Buying children's clothes can go from enjoyment with your first baby to a tremendous task and sometimes even a problem with your preteen and teenager. It doesn't really matter whether you're buying for a child who's growing by leaps and bounds or confused with your own shopping desires. If it is concerning your toddler, preteen or teenager, you should plan before your shopping because it is the key to saving time, money and sanity.
Parents are very busy people and you are probably one of them. We propose you read several tips for buying baby clothes (infant and toddlers).
1. Remember that babies have a tendency to grow fast, so have the next size clothes ready to go. As a rule some young parents and some inexperienced gift givers don't realize how fast the baby grows and give presents that babies never fit or fit only for a few months. If you receive many gifts in size zero, exchange most for sizes six to nine, or nine to twelve.
2. Do shopping at a local used baby clothes store and check out the web auctions such as eBay.com. There is a great deal of used clothes for infants and toddlers - they outgrow clothes before they carry it.
3. Shop when and where you can. Make the round of all baby malls known to you so you will know where you can get baby clothes at a discount. Shop online at sites such as Babycenter.com and Babystyle.com and keep watch on the frequent sales.
4. Keep in mind that toddlers need clothes than can be pulled on and off easily when they show a desire to do it themselves or at potty-training stages.
5. Buy only what is needed and not what is desired.
6. Remember that the price of baby clothes isn't of great importance for a child. High price does not always mean comfort and baby clothes should be comfortable.
Buying clothes is a difficult task, but probably the most complicated task is choosing baby shoes correctly. We propose you read the answers for the most frequently asked questions.
When should one buy shoes for a baby?
Many parents prefer to let their children walk without any shoes, which is fine. A sufficient mount of barefoot time can be helpful for a child. Before wearing shoes children learn how their feet move. But sooner or later there are times when it's dangerous or unsanitary to go barefoot and that's the time when babies' feet need protection.
What kind of baby shoes should I buy?
Baby shoes should be soft and flexible to provide the ability for balancing. The sole should be non-slip and provide traction. Look for shoes in a natural, breathable material so your children's feet stay cool and comfortable.
How should baby shoes fit?
If the shoes rub or seem to make walking difficult you better to find another pair. You should be able to put your pinky finger in between the heel of the shoe and the baby's foot, and there should be a thumb-width between baby's toes and the end of the shoe.
Laces or Velcro?
Laces do need to be retied a lot which makes parents look for Velcro baby shoes. It's a matter of a personal choice.
How often should I buy shoes?
Check the fit and condition of your baby's shoes at least once a month. All babies grow at different rates, so be prepared to buy new shoes in bigger sizes at least every three or six months.
Don't waste your money buying things your children won't wear. You may think that it's just what they want but your rascal might not agree. Remember that you buy things for your child and not for yourself!