Preparing for Baby: Buying Baby Clothes
Chances are, you'll get a lot of the basics at your baby shower. There will be no need to buy onesies, blankets, socks and other must-have baby clothes.
If you know the gender of your baby already and have shared it on your shower invitation, prepare to receive plenty of frilly dresses or overalls bearing cartoon trucks. Most people will like to gift newborn-size clothes and seasonal items. Got a winter baby? Get ready for several snowsuits and many, many hats. Got a summer baby? You won't need to buy floppy hats or sundresses.
But if you want to buy some things while you're preparing for baby to arrive, consider getting some things a few sizes larger than the usual newborn fare. Get some cute outfits in 6-9-months size, accounting, of course, for seasonal changes. Or grab that winter coat for a 1-year-old while it's on sale.
Also, get something for baby to wear for special occasions, like a christening, a baby photo or the holidays when you're preparing for baby. If you don't know your baby's gender, get some neutral-colored items, like yellow or green. Keep the receipts in case you miscalculate size, always checking the return policy before baby arrives. You probably don't want to be stuck with a frilly pink dress in a 6-9-month size for your brute of a boy!