When is it 'Too Early' to Buy Baby Clothes?

by Jasmine Gurney

Many women worry about getting their hopes up when pregnant and aren’t sure when it’s considered too early to start buying baby clothes, in case of complications or even before they know what sex they’re having.

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It is generally advised by other mums to wait until you’ve had your first scan that confirms you are pregnant to start buying clothes, toys and all the bits you need for your baby. Mothers that wish to find out the sex of the baby before they give birth and prefer to dress their child in the more traditional blue/pink clothing, often wait until this is confirmed at their 20-week scan. Parents that would prefer not to buy boy/girl specific clothing and toys are therefore free to buy more neutral colours and styles of clothes and toys after their initial scan in the early stages.

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As complications can arise at any point during pregnancy, some parents even prefer to wait until the month of their due date to start buying the larger, more expensive items. The 9 months of pregnancy can give you time to save up, and give you time to decide what products you want and discover what your family and friends may be buying for you. You may want to either hold off on buying baby clothes until you know the baby’s size, however you can always buy multiple sizes and return any that won’t fit. The same goes for the nappies and clothes you take along with you for after the birth as there’s no telling how small or big your baby will be until it arrives.

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You can also wait for huge sales such as the Black Friday, Christmas, January and Summer sales to grab a bargain on all the things you may need.

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Written by

Jasmine Gurney

Head of Content & Social, Influencer & Mum-to-be
Alongside heading up the Your Baby Club Content and Social Media teams, Jasmine is also a successful DIY and Interiors Influencer/Content Creator at Oh Abode where she teaches beginners DIY, empowers women with power tools, and shares aspects of her life, including her current pregnancy. For Your Baby Club, she writes articles about everything from nappies to mental health and the real, honest truth about the trials and tribulations of pregnancy.

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