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5 Tips for Buying Comfortable Infant Clothing

Your Baby Will Thank You


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Infants can be fussy little creatures, but one sure fire way to get them screaming is to put them in uncomfortable infant clothing. But since you can't actually try them on yourself, how do you make sure that the clothing your buying will pass the test? Keep these 5 things in mind when you're making any clothing purchase.

Check the Seams

Seams on the insides of your infant clothing should be smooth and lie flat. You can check the seams by turning the garment inside out and looking at them or simply putting your hands inside the tops and bottoms to ensure that, when running your hands along the seam, nothing pokes or scratches your skin.

Avoid Tight Elastic

Tight elastic bands at the arms, lets, neck or waist can irritate your baby's sensitive skin as well as cut circulation, making for a very uncomfortable tot. Sometimes it's obvious when baby and infant clothing is too tight, but when you're at the store purchasing it, it might not seem so simple.

Give each area with elastic banding a gentle tug - how much give is there? If there is a lot of stretch, your baby should have room to grow, if not, it's better to skip it. And remember, let your baby's weight determine what size he should wear, not his age.

Scratchy Baby Clothes

Metal zippers, appliques or snaps with rough or uneven backings can all create scratch. Many baby clothes now come with appliques, so it's important that you double check the backings for rough edges. And don't be fooled into thinking that the backing will soften up with a few washings - it won't happen.

Possible Choking Hazards

I'm a big believer in avoiding the small things that can end up in your baby's mouth, possibly presenting a chocking hazard. And I believe that many other moms are too. But, there are a lot of places that these items show up you wouldn't even think about - like your baby's clothes. Seen a shirt with sequins or buttons on it lately?

If you do buy items like this because you just can't resist their inevitable cuteness, give sequins, buttons and snaps a quick tug to make sure they don't come off. In addition, be sure to recheck these after every single washing because these items can come loose during any part of the cycle.

Consider Fabric Content

Check labels for fabric content before making a purchase. Remember that infant clothing comes in a variety of fabrics; while natural fabrics are best for sensitive baby skin they're not always the practical choice. Other things to remember: cotton can shrink up to 10% with the first wash, polyester/cotton blends tend to be less expensive and don't wrinkle and thin fabrics are the least durable.

Keep these 5 things in mind when buying infant clothing and you should have one happy baby - at least when it comes to his wardrobe.

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