You may be an expert at buying clothes for yourself, but buying for children is a whole different story. Heaven forbid an itchy seam touches their body, and they go through the roof! So here’s a shortlist of five things to remember when buying for little ones.
Turn the garment inside out and look at the stitches. Kids put different demands on their clothing. They roll around on the floor, bounce on furniture and brush into things. Most cheaper garments use only three threads. Two on each side of the seam, and one to connect the two pieces together. That means if just one piece of thread breaks, you’ll develop a hole. Whenever possible, use a “4 stitch overlock.” This extra thread prevents holes and helps the garment keep its shape longer.
Easy to Put on and Take Off
Enter The Big Me Collection by Zippy! The Zippy Big Me Collection is a great option and starts kids on the road to self-dressing. It has easy button-up shirts, with a colourful line showing where they should start with the buttonhole for easy dressing. The pants are also just as nifty and have snap buttons up to size 5/6 for those who have not yet mastered the fine motor skills to use the bathroom unassisted. Even the footwear is designed to prompt children into knowing the difference between the left and right shoes.
Are Easy to Mix and Match
Shopping separates usually gives your child a lot of flexibility when mixing and matching pieces. In this way, they can have multiple outfits with only a few different items. When it comes to mixing and matching, it’s essential to have a base of solid neutral colours like grey, black or denim bottoms. Denim bottoms can coordinate with various tops and shirts with patterns, styles, or adornments. If your kids are wearing solid bottoms, let them show their style with a fun shirt. Also, while shopping in solid colours that can easily match any tops with attractive styles is essential, you don’t have to limit your options to neutrals all the same. If you want to give your kid a bold statement, you can pair their clothes with other colours. But, limit your colour to a maximum of three for each outfit.
Are Machine Washable
Always check the care label. If the garment requires special washing or dry cleaning, you’re going to be the one doing all the work. Parents are busy enough as is! All children’s garments should be easy to care for. Just machine wash and tumble dry low.
Empower your Children
Helpful hint for all those new mummies out there: Once the kids start dressing themselves, make it your business to empower them to make their own decisions. Here are some reasons why you want your kiddos to be able to dress themselves even at a young age:
● It’s good for their self-esteem.
● It’s a form of self-expression.
● It’s good for their fine motor skills. (Think buttons and snaps.)
● It’s good for their gross motor skills. (Think balancing while putting on pants.)
● It stimulates their learning. (Think warm clothes for cold weather.)
The added benefit for you? Perhaps, this means you can get out of the house just a little bit faster? Or, if they like what they are wearing, they will be more apt to model their clothes and smile for the camera!