Buying clothes for your baby (expected or infants), is a huge challenge. You have to keep in mind factors like utility, beauty, comfort, safety and speed of growth of child.
Whether you are buying rompers or accessories like organic cotton baby bibs, you need to keep in mind some facts. Here are a few tips:
- Avoid buying too many clothes for your new born or infant. The danger is that they will outgrow their clothes just too fast. In most cases, you will get plenty of baby clothes as gifts, so you will never run short.
- Always select clothing items one size ahead of their age. A common problem is that babies out grow sizes very fast. For instance, most babies who are 6 months old can wear clothes meant for 9 to 12 months, while 1 year olds can wear size for 2 years and so on.
- Shop for coming months and on sales racks. If your baby is 6 months old in February, purchase clothes for 18 to 24 months in advance, anticipating the next winter. Also while shopping in expensive shops, head to the sales counter and if you are lucky, you can land 50% discounts.
- In case of expensive clothing, consider value for money. Practical clothes like trousers may be well worth the money, but avoid wasting money on a dress that will be worn only for a special occasion. Try borrowing an outfit for such occasions.
- Be choosy while shopping for high end baby clothes. There is no need to splurge your precious dollars plain tops, tights, vests or to buy baby organic bibs. What you can do is to mix branded items with cheaper labels. This will give the impression of designer clothes, while you will have spent only a fraction of the cost.
- Go bargain hunting at second hand shops and sales. Babies do grow up quickly. You can buy second hand items without any fear and some items on sale might still retain their shopping tag, indicating that they have never been worn.
- Ensure you are keeping in mind the season. When you are purchasing clothing to last for a few months at least, ensure that they are ideal for the future months and changing weather as it gets warmer/ colder.
- Do not spend too much on baby shoes. They must be reserved for only going out in cold weather. The baby’s squirmy feet might find it awkward to wear the shoes. Instead, go in for shoes with soft soles and elastic at the ankles, so that baby’s feet are kept warm.
- Avoid buying clothing like pajamas that feature buttons down the spine. This is because babies, particularly newborns spend most of their time lying down on their backs. Clothing with buttons on the rear will irritate the baby. They are also difficult and awkward to put on.
- Go in for clothing that is easy to put on and remove. Items featuring zips are much easier to wear than those with buttons. They will save you a lot of time with the squirming baby as you try to make him/ her wear his clothes.
- Select items which are washable in machines. This avoids the situation where you will be exhausted washing baby clothing by hand. Buy items you can just pop into the washing machines and this will make your life much easier.
These are some tips on how to select baby clothing.