Your 2021 guide to buying babies' clothes!
Your 2021 guide to buying babies' clothes.
Do you struggle to identify what clothes your baby needs? If you do, you should take comfort in knowing that yours is not a unique problem. Many first-time parents find it challenging to go baby shopping. Despite loads of information being available, most of it is misleading and takes you around in circles. Furthermore, you have those overbearing relatives who think they have a Ph.D. in child care.
So, where do you turn for some useful advice? Below is a quick summary of the key points to consider when purchasing apparel for your baby.
Go one bigger.
Going a size bigger than their current age is always a safe bet. Children grow quickly in their early years. Their bodies soak up all the nutrients to accelerate the development of their internal functions. Therefore, getting clothes that are a size bigger will ensure that they can use them for longer. For example, you can buy clothes that fit an eighteen-month-old baby for your nine-month-old tot. You give yourself an allowance of between six to nine months before making another trip to the baby boutique.
Keep your eye out for sales and hand-me-downs.
Chances are that you are not the only one in the family that has children. In many families, baby clothes do traverse generations. How many times have you seen the same onesie in subsequent family photos? Some baby clothes do command a premium. Therefore, families pass down clothing to help reduce costs. Furthermore, children’s clothes do not suffer much damage, because they rarely move about.
Additionally, always be on the lookout for sales. Do you remember the discount bin at the front of the baby boutique? It is a treasure trove of valuables if you take time to look through it. An item at a discount does not mean it is of poor quality.
Prioritize your buying.
Not all apparel is essential at that time. Therefore, prioritize your purchases in terms of importance. Young ones can be quite messy and will need regular changing. So, items such as hats, mittens, and sweaters should be your priority. You can let go of pacifiers, bibs, and scarves when the budget is a concern.
Shop for comfort and functionality.
Does your baby really need a thriller looking jacket for the cold? You are not at fault for wanting your baby to look stylish. However, their comfort should take precedence. Your toddler's skin is still very sensitive, and some materials may cause allergic reactions. Your focus should be on soft materials such as cotton and linen. Similarly, they should be easy to get on and off, given the frequency of changes you will endure.
Be mindful of the seasons.
Your child is still too young to have a seasonal wardrobe. Therefore, always buy clothes that are functional for at least two seasons. It might be trendy, but how long do these last?
Before you go tossing out your baby’s clothing, remember your relative is due in a month. You can hand these to them, and use this guide for your upcoming shopping trip. Go on then!