Every parent wants their baby to look good and stay healthy, warm and comfortable in their clothes. They further have their tastes and preferences to think about. Striking this balance can be quite tricky, though. In this article, we look at seven unique tips for buying baby clothes.
Buy a slightly bigger size
Children grow very fast. Buy very few newborn sizes. The babies will outgrow them in no time. It is also advisable to buy clothes that are slightly bigger, as they will soon fit. Don’t go for designer clothing, for the same reason. It is simply not a worthwhile investment as the baby will outgrow them when they are still good as new. It may be a good idea to actually work with hand downs from cousins or older siblings. Some infants will skip the newborn size and fit the 3 to 6 months size. You can also buy different cloth sizes and re-purchase the sizes that you need more.
Buy soft fabric
Buy clothes with soft, breathable fabric that can keep the baby warm, but not so warm that he or she becomes uncomfortable. If your baby has sensitive skin or skin condition, ensure that you buy only 100% organic cotton.
Buy easy to wear clothes
How easy is it for the clothing to come off and put on? Clothes that come off easily are a plus for both the parent and baby. You may opt for clothes with a soft and stretchable neck opening. Front zippers or side buttons are also a good idea. Kimono bodysuits and one-piece outfits with front zips are very common and easily available in the market. Clothes with easy closures like snaps and Velcro are very easy to come off.
Buy comfortable clothes
The baby clothes should have a layer of fabric that protects the baby’s skin from zippers or elastic. Rough edges could cause discomfort or even injury to the baby’s skin. Fabric can easily cause rashes on the skin. Go for fabric that is 100% cotton or something closer.
Go for simple design
You may go for patterns and prints that will be easy to match with other outfits and baby wear. Simple designs and prints will allow the baby to play, relax and sleep with no obstruction.
Read the wash label
If the clothes require hand washing or dry cleaning, maintaining them will be an uphill task. Go for machine washable clothes.
Consider the season
Whether your baby is a summer or winter baby matters. If she is born during winter, you may want to buy extras like hooded baby blankets, thermal wear to prevent the baby’s skin from contact with woolen clothes, woolen caps, long sleeve vests, two-piece clothing, bodysuits, warm, hand-knitted sweaters and warm booties. If she is a summer baby, you may want to focus on short sleeve baby vests, cotton caps or hats to wear during outings, cotton mittens, sleep suits, muslin sheets, and clothes that can be used when carrying the baby in prams, as well as socks with loose ends.
Buying baby clothes is a tricky affair. Your child will not tell you when they are comfortable, or the patterns and prints that she likes. The above tips for buying baby clothes will help you choose the best clothes that will keep the baby comfortable and warm enough.