Whether for your own new bundle of joy or for someone else’s, buying baby boy clothes can be a fun experience. However, many people find themselves confused by various elements of the process, from the seemingly limited variety of clothing options to pricing to sizing. Here are just a few of the most common misconceptions about baby boy clothes.
Fashion Doesn’t Matter
It can appear, on the surface, that boys’ clothes are the same year in and year out, featuring tiny denim jeans, footie pajamas, and t-shirts in assorted colors and designs. However, just like every other aspect of fashion, styles do change quite frequently.
Popular brands and logos tend to cycle rather rapidly as different children’s movies, shows, and toys go in and out of style. Even jeans will come in different washes and styles, mimicking similar adult fashions that are popular at any given time.
All this said, however, while styles, colors, and designs will change, purchasing trendy clothing for an infant is not always advisable. Babies outgrow clothing so rapidly, and trends tend to change so rapidly, that you will always be best served by purchasing timeless, classically styled pieces that can be resold or passed along to other parents down the line.
Boys Have To Wear Blue
There has long been a stigma against boys wearing such traditionally feminine colors as pink and purple, and even as horizons broaden and people relax their stereotypes, it is still nearly impossible to find baby boy clothing in colors such as these.
However, that by no means indicates boys must wear only black and blue. Instead, a number of gender-neutral colors make wonderful wear on children with any skin tone. Shades of red and green are vibrant and relatively unusual; yellow, white, orange, and brown can also be worn easily by both sexes.
Baby Clothes Are Too Expensive
Any new parent will agree that clothing their child is a significant expenditure. New clothes can be expensive. However, the difference between designer baby clothes and off-the-rack clothing from department or discount stores is significant. Though you no doubt want your child to have the very best, designer baby clothing is unnecessarily costly. Clothing will get stained and damaged and be outgrown quickly; for all but the most special of occasions, it simply makes sense to purchase a larger quantity of lower quality items than a small number of superior items.
Sizing Is Confusing
Baby clothes are sized by age rather than any other standard of sizing we use for children’s or adults’ clothes. However, not all babies are created equally. Children who were born prematurely may take longer to catch up in size to their peers; some children may be naturally taller or shorter than others. Sizing is meant to be a rough estimate of the age of the infant who can wear a piece of clothing, but is by no means set in stone.
When buying for others’ children, it is wise to purchase clothing a size ahead of the child’s current age. In the event the child is larger than average, the clothing can still be worn; if not, it will be available immediately as parents realize their child’s current wardrobe has become too small and must be replaced.