Guest Blogger: Newborn Clothing- To Buy or Not to Buy?
Last week the stomach flu hit our house bad. My husband was the last one to get it. I had to take my daughter and myself out of the house for a few hours so he could rest. So, Madison (my 19-month-old daughter) and I met my mom at Kohl’s. My mom is really good about giving me a break while shopping. She loves to take Madison and just shop. Sometimes, 30 minutes goes by and I am searching the store for my mom and my daughter!
Anyhow, being almost 25 weeks pregnant, I was shopping in the baby section. Like every expectant mom does I was ooing and gooing over the little tiny clothes. I happen to have found one that I really liked a long sleeved little sister onesie. I thought it would be oh so cute in pictures. I happen to be kind of searching for the newborn size out loud as I searched through the rack. “3 months, nope, 6 months nope, newborn are you out there?”. Next thing I know this lady is talking to me. I look up, and she is asking me if this is my first baby. Without giving me a chance to respond, “no I have a 19 month old,” she continues on. She proceeds to tell me that you should never buy newborn clothes. There is no point. That even the tiniest baby can fit into 3 month clothes. That it is just a waste of money to buy newborn clothes. Finally, she stops talking long enough for me to get a word in edgewise! I told her that when my daughter was born at 41 weeks she was 6 lbs. and 5 oz.. So, by the time we left the hospital she was down to 6 lbs. She was tiny. I was the mom who listened to all of the other moms, you know the more experienced moms, and did not buy the newborn clothes. I bought for 3 months and bigger. Then, the day of her 3 day checkup, we had to go to Target afterwards to stock up on newborn clothes because we barely had any. She was swimming in the 3 month clothes! The lady then proceeded to tell me that when her children were born they were 8 lbs. and 9 lbs. so they did not need newborn clothes. She then walked away.
This conversation with this stranger bothered me. I am no expert on parenting but I think I manage to dress my daughter in size appropriate clothes. I plan to do the same with my second daughter. Though I don’t need to buy many clothes because we have so many left over. But I just wished that this lady had just minded her own business. What kind of person comes up to a perfect stranger and starts dishing out advice? So I guess the ultimate question will always be, to buy newborn clothes or not? I am going to stick with my idea and buy some, because I think you need them at least for a few weeks!
Becky is a first time mom in South Orange County. Her daugter Madison is 19 months old, and she is 25 weeks pregnant with her second daughter Makayla! She is a full time stay at home mom and is loving it. She loves to read, spend time with her family, and go for long walks!