Baby Clothes

Shopping for baby clothes can be fun, or it can become overwhelming when you’re a new parent. To make this experience one where you actually purchase the clothing you need for your child, without throwing your hands up in the air, you need to learn the basics of baby clothes, even if they’re not for your own children. Even if you stay far away from designer baby clothes, you need to know how to shop for your infant and toddler as they grow up. With the right baby clothes, you can save money and dress your child in style.

Types of Baby Clothes

When parents are new to having a child, baby clothes may seem to be one category – but this is far from the truth. Instead, there are three main categories of baby clothes your child can wear as they grow up:

• Infant baby clothes – This includes clothing for infants when they are very young, including onesies, t-shirts, and pants, as well as pajamas, dresses, and other smaller sized pieces of baby clothing.

• Baby boy clothes – Little boys may wear all of the same things as their older brothers and father, including jeans, pants, shirts, sweatshirts, and dress clothing.

• Baby girl clothes – Little girls tend to have many choices when it comes to baby clothes, including dresses, skirts, shirts, jeans, pants, sweaters, and more.

As you shop for baby clothes, it’s good to keep in mind the size of your child, as well as their age. The truth is that while ages do help in buying baby clothes, they’re not the whole story when shopping.

How to Buy Baby Clothes

If you look at baby clothes in stores and online, you will notice they are divided into age groups. For the new parent, this can seem like a blessing, since it means they just need to remember the age of their child. But this is not always correct. While you might begin with the baby clothing age groups, you need to think about where your child is in on their grow charts. A child that is larger or smaller than most others their age will need to have larger or smaller baby clothes sizes, respectively.

But this brings up a good point about baby clothes. Some newer parents start to think they only need to buy larger sizes for their children, figuring they will grow into the clothing eventually. While this is certainly true for shirts and for other pieces of upper body clothing, this is not as effective for lower body pieces of clothing as they can cause a child to trip or to have troubles moving their legs. Ideally, parents should look into buying baby clothes in the proper sizes, and perhaps looking for lower cost options when the child is in a growth spurt.

What can you do about baby clothes when your child grows faster than others his/her size? Some good baby clothes tips include:

• Buy only what you need – While it can be tempting to buy more baby clothes than you need, it’s not recommended as they will eventually grow out of the clothing and then you’ve spent money on something a child may wear once or twice.

• Look into secondhand and thrift stores – You can find a number of baby boy clothes and baby girl clothes are secondhand stores, often for less than half what you might spend at a store. Just wash the clothing before you bring it home and your child will have ‘new’ clothes.

• Check for hand me downs – It’s also a good idea to check in with friends and family members to see if they have baby clothes you might be able to have when their children have outgrown them.

Baby clothes can add up to large budget worries for parents, but this doesn’t have to be the case when you shop for the correct sizes and you think about cheaper options.

Baby Accessories

In addition to baby clothes, you might want to look into baby accessories like baby blankets and infant shoes. These additions may not necessarily be clothing for older children, but they can certain add layers for infants who might get chilly in the cooler months. Other baby clothes accessories include:

• Hats

• Scarves

• Gloves

Of course you can choose other baby clothes accessories that might go in a girl’s hair or as a part of a dressier suit (i.e. a tie). With a few holiday accessories, you can also help to bring a bit more pizazz to holiday pictures of your children and the rest of your family. Baby clothes are the beginning, but accessories can make the outfits.

Baby clothes may not last forever and they might get stained before your child has a chance to wear them again, but they’re a fun part of parenting. With the right outfits, not only can your child look presentable when you’re out and about, but they can also be comfortable and warm. Shopping for baby clothes doesn’t have to be expensive either when you know how to shop and where to shop for the best deals.

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