Baby Boot Camp: Making the Clothes Call -- Newborn Vs. 0 to 3 Months

Sona Charaipotra

Stella McCartney Eyelet Dress
Stella McCartney Eyelet Dress; Baby Gap
As a new first-time mom -- yes, I'm typing this with one hand -- I'll be exploring the often stressful, always magical first six weeks of little one's life with the scoop on things like car seats, cradle cap, cuddle time, and other newborn issues in CafeMom's Baby Boot Camp.

When I was pregnant with Kavi, I went on a little shopping spree shortly after we found out at our 20 week ultrasound that she's a girl.

I plundered the Baby Gap, hit the end-of-the-year sale at the Carter's outlet, and nabbed the occasional Baby Steal. And in my first-time mom naivete, I couldn't resist buying everything in that tiny, too-charming newborn size.

So naturally, when I showed my shopping to the proud grandma-to-be, she was surprised that I bought everything so small. Especially considering that I had gestational diabetes, which tends to mean bigger babies. So she made me exchange everything for the quite a bit larger 0 to 3 months size. And I resisted the urge to buy more baby clothes until Kavi came around, some four months later.

Of course, she was tiny. She clocked in at 6 lbs. 15 oz. Which meant all the clothes she owned -- now in size 0 to 3 months -- were way too big. Yeah, that gave me an excuse to go on another mini-shopping spree, but for the first few days of her life, Kavi was swimming in her little onesies and dresses. Luckily, we soon had a stash of hand me downs to pick and choose from. And now, at just about two-months-old, she's finally starting to fit into those bigger sizes, which we have plenty of.

But that's not to say that all newborns will actually fit into newborn sizes. In fact, my mom, who's a pediatrician, was so adamant that I upgrade to the 0 to 3 months clothes because she frequently sees bigger babies these days. She says kids who are born at 8 lbs. or bigger are the norm. My pregnancy pal Kathy's son Dylan was 9 lbs., 6 oz. when he was born, a week after Kavi. Wise parents, they brought both a newborn and 0 to 3 outfit to the hospital, but Dylan went straight to rocking the 0 to 3. She says he never wore newborn clothes at all. So it all depends on the kid, I guess.

Did you stock up on newborn clothes? Or go straight to 0 to 3 months?

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