With the first baby on the way, you must be the most excited you have ever been in your life. Naturally, it leads to lots of preparation for the cutest little newcomer, which can get a little confusing if you don’t know where to start or what to do. That is why, if you see a couple lost in the baby section or filling carts upon carts, they are most likely the confused yet excited new parents.
There is no doubt that putting together the perfect wardrobe for your baby is essential but equally puzzling. You may not be sure about the material, size, design, and how long it will last. This aspect makes shopping for a baby very difficult. For this reason, we have come up with some helpful tips that can get you through this process smoothly.
- Ditch the snaps
We cannot emphasize this enough, but ditch all the baby clothes that have snaps. Not only are they challenging, but they can be hard on the baby’s skin when you try to snap them shut. Apart from that, they waste a lot of time because they neither snap-close easily nor open with ease. For this reason, the fabric can get raggedy and stretched quickly due to the continuous wrestling with baby snaps. Needless to say that they are not reliable either, meaning that they will loosen soon, shortening the life of your baby’s clothes.
Instead of snaps, opt for baby clothes with zippers. May it be onesies with zipping or ribbed clever zip baby pajamas; they are inherently more reliable and easy to use than snaps. For starters, you don’t have to make your fingers sore from opening and shutting the hard snaps. Secondly, zippers are quick and easy, which will save you a lot of time. Third, they are easy on the fabric, and if the zip gets stuck or breaks, you can easily replace it.
- Always shop for size ahead
Babies grow rapidly, and to accommodate that growth, opt to buy a little bigger clothes. While it may be tempting to buy the right fit for your baby right now, it can be useless after as few as three weeks. The reason is that sizes always tend to be on the smaller side while babies tend to grow rapidly. Therefore, your six-month-old baby can wear the clothes of an 8 or 9 months old, and they will fit for a couple of months. However, do keep the season and weather in mind when shopping for size ahead. For example, if it’s the end of summer, there is no point in buying light and breezy fabric clothes. Instead, opt to purchase winter clothes while keeping your baby’s growth and months in mind.
- Hoard up during the sales
Let us be honest; baby clothes can be costly. Therefore, when there’s an occasional or seasonal sale, don’t hold back on the shopping and shop for the months ahead. For example, if your baby is six months old, buy clothes for up to 1 ½ years old while keeping the weather and materials in mind.
- Consider the value for money
It may seem crucial to you to dress your baby in the most fashionable clothes you can find for the little angel. But it would help if you considered the value for your money as well. If you invest money in dresses, shirts, or trousers that the baby can wear for a long time, they may be worth the high prices. But if you are looking to buy special dresses for special occasions for a high price, consider the value of money for a dress they will only wear once.
- Be selective when buying up-market clothes
There is no point in buying plain tops, jumpers, trousers, and onesies for your baby for a high market price. Despite being expensive, regular usage will still wear them out quickly, diminishing your value for money. Instead, buy dresses and suits for your baby that they are likely to wear when going out. Another option is to mix and match a few designers and branded clothes with local labels to get that adorable designer look that you want for your baby.
- Buy dark color clothes
We understand that white, beige, pink, blues, and every light color looks adorable on babies. But the fact is that buying light-colored clothes for everyday use is not recommended. The reason is that babies are likely to spit up, spill, and dirty their clothes at least 2-3 times a day. If the regular clothes are in light colors, the stains will not wash away, which will ruin the piece entirely. Therefore, opt to buy dark brown, blue, grey, navy, etc., that won’t show too many stains.
Shopping for baby clothes is a delightful experience, and you might get tempted to buy every cute article you set your eyes on. But you have to keep in mind that your baby is constantly growing, and they are unlikely to fit into the same clothes after a couple of months. Therefore, keep your head in the game while shopping for the baby. Consider all aspects such as coming weather, the baby’s health, their growth, size, and your budget when you go out shopping for baby clothes next time.