Babies might not yet be fashion conscious, but rest assured they still care about the clothes you choose for them!
There’s a bit more to know about buying for children than simply looking at colors and trends. If you are buying for your first baby or a friend’s baby, you need to know how to pick practical and safe clothes.
Here are six vital factors to consider when buying clothes for a baby or toddler.
Easy Access for Diaper Changes
Every new parent will face the emergency of a messy diaper change in public toilets at some point. That’s when you’ll be thankful to have your child in an outfit that you can remove in seconds.
Avoid buttons and opt for easy fastenings such as poppers. If buying vests, ensure they are the type you can roll down over the shoulders, so you don’t need to remove a dirty vest over your baby’s head.
Easy to Wash
You might take a spotless baby or toddler on a day out, but chances are they won’t return in the same pristine condition. Messy clothes are a given when dealing with babies and toddlers, so it’s best to prepare for lots of washing.
Consider this when buying material. Few parents have time to handwash clothes or separate delicates in a large pile of baby washing. So make life easy for yourself. The best baby clothes are easily washable.
Most countries have safety criteria for children’s clothes and toys. Find out what the standard is in your country and make sure that the products you buy are tested to this standard.
Safety is always paramount when it comes to babies and toddlers. Safe baby clothes should have no small, loose parts that can get into a baby’s mouth, and all materials should be fire-resistant.
Avoid Frilly Dresses
As soon as your baby starts to crawl, you’ll need to avoid dresses as they will get in the way of those eager knees.
Though fancy, frilly newborn clothes look beautiful on photoshoots, they are rarely practical for everyday wear once your child is on the move. Instead, opt for more simple designs as soon as your baby is mobile.
Try Bamboo Material
Baby’s skin is delicate, and many modern synthetic materials can cause irritation and outbreaks of eczema.
Bamboo is perfect for stylizing your newborn in a way that is kind to their skin. Bamboo is superior to standard cotton. It is hypoallergenic and has a soft feel more akin to cashmere than cotton fabric.
Be Generous With Sizes
Parents are often shocked at how much their newborns have grown at each weigh-in with a pediatrician. The reality for many new moms and dads is that by the time you’ve ordered new clothes, your child has already outgrown them.
A top tip here is to plan and start ordering the next size up, ready for your little one’s inevitable growth spurt. That way, you won’t waste money on beautiful clothes that your child only gets to wear once.
The Best Baby Clothes Are Simple and Practical
If you plan to buy baby clothes soon, go for designs that are as practical and comfortable as they are beautiful. Avoid quirky, unusual designs and opt for simple organic fabrics and safe, functional designs.
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