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How Long Will my New Baby Wear New Born Baby Clothes?

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New Born Baby Clothes

A four day old newborn boy sleeps in his grandfather's arms.

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Q: At my baby shower, I received thirty-three (33!) new born baby clothes outfits. Some are bodysuits, some pajamas, and some are just everyday outfits. Does my baby really need thirty-three new born outfits? How long will he really wear new born sizes?

A:New born baby clothes are one of the most commonly gifted items at showers and upon a baby's birth, and retailers know it; sadly, your baby won't wear them for long.

In the name of making a dollar, retailers sell these irresistibly cute clothes in the tiniest of sizes, bundling them into layettes, coming home packages, congratulations sets and a host of other ways, and marketing them as "must-haves."

They know that not many people can resist the lure of new born baby clothes.

The fact is, your baby will not wear new born sizes for long; if your baby weighs 8 lbs or less at birth, you can plan on him wearing new born sizes for 3 to 4 weeks. If your baby is larger than 8 lbs, it will be less.

You are far better off returning the new born baby clothes and purchasing the next size up - 0-3 months; depending on how fast your baby grows, you could get 8 to 10 weeks out of this size.

In closing, I do have one disclaimer. Some retailers, the GAP is a good example, sell new born baby clothes that include ages birth to 12 months, along with the standard sizing. As you well know, this is a large discrepancy. Occasionally, you'll have to eyeball the new born outfit to decide if it runs a bit bigger than the rest of your clothing stash.

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