Shopping for your baby is an endless ‘Alice in wonderland’ experience. You do not know where to begin from, what to choose and exactly how to end you’re shopping for your baby’s wardrobe. With hundreds of options to choose from and your never ending excitement of shopping, it can get quite confusing!
Baby shopping tips
We give you some tips of shopping for your baby’s wardrobe. Shopping for your baby’s clothes need to fit into specific criteria like the clothes should be comfortable, easy to be worn and easily washable. Practicality and comfort scores always over baby fashion!
- Babies get dirty very quickly whether it is soiled or wet diapers, clumsy feedings or plain crawling. So, buy clothes according to laundering plans. A newborn will at least need three to four cloth changes in a day. If you plan to wash baby clothes everyday then you may not need more baby clothes. But even every alternate day of washing will require a good amount of clothing options and change-over for your baby.
- Dress up your baby in separates rather than a single outfit alone. One-piece outfits though are comfortable for diaper changes but when it comes to dirty clothes, separates are easy as you only have to change the soiled or messed up clothes and not the complete outfit. It is quicker and easier to change separates if your baby has either thrown up or soiled his diapers as you do not have to take off the complete outfit. Buy clothes with snaps or any other convenient openings for diaper changes.
- Separates or multi-piece outfits are an economical option in case the baby grows out of size for a particular separate then the remaining piece of the dress can still be used. One-piece outfits go wasted once the baby grows out as it cannot be used in any way other than being stored away for a sibling baby in the future.
- While picking up clothes for your baby opt for soft fabric which is roomy as well as durable. Clothes made of stretchable material can be used for a longer period and roomy clothes can be worn for a long time.
- Buy clothes which are roomy but comfortable as not only they last long as your baby grows but also allows for free movement of limbs. But be careful not to buy extremely baggy clothes as they can hamper movement and make the baby uncomfortable, also they can be unsafe as they can easily get caught in furniture or crib. Keep in mind that many fabrics tend to shrink after washing and you do not buy a size smaller than what your baby will wear.
- Buy clothes with ‘safe’ ornamentation. Fancy baby clothes with buttons or strings can pose choking or strangulation hazards in case the baby pulls on to them. Embroidered clothes are a safer option as the work is knitted on the clothes.
- Choose clothes with your baby’s comfort in mind. Clothes with buttons, zips or one which snaps at the front of the baby are convenient and comfortable as the baby will be initially lying on his back. There will not be any fasteners or buttons which will poke him in the back when he lies down. Also clothes which open in the front are easier for parents while dressing up their kids.
- Most babies do not like to wear clothes which are pulled over the head as they tend to get scared when their breathing is blocked and their view is obstructed. So buy clothes with buttons, zips or one which snaps in the front as not only are they comfortable for the baby but also allow you to dress your baby without creating any fuss.
- While buying clothes, you may also opt for elasticized cuffs and ankles in your baby’s dress as they keep roomy clothes from slipping out of the hands and legs of the baby thus allowing easy movement and less likelihood to get dirty.
- Avoid buying clothes in advance for your growing child as it is difficult to chart out your baby’s growth spurt.
- Buying clothes which are roomier in the first place will do the trick.
- There is no real need of shoes for your baby until the time your baby actually learns to walk. Booties and socks are enough for your crawling baby. A baby’s feet constantly develop as the child grows and wearing shoes early in age can hamper proper growth of feet.
- Baby clothes should be made of soft and breathable fabrics which allow any presence of moisture to evaporate. Clothing made completely of cotton is durable, breathable and easily washable. Keep in mind that most cotton dresses have a margin of shrinkage.
- All new clothing for your baby should be washed before your baby wears them as not only it makes the cloth soft but also helps prevent any skin rashes or itching.
- Dressing up your baby in layers of clothing is better than making him wear bulky sweaters or dresses. Making your baby dress up in layers will make it comfortable to take off any extra layers when the weather is warm. A baby’s hands will be cool when he is comfortable in his clothing while warm hands indicate that the baby is too hot. An undershirt and a diaper is the basic ‘uniform’ for a baby, add on to pajamas or other outfits to layer up.
- A newborn does not need snug fit clothes as the baby’s growth spurt will make the clothes go wasted within weeks. Buy a size bigger or two than the size of the baby and roll up the sleeves and ankle cuffs. But remember that a baby’s sleepwear should be snug and fit as not only it is required for safety purpose but it also allows a sense of security and comfort to the baby. Loose clothing or baggy outfits may smoother a baby while sleeping.
- A baby needs frequent changes of clothing so make sure whatever outfits you buy for your baby are machine washable and do not require any special treatment. Pretty lacy or ornamented clothing for babies can look appealing but are high maintenance, keep them only for occasions and not daily wear. Fancy dresses have specific washing requirements and can actually be irritating to your baby’s skin.
- Be careful when buying socks or sweaters for your baby as a loose thread or yarn inside them can get entangled with a baby’s finger or toes causing pain. Check for loose knits and threads.
Essentials for your baby’s wardrobe
All expectant moms go crazy just by looking at baby dresses! One falls short of adjectives while describing baby clothes, yes they are cute and adorable! While you are buying baby clothes keep in mind the texture and stitch of clothes. A baby skin is delicate and sensitive; care should be taken to pick clothes of natural fiber such as cotton which your baby’s skin won’t react to. Soft, comfortable and uncomplicated are your key words. Irritating tags, loose threads and seams can irritate your baby’s skin.
The essential a baby’s wardrobe should have are
- One-piece dresses: This is a must have for babies as it is a convenient dress when it comes to changing diapers. They might have short or full sleeves and generally do not cover the legs though some outfits may have leg coverings too.
- Cotton t-shirts: Cotton shirts which are soft and snug will help keep your baby warm and it also act as a base for other garments.
- Pajamas: This is not only comfortable but will also keep your baby warm and covered when he/she is sleeping
- Sweaters or fleece wear: To keep your baby warm and comfortable during winters, choose soft sweaters or fleece wear.
- Socks and booties: They help keep your little one’s feet warm and snug. Buy several pairs of them in different colours.
- Caps or hats: Caps and hats can be used in summers to protect the baby’s head while a cap which covers a baby’s ears and is effective for winters.
- Mittens: These are worn over hands to keep your baby’s hand from getting cold, also it helps preventing your baby from accidentally scratching his/her face or tender skin.
- Diapers: Cloth diapers or disposable ones both need to be there in your baby’s wardrobe. While disposable diapers are great when you are taking your baby out, cloth diapers are good enough for wearing at home.
Babies get dirty very fast with all baby activities that happen – feeding, pooping, wet burps. You would need to change your baby’s clothes several times in a day. Depending on how many changes your baby requires buy his/her clothes; babies at least need three changes in a day!
Essentials while buying clothes for your baby
While buying clothes ensure that they are stretchable or expandable, babies grow quickly and can wear out clothes within months. Roomy sized pajamas or one-piece dresses will be great! Avoid baggy clothes though as it can hamper movement. If you are a first time mother, keep clothes of your first baby safely in case you plan to have a second baby in the future. Second-hand clothing is a great idea as they are not only soft but extremely wearable.