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Baby Shopping

Baby Shopping

We often go overboard when shopping for our first baby, and end up with a lot more than we need or will ever find use for. Here's help with shopping smart.


Baby clothes

Do not go overboard shopping for baby's clothes, especially for the 0-3 months size. Most of your friends will gift baby clothes, and chances are you will be unable to use all of these before your baby outgrows them - so there's little point in you purchasing many clothes yourself. Instead, pick up a few initially, and then pick up others as you need them, after factoring in presents, and when you get a better idea of what works.

Avoid picking up too many one-piece outfits. Your baby will outgrow clothes that buckle under the crotch far too quickly. Similarly, her legs may become too long to fit into those one-piece rompers much before you expected them to. Mothers tend to carry on forcing babies into rompers even after baby has outgrown them, because the tag says 0-3 months. Doing this will only prevent your baby from kicking around as much, and getting the exercise she needs for speedy development.

Another problem with one-pieces is that if your baby wets it, she will need an entire change of outfit. However, if she wets a skirt, you can simply pull it off and put her in another one. Thus your best bet would be to pick up separate pieces of skirts, pants and tops. Your baby will be able to wear these even beyond the standard 0-3 months. Depending on the style of the top, even if it gets short (but not tight), she can wear it in warmer weather, with her tummy peeking out.


Don't forget to pick up tops that button up in front, so you don't need to keep pulling them up over your baby's head.

Also, remember that for the first couple of months your baby will be wrapped up in sheets and few people will see those adorable designer brands she's wearing. Save those for when she starts going to school, if and when it matters to her.


Nappies

Pick up at least 20 cloth nappies. Slightly padded nappies help keep your baby's clothes and sheets dry as they hold more urine, so it is worth investing in these. These padded nappies are washable.


Diaper holders

Instead of picking up plastic panties with elastic bands, purchase 3-4 plastic diaper holders with Velcro. Line a plastic diaper holder with a cloth nappy instead of with a diaper, and snap up your baby in it. You will not even need safety pins to hold up the nappy, and your baby's clothes and sheets will stay pretty dry.

In the first month or two, make your baby wear only cloth nappies. This will minimise diaper rash. Also, in the first couple of months your baby will possibly pass stools around 7-8 times a day, and diapers are not of much use at this time as they only absorb urine and not stools. Once your baby starts passing stools once a day or once in 2-4 days, you can put her in a diaper at night so you don't need to keep changing her and she stays dry until the morning.      


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Shilpa
Shilpa.3 years ago
I agree. We parents tend to get over excited and end up buying stuff that we hardly need for our babies. In a rush to give the best to our kids we tend to make mistakes by spending on something that we hardly need or might not be useful after 3-4 months of use. super amazing advices & tips on parenting and baby growth!
 
 
 
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Premi
Premi.7 years ago
We were facing the similar problem for my kids and was sure is a challenge for many parents. Hence we came up with Maccopacco.com to help parents buy online the best quality at the most affordable price.
 
 
 
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simran
simran.8 years ago
Your article was quite informative...which online baby products portals do you suggest? I have heard about babeezworld from a friend of mine she was praising it...wat is your opinion about this portal or if you can recommend me some other as i usually do online shopping due to lack of time...
 
 
 
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Mom Of Two
Mom Of Two.10 years ago
buy tons of bibs and burp cloths. babies spit and drool all the time and you will need lots of bibs.
 
 
 
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Mom Of Two
Mom Of Two.10 years ago
buy tons of bibs and burp cloths. babies spit and drool all the time and you will need lots of bibs.
 
 
 
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