Having a baby can be one of those most exciting times in a parent's life, but many parents fear they will not be properly prepared when their little one arrives. One of the most important things you can do to prepare for your new baby is to make sure you have the right gear. This includes buying clothing for babies that is comfortable, safe, easy to use and the right size. Baby clothing is adorable, and it is very easy to fall into the trap of buying what is cute rather than what you need. Here are some tips for buying clothing for babies.
One of the biggest things to keep in mind when buying clothing for your babies is that you will be the one dressing your children. Anyone who has ever changed a baby knows that it is not always an easy task. Many babies cry and struggle when they are having their clothing changed. Even if your child lays still, getting those tiny outfits on and off can be difficult. Babies have large heads and most of the time, they are unable to bend their limbs in such a way that it is easy to remove sleeves and pants legs. Also, because you will be changing your baby's diaper several times a day, outfits that do not offer easy access to the crotch area can become a nightmare for parents. Buy clothing that feature snaps in the crotch area or elastic pants that are easily pulled on and off. Ideally, shirts and tops will have a loose neckline or a few snaps in the back or shoulder areas.
When looking at the size of your baby's clothing, consider how fast he or she will grow. The clothing will most likely be sized based on your child's age (O - 3 months, 3 - 6 months, 6 - 9 months, 9 - 12 months, and 12 - 18 months). Most babies will always wear a size that is slightly bigger than what their actual age is. Unlike adults who mostly stay the same size for long periods of time, babies can become a size bigger within a week or a month and will continue to do so.
This tip applies to new moms and dads: make sure you do not go overboard when shopping for your newborn. Again, clothing for babies is cute. and it is tempting to buy one of everything, but for newborns you will mostly need some key basics. A new baby's wardrobe should include at least five undershirts, four onesies, four gowns, five sleepers, a knit hat, five pair of socks and five receiving blankets. Obviously, other factors may play into your baby's specific needs, including the weather where you live and how often you do laundry. While it's tempting to buy all of these items in size 0 - 3 months, make sure you have some size 3 - 6 months items on hand for your newborn.
Do not spend your entire life's savings on baby clothing. As stated, babies grow pretty quickly, so spending as little money as possible on something your child will only wear for a few weeks or months is always a good idea. Secondhand clothing is usually the least expensive option. Shop at thrift and consignment stores, yard sales and even from the closets of friends and relatives who have had babies in the past. Most large discount stores also sell decent clothing for babies. Just make sure whatever you buy is made from quality materials.
Finally, pay close attention to what your baby's clothing is made of. Is it a soft cotton or knit fabric or is it scratchy and uncomfortable? Are there snags or buttons that could easily fall off and become a choking hazard? Is there a decorative item on the outfit that would be uncomfortable when your baby is laying on his or her back or stomach?
Ultimately, buying clothing for your baby comes down to your personal preferences, but everyone should buy clothing that is both safe and comfortable. Some of the cutest outfits for babies are also some of the most dangerous or irritating.
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