Making the most of baby clothes: three top tips

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Growing babies are probably more demanding than most teens when it comes to clothing. Not only do they grow faster, but they have a nasty tendency of dirtying their clothes quickly and putting them through the mill a bit with their activities. As a result, buying clothes is somewhat unavoidable, but you can try and maximise the amount of use you do get out of the items you, or relatives, buy. Here are three tips to help you get more from your baby’s wardrobe.

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1)   Buy quality

This doesn’t necessarily mean buying the most expensive items out there. There are some great baby clothes at Debenhams and other high street stores that won’t break the bank. If you are shopping in-store, carry out some physical checks to see if the items are likely to last. Look out for tight weave fabrics that will repel stains and for seams with a generous amount of give to avoid tearing and pulls. Reinforced seams usually indicate a higher quality finish on a garment.

2)    Be activity appropriate

Bibs at feeding time help protect clothes from stains, so why not apply the same principle to other activities? Having special play clothes or aprons or smocks for when little ones are likely to get dirty will stop the garments underneath getting dirty, which means they can be we washed less and last longer.  As well as choosing clothes that are appropriate for the activities in store for baby that day, you should also look out for versatile clothing when you shop. Items with elastic waistbands or adjustable shoulder straps or waists that have staggered button or popper fasteners will fit growing babies for longer.

3)   Wash with care

It’s easy to over-wash baby clothing when you are concerned about their hygiene and while there’s no suggestion you shouldn’t wash dirty clothes, you may be able to prolong the life of clothing by treating some spillages and stains straight away with wipes. Using softer detergents should also help protect fabrics and be kinder to the sensitive skin of your baby. This may mean washing your baby clothes separately from your main wash, but with the volume of clothes little ones get through, you shouldn’t struggle to accumulate a separate load.

 

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