There are a lot of important things to remember about buying baby clothes for your own baby or buying baby clothes for someone else’s baby. If you want them to keep the baby clothes you buy put some thought into choosing the baby clothes you buy.
Buttons, Bows, Snaps, and other decorative items on baby clothes can be uncomfortable for the baby. Remember to check out the location of all decorative items. Think about how the baby will be in the article of clothing and how the accessories may be bothersome or even harmful.
The worst thing to forget when buying baby clothes is the fact that the parent will have to actually put these baby clothes on the baby and take them off again. Be sure the baby clothing has easy access for diaper changing, clothing changes, etc. Usually snap crotches are great for ease of diaper changes. Neckline may be stretchy or have a snap or two to widen the opening around your baby’s head.
Gifts from everyone are usually given as newborn or small sizes and you don’t know how quickly the baby will grow or outgrow baby clothes. Buy baby clothes one size too large and you can’t go wrong.
Practical Tips on Baby Clothing
Perhaps the biggest problem with baby clothes is that they don’t last. Not because they wear out, but because your baby quickly out grows them.
It’s important to plan your baby clothes shopping around the growth of your baby. If you don’t, you could be wasting money.
Keep in mind these tips while you plan your baby clothes shopping:
- Wear a Larger Size
People say babies grow fast, and they’re right about that. You’ll be wasting money if you buy perfect fitting clothes because they’ll soon be too small. Buying a larger size will extend the amount of time your baby can wear them.
- Consider the Weather
Stop and think for a moment about clothes labels that state size in terms of a baby’s age, such as 12 or 18 months. Then ask this question: “When my baby is X months old, what will the weather or temperature be like?” Get the answer to this question correct and you’ll buy clothes that not only fit, but also will be appropriate for the season. For us in warm parts of the world like in Lagos it is really about rainy or dry season but this might be worth keeping in mind.
- Find Easy To Put On Outfits
Sometimes you’ll struggle to dress your baby into an outfit you want him to wear. Outfits that come in one piece, open in the front, have zippers, or snap buttons should be easier to deal with.
- Have Enough for Emergencies
Food can drop on your baby’s clothes while you’re feeding him. If your baby becomes sick, he might throw-up on his outfit. When a messy accident occurs, you’ll need a clean set of clothes ready for your baby to wear.
- Save on Sales
You can save a bundle at the clearance racks. Almost every type of store has these. In addition, if you wait for a big sale you can save even more. Some stores will also markdown the clearance item further at the cash register.
- Accept Hand Me Downs
Your family and friends may want to give you their children’s baby clothes. They may have new clothes that their baby didn’t have a chance to wear. If you decide to accept what they are willing to give, you’ll save yourself some money.