Thursday, April 19, 2007

Shopping Tips for the Little Ones

As kids grow up, it is important to know how to provide the clothes they need, when they need them. Clothing is one of the most basic human needs, yet many kids go deprived because parents feel stifled by the costs of children’s clothes. The truth is, it doesn’t have to be an outrageous cost if you know what you are looking for and if you have a little bit of a strategy throughout the years. Don’t let money keep you from keeping your kid’s well clothed.
When acquiring clothes for babies, especially newborns, be sure to register the fact that they are going to grow very, very fast. So many parents and baby gift givers don’t consider this fact and parents end up with a ton of clothes that their babies can never even wear. If you have clothes that are in the zero to 3-month range, exchange them as soon as you can for sizes 6 to 9 or even 12 months. It is okay to have baggier clothes when they are really young. Most babies spend most of their time wrapped up in blankets anyway. When you do go out shopping for infant clothes, check value or resale stores first. You will be surprised at the plethora of baby clothes. Babies grow out of their clothes long before the clothes wear out. You can also save some steps by browsing the childrens clothing hanger racks every time you are out buying diapers or other necessities. This way you can pounce on the sales that might come up. As your little tike grows into a toddler, keep your eye out for clothes that come on and off easily so they can learn to dress themselves and have a little easier time during “potty-training.”
The most important thing to do as your kids grow is taking inventory and knowing what they have and need to get rid of. Each season should begin with a sorting of all of your kid’s clothes to find out what is needed and what needs to be sold or given away. By doing this you can make a seasonal, clothes shopping list that provides the basic categories of needed clothes like outerwear, jeans, etc. Seasonal outerwear should always be bought large to make room for growth in future seasons. These items can be especially costly, and you will find that your kids don’t mind having their clothes a bit baggy at this age. The frequency of laundry in your home will determine how many sets of clothes they really need. By this time, your kids will also beginning having opinions about what they like in clothes. It is definitely okay to listen to their input. If they don’t like particular clothes, odds are they will spend all their time wearing the clothes they do like and wasting the clothes they don’t.
Finding the right children’s retail provides is a vital task to keeping clothes shopping simple. Perhaps try out a new one every year, but try to stick to the old faithful stores. There is no need to add more stress than already exists. By joining frequent-buyer programs and signing up for online new letters, you will be alerted of the current sales and products, and some retailers even offer warranty programs for clothes that wear out too early, and to prevent this, buy durable basic clothes such as jeans and t-shirts. Check out the quality of their design before buying anything. You don’t want them to come apart in the first wash. Buttons and zippers are especially likely targets for kid clothes malfunction.
Be smart about searching for kid’s clothing. It doesn’t have to break the family budget if you spend a little time sorting, planning, and consulting with your kids. Buying new clothes should be a fun experience that you and your family can enjoy.

About the Author: Ron Maier is the owner of Only Kids Hangers, a leading provider of childrens clothes hangers. For more information, please visit>.


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