Choosing clothes for children, and particularly choosing clothes for babies, is an important but often difficult and daunting task. Buying clothes for yourself is of course important too – it affects how others see you, how comfortable you are throughout the day, what else you can wear, how maneuverable you are and more. However for little children these are formative years that will affect the rest of their lives – how they fit in with other kids at school and in the playground will dictate their personalities in later life, and if they are uncomfortable then this can cause them much more distress. It’s also important for them from a health perspective and if you don’t dress them up warmly for instance then this can result in them being more likely to catch a cold and other illnesses as their immune system is under attack from the coldness itself. At the same time if you don’t choose your children’s clothing carefully then it is possibly going to be too small or too large which could cause them difficulties moving resulting in accidents.
At the same time though it is also more difficult choosing children’s clothes. This is because they are always growing meaning you always need to keep replacing their items of clothing, because they have more specific tastes (and keeping up with what’s cool and not cool for children can be very difficult) and because you can’t try the clothes on yourself to see if they fit. In many cases the children themselves are unlikely to hold still while you try things on them so you’ll have to go with an element of luck.
Thus there is an art to choosing children’s clothing. First of all you need to try and buy towards the bigger end of the scale. This is a good strategy as it means that if the clothes are too large – they will at least one day fit and at the same time it’s better for children to have baggy clothing than to have tight clothing. Larger clothes will also fit for longer.
Meanwhile look for clothing built with comfort in mind. Aim for soft fabrics and breathable fabrics and make sure that they look padded and fitted. You might want to consider ‘layering’ your children up with hoodies and scarves that they can remove if they get too hot which will help them to be able to cool themselves down or warm up by easily adding or removing layers. Comfort is particularly important for babies who have delicate skin and spending a little more can make sure that they are protected and looked after.
For babies you should aim for colourful characters and for toddlers and up recognisable characters from television will be popular. Generally aim for bright primary colours as children tend to respond more to these. With older children though the other consideration is that the clothes need to be ‘cool’ or they won’t wear them. Don’t kid yourself by trying to knit them woolly hats, but look on the online stores for the trends and take note of what the cooler kids in their class are wearing.