When people hear you are expecting a baby, they will be keen to buy you clothes in preparation for the baby’s arrival. Though kind in thought, more often than not people choose small sizes which may not be the right fit for long. It therefore makes sense to not worry too much about buying newborn clothes but to instead plan ahead for baby wear which will fit your baby as he or she gets a little bigger.
It can be tricky to know what you need to buy when you are a first time Mum-to-be. To help you to know what you will need when your baby arrives, we have compiled a list of a few handy hints.
1. Plan ahead by purchasing clothes which are one size bigger than required. Babies will grow very fast and clothes tend to be on the smaller side. So, a 6 month old can usually wear clothes sized 9-12 months. Remember that you need to take into account the season the clothes will be worn in – heavy, wintry clothes will be of no use in July!
2. Look in the sales for clothes for the coming months. So, in the January sales when your child is 9 months old, choose clothes for children aged 18-24 months for the coming winter. In the more up-market baby clothes stores, watch out for when the sales are on, then snap up some bargains!
3. Make your ‘posh’ baby clothes choices wisely. Everyday staples such as socks, tights, vests or simple tops do not need to be expensive. Think instead about purchasing key items to add that little extra something, and mix in with less pricey garments from elsewhere.
4. When you do decide to splash out, resist the urge to impulse buy. Look carefully at the item and attempt to judge it by quality, comfort and durability. There is no point in purchasing an expensive item, only for it to be ruined within a couple of wears. If there is an occasion coming up for which you would like your baby to have something special to wear, consider asking for it as a Christmas or a birthday present.
5. For super bargains, check out secondhand baby wear clothes shops. Favourite clothes that may have only been worn a few times make a timely and fashionable purchase. It may even have been the case that the clothes are brand new, as they were too small to start with – making your purchase even better value for money!
6. For newborns, there are a few essentials you must make sure you have. Nappies, cardigans, mittens, nightgowns, hats, vests, stretch suits, a shawl and a coat for cold weather. Don’t forget to buy a car seat if you drive, as it is illegal for a child under 12 to travel in a car without one.
7. As well as clothes, ensure you either buy or borrow a crib and baby bath. Bedclothes are another essential. Choose blankets or sheets which can be removed or added to in order to suit the baby’s needs. Do bear in mind that fleeces, quilts, duvets and pillows are not recommended for babies aged 0-11 months.
Hopefully, these handy hints will help you in your quest to find the best baby buys out there. You don’t need to spend a lot of money in order to be fully prepared for when your baby arrives. Just plan ahead and carefully think through what purchases you will need to make in order to ensure you have everything you need. Don’t forget to ask friends and family to help – that’s what they are there for!
A natural born writer, Stacey Barton writes professionally and for fun across a wide range of niches with particular attention to how classic brands can continue to offer the same product for decades and somehow survive the turbulent and ever changing consumer market.