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If you’ve made it through the first year of being a parent without going crazy from sleep deprivation, then congratulations! Now that your child is moving into the toddler phase, there’s a whole host of new challenges ahead of you. Like with a baby, one of the big things you need to think about is clothing. Getting the right clothing can make life easier for both you and your child, so here are some pointers on what to look for…
Make Sure it Fits
Sizes that end in ‘T’ are specifically designed for toddlers, providing extra room in the bottom area for diapers. 2Ts are made for two-year-olds, 3Ts for three-year-olds, and so on. It can help to go clothes shopping for your toddler in person, as they may be growing slightly behind or ahead of the curve.
Buy for Easy Dressing and Undressing
Your toddler’s going to be full of energy, and once they discover that they can toddle around on their own accord, it’s going to become pretty hard to get them to cooperate from time to time. With this in mind, make a point of getting a lot of stretchy clothes that you’ll be able to get on and off your child easily, even when they’ve got other ideas! Furthermore, when they’re ready to start dressing themselves, these kinds of clothes will make it easier for them.
Toddlers grow fast, and they also get into all kinds of messy situations with their newfound freedom of movement! With this in mind, you should avoid buying any clothes that are delicate or precious, and stick to toddler costumes that are resistant to stains. You may want to keep an eye out for reversible clothes as well. If you’re at the park with your child and they get messy, you can simply turn the outfit inside out, and take your toddler straight to that lunch with the aunts and uncles.
Durability for Winter
All toddlers will need a big, puffy coat and waterproof boots from November through to April. Obviously, you don’t want to spend too much on a piece of clothing they’re going to outgrow in no time, but when you’re in the market for these winter clothes, it’s recommended that you buy something of a high quality. Shopping for decent materials will ensure your toddler stays warm and comfortable, and the clothes will last longer, meaning you can hand it down or give it to someone in the family.
Go a Size Up
Kids grow faster than you’d believe, so if you’re ever in doubt about how something will fit them, buy clothes a size up. This will ensure that you don’t have to buy new clothes a few days after you just went shopping. Remember, you can always cuff the sleeves and legs, or nip in a waistband. The only real exception here is their jammies. These are more comfortable for little ones as a snug fit, and pose much less of a fire hazard than loose-fitting ones.