You know that sense of panic you get when a special occasion comes up and you have nothing appropriate to wear?
Amplify that feeling by a gazillion times, and you might start to understand what Baby Clothes Shopping is like.
Babies are pretty difficult to buy clothes for as it is. I decided to make my life even more difficult by opting not to find out Creature's gender until the big day. AND! S/he is due at the beginning of February. Meaning... I need to have gender-neutral winter clothes for the age of 0-3 months. Do you have any idea how difficult that is?
Now, the issue is this - there is no knowing how big the baby might be at birth. Nor when s/he actually will be born. Thankfully, in my case, even if s/he is born before the 40 week mark, it'll still be Winter. Imagine the difficulty people face if their baby is due in September [like I was] and s/he decides to arrive early! It would demand a completely different wardrobe, according to the weather in Malta.
My word of advice is this: get as few Newborn sized clothes as possible as there is a big chance that Baby will be too big at birth for them anyway. And always get a variety in sizes - enough to get you started in 0-3 months, and some clothes in 3-6 months as well.
The reason? Babies grow up fast. Real fast.
Oh, and do your bank account a favour and stay away from designer labels and from shoes. Shoes for children under the age of 1 exist only to frustrate the parent whenever Baby decides to kick it off whilst Parent is pushing the pushchair in a crowded place whilst trying to multitask with other stuff.
Whenever possible, go for 2nd hand clothing in good condition. And never turn down free hand-me-downs from family/friends. Your finances will thank you in the long run.
Speaking of which...