Having a newborn in your life is such a special thing. If you have been blessed with a baby that’s either arrived in this world or is due in the next couple of months, you get to look forward to one of the most beautiful things – shopping for baby clothes. Now, ever since the beginning of 2020, the world has been going through an unconventional situation. There isn’t an industry that hasn’t been affected by COVID-19, but it seems like the fashion industry has suffered a particularly difficult blow. Online shopping is prevalent now more than ever, which is great to some extent, but when buying baby clothes online, one needs to have a couple of things in mind. After all, you want your baby to have the best and most comfortable clothes, but you also don’t want to waste money on purchases gone wrong.
If you spend your money wisely, you won’t have to bother with returns and an unfit wardrobe. /alt: baby clothes on a shelf.
We can’t tell you what the future holds for the fashion industry post-COVID-19, but we can teach you how to be successful when shopping online. In general, there are five essential factors to remember when purchasing baby clothes, and all of them bear equal importance.
1. The size
In case you aren’t a first-time parent, you certainly know how quickly babies outgrow their clothes. By the time you make a purchase, and it arrives, your baby might have already become too big for that item. If you aren’t sure which size will be the perfect one for your baby, we strongly advise you to buy a bigger rather than a smaller size. Children grow like weeds, and your little one will fit into that larger piece sooner than you think. Moreover, your baby needs to be comfortable, which will allow him/her to move every part of their body without any restraints. That being said, onesies are always a great option if you want to ensure your baby gets maximum comfort and flexibility, as long as you get the right size, of course.
2. The material
Babies have the most sensitive skin ever. Parents often notice that their baby has developed a rash, and, in nine cases out of ten, the material of their clothes is to blame. So when buying baby clothes online, always check the composition of the piece in question. Buying pieces made from organic cotton and silk is always the best choice for your newborn. Lately, there has been a surge in interest in sustainable fashion, and we are very excited about that. Fabrics like organic cotton are good for both the people and the environment.
3. The cost
This is where things get tricky. As a parent, you have a natural desire to provide your child with the best of the best. In your intent to do so, you might disregard the price. But it would help if you remembered that your child would outgrow that cute little T-shirt in one to two months. So does it really make sense to spend a fortune on something that will be in use for such a short time?
Baby clothes can be expensive, but there’s no need to spend unnecessary money. /alt: pink baby shoes.
Don’t get us wrong – that doesn’t mean you should buy low-quality stuff made from harmful materials for your little bundle of joy. It just means that you should find a retailer that offers the best quality to affordability ratio. And the same goes for your maternity clothes – opt for high-quality but be wary of the price.
4. The functionality
Babies don’t care about fashion – parents do. However, when you’re shopping for baby clothes online, it’s their needs that you need to consider. Resist the urge to buy cute tutus and sailor suits when you know that your baby will spend all of its time sleeping. Instead, opt for something that a newborn will feel comfortable in, such as onesies and bodysuits. Don’t get us wrong; you definitely can and should buy a few cute outfits for special occasions. But if you already have some just sitting in the closet, it’s best to be practical.
5. The season
This probably seems like a self-explanatory one, yet plenty of people get it wrong. Currently, we’re heading towards the cold season and the holidays. That being said, buying light attire makes little to no sense (unless you live in a state with constant sunshine, like Florida). That’s why one of the main things you need to take into account when shopping for baby attire online is the season. And if you are thinking about purchasing a bigger size, then think about the upcoming months. You won’t be shopping for winter clothing if you are reading this at the beginning of April.
You only have so little time before your baby outgrows his or her clothes, so think about the season when purchasing it. /alt: Items to sort after buying baby clothes online.
Buying baby clothes online can be super fun
We know that plenty of people miss spending an entire day shopping in stores. But there’s no reason why buying baby clothes online can’t be as exciting as the real deal. With the right state of mind, it can even be more exciting than going shopping in person. You can do it from the comfort of your home after a hard day at work, and even invite your friends over and discuss which baby outfits to get. And the best part is that you can do it at all times of the day and night. Just remember these five main factors to consider when purchasing baby clothes online, and we have no doubt you’ll be extremely successful in this endeavor.