The second stage during a child’s development (those ages one to three, normally called toddlers) is one of the most important stages in a child’s life. This is when they learn how to talk and how to walk and when they start to understand the implications of things around them. This includes the toddler clothes they are wearing. They can now easily detect if the toddler clothes they are wearing makes you happy or unpleased. Toddlers also begin to have preference towards clothing, preference that may be channeled by what they feel and how people react. A toddler’s growth is also rapid-so this is when you may have to buy clothes more frequently. Also, at this age, children are more active and curious of their surroundings, so they tend to explore and, in the process, hurt themselves due to insufficient protection.
Because of this, they need a particular set of toddler clothes in order to fit their physical and physiological needs.
You have to first consider that rate at which toddlers grow. You have to buy toddler clothes that accommodate this growth. Therefore, you will have to buy adjustable and flexible toddler clothes such as two-piece outfits, garments without waistlines or with elastic waistlines, and basically clothes with fabrics that stretch. Shirts and blouses should also have long tails to accommodate their growth. Many parents buy clothes one season earlier (for example, buying winter toddler clothes during summer or fall). However, these clothes bought months in advance may no longer fit, since the growth development of toddlers is extremely rapid. It is wise to buy the clothes during the season or, if you really want to save money, buy the clothes at least a size bigger to anticipate the growth of your child.
You should also avoid toddler clothes that are potential fire hazards. Toddler clothes such as those with loose-fitting styles or airy fabrics, or those with loose sleeves and ruffles may be prone to fire. While you can teach your toddler not to play fire and any materials that can create flame (such as matches and lighters), wearing toddler clothes such as fit clothes, clothes with narrow sleeves, and or those made of tightly woven fabrics reduce the chance of catching fire.
Lastly, you should choose items that are easily to clean. Not only does this make your job easier; easy-to-clean clothes have a longer shelf life than those that require intensive cleaning. Hence, you should buy clothes that are machine washable, are durable to abrasions, can stretch, and those made from fabrics that no longer require ironing. Meanwhile, clothes sewn with smaller stitches and those that are satin-stitch reinforced are durable, making them appropriate for toddlers.