To buy or not to buy, that is the question. Find out what sort of clothes you should definitely keep on hand and tips on how to fill your baby’s closet up.
WORDS SAMANTHA TAN
What is cuter than a baby toddling around dressed as a dinosaur? Or in matching outfits with mum and dad? You will be hard-pressed to find something more adorable than baby clothes and that is why parents — especially new parents — simply cannot stop themselves from filling up their little one’s closet with designer duds and little costumes. So, what should be in your toddler’s wardrobe? Besides those animal and princess costumes — obviously.
One-pieces or Bodysuits
Onesies should be a staple in every baby or even toddler’s closet. They are one-piece cotton outfits that can be either short-sleeved, long-sleeved or sleeveless. They are simple and fuss-free, snapping together at the crotch. This makes changing diapers a whole lot easier as you do not have to wrangle the onesie off before changing the diapers. Onesies can be used as long as your child is able to fit into them.
When buying shirts for your child, look out for those with wider neck room or those that come with snaps in the neck area. This is because when dressing baby, it can be difficult to pull the shirt over your baby’s head without scaring him. You can also buy clothing that snap or tie at the sides, like kimono styled clothing. Get a few basic shirts for home-wear that you can easily toss in the washing machine for easy cleaning. During the hot, humid season, you can even dress your little one in singlets to keep them cool.
Pants or Leggings
Wearing separate pieces of clothing such as pants and leggings is more convenient as you’ll be able to change that offending piece of clothing that got dirty without having to change the entire outfit. As babies and children are always growing, look out for stretchy waistbands that can expand. Another tip is, when buying pants, take into account the extra space needed for diapers. You definitely do not want to buy pants that become too tight once worn over diapers.
While it can be hard to resist buying those cute pyjamas you know would look absolutely darling on your little one, avoid those with designs that are too intricate around the neck or those with dangly parts. Your child will probably tug them off and it could be a tad uncomfortable to sleep in. Also, ensure that the material of the pyjamas is of good quality.
Babies and young children have particularly sensitive
skin so check that the product has passed all safety regulations
and do not contain any dangerous chemicals.
Caps, Hats and Beanies
Babies can lose a lot of their body heat through their head, as they are still missing that full head of hair. It is important that you keep your baby’s head covered at all times when you step outdoors. Basic knitted beanies and hats are great for babies, especially newborns. For older babies, caps and beanies also help to keep their head warm, especially in cold climates. Do take note to remove the hats while indoors in case of overheating.
Sweaters, Jackets and Cardigans
These are great as they help to add a layer of warmth during cold nights or chilly places. Try to buy ones made out of cotton or fleece as they are not only comfy but do an awesome job at keeping your little one warm. Majority of babies do not fancy having clothes pulled over their heads so look out for sweaters, jackets or cardigans that button or zip down the front. Plus, it is easier to get them in and out of the jackets.
Socks and Booties
Your little one’s feet can get cold easily and socks and booties add an extra layer of protection from the weather. Thus, when you are out and about, you will need loads of socks and booties to keep your baby’s feet warm. Stick to socks for indoors and booties for day trips to the mall or outdoors if your baby has not starting walking as shoes can hinder the growth of his feet. The socks and booties should be loose enough for your baby to be able to wriggle their toes.
If baby’s taking his first steps, it is time to consider purchasing his first pair of shoes. Children learn to walk by gripping their toes onto the surface of the floor and they do not require any arch support. Therefore, while at home, let your baby practice walking on bare feet. Out of the house is when you would need shoes as the floor might be uneven, hot, cold or rocky, harming the soft soles of your baby’s feet.
When choosing shoes, make sure that they are lightweight and flexible.
This will help support the natural movement of the feet.
The shoes should be ideally made of leather or mesh to allow air to circulate within the shoe and this will let your baby’s feet breathe. Always make sure that the shoes have rubber soles. This will help your baby gain traction when walking and thus prevent falls.