Baby Care & Child Health Problems

Part I
BABY CARE

V
Baby Clothes

Talk about new born babies and the first word that strikes every mind is ‘cute’. Right from the infant to the things that are purchased for him/her, everything around is cute and adorable. Add to this the loveliness of the vibrant colours. Usually pink and blue dominate the theme when it comes to purchasing things for the newborn. While pink is usually preferred, if it's a baby girl, blue serves baby boy the best. Amidst all the purchases, buying clothes is the most challenging. With commercialisation, the market has been virtually swamped with a wide range of options, as such making it confusing for the new parent to buy clothes for their little one.

At the time of buying clothes for the baby, parents are best advised not to be swayed away by the plethora of options available in the market. Though there are numerous designs and fabrics available for baby clothes, the best would be to pick the fabric which would ensure utmost comfort to the baby. Prickly accessories or small buttons should be best avoided. While these are some general consideration that parents should be cautious about, there are other things as well which should be adhered to while picking baby clothes.

1. Baby Clothing

Buying clothes for a growing baby is a bit challenging for many new parents. Today, the choice of baby clothing available in the market is unlimited. There are so many types of designs and so many fabrics available in baby clothes that choosing between them seems to be an impossible task at times. However, while buying clothes for babies, you need to keep certain basic conditions in mind. They should be comfortable, pose no hazard to the baby (such as buttons that might be swallowed) and be suitable for his/her age as well. Babies grow out of their clothes quickly, so you should not buy too many clothes at a time. In order to help you to buy clothes for newborns, we have provided a number of tips in the following lines, just for you!

Tips on Baby Clothes

 When buying children's clothes, the first thing to remember is that they must be easy and comfortable to wear and washable.

 It is always advisable to buy trousers or skirts with elasticised waistbands and shoulder straps, for a baby.

 Prefer buying clothes that can be stretched and have a wide neck for their easy accessibility.

 Avoid buying clothes that are adorned by lace, as babies can get their fingers caught in the lace.

 Always go for natural fibres as far as baby clothes are concerned, especially in summers.

 Clothes that open in the front and have poppers are easier to put on.

 Try to avoid buying clothes that have buttons.

 Never ever opt for clothes that have rough stitching. They can be uncomfortable for the baby.

 Since babies tend to be picked up by so many people, so many times, it is best to go for clothes that do not need ironing.

Basic Wardrobe for a Newborn

 6-8 stretch suits (always buy according to weight, not age)

 2 sets of night clothes (comfortable and easy to put on and take off)

 4 sleeveless vests, with poppers under the crotch

 3 pairs of socks

 3 cardigans (for winters)

 A warm hat, mittens and snow suit (for winters)

 A sunhat and a light jacket (for summers)

Different types of baby clothes

2. Buying Baby Clothes on a Budget

Babies outgrow their clothes so quickly that your head spins and your pockets wail. The anticipation of the arrival of a new one is the most exciting moment for all parents. Shopping for the new bundle of joy is equally exciting and fun. Parents enjoy shopping for baby clothes and buy expensive and varieties of clothes without realising that the babies grow rapidly in the first few months of life, outgrowing the size of all the clothes. As such, it makes sense to buy baby clothes on a budget so that it doesn't make a dent in your pocket every now and then.

Tips to Buy Baby Clothes on a Budget

 You can shop for your babies from a store which does not have exorbitant prices. As babies outgrow their clothing very fast, it will prove to be a reasonable purchase.

 It is better and beneficial to buy clothes for your babies depending on their growth stage. What babies do the first few weeks is sleep and dirty their nappies. Four to six pieces of apparel for every three months of growth stage is a good idea.

 It is also beneficial to buy clothes in bulk. There are few brands that sell baby clothes in a pack of three or six. It will be easier and feasible to buy baby clothes from these brands.

Buying baby clothes

 Hold a swap meeting with other mummies. Invite your friends, co-workers or neighbours who have babies of different ages and sizes. You can exchange worn-out or not in use clothes of each other's babies.

 Buy clothes well in advance. You can judge what size will fit your baby six to eight months later. So next time you hit a post-season or stock-clearance sale, you can buy clothes for future use as well. Babies need not be subjected to brands and fashion statements.

 You can even save a great deal of money by reusing old clothes. You can use your creativity in using old clothes to make new ones for your babies. For example, if your baby has outgrown the trouser, cut them to make shorts.

 You can even use internet to find out ways to go in for a budgeted purchase. There are many auction sites that offer lots of adorable baby clothes at good price.

A baby cloth store

3. Buying Clothes for the Baby Boy

I like it blue, but he likes it yellow, but brown doesn't suit him! All these confusions arise when parents are planning to get the most adorable dresses for their charming little ones. Every parent desires to make their baby boy look like a little Red Riding Hood. Babies are cute beings, but there is lot of difference when it comes to choosing clothes for a boy or a girl. Apart from this, the place to buy, quality and quantity that you are buying matters a lot. Here are some ways and tips, which lead you to shop an astounding collection of clothes matching to your predetermined budget and mindset.

Decide What to Buy

Fancy baby stores can make you feel really tempted to buy those awesome looking stuff for your baby boy/girl. Think carefully and make a to-do list of those items which you wish to buy first, such aspajamas, toppers, swimsuits, jumpers, etc. elaborated in striking animal designs on them.

Go Simple and Easy

Creative outfits display a huge variety of those highly decorated costumes for babies having big buttons, fancy zippers, hangings and all. It is suggested not to go for such outfits as your baby boy or girl may feel uncomfortable in them and may develop a habit of tearing those delightful materials. Baby boys are much naughtier anyways!

Price Comparison

After you have chosen upon the kind of outfits and designs, | it's better to go for a price comparison between the various I store options, so that you don't simply burn your pockets at the time of buying clothes and later land up in compromising and picking low quality diapers!

A smartly dressed baby boy

Seasons Matter

Before finally picking up outfits at the most feasible outlet, consider the seasonal criteria too. If its summers, go for cotton stuff as it is the most comfortable on your baby boy's delicate skin. If its winter or even autumn, choose some cuddling and warm stuff made from soft wool or hand-knitted sweaters.

Accessories and Special Clothes

Mothers decorate their baby girls like dolls, so why not sprinkle a little bit on cute baby boys! You can always get some cute soft animal shaped caps for them, gloves will be good as well and fur shoes would really make your baby boy look like a real prince. And yes of course, if any occasions are coming up then do get some special outfits for him and make him cast spell on others.

4. Buying Clothes for the Baby Girl

Imaginative ideas are galore as soon as the thought of buying clothes for your baby girl strikes your mind. Girls are always associated with soft colours, cutest designs and creative outfits including other accessories like hats and tiny cloth boots. As a parent, you would like to dress up your little girl like a tiny little angel. You start with categorising her cloth needs right from morning to night. You also need to decide that you have to buy clothes for the ongoing season or for the whole year, what kind of cloth you should buy so that she feels soft and cozy. One can refer to special baby shops to get the best buys.

Choose What to Buy

Choosing what to buy for your little princess is very important and you should plan her wardrobe accordingly. Starting from clothes to be worn in house to night suits, fancy clothes to tiny frocks, you have so much to decide on. Also, decide upon the number of clothes to be bought, so that you don't buy anything extra.

Decide Upon Colour Combinations

Baby girls always relate to soft colours, such as light pink, yellow, light green or white. You may take night dresses in darker shades. Choose glitter and glazy combinations for fancy clothes in light colours.

Creative Patterns

Babies are always amused from creative patterns. You can always choose strawberry patterns, flowers, animals, stars, moon and smileys on the clothes, which will interest the babies a lot and will keep them happy and smiling.

Soft Fabric Material

Babies are delicate beings and can develop sensitiveness or skin allergies to any fabric due to the presence of hard particles. Choose fabrics that are really soft to wear so your little girl/boy should feel comfortable wearing them.

Accessories

Now your baby girl or boy is all set and ready to take the form of a cute little angel/prince, so accessorise her from top to bottom with cute hats, cloth boots with different designs, colours and gloves.

5. Taking Care of Baby Clothes

A new life brings along a lot of joy and happiness in the family. Everyone in the house is totally involved in taking care of the baby. It spreads a positive energy in the house. From the baby's cradle to the toys, everything is bought after a lot of argument and discussion. This is so because everyone wants to give the best to the baby. Likewise, taking care of a baby's clothes is also important. Clothes remain close to the baby's skin, therefore, it is important to keep them clean and tidy. It is essential to keep the baby's clothes germ-free so that the baby does not get affected by any infection or allergy. Clean, germ-free, soft and loose clothes will help your baby feel comfortable and stay cheerful.

Tips to Take Care of Baby's Clothes

 It is mandatory to wash any new clothes before your baby wears them. Your baby can be seriously harmed by new, unwashed clothes. It is essential to wash the clothes to get rid of all the dust, starch and germs that might have got accumulated in the manufacturing process.

 There is no need for any special detergent to be used for washing baby's clothes. The normal family detergents can only be used for washing your baby's clothes as well.

 Dealing with stains before washing them will help remove them properly and keep the clothes looking new. Formula, diaper accidents, and brightly coloured baby food can make stains that are tough to remove from baby's clothes, but if you take the time to work on these stains before washing, it will improve the success rate.

 Using a fabric softener will help to keep the baby's clothes soft and the baby will stay comfortable and happy.

 Do not mix baby's clothes with other clothes, while washing them. Always keep and wash baby's clothes separately, as adult's clothes may contain germs and dust that may be transferred to the baby's clothes. Also put 1 or 2 drops of savlon/dettol/or any disinfectent while washing your baby's clothes.

 Dry the baby's clothes in sun. This will ensure that all the germs and bacteria in the clothes will be killed and it will also give a fresh feel to the clothes.

 Soaking your baby's clothes in warm water before washing is also advisable. This will remove all the dust and kill all the germs.

 Keeping the baby's clothes after washing in a separate, clean place will ensure that the clothes remain germ-free till next use.

Washing baby's clothes

FAQs

Q-1. During winter my baby's toes turn blue from time to time, whereas his fingers are normal. Why does that happen?

Ans. If your baby's toes turn blue but not the fingers or other parts of the body then the culprit may be the tight socks. Please check the size of the socks and make sure that they are fitting the baby properly.

Q-2. How warm should I keep my baby?

Ans. If the room temperature is around 27 degrees centigrade or more then do not clothe your baby in woollens. For summer season, use cotton clothes and for winter season, use cotton-woollen clothes.

Q-3. I dress my baby well in winters so much so that the baby sweats sometimes. Despite that my baby catches cold which does not go away throughout the season. What should I do?

Ans. In your effort to protect the baby from the cold, you are overdressing the baby. Common cold is caused by a virus in the environment. Keep the house clean, dust-free, wash your hands regularly and keep your baby warm and comfortable with enough clothes, but not overdress. Boost the baby's immunity so that he/she has a strong immune system to fight diseases.

Q-4. Should I wash my baby's clothes in washing machine or by hand?

Ans. You may use any or both the options so long as you rinse the clothes well and no trace of detergent is left. A final soak in antiseptic solution like dettol is very important for baby's clothes to disinfect them. In washing machine, this may seem very time consuming and tedious, so, you may wash the clothes in machine and then soak them in dettol in the tub before the final rinse.

Q-5. Some relatives have gifted soft, silky and lacy frocks for my baby. Can I put on those new clothes on her?

Ans. Babies feel most comfortable in cotton clothes as they are soothing to the skin. Lacy clothes for small babies should be avoided as their tiny fingers may get stuck in them. Always wash and disinfect all new clothes before the baby can wear them. This way the clothes are clean from all sorts of germs, dust and chemicals.

Q-6. What type of clothing material is the best for my baby's skin?

Ans. The clothing material for the baby should be light soft and porous to allow the sweat to dry. It should be non-irritating, non-inflammable and easy to wash. Cotton clothes are the best for the baby's sensitive skin. Do not buy synthetic clothes as they may cause allergy on the baby's skin.