3 Tips for Buying Baby Clothes for a New Mom

by Mark Jacobovits

Clothes shopping can be a stressful event, even for ourselves. That stress can be even further exacerbated when we are shopping for unborn or recently born babies. Fortunately, there are many tips for new or expecting moms. Keep these tips in mind if you are in the market to buy baby clothes.

Buy Larger

People love gifting baby clothes to an expecting mother. Chances are, most friends and family will be drawn to buy newborn clothing for babies zero to three months old. But here’s the thing: many newborn babies will not even fit in newborn-sized clothing. Those who do, outgrow them very quickly, often within even just a few days or weeks. If you’re buying for an expecting or new mom, opt for clothing sizes larger than you think they will need. If the clothes end up too large, it won’t be too long before your gift-receiver will be glad they have them. A safe bet is to stick to 6-12 months or larger in size.

Think Seasons

Weather can vary greatly depending on the time of year or where the mother resides. If you’re buying ahead of the birth of the baby, you’ll want to do some quick back-of-the-napkin (or in your head) math. If the baby will be born in December, for example, by the time they are six months old you will be in or near the peak of the summer heat. Once you decide on the size of the clothing you want to buy, you’ll need to make sure that it will be appropriate for the weather and the season the baby will be in when he or she reaches that age.  

Go Soft

The younger the baby the softer you’ll want to make sure the clothing is. Babies are still getting used to this worldly environment and their skin can be rather sensitive. Certain types of materials may not be comfortable for their soft baby skin or may even cause them to break out in a rash. Stick to soft materials when deciding what to purchase to ensure the baby not only looks adorable but is comfortable as well.

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