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Buying Clothes for Babies:

When you first learn that you will be having a baby, many parents tend to go out and buy as many cute clothes as they can find in neutral, non-gender colors. Then, when you see a sonogram and find out your baby's (most likely) sex, you go out and buy even more, this time in pinks and purples, or blues. It's not only fun to buy these things, but you want your baby to be well-dressed.

Unless you just have a lot of money to spare, this is not the best idea. Babies grow fast. Much faster than most people anticipate, so fast, actually, that if you buy your newborn a whole bunch of clothes, they will probably outgrow them long before they even get to wear all of them once, let alone twice.

Much of how many clothes you need for your little one will depend on if they spit up regularly or not. If a baby spits up all the time, many of his clothes will become stained, which means that he won't be able to wear the outfit again even if he doesn't outgrow them as fast as you expect.

The type of clothes you buy for your newborn is a very important thing to pay attention to. You will mostly want to have little onesies, the type of shirts with the buttons under the diaper. These are great for two main reasons: 1) a baby's shirt will slide up his back without the buttons under it, and 2) the buttons make it very easy to get to the diaper for changes.

Babies also need soft clothing. While it may be very tempting to go out and buy your newborn girl a pretty little frilly dress, it isn't likely that she will be happy in it. Unless it is just basic cotton, it can scratch the baby's tender skin or make it itchy. It is best, until they get a little older, to just stick with lightweight comfortable clothing.

Since most new parents do have that urge to buy as many clothes as they can get their hands on, if you want to do this, there is a way to make it a lot more efficient. You can do this by buying half of what you want to buy in the smallest size, and then buying the rest of it in one size up. You might be surprised to learn that babies often get to that second size way before you expect, and it's not a bad idea to have some in this size on hand.

Another thing that most parents don't know until they experience it is that many babies are actually in a size above what the tags say. For example, there is the size 0-3 months, and then 3-6 months, and then 6-9 months. Most people would expect that this means that if your baby is 2 months, they would be wearing 0-3. This is very often not the case, though. Many babies will be wearing a size 3-6 months by the time they are two months old. And this isn't just the babies with more weight on them, this is babies of average weight and height. The sizes just aren't quite right. And this continues as they get older, too. Many babies will be wearing a size 6-9 months when they are 4-5 months old.

So, it is very good to have many clothes of all sizes for a baby, this way if they don't fit right in what the tag claims they should, it's no big deal.

Another thing you can do that can help save money is to not take the tags off clothes until just before baby will be wearing them. This way, if your baby doesn't fit into them when you put them on, or if you simply never try to put them on before he outgrows them, you can take them back to the store and get the next size up.

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