I’d say about 4 or 5 months if you’re close friends or family.
Comment by Alicia G on Sep 12 2011 08:45:29:
I would wait until after the first trimester (13 wks). I personally waitied until about 5 or 6 months before I really started buying things because alot of family and friends bought me so many things that it was better to wait so I could see what I needed.
Comment by Rachel H. on Sep 15 2011 11:05:50:
I would say wait until you’re atleast 20 weeks along when you know the gender. I recommend waiting until after your baby shower that way you can see what you have and what you still need.
Comment by Kymmie on Sep 20 2011 08:16:38:
I bought a gender neutral onesie the day I found out I was pregnant, but then I waited to buy stuff until after my 20wk ultrasound. This ultrasound is usually the last one you have before the baby is born, it also is the one where you find out the gender (if you want to) and make sure that everything is going okay. I also didn’t buy much until after my baby showers so I wouldn’t have to worry about buying and returning when I was as big as a house!
Comment by Lauren on Sep 23 2011 05:06:14:
I always waited til I was toward the end of my 2nd trimester and got anything I was going to be picky about (wanting a specific brand or style of something) and any other needed things after the baby shower.
Comment by Melissa on Oct 15 2011 02:12:15:
Day 1. Be excited about your pregnancy! Enjoy everyday- as a mom that has suffered 2 miscarriages it still hurts whether there is baby things around or not. Everyone is a blessing and should be celebrated! Get excited!
Comment by Zione Cassady on Nov 28 2011 02:50:27:
After the first trimester you can start shopping for the baby…just buy gender neutral colors. Congratulations.
Comment by Leslie G on Nov 30 2011 02:57:57:
Honestly I start buying day one. I waited 5 years for my first and I had never been so excited in my life. I do agree with Gender neutral colors or something that you put a cover one. If it is a good deal I work even harder to go ahead and get it. Enjoy it is so much fun.
Comment by Marie on Dec 01 2011 01:33:01:
I don’t know that there are any rules or guides. Do what you want. But… keep in mind that a) the gender could “change” (ultrasound wrong) and b) store return periods. But leisurely shopping throughout lets you take advantage of sales/deals, spread your expenses, and justbe less stressful.
Comment by Trisha Price on Jan 12 2012 07:11:12:
it's so hard to resist buying things but I think waiting until you know the gender and you have had your babyshower is best, even better to wait on clothing as close to delivery as possible so you can get an idea of how big or small baby will be! I had tons of NB clothing and needed Preemie when I had my daughter!
Comment by Stella Gardner on Jan 19 2012 01:36:56:
There is no set rule regarding how soon when to start shopping for the little one. I brought white onesies after my 19 week ultrasound. I would recommend searching for a crib as some of them may require at least 30 days for delivery. Don't wait until the last month to get it, just in case you change your mind about it.
Comment by LaLa Woodard on Feb 07 2012 02:14:47:
as I approach my 3rd month of my 3rd pregnancy, I find it is easier to get the non gender stuff out of the way. it frees up time later and money as well. Get things here and there through out the pregnancy, of course save money for buying the diapers last, because you never know the true size of your baby or if your baby has allergies. as far as furniture, if its gender neutral, get it!
Comment by Sabrina Harvey on Feb 20 2012 03:41:16:
I would wait until after the first trimester. Then the risk of losing your baby is lower.
Comment by Savannah Kincaid on Mar 15 2012 04:30:29:
I started buying little things (onesies, socks, baby book) once I reached 4 months, now I'm 28 weeks (7 months) and am going to start buying everything probably the beginning of April. I guess what I'm saying is, buy a little here and there in the 2nd trimester, then once you reach about 7 1/2 to 8 months, go all out! Congrats and good luck!
Comment by Savannah Kincaid on Mar 15 2012 04:38:44:
Actually, I think you should start buying whenever you feel like it. There is no rule that says you have to wait, though waiting till the second trimester is usually recommended because of the risk of miscarriage in the first trimester…
Comment by Ashley Malloy on Mar 30 2012 03:48:50:
its never too soon to start buying things for your baby. but if I were u I would only buy the bigger things and leave smalls things such as bottles diapers etc for people 2 buy 4 your baby shower.
Comment by Debra Downing on Apr 23 2012 12:30:15:
It was hard for me to not want to go out and buy the day we found out but I waited until we knew the sex of the baby before I bought clothes and nursery decor. We bought furniture when I was around 18 weeks. I didn't buy diapers and things until after my shower which we had 3 months before I was due (we had a chance we would go early and we did) but after my shower I went all out! Happy Shopping!
Comment by Sherri Whitaker on May 20 2012 03:39:41:
Around nineteen weeks is when you really need to buckle down and start getting the things you will need for the baby. Try to focus on bigger items that you may not get if your having a shower. Clothes, diapers, bathe items, and things of the smaller variety is mainly what you will get from your friends. -resident mom
Comment by Mersades Joe West-Moreno on Jul 15 2012 04:42:08:
I say its never too early! Of course if you are finding out the sex you will prabably want to wait until you find out what your little bundle will be. Honestly you will never have enough bottles, nipples, wipes, etc. They will always needed to be replaced whether worn out or lost and some things like wipes and baby shampoo will be used a lot longer than you think even after diaper days
Comment by Victoria Bidwell on Jul 20 2012 08:07:36:
I say start buying when your belly starts to show just make sure you have what you need before getting anything else ~resident mom~.
Comment by Rachel Dozier on Sep 20 2012 01:58:55:
I would agree that it is up to you when to start buying items. I bought a gender neutral onesie to announce to Daddy-to-be that bambino was on his way. After the first trimester survival rates increase dramatically, so that is probably a good starting point to really start purchasing larger items.
Comment by Coupon Gal on Oct 18 2012 10:35:26:
Wait until you know the sex of the baby. ~Resident Mom~
Comment by Kristal Willis on Jan 19 2013 09:34:34:
You can start whenever you feel comfortable. My suggestion would be to wait until you are through your first trimester when the risks of anything happening are lower. -Resident Mom-
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