand worked out great."

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  • Rated 0 out of 5 by 11reviewers.
    Rated 0 out of 5 by My husband and i discussed this that when we had our miscarriage in 2012 we had so many outfits from me loving to shop that when we do eventual have our baby shower this time around we would ask people if they do get outfits to get them for 12months and older. I too ship yardsales and goodwill. My rule of thumb was to buy only name brand clothing at the sales and goodwill. It will appear we spent tons on our babys outfits. When in reality we don't spend more than 1.50 per item. February 2, 2014
    Rated 0 out of 5 by great article!! I had told everyone not 2 buy me baby clothes but give me hand me downs. Our son was born 5 pounds 3.9 ounces and Newborn clothes are still 2 small which he is 6.5 now. July 31, 2013
    Rated 0 out of 5 by love this article! kids are messy and grow fast. second hand clothes are just fine. baby number 2 is on the way. big brother is 3 so ive got lots of stuff. i made sure to buy lotsof neutral colors so this new baby can wear them regardless of gender. ill buy things like jackets and dresses in pink if its a girl. otherwise she can wear the hand me down onesies in powder blue March 22, 2013
    Rated 0 out of 5 by You really dont need to go over bored. I know if you r a new mommy you want everything to be new but you really dont need to. They grow out of thier items faster then you may think. Half of my sons clothes he never even wore. He just grew to fast. Make sure you always and i mean always have bigger size clothes on hand. Just because the tag says 3 to 6 months doesent mean your child will stay in that size the whole time.for this first year i am not taking any clothes past 12 months. my son jason is 5 months old in size 5 diapers and is in 6 to 9 month clothes and he was born 6 p 5 oz. November 29, 2012
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