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#1 Posted : Friday, 10 April 2009 2:58:33 PM(UTC)

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It's exiting to buy clothes for a new baby but don't get so carried away that you overspend. Whatever sizing manufacturers use, make sure you buy clothes big enough to last your baby until she is at least tow months old. Clothing that is slightly too big won't bother a baby and will provide better value than the newborn size, which they'll quickly outgrow. Buy only clothing that is machine-washable and colorfast. Clothing should permit easy access to the child's nappy so that undressing time is minimal. Buy stretch towelling suits with press=studs in the crotch or down the front and leg. In the early weeks you may find it easy to use nightdresses, which can simply be lifted up when you need to change the baby. Babies hate having their faces covered, so buy clothes, which open down the front or have wide envelope necks. Clothes which fasten in front eliminate the need to turn the baby over during dressing. Material should be soft and comfortable with no hard seams or rough stitching - check the neck and waistband before buying. Choose towelling, cotton or pure wool clothes or if you buy clothes or if you buy clothes made of man-made fibres, check that they feel soft and comfortable. Buy non-flammable clothing and avoid lacy shawls or cardigans. A baby's tiny fingers can easily get caught in the holes. Avoid white - it gets dirty quickly and needs more care when washing. Bright colors are just as appropriate for children as pastels. If you buy a hat select one with a chin strap, or sew some ribbons on. Many babies hate wearing hats and pull them off unless they are secured under their chins. Clothes with press-studs at the neck quite often last longer. Babies often outgrow clothes because their heads can no longer fit through the neck opening. Press-suds can be left undone to accommodate the head. As your baby spends less time sleeping, and more time moving about, she's going to require more clothes. These will need to be suitable for various weather conditions (rain, cold, sun) and they'll also have to be tough enough to withstand active use. Once babies can crawl they need sturdy protection for their knees: once they can walk they need well-fitting shoes to protect their feet. Towelling, cottons and corduroys are good materials for children's clothes. When children are learning how to dress or undress themselves avoid clothes with zippers or fancy fastenings. Use those with elasticised waists as long as possible. It is a good idea to keep children's measurements in a notebook while they're growing quickly. Make sure you take new measurements frequently. Buy unisex clothes whenever you can so that these can be handed down to other children. There is no reason why a girl shouldn't wear boys' clothes - they are usually sturdier anyway. Buy outdoor clothes on the large side so that extra layers can be worn underneath. These clothes are often more expensive, so buy sized large enough for a child to grow into. Brightly-colored clothes are as useful as they are cheering. They make your toddlers easy to spot should they wander off. Buy patterned undershirts that can double up as T-shirts and put extra buttons on braces and shoulder straps so that they can be gradually lengthened as your child gets taller. Tube socks (without shaped heels) will "grow" with the child. Buy all socks in the same brand and the same color so that you don't have trouble matching them. For articles of clothing like pyjamas, try to stick to one brand, one color and one design. You can then match up trousers and tops from various pairs when your child's size and proportions change. Clothes with elasticised waistbands and trousers or skirts with shoulder straps enable you to let them down as children grow. Avoid fitted clothes and man-made fabrics which can make your child uncomfortably hot. A loose coat, like a duffel coat, should last two winters - one as a coat with the sleeves rolled back, and the second as a jacket with the sleeves at their usual length. Some sleepsuits have plastic soles on the feet. So that your child's fee don't sweat, cut a small hole in the middle to let the air circulate. Basic clothing for a summer baby could include: - Four summer-weight one-piece stretch suits - one with short sleeves and legs - Four wide-necked cotton T-shirts or undershirts - One summer hat with brim (soft) - Two woollen jackets or cardigans - Two nightdresses - Two pairs of bootees or cotton socks - One shawl or receiving blanket Basic clothing for a winter baby could include: - Four wide-necked cotton undershirts - Four one-piece stretch suits (long sleeves and legs)/dresses or nighties - One woollen hat - Four woollen cardigans or jackets - Two pairs of mittens - Two pairs of woollen socks or bootees - One shawl Australian Sizes: (smallest) 000 00 0 1 2 3 4 etc - = First Year = Approx. Age in Years It is recommended that you buy 00 for your newborn. Basic Toiletries: A cake of UNPERFUMED soap (e.g. "Beals" Baby soap or "Pears") Massage oil (e.g. coconut) Nappy change ointment (e.g. Lucas Papaw or vaseline) Basic Manchester:Cotton Bunny Rugs x 6 Fitted cot sheets x 2 Cot size blanket Sheepskins: must be "Clipped": 1 x "cot" size" 1 x "bassinette" size Note: Baby's things must NOT be stored in NAPTHALENE.

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