11 Tips For Buying Baby Clothes
1. Buy gender-neutral newborn clothes as they won’t be worn long and newborns don’t tend to get their clothes very dirty so they’ll still be in pristine condition by the time your next baby comes along!
2. Wait to buy most clothes after baby is born. Buy a few items in sizes 0000 and 000 then stock up once you know more about your baby (gender, size etc). Also you’re likely to receive quite a few items of clothing as gifts.
3. Don’t wash (or take tags off) baby clothes in bigger sizes until you’re ready to use them. You might find that the sizes are wrong (eg you’ve got some cute size 0 winter clothes but your baby is on the small side and won’t be in size 0 until the weather warms up). It might be OK to exchange for the right size.
4. Clothes with press studs are easier to handle than buttons – especially in the middle of the night when baby is crying and you’re so sleep deprived you can’t hold your head up straight. Zips are good but can ‘buckle’ a little and make clothes look weird and uncomfortable.
5. Consider buying singlet suits as they don’t ride up (like a normal singlet) on small babies and they can stop older babies from taking off their nappies. If you plan on using cloth nappies you might prefer normal singlets as having singlet suits tight over cloth nappies can cause moisture to wick from the nappies to the clothes.
6. If you’re buying baby clothes for a friend, larger sizes make good gifts as they last longer and your friend will probably already have loads of small clothes. Use the guide above to help you choose clothes according to the seasons and keep the receipts!
7. Accept all the hand-me-downs you can!
8. Babies don’t really like having clothes pulled over their heads (and it isn’t an easy thing to do with a small baby) so look for clothes that have front openings and can be put on lying down (without going over the head). If you do buy T-shirts etc (especially once your little one is a bit older) remember that babies have big heads so look for clothes with large or expandable necklines (or clasps etc that you can do up again once the shirt is over their head).
9. Don’t buy too many separates (shirt plus pants) in the small sizes (0000 and 000) as a newborn’s healing umbilical cord will get in the way of a waistband.
10. If you want to buy some nice outfits for photos, going out and ‘showing off’ your new arrival make sure you have at least two (as they’ll no doubt ruin the first with baby spew or a poop explosion as you’re just about to walk out the door). There’s no need to have too many, they’re likely to be impractical and they’ll only wear them once or twice.
11. Look for clothes in natural fibres such as cotton as they’ll be less likely to irratate baby’s skin.
How To Store Baby Clothes• Wash the clothes and treat any stains. Make sure your clothes are completely dry before storage. Separate into each size/gender and label your storage container (I used old nappy boxes) and store in a cool, dry place.
• Sometimes baby clothes appear yellowed when you pull them out of storage. Don’t stress, the yellow stains weren’t there when you (or their previous owner) put them away and they just need an overnight soak, a wash and some time in the sun to be good as new.
• Don’t give away your baby’s pants and shorts too early as they might just fit again once they are out of nappies. A one-year-old with a bulky nappy on might fit into his favourite shorts again when he is two and wearing undies.