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#1 yummymummy24

Posted 05 February 2013 - 07:28 AM

Hi all,

Just wondering what I will need for a winter baby? I'm due 30th May and am struggling to remember what I bought for #1 but really need some help with a list for what is needed for the first three months.

We have good quality gas heaters at home, so I thought maybe just a long sleeve jumpsuit or singletsuit and cardigan and wraps would be fine? I thought it would be much easier this time but it's a completely different season so I'm really lost.

Thank you!

#2 Moo point

Posted 05 February 2013 - 07:40 AM

I had my DS in June last year. He essentially lived in wondersuits (so long sleeved, long legged footed jumpsuits) with a singlet, and spent most of the first few weeks sleeping in a wrap and a bunny rug. We had lots of suits, for the inevitable wet/poop through!

We were given a few trackpants/sweaters that we put on to out in public, with socks, a beanie and a rug over him in the pram. He was pretty toasty original.gif

Our place is quite cold, so for us the tricky thing was keeping him warm at night. We ended up leaving a heater on very low in our room (where bubs slept) overnight to keep us all warm, especially for me getting up to feed during the night! Bubs stayed warm in the wrap and a blanket over the top.

Best of luck!

#3 purple_daisy

Posted 05 February 2013 - 07:53 AM

I had DD in late May two years ago so am all set for this DDs winter needs.

I would suggest:

- 6 wondersuits (the terry towelling kind from target/kmart with feet sewn in and long arms and if possible cuffs that can go over their hands - target have these, brilliant for keeping hands warm at night)
- 1-2 benis
- 2 or 3 cardigans
- 2 or 3 newborn size trackpants
- several wraps/bunny rugs

DD lived in the wondersuits, including overnight, and if we were going out we would pop a nice cardigan or pair of pants over for extra warmth (it is very cold in our area).The bonus was that these were easily removable if we found it got too warm later in the day.

Last time I did use some singlets and occasionally the over-the-head singlet suits but it was such a hassle having to get them over DD's head that we will be sticking purely with the wondersuits that totally unbutton this time. I saw BigW advertising some for $6 this week.

At night she just wore the wondersuit and was wrapped in a flannel wrap. The heating in her room is not good, so we got one of those heaters from kmart that switches off when it gets to a certain temp, forget the name - combustion? oil heater? which was brilliant as we knew she would be kept warm enough. It did hurt the electricity bill though.

From about 3 months we ditched the wrap and went with grobags.

#4 Ice Queen

Posted 05 February 2013 - 07:56 AM

My DD was born in May in a very cold area but we had a warm house and always had a heater on low in her room at night (in fact my DH kicked her out of our room for this reason  sad.gif , he couldnt stand the warm room).

During the day she always wore a singlet day and night.  Onesies at night and then during the day I had her in a long sleeve suit (with no legs) and then a pair of pants with inbuilt feet if I could find them.  We went out everyday so she rarely stayed in her onesies (also she was a crazy poooer so at same stage during the night they got poop on them).   I found feet hard as socks always come off and I always 'double socked'. Put the socks on under the onesie or built in feet was a trick I found worked.  Then i put a hoodie or cardigan on her and a beanie and all good.  

Boys you can quite easily dress them over top of the onesie so they in effect have 2 layers of clothes.  Obviously you can with girls too but I found the pants/leggings for girls often dont work as well.  I still do this with DS on a cold morning when I am doing kindy drop off and dont have time to get him properly dressed.  I just put on jeans, a hoodie and socks overtop his pj onesie.

One thing I found was the winter baby got given a lot of rugs for presents.

#5 Bluemakede

Posted 05 February 2013 - 10:17 AM

We've decided to buy mostly coveralls, we have the terry towelling type (some wondersuits, the rest target $6 each, so not to worried if we over buy the target ones). We also have some prettier coveralls for when we go out, and a few 2 piece outfits bought by others (I wasn't planning to buy any 2 piece myself, as I didn't want to be re-adjusting her clothes if her belly became exposed etc, figured a coverall is easier to keep her warm). I also plan to always have her in singlets.

I've also gotten some little cardigans and hoodies to go over the coveralls on days when it's more cold, and we have bought a bunch of socks. And MIL has made some wraps for the pram to keep her toasty if we're out at night, or a cold day.

I'm planning on getting some sleeping bags, not sure yet what brand. I haven't spent a winter in this house before, but going from how it is on a cool day it will probably be cold.

Edited by Bluemakede, 05 February 2013 - 10:17 AM.


#6 Blossom73

Posted 05 February 2013 - 10:20 AM

For those who used cardies, did you go with knitted items, or just cotton?

Our house gets cold, but we have unflued gas heaters so we tend to only use them for a bit in the later afternoon/evening and manage otherwise with dressing appropriately.

Bubs will be sleeping with us upstairs in a bassinet for a while, and we have have an ac unit up there so can run that if needed.

#7 countrychic29

Posted 05 February 2013 - 10:29 AM

Hi OP,

I'm due 26th May and again we live in quite a cold area. in an old house with no insulation in walls.
We have just installed a split system heater to complement the wood heater and will be getting an oil heater for our room while bub is in there.

I have purchased a few singlet suits to go under footed leggings and cardigans and long sleeve tops if we go out. Like PP's plenty of wondersuits (terry toweling type) for everyday wear.
I have invested in a few heavy cotton blankets/rugs and plan on getting a couple of merino wondersuits and beanies.

#8 CharliMarley

Posted 05 February 2013 - 10:34 AM

Wool is warmer than cotton. Do you know anyone who can knit you some baby cardigans?

#9 Blossom73

Posted 05 February 2013 - 01:10 PM

Might know a few! Will have to get on that!

#10 yummymummy24

Posted 05 February 2013 - 01:45 PM

Thanks everyone!

Bonds online have some great deals on baby and maternitywear at the moment so I've bought two Zip Wondersuits (2 for $30) and singlets in 000 and 00 as I'm sure we will receive a few plain Wondersuits. I'll look out for some socks and get a few more cotton short and long sleeve onesies.  

We have plenty of blankets from the last baby, as well as bedding, baby bath, breast pump, hats/beanies and shoes. Now I just have to buy some nappies newborn & infant, wipes, another carseat and I think we're ready. We have a few bibs but we never used any with the first baby until she started eating. Have I missed anything??

Our first bub has really bad eczema so we're staying away from wool this time.

#11 I'msoMerry

Posted 05 February 2013 - 01:54 PM

I just want to add- think about cold feet. I dont think a wondersuit is enough and always put on socks underneath.

#12 Bluemakede

Posted 05 February 2013 - 04:29 PM

QUOTE (Blossom73 @ 05/02/2013, 10:20 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
For those who used cardies, did you go with knitted items, or just cotton?


I found some knitted cardi's (bonds) at trades secret, I'm not sure if they are selling them everywhere other than TS. I've got some french terry ones (bonds) as well. We luckily know a few knitters as well, so hopefully we'll get a few that way (buying the wool and getting them knitted for us).




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