Buying clothes for your children can be a stressful experience. Looking for high-quality clothes, for your own child, or as a gift for another child, can be made easier with a few tips and tricks to help to make the search easier.
Unlike adult clothes sizes, kids’ clothes are often linked with their age or even weight. This means for those who don’t have children, just knowing the age of the child will help when buying for another child.
Clothes sizes like baby swimwear, for example, will go from ‘Tiny Baby’, 0-3 months, increasing in 3-6 month intervals as babies grow, right up to 15-16 years old where children will possibly begin to wear clothes in adult sizes anyway.
If you’re unsure what size the child is, pick something at least one size bigger than the child’s age- some children grow faster than others, but for those who don’t, the child will grow into the item eventually.
Going Age Appropriate
As well as making sure that the clothes fit the baby or child, it is also important that the clothes are fit for purpose, too. For example, when choosing clothing for a baby it is important that they won’t irritate their skin- choose soft fabrics that are easy to remove and that are easily washable.
Toddlers will need clothes that are durable, as once they start walking, they will need to make sure that the items of clothing are safe from tripping and choking hazards, so should be free of loose or detachable parts.
Kids’ clothing should be of good quality, safe, and comfortable for wearing as they transition and grow.
Thanks to end-of-season sales and the predictability of the growth of children, it’s easy to buy clothing suited to kids that will be great for the following year, too.
Most clothing options are available all year round without seasonal scaled prices- this means you can buy your girls and boys swimwear in the winter or springtime at a marked-down price.
The same goes for their winter coats- these can be expensive during peak season, so it’s always handy to have something available for when the chill hits.
Unless donned with sandcastles and sea creatures, T-shirts are excellent layering tools to create other, more diverse looks. Choose long-sleeve tops, shirts, and dresses to create a mix-and-match look.
You can’t talk about how to buy kids clothes without thinking of their feet, too. As kids grow, buying shoes can be incredibly expensive as they could only last a few months before they need to go up to the next size- but equally, it is really important that they are comfortable and supportive so as not to make them trip over and fall.
Having well-fitting shoes will ensure that they don’t cause any foot problems as their feet grow.
Go to a professional to get their feet measured properly. Kids will only need a few pairs of shoes to see them through the year- for example- a pair of trainers, boots, sandals, and school shoes.
Kids will develop their own sense of style over time. Keep them cool, without overspending!
Do you have any tips for buying kids’ clothing?
Because of their heights, both my 11 and 13 year old wear adult clothing now. To be honest the sizing is much more straightforward now!
I can imagine it being easier to shop for them now.
I try to purchase the children’s clothing at least a season or two ahead to try to take advantage of sales and reductions
I do that too!
I have a couple of nice smart go to pieces and the rest is cheap and cheerful from primark or H&M
Oh nice 😊
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