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Before You Buy Baby Clothes


Updated April 16, 2014

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Ah, baby clothes. All of those adorable new born outfits seem to call pregnant women from the moment the pregnancy test turns positive. Here are some great tips to know before you buy your layette to help keep your baby safe, comfortable and cute.

Buttons, Bows and Snaps

One thing we may forget to notice when buying clothes for baby is where snaps, buttons, etc. are located. Remember for baby's comfort to check out the location of all functional and decorative items. Think about how the baby will be laying on the article of clothing and how the accessories may be bothersome.


There is nothing worse than purchasing an adorable outfit for your newborn, only to figure out too late that it's a miserable outfit to have to put on your baby. Be sure you have ease of access for diaper changes, clothing changes, etc. Usually snap crotches are great for ease of diaper changes. Neckline may be stretchy or have a snap or two to widen the opening around your baby's head.

Seasonal Clothing

When you are shopping for your baby clothes, remember to keep in mind the season that your baby will be born. If you are expecting a winter baby, don't go hog wild in purchasing short sets during your pregnancy. Focus on some season neutral clothing like onesies and sleepers. Once your baby is born you can buy some outfits that are seasonally appropriate.

    Size Wise

    While most newborn babies fall into a certain size range, they can be quite easy for which to purchase clothing. However, keep in mind two factors: 1) Gifts from everyone are usually given as newborn or small sizes and 2) You don't know how quickly your baby will grow or out grow baby clothes.

    Hand Me Downs

    Hand me downs and second hand baby clothes are a great way to enhance your baby's wardrobe. Since little ones often don't wear clothes often because of how quickly they tend to grow, the wear on the clothing tends to be minimal. You can usually get several babies worth of use out of an outfit! One item to be leery of for second hand is sleepers, because the flame retardation may wear down.

      See also: Do I need special laundry detergent for baby's clothes?

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