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Things You Should Look for in Baby Clothing

You don’t have to spend a fortune to outfit your baby in stylish, practical, and comfortable clothing. When choosing clothes for your little one, be sure to keep functionality and versatility in mind. This will help you to stretch your dollar to the max. Here are three primary functions that you should look for in baby clothing.

Easy to Wash

You are going to have your hands full with a new baby. There is not going to be a lot of extra time to worry about doing the laundry. For this reason, it is important to choose infant clothing that is easy to wash. Avoid clothing that needs to be washed in the sensitive fabric cycle or that cannot be put in the dryer. It is also important to wash all of the clothing before the baby wears it for the first time. This precaution will mitigate the chances that the baby has a skin reaction to any products or dirt that was picked up on the item. If your baby has especially sensitive skin, be sure to use a specialty detergent to avoid skin reactions.

Easy to Get On and Off

It is no secret that babies can be squirmy. Stretchy clothing makes dressing the baby easier which also makes changing diapers less of a hassle. You should also look for fasteners that close easily so that you can get the clothing on and off in a hurry. Buttons can be a real hindrance, especially if they are small and cumbersome. Be sure to choose clothing that has wide openings in the head area so that they easily slide on and off.

Comfortable Fabrics

An uncomfortable baby is a fussy baby. Choosing light and breathable fabrics will ensure that your baby is as comfortable and content as possible. Cotton is an ideal choice when outfitting your infant. Fleece is a good choice if you need more warmth for the winter. You should also take care to avoid scratchy tags and unfinished seams that may irritate the baby’s skin. Zippers can also be a bad idea because they tend to pinch the infant.

Remember that your baby is not in a fashion show. The most important thing is that your little one is comfortable and that the clothing is practical for your life. Your baby will look adorable no matter how you dress them.

Help a family in need by donating clean, gently used baby clothes at your nearest clothing bank!

Tim Esterdahl

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