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    Hi there folks,

    I am after your thoughts and advice. I have been thinking of ways I could help other pregnant/new mums out there, so I thought back to what I think would have helped me out.... so I thought of maybe writing an article for the main site on baby clothes, what to buy, what not to buy, what's easiest, how many of sizes, etc etc. I will search the forums for tips but also wanted to see if anyone else has any tips.

    Basically what I want to know is what have you found to be good or bad about clothes you have bought? Is there anything you'll do differently?

    I will go back and seek the old threads, but any other thoughts or tips you may have will be greatly appreciated!

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    ~ Don't be tempted to buy too much stuff.........especially with a 1st baby.....people give you so much stuff, and babies grow so fast, you literally cannot use it all!

    ~ Accept hand-me downs......often they are the most practical and useful!

    ~ For tiny babies, I found the plain, unfrilly Bonds growsuits to be unbeatable........plain is good.......

    ~ Avoid anything with big collars, bows, buckles, anything that fastens up the back is a pain

    ~ Think about the climate your baby will be born into.....what season? It may be that you really don't need any singlets at all........or it maybe that you really do need socks!

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    All-in-ones with the crotch fastening at the back are a nightmare. When they fasten at the front you can sort of pull the back down and through the legs - so much easier to fasten!! I have to say the pumpkin patch jumpsuits are really terrible for doing up easily - specially since my ones all fastne up at the back.
    However I LOOOOOVE the PP all in one singlet suits. Their newborn size ones are a fantastic fit, even with a cloth nappy, and sit nice and high on the chest. I find the bonds ones slip down a little, and are a bit stretchy.

    Most of the old fashioned woolly cardies are really annoying and hard to get on. I bought a few and haven't even used them. Dont buy dark colours - they show spew so much more!!!!
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    Fi, that is funny, I love the old fashioned wool cardies. They are so soft and comfortable. I was even considering asking my mum to make me some more. I find them easy to put on over any other item that Charlotte is wearing.

    I love the all in one jumpsuits at the moment, they are warm, comfortable and easy to put on.

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    I try not to buy the jumpsuits with feet on them - I found Hannah is grwing so fast and the feet would be too small while the rest of the suit was huge.

    LOL at buying light colours so they dont show the spew - you are so right!!!!

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    MiMo, I have the foot problem with jumpsuits too but I have noticed that the US brands like Carters have big feet. Maybe if you have a US connection or enjoy online shopping you can get some sent over.
    I partly agree with Lucy that you don't need to buy alot of clothes beforehand becuase you will be given so many but on the other hand I really think that you should have heaps of clothes because they get them grotty amazingly fast and the more clothes you have the less often you have to do a load of washing and in those early days the less housework to do the better.
    Don't buy clothes to far in advance because you can't predict that they will fit at the right time. When I was pregnant I bought a lovely winter onesie in size 0 that was on special. Now I think that it will fit Yasin perfectly in the middle of summer #-o .
    Light colours don't show the spew. Dark colours don't show the grime on the knees and toes that they pick up when they start crawling.
    Hand me downs are great, I use mine around the house and save his nice outfits for going out.
    Once they start on solids you can't have too many bibs. I bought a heap of second hand ones at an op-shop. We use those ones at home and nice ones when we're out.
    Those outfits with matching everything often don't all fit at once. I got a newborn one. The onsies and jacket fitted, the hat was too big, the booties and mittens were too big and we didn't need the bib until he started dribbling. The hat fits now so he has a matching hat and bib.
    Because I'm planning on having more children I like neutral colors because I can use them again regrdless of which gender number two is.
    Wraps should be really big. They wriggle out of small ones way tooo fast.

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    One thing I found was that with Bonds clothes the sizes seem to be smaller than other brands. For example Grace is in size 00 clothes now except she wears size 0 wondersuits and they are a snug fit, and she has a size 0 bonds hoodie that fits her perfectly, whereas with other brands a size 0 is too big.

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    oh yeah...Matilda is a really tall baby who doesn't fit who body suits as well, so now she wears size 1 wondersuits which make her look really skinny as they fit her height but not her weight iykwim? So even from the beginning we had to buy one size up for body suits & full body suits as she didn't fit them length wise.

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    I agree with the bonds suits - Zander is in 000 for everything, but 00 for bonds suits.

    I also agree on the problem with the feet - Zander has huge feet, size 000 are a bit long for his legs, but his feet fit them perfectly.

    Lots & lots of bibs - if bub has reflux, you will really need heaps even when they are little.

    Try to get all in ones for when they are newborn so the elastic waists don't irritate their cord stump.

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    It's worth having one or two really nice outfits to take the baby out in to 'show them off', but more than that is a bit of a waste - they will grow out of clothes before they wear out of them, so don't go overboard spending money on designer clothes that will only fit for a couple of months.

    I believe it's already been said, but I'm reinforcing the comment about clothes that do up at the back- they are painful. Two piece outfits or crotchsnaps are much better for nappy access.

    Trying to keep socks on a baby is an exercise in futility, better to go with slippers that do up firmly around the baby's ankles. Most babies will try to kick off foot coverings and slip their feet out of socks, so anything that is loose-fitting is a goner!

    A couple of cozy, soft hats are a must for newborns - try to make sure that there are no irritating seams or rough fabric inside the lining. There are some beautiful bright felt beanies around these days that are soft and warm, or if you are lucky and your Mum knits, soft babywool is a winner.

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    Agree totally about Bonds stuff.........mean sizing! So if you are buying Bonds (and lets face it, who doesn't.........) always go a size up!

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    lol - I love the Bonds stretchie stuff, although I am buying size 0 for Matthew and he is size 000 still! Got to get some wear out them. Oh how I wish Victoria had a Bonds factory *sigh*

    Thanks for all the tips girls, some stuff there I didn't even think of.

    Also, has anyone used the bodysuit singlets? I am yet to get some for Matthew as he has heaps of 000 atm, but thought that they would be handy for when they are born so if you want them in something 2 piece then the top and singlet won't keep riding up IYKWIM?

    Does everyone use singlets?

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    My tip - keep the tags on all clothing (whether bought or not) until you work out whether or not they're going to wear them in the right season. And don't be afraid of taking things back for refunds (especially if they were gifts) because after all, $ is $ and you need every cent you can get with a newborn!

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    Nell - I thought there was a bonds factory shop in Melbourne?? i think its in carlton?

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    Nell we used singlet suits throughout summer...but in winter we used the body suits with short sleeves and no singlet. With another top too. Matilda got so tall any suit doesn't work, so we use big tops to cover the "gap" LOL

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    Nell - I use singlets.

    I also agree about the Bonds Wondersuits, Matthew is in size 000 but these suits he`s in a size 00 which will not last too much longer on him.

    What I have found to be an absolute godsend are the baby nighties I put Matthew into them each night, it saves me having to fiddle around with the studs on the all in ones so makes my life so much easier and quicker at night.

    I love all my wooly cardigans I have for Matthew but the booties are a bit of a problem, most are too small, he has extra large feet and a lot of them keep falling off.

    Take Care

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    on the singlet talk I use size 2 for Felix even though he's a 00 in pants (lol) and a 1 in tops, because he a REALLY long waist and I hate singlets hanging out...perfect..

    I don't really have the "usual child" but I would advise against buying too much ahead of time(like me), because your child's growth patterns aren't always predictable..Felix spent 1 month in 0000, 1 month in 000 and 6-10 months in 00 clothes, he is yet to grow into the 0 pants he has! I ahve all these size 1 winter clothes I bough at sales or because I liked them sitting in his cupboard because I bought ahead of time and didn't want to buy small..

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    I agree with everything that has been said - especially the fastenings at the back. What a pain! A couple of things to add...

    * Zip up fleecy vests are great alternatives to jumpers on moderate winter days. I have two and they are perfect for the autumn mornings - and they look so cute!

    * Long or short sleeved jumpsuits with no legs are really good to go under long pants - this way you're not worrying that bub's belly will get cold if a shirt becomes untucked.

    * Don't buy anything new! In all honesty, I have only bought ONE new outfit for Charlie in his whole life (and he's 9 months old!). Investigate good op shops (especially BEFORE you have bub) and go nuts. If you go once a week or fortnight on the same day you'll get to know the staff and vice versa, and they may be able to look out for things for you. You'll save so much money it's not funny, and you will also not feel so bad if something you bought in advance doesn't fit in the right season (it's better to "waste" $1 on a growsuit than $10!). Obviously, this can sometimes take a little more effort - you have to be prepared to spend a few minutes going through stuff to find some good quality stuff - but it is well worth the time. I love opp shopping too, because it gives me something to do when I'm sick of being at home - I just plonk Charlie in front of the toy section while I'm browsing nearby, and he loves it.

    * Only buy hats/beanies with some kind of fastening device (obviously you have to be safety concious when you're looking for them...) - Charlie doesn't keep any of his hats on, so I need to invest in some with chin straps.

    * Get bub used to wearing hats and sunglasses early. This will get them into good habits. Sunnies are about $20.

    I will write again if I think of any more.

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