A lot of time and energy goes into clothing your baby during the first year. From the color debate, to the rapid speed at which most infants outgrow their clothing, new parents have their plates full with keeping their babies clean, comfortable and clothed. So what do you do when all of a sudden, the baby doesn’t want to wear any clothes at all? How do you deal with the exhibitionist stage of your toddler?
At about fourteen months, your baby will most likely want to romp around in the buff. This is completely normal, and in fact could help a little bit with potty training. Obviously, however, it can be a bit troublesome when trying to introduce social norms, and of course when having company without children over for coffee or lunch. So how does a new parent deal with a naked toddler?
The best thing to do is not discourage this behavior entirely. Set limits about where and when your toddler can be naked and enforce them. It is tedious, but repeatedly re-dressing your toddler may be the best way to get the message across. Keep an especially close eye on your toddler in public. Not just because of the obvious, but because you don’t want to lose expensive items like shoes or jackets.
Setting a “naked time” where your child is free to roam around the house for an hour or so a day is a good way to set limits on acceptable behavior. Make sure this time is a time when you can be around to monitor them very closely and make sure that they don’t hurt their more exposed areas. Also, it’s probably best if naked time is a time when your home doesn’t see a lot of traffic. Your toddler may be comfortable with their naked time, but friends and neighbors may not be.
Use your child’s newfound freedom to encourage them to choose their own clothing. Let your toddler dress him or herself a couple of times a week as a special treat. Soon they might like to get dressed as much as they enjoy disrobing. Make getting dressed fun, and stress the importance of where and when it is okay to take off your clothes. This way your child begins to understand the important role that clothing plays in the day-to-day life of grown ups.
The most important thing to remember is not to let your discipline about clothing become about your child’s body. It is easy to make your child feel ashamed of their naked body, even if it is not intended. This kind of discomfort can go a long way in determining how your child feels about their body in the long term, right up into adulthood. Making play dates for right before or after naked time can be a good way to demonstrate for your child the difference between private time and public time, and let them begin making their own boundaries in their mind. This time in their life is a lot about exploration. So even though you’ve been there, it’s important to let them figure out some stuff on their own.
Baby furniture will bring a quality to the home that reminds everyone who enters just how precious life can be. Seeing the joy on the faces of the parents is almost as beautiful.
Parents and family spend so much money and time organizing children’s bedrooms, infant nurseries and playrooms. Parents should get started on designing and organizing the nursery well before their baby is born. Baby furniture is important to help make both the parent and child feel comfortable in their living environment.
The opportunity to design a nursery is very special, and parents should not take it for granted. The nursery is much more than just a room for the baby. It is an extension of the love and support that the parents plan to provide for the child.
Baby furniture can be found in most large-scale retail stores or in specialty baby stores across the country. Bright colors like yellow and red can be used to make the room more inviting. Pastels are wonderful shades to use in a child’s room. Let your imagination run wild when you wander through the aisles of your local retail store.
Parents will be happy with whatever they get because the simple fact that they are now parents. The most important thing to remember when looking for furniture or toys for your baby is safety. A knowledgeable parent is a better parent.
Baby’s coming home soon – have you got what you need to take care of the little angel properly? You know you need footie pajamas and onesies, baby towels and bibs – but how many is enough? Having done this five times now – please hold the applause and gasps of shock – I consider myself a bit of an expert on bringing baby home to a prepared household. Most estimates of ‘what you need for baby’ are a wee bit off, in my opinion. Having brought baby home both with and without a handy washing machine, here’s my recommendations for what the well-equipped baby should have at home before he leaves the hospital.
Four to six undershirts – the usual recommendation – is actually plenty. You’ll find you use them far less than I did when my oldest was born – pre-Onesies days. Skip the tank tops, as cute as the little midge might look in one just like daddy’s, and go straight for the lap-shoulder t-shirts. They slip on easily, and if you buy them a size or two too big, they’ll be long enough to tuck into sweatpants or bottoms.
Sleeping gowns are underrated. They make a great second layer over onesies, and are cool, loose and comfortable for baby in the summer. If you’re bringing home a summer baby, pick up at least 6 or 8 sleeping gowns. They’re much more comfortable in the heat than stretchies.
You can never have enough onesies. Whether you use them as the bottom layer in winter outfitting or the only thing baby wears in the summer, you’ll go through several a day. If you have a washer at home, you can get by with 6-8. Otherwise, pick up even more. An even dozen isn’t really too many at all.
- Experienced mom’s note: DO use them in the summer. They’ll keep your baby cooler than being in a diaper alone because the cotton absorbs moisture and wicks it away from the skin.
Stretchies are the second handiest baby invention ever. Stick with 100% natural fabrics like stretch cotton or cotton terry for the summer. For the winter, fuzzy jammies should go OVER a pair of onesies rather than against the skin to prevent irritation. 6-8 stretchies should be enough for baby’s first few months.
Pick up one or two sweaters or sweatshirts to keep baby warm in wintertime or on cooler spring/summer evenings.
Four to six pairs each of booties and socks should be plenty. Cotton stretchy ones will be far more comfortable for baby than nylon.
One special take-me-home outfit and a few cute everyday ones.
Half a dozen baby washcloths are a must. They’re far thinner than regular adult washcloths, and less likely to irritate baby’s skin. I never used more than three or four hooded towels, but your mileage may vary. They’re awfully handy for wrapping a baby up from head to toe after a bath, especially in a cool house.
Bibs are another of those things you just can’t have enough of. Drool bibs are fine for tucking under baby’s chin to keep drool and spit-up from staining clothing. You won’t need the bigger bibs for feeding for a while, but pick up one or two to have on hand.
Receiving blankets make great all purpose you-name-its. They’re the perfect size for swaddling baby under a crib blanket, tossing over your shoulder when you burp the munchkin – or for privacy while you nurse him. You’ll use them as towel substitutes, to toss on the floor or on a changing station before you put the baby down, spread them over the stroller or baby seat in the sun – in other words, for just about everything. 6-12 certainly aren’t too many. It’s not like the baby will outgrow them – my toddlers used them as bath towels for years.
Even if you’re using disposable diapers, pick up a dozen cloth diapers. They’re simply the best burp rag ever made.
Two packages of disposable diapers (size newborn and size one) if you’ve decided to use disposables.
You’ve recently had a baby. It’s been a few months now, and the baby has outgrown virtually two full wardrobes. Sure it’s expensive, but there’s a whole other issue at hand. What is a mother to do with all of this extra baby clothes?
There are a number of ways to deal with this problem. First of all, there is the donation route. If you don’t have close friends with similar aged babies, you can put aside certain things for when they do, or in the event that you have another. The rest of the clothes can go to the Goodwill or Salvation Army. These are also a great place to find gently used baby clothes for incredible savings.
Special occasion attire like baby’s coming home outfit, first Christmas, and Baptism can be saved in a special place for passing on to a next generation. A great way to do this is by creating a memory box. Get a small trunk at a craft store and decorate it however you’d like. Fill it with small mementos like the baby’s hospital bracelet, first outfit and blanket. As the baby gets older you will have more things to add to it. This is a great way to preserve memories that your child may not have the foresight to think of now, but will appreciate very much later.
Using material from old baby clothes to make new baby clothes is a great way to save money and get a little more use out of the items that your child quickly outgrows. Making t-shirts into cute patchwork dresses, and pants into shorts are some quick fixes to pinch pennies.
Another way to use up material from old baby clothes is to make stuffed animals. Do you have a favorite t-shirt of your baby’s that his or her little arms just don’t quite fit right in anymore? Using the material to make a little stuffed bear is a great way to preserve that memory for yourself and pass something very special on to your baby. The same thing can be done, if a hobby persists, with socks and jeans as well. Soon all of your friends will be begging for little stuffed dolls made out of your baby’s old clothing.
If you are in fact creatively inclined, another great way to reincarnate your baby’s clothes is by creating a memory quilt. Save bits and pieces of your baby’s clothing and use it to create a full sized patchwork quilt for when your baby gets their own big bed. That kind of sentimental value also makes a great gift for a graduation or a wedding (if you can wait that long to show off your handy work).
If you’re planning on having another child, you have a built in way to get rid of all of the extra clothes. You can put away the clothes that your baby grows out of in a storage area. Just make sure you launder everything when it comes back out for round two. Sure, it stinks to get hand-me-downs, but it is unlikely your infant will notice, let alone care.
If you’re looking for the perfect gift for the parents-to-be, nothing comes close to the gift of a wearable baby. Years ago, the only way to take your baby along was in a stroller or pram, or to carry her in your arms. All that changed with the introduction of the soft baby carrier, a way to carry your baby and still leave your arms and hands free for other things.
Wearable babies are not a concept new to this culture. Native American women carried their babies on papoose boards on their backs, or tucked close against their bodies with a swath of deerskin. In many countries, babies are tucked into sling carriers – pleated lengths of cloth that tie over one shoulder and support the baby against the opposite hip. There’s little doubt in anyone’s mind that babies who are ‘snugli’d’ are happier and more comfortable with being put down when it’s time to put them down.
Snugli, the name brand soft baby carrier that’s now distributed by Evenflo, brought the concept of the wearable baby back into popularity about 25 years ago. That was just about the time that my oldest daughter was born, and the idea of having her close to my heart fit so perfectly with all my beliefs about raising children that I had to have one. They weren’t easy to find at the time – and I ended up making one of my own, using a pattern that was passed from mother to mother in my La Leche League group. I can attest first-hand to the advantages of the wearable baby.
My Snugli was more than a way to carry my daughter. It was her soother. On afternoons when nothing would soothe her fussing, I’d tuck her into the Snugli where the warmth of my body and the rhythm of my movements calmed and reassured her. I learned to take advantage of the Snugli – I wore my baby while vacuuming the carpet, while walking to the store, while hiking through Purgatory Chasm. In winter, I wore her in her Snugli, cozy against my chest and simply buttoned my coat over the both of us together. When she was old enough to sit up by herself, I slipped it around to the back, and she rode it piggyback style – while her baby brother took her place in a new Snugli against my chest.
Snugli now makes a full range of soft and framed carriers for babies, to fit newborns to 18 months old. They’re available in a variety of patterns and colors, in winter weight and summer weight, and with varying degrees of padding. You can buy a Snugli at any Toys R Us, Kmart, Walmart or any one of dozens of other stores. While it might not technically be baby clothes, a Snugli is easily the most important thing your baby can wear.
Children are keen to show their independence from a very young age, and even small toddlers will try to do things by themselves without any help. This is a natural and important part of growing up, and they need a lot of support as they learn to do things on their own. Dressing is a particular area that many little ones try to master early on, by trying to put on and take off boys clothes or girls dresses all by themselves. Although early attempts often go wrong, children aged as young as two can in fact begin to learn how to dress themselves. This is actually an important milestone in the child’s development, as independent dressing should be established by the time they start attending school, when they will need to be able to change their own clothes for games and swimming lessons.
When choosing children’s clothes, look out for special design features in boys clothes and girls dresses that will encourage children to learn to dress themselves. Examples might include T-shirts, tops and dresses that are reversible, making it impossible for children to put them on back-to-front. Look for elasticated waistbands to make trousers easy to pull on and take off, as well as tops, dresses and trousers that are specially designed for small hands to slip on easily. Consider also how and where the clothes need to be fastened, as zippers with tabs that are easy for a child to grip and pull without any help, press-studs that are easy to fasten and buttons and buttonholes that are colour coordinated will all help to encourage independent dressing.
In practice, when choosing clothes that will help children learn to dress themselves, it is a good idea to choose several items with different design features that will aid self-dressing. When choosing girls dresses, look for a bold design on the front of the dress, to distinguish it from the back and encourage her to put it on the right way round. Similarly, when looking for boys clothes, t-shirts with different designs on the front and back make it easier for him to get it right. A Vertbaudet jacket with an easy-to-grip rubber pull-tab zip, or a reversible windcheater or hat that cannot be put on inside out are all useful items to consider.
Learning how to put on and fasten shoes is also very important for little ones, especially at nursery or school, where they may be changing their own shoes. Look for designs that slip on easily, with one-step tab fastenings made for little hands wherever possible. There are also design features that can help, such as pictures that show the child which shoe goes on which foot, for example a different design printed onto the sock of each shoe. This will help to make sure that the shoe goes onto the correct foot first time.
Children want to be able to do things on their own without any help, and young toddlers often become frustrated when parents and carers try to help them do something that they want to do all by themselves. By looking for boys clothes or girls clothes that your child will find easier to put on and take off with the minimal need for assistance, is a subtle way of helping out as they master the art of independent dressing. If a child feels confident in dressing themselves and changing their own clothes, then they really are growing up.
One of the great joys of preparing for a new arrival is shopping for all those tiny little clothes that the long awaited new member of your family will eventually wear. For mums-to-be, pregnancy can be a great excuse for a long shopping spree as they invest in a new wardrobe for themselves from one of the great maternity wear ranges, as well as picking out some super smart outfits for their soon to arrive offspring.
To make life even easier, Vertbaudet stock both maternity clothing essentials for mums and a selection of stunning outfits for little ones – making them a one stop shop for all new parents’ pre and post-birth needs.
Choosing Clothes for a New Arrival
What sort of clothes parents will choose ahead of a baby’s arrival will naturally depend in part on whether the parents have decided to learn the gender of their child in advance of the birth. In these instances it is normal for new parents to select a wardrobe based on pink hues for a girl or blue hues for a boy. If the baby’s sex is not known, many parents opt for a neutral base to their infant’s wardrobe opting instead for yellows, beiges and whites as the main colour choices.
However, while this is the accepted practise in the choosing of infant clothing, many providers of maternity wear and children’s ranges are well aware of the modern mother’s desire to retain a sense of individuality in not only her own clothing choices but also in the clothes her offspring will wear as well.
With this in mind brands like Vertbaudet offer a wide range of clothing for infants and children that eschew these common practices, offering instead exciting designs in colours that span the spectrum and can be equally suited to little girls and little boys alike.
Building Baby a Capsule Wardrobe
Every parent knows that infants go through clothes quickly. Post-feed spitting up, leaking nappies and the ever present but oh-so-sweet drooling habit may mean a number of changes throughout the day. For this reason, it is a great idea for parents shopping for an expected infant’s wardrobe to choose carefully in order that outfits might be easily mixed and matched.
Choosing a range of neutral base layers such as bodysuits and babygros is a great basis for any baby’s capsule wardrobe, and allows for the addition of outer layers such as trousers, shirts and cardigans in bolder colours to add a bit of individuality.
Choosing outer layers along a blending colour spectrum can be a great idea for parents as, if all items in the baby’s wardrobe match the others, certain pieces of an outfit can be easily changed with no need to substitute a whole outfit in the event of localised spillage or soiling.
Vertbaudet Offers Children’s Clothes for all Your Infant Outfit Needs
Parents shopping for a capsule wardrobe for an impending arrival will find everything they need in the Vertbaudet range, from the simplest of undergarments and soft, snugly nightwear to something a little more special for those exciting first outings. The wide selection of Vertbaudet baby clothing come in a wide spectrum of colours that range from naturals and neutrals to brighter and more eye catching hues, and expectant parent shoppers, as well as those looking for practical gifts, can choose from a wide range of infant essentials and extras to ensure that the baby is always suited and booted in style.
Do you want to shop some clothes for your baby? Mothers do not have to worry for Baby clothes any more. Dressing newborn infants is so much fun.
Your baby will need number of newborn clothing and linen items. Hence it is very important that you prepare yourself in advance for everything. Remember that new born grow very fast. Hence the clothes you will buy for them will quite likely have a very short life. So always buy two to five months older clothing. Here are some tips which will help you to make right choices for your baby.
Things to keep in mind while buying
Always buy enough clothes for you’re newly born to cover the three clothing changes in a day. Always opt for soft material, which are comfortable to wear and remove. Buy durable material, which is washable and long-lived. Buy baby clothes, which are durable else just one wash, would make them useless to wear. Always go for elastic waistbands and trousers. They are more comfortable for toddlers and easily adjustable. Try buying loose clothes they give plenty of room for a child to move his legs, such as leggings and sweats. Buy shapeless heels socks as they grow with your child. Avoid buying patterned socks, as the loose yarn from inside can catch in your baby’s toes.
What Baby Clothes to purchase?
Considering the fact that babies grow very fast, you will need to buy:
- Buy around 4-6 undershirts or ‘onesies’
- Buy around 3-8 nightgowns.
- Buy 1-2 baby sweaters especially for the winter season.
- Always keep a stock of Baby diapers ready
- Buy 1-2 sets of Baby towels. Since the skin of the baby is soft, always buy soft baby towels.
- Buy couple of pairs of baby socks
- Buy 2-3 blankets to protect them from cold.
Baby Clothes to Avoid
Avoid buying Mobile Baby Walkers: They promise many things but are useless at the end of the day. They can be dangerous for your child and also do not help the child to walk.
Avoid Buying Infant feeders: Avoid feeding Infant feeders for a newly born child. Mother’s milk is the best milk at this stage. Do not use solid foods until your baby is able to eat from a spoon. You can also consult your doctor for any information about the same.
Avoid using Swings hanged to doorframes: Avoid using swings, as they might be dangerous for your child.
Shopping online! Internet indeed is basking in the limelight considering the fact that it gives parents more options when it comes to finding and purchasing clothes and other items for their babies than ever before.
How about Hassles? How about long check-out lines? How about Traffics? And, how about not finding the right clothes for your baby even after those time-consuming, manual searches? This is why online shopping is emerging fast as a channel to bring the products right in front of you, with thousands to choose from. Indeed, the Internet has become an exciting tool that puts vast information just a click away.
Moreover, with the surging competitions amongst the online retailers, good deals, convenience, and choice abound on the Internet. But before you use what the sites has to offer, be “cyber” smart to make the most of your online experience.
Choices and offers at your disposal
Discounts: Interestingly, some of the best discount stores that sell baby clothes are some of the best online retailers. Each online retailer offers direct sales from their web site, and they have pretty almost everything you could need in terms of baby clothing, and offer it all at prices that won’t burn a hole through your pocket.
Designer Baby Clothes: Designers are going online at last! From Chic Baby clothing to punk and trendy wears, online shopping offers you much beyond your travel experiences to the outlets.
Just Browse! With literally hundreds of websites offering baby clothes at all price ranges and designed to meet all specifications, just keep browsing –compare pricings, and just pick your choice.
Follow these principles while baby clothes online
- Keep a tab on the kind of material and the quality the online retailer is offering.
- Consider unisex clothes even if you are buying a baby cloth before the baby’s actual birth. This is the beat part of a baby’s cloth.
- Make the most of online offers. Online offers are much below the other offers made by physical retailers because online retailers need not maintain an outlet to showcase their merchandise. Since they are not spending in maintaining a physical outlet, they can offer you products much cheaper.
- Consider the pros and cons of the baby cloth features. You might not end up disappointed upon delivery of the product.
Follow these basic rules while shopping online for your baby clothes
This guideline is not only for shopping your baby’s clothes, but for you to consider while shopping for any merchandize online: Use a secure server and browser with industry security standards before you enter credit card information online; research the target site and verify the companies for authentication through contact information such as business name, address and telephone numbers; avoid using debit cards and consider calling up to take in your orders instead; and print out information on your order when you place it and keep the copies.
Following these tips will protect you from getting ripped while shopping online.
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Confused by the phrase ‘Long and Lean’ following Baby Clothes? Well, this article works both ways to reduce the confusion of those online baby cloth hunters. And surprisingly, most of the optimized searches will disappoint you if you are either searching clothes meant for your long and lean babies, or clothes to make your baby look long and lean! Confusing, right?
For those who have been thinking that buying a baby’s cloth is just a child’s play, note that baby clothes have their whole of rules. And as they begin their growth, you will realize that your baby should be understood in terms of their growth and gender in order to meet their needs. Let us take a peek into what makes these criteria a must for those parents shopping for baby clothes.
The Long and the Lean
It is believed that the condition of birth determines what a child will look like when it grows up. But there is no way to predict exactly the rate of their growth. However, recent studies have claimed that heavy babies tend to grow up fat and long babies tend to grow up tall. But this may be contestable.
Sizing a baby’s clothing: the Long and the Lean
Parents might be often asking: “What do I need to buy for my lean or fat baby?” Though a baby’s clothes comes in sizes shown by months, as in 0-3 months, this question calls in for a different set of solution. How do you know that this is a standard? There are four fundamental flaws in this standard:
1. The sizes of babies vary enormously. And the manufacturers might claim that a particular size is the standard of your baby’s age group.
2. The growth of babies varies, ranging from slow to rapid. And some babies might be double the size of their same age group.
3. The shape also varies. Some children might outgrow their clothes; clothes made for round babies might stop snapping at the crotch well before they hit their supposed limit.
4. Different manufacturers have their own specific standards. This considerably confuses parents while buying clothes for their babies.
So what do we do? Does one need to buy by weight, or size, or age group? A baby’s age stage is the most confusing stage indeed! And, parents will be likely to keep buying clothes to keep up with the alterations in the baby’s growth – size, weight, length, and shape.
The best advice is not to buy very expensive clothes for this stage. You will not be able to keep up with the speed a baby soils the clothes. However, ensure that the clothes are friendly with your child.
And remember that we cannot help the fluctuations in a baby’s growth; while searching clothes for your long and lean baby, or clothes to make your baby look long and lean, just be patient. We all have been through it as babies!