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What to Look for When Buying Baby Clothes

by Martha Simmonds
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Buying baby clothes can be a challenge. Babies and kids grow so fast that buying full wardrobes can actually end up being an expensive waste. Many new parents in particular see clothes never worn, sometimes with the price tags still on them. This is because they bought the wrong size, the outfit wasn’t comfortable, or the material was irritating. As your kids get older, it might be that they don’t like that shade of blue, or they don’t like birds and prefer dinosaurs.

You want your kids to look cute, but you also don’t want to waste money. The good news is that there is baby clothing that ticks all the boxes, and with these tips, you can improve your ability to buy baby clothes that get worn and get their worth.

1. Stick with basic essentials

Basic essentials can include bodysuits and pajamas for indoors. When they are infants, anything more isn’t particularly necessary, so keep the infant outfits to a minimum as they won’t be comfortable or easy when it comes to changing diapers. Other essentials include a hat or baklava, outdoor clothes (that can be bigger to get more use out of them), and, of course, baby bibs.

Overall, you will want to consider their comfort, mobility, and how easy it is to care for your baby in the outfit.

2. Don’t be afraid to get duplicates

Duplicates are a life saver. Not only can you buy essentials in packs, but you can also get different patterns of the same outfit. This way, your kids can enjoy styles that are comfortable while still getting introduced to individuality and creativity. As they get older and start picking out things they like, this can again be used to give them options while still sticking with items they already love to wear.

3. Stick to natural materials and fabrics where possible

You want natural fabrics that will help keep your baby as cool, clean, and comfortable as possible. Natural materials like cotton, linen, silk, and so on are much nicer on a baby’s sensitive skin. By sticking with natural materials, you can trust that your baby will be more comfortable and happy every season.

4. How to make baby clothes last as long as possible

In some instances, you will be able to safely size up. Buying larger clothes so that your baby will grow into them is a great idea, but before you dress them in these larger clothes, you will want to ensure that they can be customized to fit your baby now. Roll the sleeves back and hem the bottoms. Their clothes should also tighten with a drawstring to offer a comfortable fit. In order to minimize tripping or choking hazards, consider sewing these new hems in place until it’s time to lengthen them.

It is also important to note that these tips work best on outdoor clothes but can be adapted to give you more use out of your pajamas and loungewear too.

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