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Children's Clothing Buying Guide

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They grow up so fast. Before you know it, you'll be shopping for children's clothing when those cute little kids have outgrown their baby clothes. You'll want to get great deals on clothes for children of all ages. Fortunately, this children's clothing buying guide will provide you with some basic information and tips to help you get the most children's clothes for your money.

Buying Children's Clothing:

  1. Newborn and infant clothes. If you're pregnant, you'll want to make sure you have enough baby clothes before the little guy or girl arrives. Buy newborn clothes on the big side to avoid too-small baby clothing; keep tags attached to return items if you need to. You'll also consider the time of year your baby will be born. Summer newborn clothes should be loose-fitting and breathable to keep your baby from getting rashes, while winter clothes should include hats, mittens and booties. Baby clothing sizes are based on months, usually noted with an M after a number. The system is based on the sizes of average babies at certain ages, but keep in mind that some babies will be bigger or smaller than average. For that reason, it's good to know the body sizes baby clothes are made to fit. The approximate measurements are as follows for baby clothes:

  2. 0-3M (S): 19-23 inches long, 4-11 pounds

  3. 3-6M (M): 24-26 inches, 12-15 pounds

  4. 6-9M (L): 27-28 inches, 16-18 pounds

  5. 12M (S): 29-30 inches, 19-20 pounds

  6. 18M (M): 31-32 inches, 21-23 pounds

  7. 24M (L): 33-35 inches, 24-28 pounds

  8. Toddler clothing. As your baby grows from an infant to a toddler, you'll want durable toddler clothing that will last through all the crawling and falling. You can't go wrong with cotton toddler clothing; toddler clothes are soft yet long-lasting and easy to maintain. With regards to cleaning, you're probably better off buying inexpensive toddler clothing; your little boy or girl will be very active. Toddler clothing sizes are based on children's ages in years. You can tell it's a toddler size by the T after the number. Here are the approximate measurements for toddler clothes:

  9. 2T (S): 33-35.5 inches tall, 24-28 pounds

  10. 3T (M): 36-38.5 inches, 28.5-32 pounds

  11. 4T (L): 39-41 inches, 33-36 pounds

  12. Children's clothing. Your kids have their own personalities and tastes. Even when it comes to fashion, they know what they want. So before you go shopping online for kids' clothes, talk with your children about what they would like. A few basic T-shirts make a good start. Your children can wear them alone in summer or as undershirts in winter. T-shirts are also the easiest clothes for children to wash and dry. No special care is needed -- a major plus in kids' clothes. When purchasing both girls' clothing and boys' clothing, you'll probably want two or three pairs of jeans. Jeans are perfect for school and play, and the grass stains will wash right out. The "buy big" rule applies here, too. If you buy children's clothes just a little big, your kids will have more time to wear the clothes before outgrowing them, which saves you money in the long run. Both boys' clothing and girls' clothing follow the same sizing parameters from ages 4 to 6, then split, as the sizes no longer coordinate with age.

  13. 4 (S): 42-44 inches tall, 37-41 pounds

  14. 5 (M): 45-47 inches, 42-46 pounds

  15. 6 (L): 48-49 inches, 47-53 pounds

  16. 6x/7 (XL): 50-51 inches, 54-58 pounds

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