Selecting baby clothes can be fun. According to many people, one of the best parts about having a child is the dressing up part. It is fun to dress up children according to the way we want. Often the dressing style of the parents passes on to the child. Many a time, the fashion sense of a child when he grows up is inspired by the parent's dressing style.
While selecting baby clothes, parents often want it to be cute. Apart from the cuteness, there are some other things you have to keep in mind while selecting baby's clothes. These are some tips for selecting baby's clothes.
Newborn babies grow very fast in the initial stages. You might get a lot of gifts on the day of baby shower or Godh Bharai. When you purchase clothes for your baby, it is better to purchase a few sizes bigger. Buying clothes for the age of nine to twelve months old when your baby is three months old is a good option. It is better not to purchase too many clothes for new born babies. When you purchase clothes for your newborn it is better not to remove the tag because just in case it does not fit your baby you can exchange it.
Colour for Baby Clothes
As everyone knows generally pink is associated with girls and blue with boys. If your baby is not yet born it is better to purchase in neutral colours. No matter how sure you are whether it is a girl or a boy, you cannot be certain unless the baby is born. If your baby is already born and you are purchasing clothes, you can go in for light colours like pale yellow, light green, lavender, light orange.
Buy Day and Night clothes
Buy a set of day clothes and night clothes. Pick up lighter clothes for the day and thicker clothes for baby at night. At night the baby should be comfortable while sleeping and not feel too hot or too cold otherwise it may start crying at night. Purchase clothes depending on the season.
Baby Clothes Fabric
Buy clothes which are soft. Baby's clothes should be comfortable and breathable. It is better to purchase clothes which have a high percentage of cotton. Make sure the material is not scratchy. Rough edges in garments can cause irritation.
Shop for clothes of better brands. Good quality clothes stay in good condition for a longer time. Since babies grow out of clothes fast, purchasing good quality clothes can come in handy to pass on to younger siblings.
Wash new clothes
Baby's skin is more sensitive than adults and gets irritated easily. It is better to wash clothes first before making your baby wear them. The clothes have been hanging in stores since you do not know when, and have been handled by many hands. Apart from making the clothes clean, washing also makes it softer. This can prevent discomfort, irritation and also skin rashes if the baby's skin is very sensitive.
Types of Clothes
Generally, sellers of baby clothes are careful of the kind of clothes they make for babies. However, sometimes there could be clothes which have potential dangers. Do not buy clothes with loose buttons, a detachable zip or other embellishments which the baby can easily pull out and chew and eat.
Socks for Babies
Socks are an essential for babies. Some parents do not buy shoes, since babies are going to be carried all the time. However, socks are a must have for babies. Particularly, if you are expecting your baby in winter socks are an essential. Purchase several pairs of socks since socks on babies tends to fall off easily.
Be Practical While Shopping
While it is exciting to go shopping for baby's clothes, do not overdo it. A baby would mean a lot of future expenses and additional cost for parents. So, be careful while spending and from now onwards the process of saving also needs to begin. So, shop realistically and don't go out of your budget which can lead to financial strain ahead.
After your baby has outgrown the clothes and if you do not plan to have any more kids you can donate your clothes to charity. Many orphanages and other NGO's for children will be more than happy to accept these donations.
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