Baby Clothes

Finding adorable and affordable kids clothing

Is there anything sweeter than a tiny pair of socks? How about a newborn outfit with just the right amount of dancing animals? If you're like most people, you find yourself helpless in the face of cute baby and toddler clothing, and that can lead to spontaneous purchases. Lots of them, in fact.

 

It's no surprise that a visit to a kids clothing store can be hard on your bank account, but it may surprise you to learn that you can indulge in the tiny garments without feeling bad that they'll soon be outgrown. Learn how to stretch your dollar and get the greatest value with careful choices and clever modifications.

Choosing Newborn Clothing

The three pillars of newborn clothing are comfort, convenience and easy care. If the garment is not comfortable for a newborn baby, you'll certainly hear about it. If you make sure the clothes are soft, the seams are flush and there's nothing that sticks out or into the baby's skin, you will rest happy knowing that your child is happy. The convenience factor is for the benefit of both parent and child: an outfit with simple snaps instead of pretty ribbons will make it much easier for you to get the garment on and off an impatient baby.

As for easy care, that's really just for the parents. Every new parent will soon find themselves under a mountain of laundry, and there won't be time to even consider hand washing a delicate baby outfit. Buy clothing with fabric and construction that will stand the test of time, and make sure that it can handle a washer and dryer. If you invest in baby shoes, don't spend too much on them and opt for material that can be wiped clean.

Helping Baby Clothes Last Longer

Some of the priciest baby clothes are the ones that cannot be easily altered, so save yourself a few dollars and opt for a well-designed, versatile garment instead of a specialized one. For instance, stick to cheap, plain white baby socks, because they will get lost, misplaced and soiled fairly often. And if you buy socks without shaped heels, they will continue to fit as the baby's feet grow.

As for dresses and jumpers, look for styles with straps and buy a size or two bigger. An extra button can easily be sewn onto each strap to shorten the outfit temporarily until she grows into the original fit, and you'll never be able to tell that the dress was modified. These clever alterations can just as easily apply to existing clothes, as a quick snip can make too-short pants into capris or shorts and an infant's onesie can last an extra month if you cut off the feet. Some creativity and a basic sewing knowledge will certainly save some time and money!

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