There is no question that baby clothes are just plain adorable. Not only are they extremely cute, the act of buying infant clothes just makes the anticipation of having a baby even greater. Thus, it isn?t surprising that a lot of parents tend to go overboard when buying them. Of course, any kind of spontaneous shopping is not good, even if it is baby clothes you?re buying. So, before you and your partner even think of stepping inside a baby store, it?s best to know more about what your baby will need and what he will not. After all, you wouldn?t want any of the baby clothes to go to waste especially if they?re so cute.
6 Things You?ll Need to Know about Baby Clothes:
Just like adult clothes, baby clothes come in different sizes. These sizes are based on the age of the baby which can be confusing especially for first-time parents. While it would seem logical to buy 0 months sized infant clothes seeing that your newborn is just that? a newborn, it is actually more practical to buy clothes that are a size or two larger. This is because newborns tend to grow at a fast rate and clothes that fit perfectly today will probably not fit that well anymore in a few weeks or so. Also, some babies are born bigger than the average newborn size so buying the smallest size also wouldn?t be practical. Buying one or two sizes ahead will ensure that you get your money?s worth and you won?t find yourself scrambling to buy new clothes just a month or so after giving birth.
- Safety, Comfort, and Convenience
Obviously, your baby?s comfort and safety are your top priority. And one would think that any type of baby clothes would be both comfortable and safe. Unfortunately, just like your clothes, comfort and style (or in this case cuteness) don?t always go together. Avoid clothes that have really small buttons since they might fall off when tugged by your baby and end up in his or her mouth. Clothes that have cords or ties around the neck as well as those that are too tight around that area should be avoided as well. Fancy laces might look cute but could end up irritating your baby?s sensitive skin.
Make sure to check out the location of the decorative pieces as well as any snaps, buttons, and zippers on the clothes. Think of how your baby will be lying down while wearing the clothes and whether any of these could become bothersome for him or her. In addition, make sure that any newborn clothes you buy will afford your baby the freedom of movement especially for their legs. The material should definitely be durable but also soft. Cotton is best as it will feel good on your baby?s skin. Avoid baby clothes made of itchy material such as wool as it could also cause your baby?s skin to become irritated.
Since you will often be changing your baby?s diaper in both public and private, you will need to make sure that the clothes you put on your baby are easy to put on and off or have snap crotches. You?ll find that any clothes that hinder diaper changing won?t get worn at all. The necklines also have to be a bit stretchy or have a snap or two to make it easier for you to pull the clothes over your baby?s head. One last thing that you will also have to consider is what type of washing will the clothes require. Avoid baby clothes that will need to be hand washed or dry cleaned. Make your life simpler by ensuring that any clothes you do buy can be easily put in the washer without you having to worry about destroying the material or design.
- Seasonal Baby Clothes
Right now, you?re buying baby clothes in anticipation of your baby?s arrival. However, you should remember that whatever season you are in right now, it doesn?t mean that your baby will be enjoying the same weather. If it?s summer, you might think the clothes on the rack are just too cute for words and start imagining your baby wearing them. However, it?ll be months before your baby is born and by that time, it might already by fall or winter. Make sure that any baby clothes you do buy will be appropriate for the weather you?ll be experiencing when he or she is born. There are also clothing that your baby can wear no matter what the season such as onesies (one piece outfits) and sleepers. If the baby clothes you need to buy aren?t on sale yet, you can stick with buying season neutral clothes for the meantime and just get what you need once your baby is born.
- Secondhand Baby Clothes
A lot of good baby clothes can be found in secondhand stores or gotten from family and friends with older kids. Baby clothes get little wear and tear because newborns rarely wear clothes for long as they tend to grow rather quickly. In addition, you have a chance of finding clothes made by designer brands for a fraction of the cost.
The most important question you will need to answer before you start shopping is ?how many should I buy?? The answer to this question will depend on how often you do your laundry. Newborns are messy and will require about 3 changes of clothes a day. If you only do your laundry once a week, this will mean that you need a little over 21 pieces of clothing for your baby. The extra number of baby clothes is your backup just in case you?re unable to do laundry on your scheduled day.