Should I Shop for Baby Clothes by Age or Weight?

Should I Shop for Baby Clothes by Age or Weight?

Rossi Alexander |

Shopping for baby clothes can be tricky. New parents may not know whether they need to shop for newborn baby clothes by age or by weight. A newborn can grow 1/2 to 1 inch every month. They may also gain 100-250 grams per week between birth and six months. Therefore, a common mistake that parents make is purchasing their baby’s clothes based purely on age.

Every baby and child grows differently, but no-matter how quickly or slowly your baby grows or if they are tall or short, finding and choosing clothes that fit your baby can be challenging. Luckily, with the right strategy, you can buy the right size based on both the age and weight factor. With that in mind, keep reading to learn more about buying baby clothes online.

How to Buy Baby Clothes Online

If you are shopping online, it can be tricky. Not to worry, we are here to help. Here are some factors to consider:

  • Age
  • Weight
  • Length

Most infant clothes sizes are based on averages. Babies develop at different rates; not every 5-month-old will fit into 3-6-month apparel. When it's time to refresh your child's closet, here are the best newborn baby clothes strategies:

Conduct Research

Different brands come in a variety of sizes. Certain brands come in longer or shorter lengths, as well as smaller or bigger sizes. Before buying the item, check their websites for an individual baby clothes size chart to confirm.

Buyer beware! While conducting your research, we highly recommend checking where the clothes are shipped from. Over the past few years, there have been a number of online baby clothes shops popping up that ship directly from manufacturers overseas or state their shipping times can be up to 60 days. If you see this in the shipping information, that means this company does not have any quality control and you can purchase 3 items all the same size but when they arrive they are vastly different.

When doing your research, you want to buy clothing for your newborn baby from a store that is in Australia.

Recognise the Significance of the Labels

The term "size 0-3 months" often refers to garments that suit infants up to three months old. Most newborns will be in size 0000 (newborn size) for 2-6 weeks and then move to size 000 | 0-3 months.

From size 000 | 0-3 months, it is best to check approx weight and length of garment on the size chart. Remember, every baby grows differently and similar to adult clothes, the sizes vary from brand to brand.

Buy Your Baby's Clothes According to Height & Weight

Because baby's come in different shapes and sizes, we recommend buying your baby clothing based on height and weight recommendations provided by the brand.

Most reputable infant clothing companies provide size charts with approximate weight and age or height and age.

If you are unsure, you may want to check with the brand to see if they can provide a garment length measurement. If you have a tall and slim baby, you might need a larger size than the recommended age on the label.

Consider the Fabric

Your infant may go through many clothes each day from spit-ups and blowouts. This means crazy laundry days. Cotton textiles are comfortable and recommended against newborn skin. However, if the washing / care instructions are not followed, they tend to shrink.

Some brands shrink more than others, this is because during the manufacturing process, some cottons are washed and pre-shrunk. This is an added expense to the manufacturing process, so this step is sometimes skipped to save on costs.
Buying newborn clothes that are made from cotton / spandex blend can distort and become "thin" over time as the spandex stretches and loses its elasticity.
The number one rule in the baby clothes buying guide is to purchase a larger size. Babies grow quickly and can always grow into clothes...

How Many Pieces of Baby Clothing in Each Size Do You Need?

Babies need a variety of items; the most important one is clothes. To prevent being overwhelmed and overpaying, you can purchase in small increments. We recommend buying 1-3 items from a single brand at a time. Once you "get to know" the brand, you can stock up on items and have confidence they will fit.
As a guide, you should cater for 3-5 outfits a day. This should allow a day without having to do washing. You may want to purchase more or less depending on your baby. For example, newborns may have more poo explosions than a 6 month old who has started solids. Or you may need extra layers in cold weather.

Think about and consider how often you would wash their clothes? If you want to only do washing every couple of days, you might need more clothes!

Embrace Trial & Error

Due to size disparities across brands and manufacturers, you should try different clothing brands. This helps you see which one suits your baby's physique. Once you've determined the ideal brand, transitioning to the next size is easier.

Shop Online at Bespoke Baby for Quality Baby Clothes

Congratulations, you now have a new bundle of joy in your life. The best way to celebrate this event is to shop until you drop. You want to make sure your baby has enough clothes to keep them stylish and warm.

Remember, “age ain't nothing but a number,” which means every baby grows differently. Taking in both weight and age can help you find the perfect fit. Check out our beautiful range of newborn baby clothes.