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There are so many cute baby onesies on the market, that it can be hard to know which ones to buy, especially if you are a new parent.  If you are finding the volume of baby clothes (not to mention baby products) a bit overwhelming, then here are a few practical points to keep in mind when shopping for baby onesies, although some of these tips apply no matter what clothing item or items you are buying for your new little one:

  • You can often get cute baby onesies in a set, such as a set of three, five, or six baby boy or girl onesies.  This is often more affordable than buying the onesies individually.
  • If it is summer, then get not only short sleeved onesies, but also a few sleeveless ones for when it gets really hot.  Many new parents overdress their newborn baby; while a newborn does need to be kept warmer than an adult or young child, if you overdress baby, he or she is likely to get an uncomfortable heat rash. Getting cotton onesies for summer is a good idea as cotton is a cool material that allows air to circulate; it is also easy to wash and dry.
  • Name brand onesies are pricier than generic ones, but not necessarily better quality.  Often you are paying extra for the name brand or the Disney cartoon characters featured on the onesie or onesies.  You can get ones that are just as cute and just as good quality that feature more generic designs, such as teddy bears, flowers, polka dots, stripes, butterflies, etc.
  • Do not overdo when it comes to buying baby onesies.  In summer, you would only need about ten shorts sleeve and/or sleeveless onesies and several long sleeve ones in case the weather changes.  Also remember your baby will grow quite fast and buy not only newborn onesies but onesies in the three to six months range also.  Then you will have these on hand when you need them.
  • Buy onesies that are comfortable and easy to put on.  Many babies do not like to be dressed and undressed.

You may also find that buying the onesies you need second hand is both affordable and practical.  Many baby clothes that individuals sell are still in very good condition and you can get some very good prices by checking out garage sales and your newspaper’s classifieds.