It was so nice as my baby grew to realize I had been given a variety of sizes of clothes to cover my baby's needs through her first year of life. In many cases, the clothes fit at the right times, but it broke my heart to have to pack away never-used outfits that were too small for my much-taller-than-average baby when they became in-season. I think it's a great idea to buy clothes a baby can use later on, but consider choosing outfits that could span a variety of seasons just in case the baby grows faster or slower than average.
Find out the baby's current size.
If you're picking something out for an older baby, don't be shy about finding out from the mom what size the baby's in now. My baby is barely 8 months old but already wearing 12-month clothes, so if people bought her the 9-month clothes they'd assume would fit her at this age, we wouldn't get any use out of them. On the other hand, I recently bought an outfit for a baby who was just getting into 6-month clothes when she was almost 7 months old. I chose a 12-month outfit meant for her first birthday, and it fit at the right time!
You can never have enough bodysuits!
During the winter, I put a bodysuit under each of my baby's outfits. Now that it's summer, I put my baby down to sleep in nothing but her diaper and a bodysuit. Heck, sometimes she goes the whole day in nothing but a bodysuit. The moral of the story: a baby can never have enough bodysuits! Even if a new mom seems to be given nothing but clothes at her shower, she will get use out of the bodysuits you give her.
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