How To Buy Baby Clothes Online
It is easy to get flustered when shopping for new baby clothes online—there are just too many designs, types, color schemes, and/or patterns to choose from, especially when there are so many thrown at you, and you just have absolutely no idea where to start. It is as if you’ve been thrust into a whirlwind of bedazzling designs, cutesy onesies, and fluffy shoes. What to buy? What color do I choose? Wouldn’t this just look scrumptiously cute?
I feel your pain…believe me!
You may be so caught up that you even spend hours online, just browsing, without even actually finding what you’re looking for. Or you end up buying a lot of items that just aren’t all that practical for you nor your baby because you just couldn’t choose…so why not just buy a few things? Right?
Nah! Maybe not so much.
Wouldn’t it be easier and less time-consuming if you had a guide on what to look for when buying? Just a few tips to help you make the right pick?
That’s where I come in! Hooray!
Here is a list of 7 helpful tips I’ve compiled to make your life just a wee bit easier:
Tip# 1: Simplicity Is Key
When selecting everyday wear for your babies, go for easy-on, easy-off outfits.
You wouldn’t want to have to pull an onesie over your baby’s head just to be able to do a quick diaper change after a “poop storm” or “poopsplosion”. That is both unsanitary and hassling. Imagine being in a public space and having to do a quick diaper change, how would you pull that off without exposing your baby to gazing eyes and assaulting weather conditions?
This is why I recommend selecting clothes that provide hassle-free dressing and undressing, as well as easy access for diaper changes.
Dressing a baby, especially a newborn, is difficult enough. Babies hardly ever stay still, so having buttons on an outfit like an onesie can easily become frustrating. Look for one-piece outfits that snap or zip up instead.
Tip# 2: Compare Prices
Unless you are able to just pick an item, any item—name brand or not, and pay for it without internally quivering at the thought of the dent left in your bank account (and let us be honest, how many of us can do that?) then it is best to consider going easy on your wallet/purse.
Check around first to find the best looks, designs, and price range for you before buying an item. Be sure to factor in the cost for shipping and handling, too.
Tip# 3: Buy “Practical”, Not Just “Trendy”
- Buy in bulk: It is best to buy more than one pair of each item, but be mindful to include items that you’ll actually NEED, based on the child’s age and stage of growth or the occasion for which you are shopping. You definitely wouldn’t want to end up having a full wardrobe/closet of baby clothes, and not use half or more of it.
There are certain factors that may affect how much clothing you buy. Three(3) of which are:
- How often you plan on doing laundry.
- The rate at which your child grows.
- How much mess your child is likely to make.
- Buy more whites or neutral colored outfits and less colored. This goes especially for pregnant mothers who may not be certain of the exact gender of their child. Babies make messes (food or poop) and colorless clothes are easier to wash, especially if you have to use detergents for stain removal.
- Do not buy clothes just because they are what’s in style at the moment. Choose clothes that can be used whether it is summer, winter, autumn, or spring, and which serve the particular purpose for which they were designed.
- Don’t depend on your child’s outfit to dictate your social class, status, or richness. Unless you can truly afford to, don’t be too caught up with buying name brands, just for the sake of saying your child can wear name-brand items. Do you, and do what you’re comfortable with.
Tip# 4: Consider Durability & Comfort
When buying an item consider the following:
- Who it is for.
- How often will the baby most likely wear it?
- How long would you like for it to last?
- What type of material is it made from?
- Are there any safety hazards? Maybe too many buckles or strings, loose threads, dangling accessories, too snug, too loose, uncovered zips, and so on.
- Is it likely to cause skin irritation?
- Does it allow plenty of room for movement?
- Is it washable?
- Et cetera
It is easy to choose baby clothes that are cute, or “dapper”, or, as the millennial saying goes, “lit” or “fire”, but it is even more important to choose ones that are durable, comfortable and functional for your precious bundle of joy.
Before adding to your cart, or clicking that neatly placed “BUY” button, recline in your seat and ask yourself, “Does it make complete sense to buy?”
There are a number of things to go for to ensure you get your money’s worth. I’ve mentioned a few below:
Look for soft fabrics. Clothes made from cotton or cotton blends are highly recommended. Avoid jeans, particularly for younger children, as it is not only very stiff and restricts movement or flexibility but the material is coarse and heavy. If the fabric or its adornments are rough to your touch, imagine a skin as delicate as a baby’s.
Choose materials that are washable. This depends on how often you plan to do laundry. Is the item of clothing likely to shrink after it has been washed or vice versa? I’ve seen where there are clothes for babies which require dry cleaning ONLY. Do you think that that is the best bet for your child, especially the very young ones? Newborns, for example, spit up all the time, therefore, it is certainly not practical to send baby’s clothes that they will be wearing daily to the dry cleaners.
Choose clothing made from good quality fabrics and that are sewn properly—no loose threads, no missing button, no lopsided seam and the like. Will the thread start to ravel after a short time? Is the material breathable? Does it stretch? You want clothes that can last for however long you’d like.
Opt for clothing with designs that are sewn into the fabric rather than printed on, as the printed designs tend to peel off after a period of time; especially those printed with low-quality ink.
Consider how the material will react against the baby’s skin. A baby’s skin is extremely sensitive, so you have to be mindful of what it is being exposed to. This is one of the reasons why it is highly recommended that something as minuscule as a tag not be placed on their clothes. Some manufacturers still have them on the clothing they make, so I recommend that you select clothes with tag-free labels. Ensure also that zippers have covers and as such won’t dig into the skin.
Your baby’s comfort should be of utmost importance, after all.
Tip# 5: Stack Up On Essentials
Below is a list of a few items that may be of most importance, but maybe subject to preference:
- Sleepers or PJ’s.
- Onesie bodysuits (Newborn – Infant): It is recommended that you stack up on these for stress-free mornings, hassle-free changes, and less laundry! Plus they are extremely cute and comfortable! Buy first, thank me later.
- Actual “Going-out” outfits (Depending on how often you actually go out, or if your baby is old enough for daycare. For daycare, I recommend that you ensure to include at least one(1) change of clothes per day and stack up on “play clothes”.
- Diapers (Newborns and Infants) / briefs or underwear (For toddlers who’ve already been potty trained).
- Pants, Shorts, Dresses, and Shirts (For older kids such as toddlers).
- Socks, hats, blankets/receivers, bibs & burp cloths (Flannel burp cloths, not cotton, for more absorbency). These are especially for newborns and infants.
- Comfortable shoes (Toddlers)
Tip# 6: Not All Sizes Fit All
When buying clothing for your child (whether at the newborn, infant, or toddler stage), especially online where there is little to no control over what you receive, you must be conscious of your child’s height and weight—more so than his or her age.
Never buy too many clothes in one size, as babies, especially between newborn to 1 year old, grow surprisingly fast. For example, you may have a 3-month-old whose height and weight are clocking near to that of a 5-6-month-old baby, so you may have a bit of a challenge if you were to buy a piece of clothing based on solely the fact that your baby is only 3 months. Don’t do this.
Sometimes the description may state that the size is fit for a particular age group, but when you actually purchase it and receive your package the item just doesn’t fit. It can either be too big, or too little. At times, it can be a case where the body fits but the legs or sleeves (arms and wrists) are very skinny or narrow which, if you have a baby on the “plumper” side, can be a complete waste of time and money.
Imagine ordering a 12-month size for a 6-month-old, thinking: ‘Well this is great! Then I can get a bit of growing room’ only to find that the arms or legs don’t fit or are so snug you’d be lucky to even get a full month’s wear. Are you kidding me?
It is important that you refer to a sizing chart if made available on the site on which you are shopping, or, if in doubt, go up a size or two. For unborn babies, in general, it is usually recommended that you go 0-3 months, as newborns, as mentioned before, may outgrow their clothes rather quickly. Note, however, that it is critical that you do not dress your child in clothes that are too big/loose as this may be risky, and go against Federal Safety Standards. This clause is particularly applicable to sleepwear.
If you’re buying clothing as a gift for someone, you may not know the child’s exact height and weight, so going up a size or two than is specified for a particular age may be a safer card to pull.
Tip# 7: Cheaper Is Not Always Better
Cheaper is not always better. You sometimes get what you pay for!
Too cheap may oftentimes equate to Poor quality sowing/stitching, low-quality fabric, uneven seams, irregular sized loops, offset ruffles, non-durable products (refer to the point above on durability & comfort), higher return rates among other problems that just aren’t worth the hassle.
Don’t allow for the sake of saving a few bucks, you deprive your baby of the comfort they deserve, and yourself of the peace of mind in knowing that your child is happy, safe and comfortable.
Don’t get me wrong here, I’m not telling you to make dollars rain on over-the-top or extremely high-end products. That’s unnecessary. What I am telling you though is to spend some time and review each product you intend to buy. Don’t let money be the only determinant for your purchases. Spend some time and read the reviews; those little golden stars were shaded for a reason…find out why!
Do your research and buy accordingly.
Your baby will love you for it!
If my above guide was not enough, and you simply require a bit of reinforcement, please spare a few minutes to watch the below video guide by the wonderful: Compassionate Beauty
Important Note: Buying clothing online can be like a gamble most of the times. Many stores have even been accused, by shoppers, of false advertising—so beware! However, just to be on the safe side, keep your tags on and the package(s) intact just in case you need to return an item(s) that doesn’t work.
Have any other tips, based on your experience? Feel free to drop them in the comments below.
Have an AMAZING shopping day! 🙂