Five and a half months down the line, and a LOT of baby clothes have found their way into this house. In this time, and after several months of preparation BEFORE the baby was born, I have picked up a few tips:
- Do not listen to people when they tell you the baby will only be in Newborn size for a couple weeks, if at all. It may be true for some babies, but not all. Mine spent over 2 months in size Newborn. I was scrambling to get her things to wear.
- Do some simple math. Calculate the expected age the baby will be when they reach the size of the item. If you have a 6 month sized onesie in your hands and it’s short sleeved, but the baby will be 6 months old in January, don’t buy it. I have a large collection of clothing like that. It’s inappropriate for the weather at hand. (It’s freak 15degrees outside!) Bums me out. Yes, layering can be an option. The thing is, if the baby can’t sit up by herself yet, do you really want to be wrapping her in 6 layers of clothing to get it worn? Are multiple onesies worn together really that comfortable?
- Don’t buy outfits with snaps in the back to fit a child who can’t sit up on their own yet. They are extremely difficult to get on that child. Once they can sit up, though, that should be a non-issue.
- Read the tags. If it says “Line Dry”, please put it back.
- Zippers on footed sleepers are the Devil. For that matter, so are snaps. Who invented the sleeper design and made it such a jigsaw puzzle to put together on a squirming child? Not Good Planning.
- Think about the size/age of the child, and the place available for storage. Buying a size 3T item for a 5 month old is probably not a good idea. Unless the parents have a ton of room to store items for 3 years until they can use them.
- Be practical. Don’t be taken in by the cuteness of an item. Really, sleeveless puffy vests aren’t practical on adult women. Are they going to be practical on an infant?
All in all, I am so far most annoyed at myself for buying size 6 month clothing that’s got short sleeves. Nothing seems to layer well. But oh well. I can’t get the money back, and I was taken in by the cuteness factor before she was born. She’s my first baby….I’m still learning.