Buying used baby garments has become a popular and an affordable option for many people.
Baby clothes shopping is fun and can be overwhelming for some new parents, relatives and friends of new parents or grandparents. When buying your little darling some clothes, don’t just go for the tempting looks of the garment and consider his or her comfort and safety first. Then there are other important factors such as the size, fabric, price and convenience
(i.e. easy to to dress and change nappies as you would be doing this many times in the day).
There are so many different sizes, colours and styles of babywear such as girls, boys and unisex to choose from. Since babies grow almost by the day, they outgrow their lovely outfits very quickly, wearing some items only a few times. So it would be worth considering buying pre-loved baby clothing for the first year, when they grow the fastest. Buying used baby garments has become a popular and affordable option for many people.
Size: Age or weight and height?
Usually sizes of baby clothing go by age with ranges that include: 0 to 3 months, 3 to 6 months, 6 to 9 months, 9 to 12 months, 12 to 18 months and 18 to 24 months. These ranges are only guides as babies of the same age can be in different sizes. Some manufacturers also give the height and weight, which is a more accurate size compared to the months.
Please make sure when purchasing sleepwear that the item is fire-safe, as the Nightwear Safety regulation requires baby sleepwear to be made of either a flame-resistant fabric, neutral or organic clothing that is snug-fitting. Avoid cords and drawstrings.
If there are any metal components on the garment, avoid nickel to prevent any possible skin irritations.
As newborns will be spending a lot of time on their backs for at least the first 5-6 months, your precious one will be more comfortable with clothing that open and close in front instead along the back.
Clothing made of fabrics such as cotton or cotton/polyester blends are soft and comfortable on babies delicate skin. Nearly all garments have labels stating what material the item is made of and therefore it’s best you do ask the seller about the fabric if you cannot find the information before purchasing.
Don’t make it hard for yourself!
Choose easy to put on and take off clothing, such as tops with wide necks or poppers at the neck, sleepsuits/babygrows with a zip or have poppers from neck to foot in front. Outfits with poppers in the crotch area makes changing nappies much easier and quicker than having to completely undress the baby first.
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