7 Factors Parents Should Consider When Buying Baby Clothes

If you and your spouse are about to become parents, your child will need the right clothes. Here are factors to consider when buying baby clothes.

 

It's nearly impossible to predict how fast your babe will grow. Age ranges in baby clothes can cover a long time frame because of how widely babies vary in shape and size.

Plan ahead for your baby's growth milestones by buying quality baby clothes in batches. Here are 7 things every parent should consider when buying baby clothes.

1. Time the Seasons

Cute seasonal clothes like bathing suits and Halloween costumes are the target of many clearance rack splurges. But you have to plan ahead to make sure you don't miss the time frame the clothing can be worn.

The same goes for buying clothes ahead of time. Buy baby clothes that are slightly larger than what you think you'll need during that age range. 

Aim for clothes that can be layered in case the weather is warmer than expected. It's much easier to add blankets or another t-shirt over your child's clothes than it is to remove clothes while you're out and about. 

2. Wash Instructions

Another important factor to consider when buying baby clothes is whether or not the item is easy to wash. Some clothes are hand wash only or require special laundry detergents.

This is common with handmade items bought in specialty shops. Before you commit to a laundry routine, make sure you the supplies you need are affordable and readily available in your area. 

Sleepless nights with your child can quickly throw off your daily routine making hand washing laundry a hassle. Consider buying only cotton and wool since these are easy fibers to wash that usually don't require any special instructions. 

3. Neck Sizes

Choose clothes that are easy to put on and take off your child. When newborns are still small and fragile, you might not feel comfortable forcing tight-fitting clothes over the baby's head.

Button-up shirts and onesies with wide necklines are both great options for newborns. Add sleep gowns to your rotation to avoid too much work during late-night diaper changes. 

4. Purchase Price

Babies don't care about brands. Still, it's easy for parents to be attracted to the latest trends in baby clothes.

Just be sure to set a monthly budget for buying baby clothes so you don't overspend. There are certain clothing items like socks and undershirts that you'll need to replenish as they are more easily soiled or lost during weekly routines. 

Once your child is at the self-feeding stage, you'll need to keep more changes of clothes on hand as shirts get stained. Washing is helpful, but there are bound to be food stains in your baby's clothes that won't come out each cycle. 

5. Materials Used

If your child's skin is prone to rashes, consider buying baby clothes that are free from dyes and other chemicals. Always wash your baby's clothes using a gentle detergent before wearing it.

Many parents don't want to risk having cute outfits fade before the baby gets to wear it. But if you follow the care instructions down to the detail, the items shouldn't lose their color.

Washing the clothes before your baby wears them ensures any harmful chemicals are removed from the fabric before it touches your baby's skin.  Always read the tag before buying baby clothes to learn how your baby's skin reacts to certain materials. 

6. Comfort Level

You want your baby to sleep for hours on end without being restricted by uncomfortable clothing. Make sure you choose the softest, most pliable materials for your child's clothing.

You'll get longer sleep cycles and help your baby feel at ease during playtime. If the baby is already at a crawling phase, make sure the pants you choose allows them to move with ease.

Tight-fitting denim makes it difficult for babies to change course easily leading to more bumps and bruises. Dress your baby in clothes that make sense for the activity at hand. 

No matter how cute the outfit, it's not worth stressing over spills and stains and having the baby's movements restricted by inappropriate clothes. Get play clothes, seasonal clothes, formal wear, and pajamas for your baby for each phase of infancy. 

7. Themed Clothing

Expect to want to photograph your baby all day every day. Themed clothing like mommy and me outfits are perfect opportunities to document your day together.

Small moments with your baby are easy to forget because everything happens quickly during the first year. Take plenty of photos to mark all occasions.

Themed onesies that reflect your mood that day or the baby's milestone help you track what was happening in your life at that moment. 

Don't shy away from outfits that mark the holiday season or your favorite TV show. Babies might not know what they're wearing, but the photos create a memory that'll last a lifetime. 

Navigating Different Baby Sizes

Baby clothes sizing is rarely consistent. Just like with adult clothes, sizes run small or big depending on the brand. 

A rule of thumb is to buy big to avoid the chances of tight, uncomfortable clothing on your child. It might not look couture, but the neck size on slightly larger clothing makes it easy to get clothing on or off.

This is important for dressing and undressing sleeping babies. Aim to buy clothes at least three months ahead to keep up with your fast-growing baby. 

Buying Baby Clothes on a Budget

The key to buying baby clothes on a budget is planning ahead. When you buy clothes all at once, you give yourself the benefit of avoiding impulse shopping.

Instead, you can make a checklist of all the categories of clothing you'll need in your child's wardrobe. Make sure you're prepared for special occasions, playdates, and lounging around the house. 

To find the latest styles and trends in baby clothes, check out our collection of outfit sets. 

 

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