Baby's Clothes Last
As any mother with a young child will tell you, babies grow very
quickly. So for new mothers, making the most out of baby clothes is
of the utmost importance. So what do you do when those onesies just
don't quite snap anymore? How do you get an extra month out of those
jeans that are a little too short for the winter months?
The great thing about onesies, is that they're a very workable cotton
fabric, and there really isn't any hemming necessary to turn a couple
of onesies that fit at five months into a couple of shirts that fit
eight months. Simply cut them off right at the leg holes, and gently
pull the material around the edges so that it rolls a tiny bit. This
way there are no exposed threads for baby to pull at or chew on. The
same can apply to footsie pajamas. By simply snipping off the feet,
you can easily get another month's wear out of the sleepwear.
Adding extra buttons to overalls or snappy shirts makes them naturally
grow with your child. Perhaps one of the best investments a new mother
can make is in a mid-priced sewing machine. This makes alterations and
additions a breeze, and gives you a new hobby for when baby naps (Just
make sure there is enough wall between you and the crib so that the
whirring of the machine doesn't make undue stress for you!)
Things like adding extra material to the bottom of a dress or skirt
be done in just minutes, as can letting out the hem of a pair of jeans
or overalls. Buying clothes initially that are mid-priced and made of
a cotton material with a lot of elastic and snaps makes transitions
much easier. Shoes are always going to be a problem, but buying a
canvas sneaker in the spring can convert into a mule for summer wear,
as long as the baby is not walking yet. Socks without built in heels
is key—that way the baby can grow a little bit longer in the socks.
Also, even though socks with ducks and elephants are cute, sticking
to a plain color can help extend the life of individual socks if one
gets lost. In the summer a grey or white sock is less likely to irritate
a sweaty baby's sensitive skin because they don’t contain dyes.
Think of ways that you would extend the life of your own clothes.
T-shirts that come three to a pack can easily be downgraded to rags
or dust cloths. Jeans and pants that have become worn or are too short
can be cut and hemmed for summer shorts. Sweaters can become blankies.
Things like first outfits and special occasion’s clothes can be put
into a special chest to pass on to your child for when they have children
of their own. For the most part, making baby clothes last, laundering
aside, is about ingenuity and personality. Learn the basics of stitching
and hemming and let the designer in you shine through!
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