The Tipping List
Clothing a baby using new math
By: Janya Veranth
When it comes to baby clothes, deciphering sizes is one of those confounding new-mommyhood rites of initiation that none of your friends tell you about. To help those of you who are expecting, here are the nuances of babywear that your friends forgot to mention:
- When you’re expecting your first baby, you will get a million and one new baby outfits. Do not – seriously, do not- register for baby clothes. Believe me; you will get more than all the closets in your house can handle.
- The size of baby clothes has nothing to do with age. Just because an outfit is labeled “3 months” does not mean it will fit your 3-month-old. It may or may not fit your newborn, and it may or may not fit your 6-month-old. Don’t make the same mistake I made and wait until your child is 2 months old to try on 3-month- old sizes. You will be crushed and dumbfounded to find out you missed the opportunity to put your kid in all those cute outfits you got at the baby shower because he’s already too big!
- If you really want your child to wear some super cute get-up, but think he’s not big enough yet, then refer to rule number two. Baby clothes aren’t as big as they appear. Once you get a squirmy baby and a bulky diaper into an outfit, it might just fit. If something doesn’t fit one day, then keep trying it every day until it does (maybe even several times in the same day) or else you’ll miss your opportunity for wear.
- Accept every hand-me-down anyone ever gives you. Period.
- Children grow at an ungodly rate so don’t get too attached to one thing. If there’s a particular outfit/pair of shoes/hat etc. that you truly love, then buy one in every size it comes in.
- Avoid feeling like you are “set for life” when you look at your baby’s overflowing closet. One day you will wake up and your baby will have nothing, absolutely nothing, to wear. Be sure you have clothes lined up for several months in advance or at least a dog sweater to wrap your kid in when it’s time to go shopping for more clothes.
- Lastly, learn from babies. They never feel bad about themselves when they are wearing sizes bigger than their friends. Ultimately, babies wear what fits and what’s comfy irrespective of what the label says.
Tell us: What has been your experience with baby clothing sizes?