6 tips on buying clothes for your baby

Know simple rules for baby clothes shopping and your little one will enjoy his days in style and ease.

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Many new parents don’t put too much thought when buying baby clothes. Indeed, when preparing their baby’s layette, most parents just head to a baby shop and buy the cutest outfits that catch their eye.

However, between the feedings, changing and soothing, the last thing you want is to fret over babywear that is too much hassle, irritates bubba or makes them cry and are generally a waste of space.

Did you know that there is more to choosing baby’s clothing than just the design? Factors such as the softness, size and even kind of fasteners used can affect your little champ’s mood. Imagine wearing an itchy, tight and warm outfit the entire day, your baby will not be happy. Worse, the wrong type of clothing can actually endanger your cherub’s life!

So, how do you make sure that the clothes you pick out will not only fit the baby, but also offers comfort and convenience? We have tips on how to selecting baby’s clothes for you!

1.      Pick clothes in your baby’s size

Baby clothes are sized according to age. However, as everyone develops at a different rate, you should carefully choose based on your own baby’s size. Bubba might be the same age as your friend’s baby, but he could be a size bigger, or vice versa! As clothes sizes aren’t an indication of your baby’s growth, don’t worry if your little one wears a size bigger or a size smaller.

Be smart and pick apparel a size bigger (eg choose 3 to 6 months for a newborn instead of 0 to 3 months), so that you can extend its use. You can always roll the sleeves up if it is too long, unrolling them as your baby grows.

Although it’s pricier, bamboo is perfect for babies with eczema as it is hypoallergenic and is cool and soothing on the skin.

2.      Pay attention to the fabric

Babywear can be made out of various materials, all with different levels of softness. The most common materials are blended cotton (mixed with a small percentage of man-made material such as polyester) or organic cotton (100 per cent cotton). Silky on your little champ’s soft skin, this will also keep him warm and comfy. However, if you prefer something even softer, organic bamboo is a popular choice. Although it’s pricier, bamboo is perfect for babies with eczema as it is hypoallergenic and is cool and soothing on the skin. Make sure to avoid getting woollen clothes as these can worsen eczema by irritating baby’s sensitive skin.

3.       Look out for irritants

Clothing tags behind the neckline even irritates adults, so what more against baby’s delicate skin?  Simply snip it off carefully, make sure to remove every bit of the tag as what’s left behind can cause even more irritation. Or pick clothes that are tag-free, since clothes details are printed on the fabric itself.

Metal buttons can also cause an allergic reaction in some kids, especially if your family has a history of allergies, so watch out for this, too! Be sure to throw bubba’s new togs in the wash with fragrance-free laundry detergent before letting your cutie wear them, as there might be leftover manufacturing chemicals on the clothes. Some manufacturers add a chemical finish on their clothes to prevent wrinkling, which can irritate baby’s skin.