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We all know someone who has bought lots of clothes for their baby but rarely used them (or maybe never used). Some of us are guilty of the same. Shopping for a baby, newborn or yet to be born, can indeed be tricky and in the excitement and confusion we often end up making several mistakes. However, keeping the following guidelines in mind can help us shop better as well as save some precious money.
1. Size is important, and not the age mentioned on the label.
All babies have different height and weight at the time of birth and hence the months mentioned on the label of the clothes may not be the correct guide always. It’s important to keep this in mind at all times. Whether your baby is just born or about to be born (you will have some idea of the expected weight) buy clothes based on baby’s weight. If your baby’s weight is above average, stock up on clothes that are a little large.
2. Don’t buy too many clothes in one size.
Baby clothes are adorable which makes us want to buy everything we set our eyes on but babies grow very fast. Avoid buying too much of one size; if you are tempted to shop more, go for one or two sizes up.
3. Don’t forget about the weather.
You may have picked up a pair of lovely shorts for you kiddo expecting them to wear them in a few months and forgotten that the weather will be freezing outside. For the next summer, the shorts may be too small. Keep the weather in mind along with your baby’s size and growth.
4. It’s not bad to borrow.
Babies grow up very fast so most parents have enough of barely used clothes. Don’t be shy to ask your close family or friends for the same.
5. Plan in advance and buy at the time of sale.
Several very attractive sales are often 6 monthly and babies need new clothes often. It’s always wise to shop in the sale for the next 6 months based on your baby’s growth, weather, and upcoming festivals or celebrations.
6. Buy in bundles.
Baby clothes like onesies, rompers, etc., often come in bundles. If it’s a trusted brand, try the bundle. It will help you save a lot of money and time.
7. Value comfort.
Make sure the fabric is soft and breathable and does not have any protruding zippers or large buttons which can hurt the baby. Babies are delicate and while some designs look cute they may actually be uncomfortable for the baby. Also, ensure that the neck is wide and stretchable enough so that it is easy to put on and take off.
8. Take feedback.
There is an overwhelming number of brands available for the baby to wear. However, not all of them are of great quality or are durability. Take feedback from other mothers on the quality and value for money of particular brands. You can also check on e-commerce websites for feedback.
9. Prioritize safety.
Last but most importantly, wash and properly dry the clothes before using.
Shopping for your little one can be a joyous experience and one of the perks of parenthood. Take care of these few basic guidelines and enjoy dressing up your little one.
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