If you are a neophyte parent of a newborn baby, for sure, there are questions boggling on your mind on how to purchase baby items and accessories. You probably ask what types of clothes to buy for your baby? What type of material to choose? What sizes and color to buy? These are the common questions of first time parents.
Choosing baby clothes in the infants section could leave you “aahhing” and “umming” due to the extensive collection of infant clothes in front of you. Most often, you end browsing around for hours because the collection of baby clothes are endless, from designer labels, affordable clothes and second hand items. You are confused on whether to buy a designer baby wardrobe, second hand clothes or new items. If you are not careful on your purchase, you will buy unnecessary baby items. Aside from cloth types, you need to consider several factors when choosing baby clothes.
During the financial crisis, practicality is what most parents have in mind. They often opt for budget wise baby items than designer and expensive baby collections. What is important is to buy nowadays are the primary things that babies need than expensive and branded items.
Things to consider when buying baby clothes:
- Comfort – Aside from practicality, parents should consider comfort in buying clothes. Designer, fashionable and attractive clothes are useless if the baby is not comfortable wearing them. Always remember that your baby is sensitive and tender. You need to pick clothes made from quality soft cotton to avoid discomfort and allergies. Make sure to select those which are absorbent, soft and made from natural fibers.
- Accessibility – Most often, first time parents forget that accessibility is important in clothes selection. Always remember that babies are messy and you need to change them often. If you buy clothes with too many buttons, fasteners and straps, it would be hard and troublesome for you to change baby clothes often. There will be occasions you need to change clothes in a hurry, especially when you bring them in other places. To avoid these scenarios from happening, pick clothes that have easy access, quick and easy to put on and to take off.
- Size – Since babies outgrow their clothes too soon, you should buy clothes one size larger. Avoid buying too many clothes because you might end discarding them and giving them to charity.
- Care – Never forget to buy clothes which are easy to care for. When shopping for baby clothes, make it a point to look for care labels. Choose items which are machine washable and those without restrictions regarding fabric softeners, bleaches and detergents. Even if it is unlikely to encounter clothes which require dry cleaning, there is nothing wrong with double checking all the clothes your purchased. Even though cotton is the most popular choice of material for baby clothes, always remember that it has the tendency to shrink when washed with hot water. Since babies outgrow clothes too soon, buy clothes which are blend of cotton and non-shrinking fibers.