When you are buying baby clothing, it is important that you are familiar with these essential facts. They are not designed to make you fearful, but to forewarn you about safety elements, chemicals and sizing options so that you are always able to make the best, most informed decisions.
Here are 10 facts you but know about your baby’s clothing
Wrinkle free clothing, bedding and blankets may contain formaldehyde. This is frightening. Formaldehyde is a carcinogenic (cancer-causing) chemical, yet companies continue to use it in. Protect yourself by pre-washing everything before it touches your baby’s skin.
2. Fire resistant
Sleepwear manufactured for babies most likely contains a fire-resistant chemical however if it does not, the tag must say so. So look at the tag! It’s important to note, however, that even though a garment contains a fire-retardant treatment, it can still burn.
3. Clothing sizing
Just like adult clothing, not all baby clothing runs true to size. The only way to really figure out which brands suits your child best or offers a design of clothing in sizes that best match their body shape is through trial and error or to ask the advice of friends who’ve been there. As a general rule, size 000 is intended to fit babies from 0-3 months, and size 00 is for babies from 3-6 months. Some bigger newborns might be ready to go straight into a size 00. You might have to roll the sleeves up, but it won’t be for long.
Some of the more fancy trendy clothing is not always the best choice for your little one as these garments can features embroidery or artwork that’s scratchy, irritates and very uncomfortable on the skin.
Manufacturers and designers know that baby clothes are hard to resist that is why they make a range of very cute almost irresistible outfits. But if you are looking to watch your expenses, skip designer baby clothes. Your baby will grow so fast – and sleep so much – that all those tiny versions of grown up clothes will go to waste. Save the designer purchases for later on when your child has grown a bit and will be able to wear them for a little bit longer.
There are plenty of reasons parents choose to purchase organic clothing. Natural fiber alternatives, including bamboo, may be a little pricier but will offer your child enormous benefits.
Drawstrings, shoe laces ribbons, buttons and zippers can cause significant safety concerns. Make sure you read all about this here in our guide: 7 Baby and Toddler Clothing Safety Concerns you must know about.
Newborn babies need to be kept warm so consider dressing your baby in layers that way you can take layers off when you’re at the shops or in other warm places. A good guide to follow is to dress your baby in the same number of layers you’re wearing, plus one extra layer for warmth.
It’s time to dispel the myth that pink is for girls, blue is for boys. In baby photos from the late 1800s, male and female babies all wore frilly white dresses, so how did pink and blue become part of our regular baby wardrobe? If you don’t want do what everyone else does, look for gender neutral clothing. Evidence that pink and blue weren’t always in favor gives us hope that neutral colors can, and will, make a comeback.
10 Washing baby clothing
Don’t believe the myth that you need to wash baby clothing separately. You can most definitely wash baby clothes with the rest of your laundry, but strong detergents and fabric softeners can irritate your baby’s skin. So choose a mild detergent and consider pre-soaking cloth diapers first before washing.