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What’s most important to you when choosing baby clothes? Share with Baby Boden - £200 voucher to be won(324 Posts)
Whether you’re purchasing for your own baby or as a gift for a loved one, selecting newborn baby clothes can be a really special experience. However, there can be a lot to consider, so in celebration of their new organic cotton newborn range, Baby Boden would like to hear what’s important to you when choosing baby clothes.
Here’s what Boden has to say: “Baby Boden is excited to share its brand new newborn organic cotton range. In a selection of aww-inspiring designs with Boden signature details, the new collection is made from snuggly soft organic cotton which is kinder to the planet and gentle on the softest of skin.
The collection features snuggly zip-up sleepsuits, bodies in packs of 3, reversible styles, dresses, hats, dungarees, and also gift sets ranging from 4 to 7 pieces, which all come in a matching fabric bag or a beautiful Baby Boden gift box - perfect for gifting new parents who are expecting a new arrival. The whole range is machine washable, and carefully constructed with the safety and comfort of little ones in mind so you don’t have to worry.”
Do you put a lot of thought into the fabric of your baby’s clothes, perhaps preferring organic cotton? Is it important to you that your baby’s clothes are as soft as possible? Perhaps your clothing choices are influenced by the fabric’s effect on your baby’s skin? Or are you most interested in the washability and longevity of your choices? Maybe you’re most interested in the placement of poppers, buttons or zips, to ensure it’s convenient when you need to do a swift nappy change?
All who share what they believe to be most important when purchasing baby clothes will be entered into a prize draw where one MNer will win a £200 Boden voucher.
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It's important to me that they are cotton, and feel soft to the touch, easy to get on and off - poppers in the right places. I would always check the washing instructions on the item of clothing, and go for neutral colours so I could use them again - or pass them on to other mums.
Before I had a baby I used to be swayed by the designs or texture of clothes, cute little sets and things that matched...
After having a baby I now look for anything that can be chucked in the washing machine with a general load of laundry. There is nothing worse than having a lovely outfit which has impractical washing instructions clearly designed by someone who has never had to endure the never ending laundry pile of a parent with a newborn who has reflux. 😂😂
Ease of dressing - no fiddly fasters, they can be tumble dried, no nylon, well made with good seams, poppers not buttons on the crotch, organic cotton appeals - but tends to be more expensive, so any good quality material would suffice - I would, if buying on line look at past buyers feedback for reassurance that the products were of a good quality and a suitable size for the age group they are intended.
Design, price, softness, how well they wash.
Soft, ideally organic, cotton. Easy to put on/take off and do nappy changes.
* Not made using any child labour
* Decent gender neutral range (and not just a few cream and lemon items, I mean a whole range in a wide variety of colours and designs that are not separated into "girls" and "boys" sections)
* Soft and comfortable - no bulky denim, no zips, no hard waistbands etc
* Practical for frequent washing and changing - nothing that will take ages to do up for example!
* Pre shrunk fabric, so the clothes don't go a funny baggy shape with twisted seams in the first wash
The designs of the clothes, I like bold colours, it's also important that they will be comfortable for my DS to wear and hard-wearing. We LOVE baby Boden in our house!
2. Ease of use - yes to carefully covered zips
3. Avoid stereotypical gender patterns. No, my baby boy didn't like diggers or dinosaurs.
4. Unique patterns, if buying from somewhere like Boden.
Price and practicality, ie easy fastenings and easy to wash. They grow out of clothes so quickly that it's not worth spending a lot, and designs and just irrelevant.
Organic cotton, soft and easy to put on and take off are the most important. Under six months mostly vest and sleep suits. Definitely not sleep suits that go over the head with poppers on for tiny babies - they are a pain x
Price, design, durability, how they wash and if they shrink when theyre tumble dried
Easy to put on and remove, stays soft after washing. No fiddly washing instructions
How easy is it to get to her nappy? Can I get it on and off without going over head, as she will cry. Is it good quality and will last more than one baby? Can I just chuck it in the machine? How expensive is it, especially as she Will be out of it in couple months. Will it accommodate a cloth nappy? Is the design nice? Prefer to buy something for a baby rather than it has to be girl/ boy clothes a. It's useful if you don't know sex, b. Useful if you save the clothes for next baby, c. I love dinosaurs but tend to find them in boys clothes and d. I don't dress in sickly pink so why would my daughter.
Ease of dressing - before having my own children I'd buy any babies I knew the cute little button through shirts & trousers with braces etc that looked very cool but must have been a nightmare to wrestle a baby into!
When I had a child they just wore whatever was easiest!
Also they need to wash well.
Colours, materials, and this is true especially for boys. I hate the way UK clothes for male babies and youth are so restricted in their colours and types of material. Have some fun with it all.
There are lots of things that are important to me in baby clothes for a new baby.
Soft, stretchy cotton.
Thoughtful placement of fasteners and eg embroidery or appliqués so they don't rub, or press into skin when the baby is lying down.
Easy to put on or take off for nappy changes. You don't always want to have to remove the whole outfit.
Careful design. I don't want something for a baby that rides up and bunches uncomfortably or gives them a cold back.
I like clothes with fold back cuffs and ankles so they can last a bit longer and fit a wider range of sizes.
I would always prefer baby clothes with printed care instructions rather than scratchy labels.
Washing well, good quality fabric is important.
Nicely patterned fabrics are the icing on the cake.
I'm expecting my first, so my preferences might change with experience. But for now, what I look for us ideally:
- soft cotton, organic if possible.
- comfort and simplicity - when the baby is a newborn, I doubt I'll be dressing them in "outfits".
- varied gender neutral options. I'm not finding out the sex before birth and also wouldn't be keen on my baby being pigeonholed/ having gender stereotypes applied. So I'm keen on a mix of neutral and bright shades.
- some with fun patterns. I especially love nature inspired patterns.
- things to make dressing easier. Poppers still confuse me a bit so I like it when there's a different coloured one to help you know where to start!
- and ethical manufacture if at all possible
Comfort is important to me, so cotton only and nothing tight, restrictive or itchy. I like it when someone has clearly thought about comfort, like little pouches over zips to stop them rubbing, fold over bits on snow suits to stop little hands getting cold etc.
I've had a few zipped babygrows which were amazing for ease!
Absolutely the most important thing is the ease and comfort of dressing my DD and the quality of the material for it to be durable enough to cope with a fair few washes.
I also do look for pretty, bright clothes because I love picking them out for her and they bring us all so much joy!
Most important thing is that the fabric is soft and cuddly cotton not irritating newborn skin. As less seams as possible and just the right thickness of the fabric. Also important for me personally is how planet friendly the process of making it is and how it is packaged and what else the brand is doing to offset their carbon footprint.
Comfort and practicality. Something that's quick and easy to get off when it's been vommed all over'
That they don’t take 4 months to arrive like my last children’s Boden order did.
Firstly I want it to be comfy for my little girl, no buttons or seams in places that look like they would irritate.
Secondly, I like clothes that reflect her little personality. She is sunny and mischievous and doesn't look right in big bows and frills!