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There are a lot of different ways to save money when you’re pregnant. The number one way I save money on baby clothes is by not purchasing newborn clothes. I know it might sound crazy but I don’t purchase baby clothes in the newborn size (for myself or as gifts).

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Let me explain. There are a few reasons I made the decision not to purchase newborn clothes.

#1 Baby Size

The number one reason I don’t purchase newborn clothes is that you have no idea how big the baby is going to be.

When the little man was born I had a few newborn size clothes. When he was born he weighed 9lbs and could barely be squished into newborn clothes for pictures.

He started out wearing 0-3 month clothes and by 3 months he was outgrowing 6-month size clothes. There were a few outfits he never wore because he had outgrown them before birth.

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#2 Eat, Poop, Puke repeat

Newborns typically eat sleep poop and spit up. Especially in the first couple months of life. Having looser clothes on your baby makes it much easier to change their clothes.

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#3 Gifts

People love to purchase baby clothes as gifts (especially those that don’t have young kids). A lot of baby gifts tend to be in the newborn size.

#4 Staying at Home

For the first 4-6 weeks after having a baby I tend to stick close to home. My baby is usually swaddled and wearing a onesie or one of these awesome nightshirts.

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There are a couple of times I make exceptions and purchase newborn clothes. The first exception is for newborn pictures (if my baby is small enough!) I want the outfit for newborn pictures to be more fitted.

The second exception is for baby gifts for a premature baby.

By purchasing slightly larger infant clothes my baby’s are able to wear the clothes longer and it it’s easier to change their outfits. By cutting back on the number of clothing items we have to rebuy in different sizes, we are able to save some money.

Do you purchase newborn size outfits? How long did your little ones stay in that size?