“When it comes to baby clothing there is no lack of imagination or attempts at humor and many parents find themselves in a dilemma of how much and what size to buy. There are styles and designs from many different outlets that meet everyone’s sense of humor, sense of style and their sense of budget as the one thing most parents keep in mind when choosing baby clothing is the fact that the child probably will not wear it too long.
From the time an infant is born until it reaches maturity, there are constant and unpredictable periods of growth. These spurts can make it difficult to determine what size the child will be wearing from one week to the next and, even if there is a major sale on baby clothing, many parents are reluctant to purchase too many outfits as they may outgrow some of them before they have the chance to wear them.
Buying baby clothing as gifts for someone’s child is equally as difficult as the child can grow dramatically in a few short weeks and an outfit that might be the perfect size the day it is bought may be too small when they receive the present. For the most part it is better to buy baby clothing that is bigger than needed, giving the child a chance to grow into it instead of having a bag full of stuff they cannot wear.
Choosing Sizes Can Be Tricky Business
Complicating the process of buying baby clothing even more than the growth spurts are the manufacturers who apparently do not follow any strict guidelines on how their clothing is sized. A child may fit perfectly in a toddler size four from one manufacturer but a size four from a different company can either be too big or too small.
Most companies also confuse those who do not have children with their sizes of baby clothing by marking it for months, or in rare cases by weight. Even infant clothing is generally sized by months, beginning with indications an outfit will fit an infant from zero to three months. Many parents learn early that the age of the child rarely is a proper indicator of the size of their baby clothing.
Most parents will stick to discounted merchandise outlets when it comes to buying baby clothing, knowing they will likely outgrow it after one or two times of wearing it. Buying expensive designer baby clothing nay make the parents feel proud when they take their child out into public, but the need for frequent replacement may soon give way to common sense.”