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Buying Baby Clothes - For Dummies

Aug 27, 2008
Shopping for baby clothing can be harder than you think, especially if you're shopping for someone else's baby. Hopefully this article will give you a few ideas on how to buy baby clothes. We'll also throw in a few tips about buying baby clothes online.


Baby clothing is usually sized according to the age of the baby. The sizes are as follows: 0-3 months, 3-6 months, etc. These age groups can sometimes be a problem because you may have a bigger or smaller baby than normal. My baby boy has already grown out of his 0-3 months clothes and he is only one month old.

When buying baby clothes for a newborn, try buying the 3-6 months size and you'll stand out from the crowd that is buying clothes the baby will only be able to wear once. Trust me, the mother will thank you later when your clothes are the only ones that fit her newborn.

Online Tip: Most places you shop online will have a section where you choose the size of the clothes. If they don't, then do not purchase there.


If you are trying to buy baby clothes, then we sincerely hope you are shopping for a girl. Why? Options and quality. For some reason designers have created a lot more baby girl clothing than baby boy clothing. If you don't believe me, try going to Target and tell me if you see more pink or more blue?

The quality of baby girl clothing is also better than baby boy clothing, probably due to the sheer quantity of baby girl clothing. If you are looking for unique baby clothes, you'll have a much easier time if you're shopping for a girl.

Online Tip: A few stores online actually allow you to create your own onesies, a nice feature if you're looking for unique baby onesies or other baby clothing.


Baby clothing prices fluctuate wildly depending on the quality and name brand recognition. I've never been a huge fan of paying for the name brand but sometimes paying more is worth it.

Remember not to buy all of your baby clothes before the baby is born. Doctors are not 100% accurate in determining the sex of a child--it's no fun to take back all of those cute clothes after being surprised with a boy when you thought you were having a girl. Try buying gender neutral clothes if you are buying for someone who hasn't told you the sex of the baby.

It is good to remember that babies grow extremely fast, another reason not to buy tons of clothes before the baby is born (you could be stuck with a bunch of clothes that don't fit).

Babies make messes often. You might be surprised how often they spit up on their brand new clothes (babies are more prone to spit up if they are wearing your favorite outfit). If you're on a budget, don't spend all of your money on something that will be getting dirty fast.

Online Tip: Watch out for shipping prices! Some places charge as much as $5.00 per item. You can find special deals where shipping is free (though you usually have to spend a fair amount before getting these deals).

Shopping for baby clothes is extremely fun. Hopefully these tips will help you have an overall positive experience when shopping for baby clothes for yourself or for a friend.

Online Tip: Watch out, online shopping can be extremely addictive.
About the Author
Kimberlie is a mother, author, and baby clothes guru. Come find out all about how to buy baby onesies at her blog: www.babyonesies1.com
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