Smart Shopper Tips; Excerpt from "Baby Bargain"NEWS FEED
Posted: Mar, 13, 2012

Smarter Shopper Tips

Excerpt from Baby Bargains by Denise & Alan Fields

Generally, we recommend dressing your child for comfort. At the same time, you need clothes that can withstand frequent washings. With this in mind, here are our suggestions for baby clothing:

  1. See what you baby likes before investing in many garments. Don’t spend $90 on fancy sweaters, only to find baby prefers cotton Onesies.
  2. We generally recommend 100% cotton clothing. Babies are most comfortable in clothing that breathes.
  3. If your child develops a red, itchy rash, it could be an allergy. Culprits could include metal snaps on a t-shirt, zippers, or even the ink on tagless labels. One idea: consider alternatives such as shirts that have ties or that pull over the head. Stick with clothes that have plastic snaps and zippers.
  4. In general, better-made clothes will have their snaps on a reinforced fabric brand. Snaps attached directly to the body of the fabric may tear the garment or rip off.
  5. If you’re buying 100% cotton clothes, make sure they’re pre-shrunk. Some stores like Gymboree (see review later in this chapter), pre-wash their clothes to prevent shrinkage. With other brands, it’s hard to tell. Our advice: read the label. If it says, “wash in cold water” or “tumble dry low,” assume the garment will shrink (and hence buy a larger size). On the other hand, care instructions that advise “washing in warm water and tumble dry” usually indicate that the garment is already preshrunk.
  6. Go for outfits with snaps and zippers on BOTH legs, not just one. Dual-leg snaps or zippers make it much easier to change a diaper. Always check a garment for diaper accessibility—some brands actually have no snaps or zippers, meaning you would have to completely undress your baby for a diaper change! Another pet peeve: garments that have snaps up the back also make diaper changes a big hassle.
  7. Be aware that each company has its own warped idea about how to size baby clothes. See the box “One Size Does Not Fit All” earlier in this chapter for more details.
  8. Beware of appliqués. Some appliqué work can be quite scratchy on the inside of the outfit (it rubs against baby’s skin).
  9. Keep the tags and receipts. A reader emailed us her strategy for dealing with baby clothes that shrink: until she has a chance to wash the item, she keeps all the packaging, tags and receipts. If it shrinks, she returns it immediately.

Excerpt from Baby Bargains by Denise & Alan Fields


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