When you are expecting a baby, keep in mind that the baby is going to need a lot of clothes. Between spit ups, stains and up to four change of clothes a day you are going to plow through a lot of baby clothes so it’s wise to stock up. Especially if you don’t want to do laundry every day. If you are at a loss on where to start don’t worry because you are not alone. Because it can be an overwhelming process there are lots of information available to expecting parents and parents of babies and toddlers that help them get the right type and quantity of baby clothes, toddler shoes, Kicks for Kids, and other clothing items and accessories they need to purchase for their kids.
- When shopping for a newborn buy the clothes in a small amount. I know I said kids will need a lot of change of clothes but not for newborns because they grow very quickly. You won’t need a lot of newborn size clothing.
- If you aren’t sure of your baby’s size, buy a larger size as babies grow very quickly and will fit the large clothes soon. When it comes to footwear and Kicks for Kids this rule doesn’t apply to buying the wrong size shoe for your kid is a bad idea. Read more about that here.
- Buy clothes and accessories made with soft fabric. Newborn babies have sensitive skin. Some experts recommend all cotton, although soft cotton blends also work for many babies. Organic fabric is often softer than either of them, although usually pricier. “Tagless” clothing, where size and washing information are printed on the back of the neck, sometimes causes skin irritation. If you notice your baby has redness in the area, switch to clothing with tags—you can always cut them out.It may be tempting to get your little one a pair of blue jeans just like yours, complete with button fly. But unless they have a stretchy elastic waistband, it won’t be fun getting them on your baby.
- Look out for practicality. Consider how easy a garment is to put on and take off. Buttons can be frustrating when you have a wriggly baby. Snaps and zippers come in handy. Some brands have magnetic snaps that eliminate zipper jams. Look for stretchy neck holes and snaps at the collar, which are great for sliding gently over a newborn’s head. Make sure it’s simple to change a diaper, too. Most baby bodysuits and sleepers have snaps at the crotch. Steer clear of overalls for infants and similarly complicated items, unless they unfasten. Baby bodysuits with envelope folds at the neckline can be gently pulled down over your baby’s body and removed.
What to Buy
- One-piece outfits: One-pieces can also serve as jammies and stay at home comfortable wear appropriate for sleeping and playing – and because babies nap so frequently, especially at first, these are very convenient.
- Shirts: Look for T-shirts and turtlenecks with plenty of room in the neck, or snaps at the neck, so they slip easily over your child’s head. Many parents prefer one-piece styles that snap at the crotch.
- Leggings or pull-on pants: Separates allow you to change one piece of dirty clothing without assembling a whole new outfit, so they’re useful to have. Look for stretchy waistbands that fit easily over your baby’s diaper and belly – and expand as he gains weight.
- Sweater or jacket: Most babies don’t like having clothes pulled over their head, so warm up your baby with a sweater or jacket that buttons down the front.
- Wearable blankets: These fleece or cotton sacks zip over your baby’s sleepwear to keep him warm at night. They replace traditional blankets, which aren’t safe for sleeping babies because of the risk of SIDS. You may or may not need these, depending on the climate you live in and the season when your baby’s born.
- Fleecewear or snowsuits: If you have a winter baby, you may want a one-piece fleece suit to keep him warm on outings. They’re often hooded and come in many styles. Avoid bulky snowsuits and slip your baby into a snug, fleece-lined stroller sack.
- Socks and booties: You’ll need lots of socks for indoors and some booties to keep your baby’s feet warm when you’re out and about.
- Hats and Baby Turbans: You’ll want a broad-brimmed hat for a summer baby, or a soft, warm hat that covers the ears for a winter baby.
Checking for Safety
Millions of garments have been recalled in recent years due to their failure to meet safety standards. Check product recalls from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to check what you buy hasn’t been recalled. Anything that can come off baby clothing can be a choking hazard, including bows, buttons, flowers, and hooks, so it’s best to dress a baby in clothes without them.
Major baby-clothing brands avoid these types of decorations, but homemade items, hand-me-downs, and pieces from small companies may have them. If you have clothing with decorations, give them a good tug before each wearing to make sure they’re firmly attached. Drawstrings on necks and waistbands can be a strangulation hazard and catch on playground equipment or furniture. Consumer Reports recommends avoiding clothing with drawstrings altogether.
If you do have clothing with neck drawstrings, remove them, and check waistband drawstrings to make sure they are sewn securely and can’t be pulled out more than 3 inches at either end. Consider limiting pleats, ruching, tulle, and other decorations around the collar during the first 12 months. Embroidery on the chest, particularly if it feels bumpy on the side that goes against skin, should also be avoided.
All of these can give your baby a rash. New clothing is often treated with chemicals to make the material crisper. Wash all items before wearing. Watch for dangling threads and loops, particularly in socks or in pockets that could ensnare tiny baby fingers and toes.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) mandates that sleepwear made for sizes 9 months to 14 months must be either made of flame-resistant fabric or snug to protect children from burns. Don’t buy oversized sleepwear for your children age 9 months and up unless it is flame-resistant. Sleepwear for infants up to 9 months old is exempt from regulations (since babies are unlikely to come into contact with open flame before they are mobile). At 9 months old and under, babies should sleep in wearable blankets, swaddles, or sleep sacks.