Organizing Your Baby’s Clothes

Storing Garments

Storing baby clothes properly for easy access is a great way to save time and money. When a parent has garments carefully sorted and labeled, it also prevents accidentally buying duplicates. Friends and relatives often give numerous new clothing such as sleepers, undershirts and daytime outfits to expecting parents at baby showers. In addition, used clothes are also given to the new infant after it is born. Frequently, the garments are too big for the child immediately, requiring a parent organize the outfits, nightwear and undergarments. While this task can seem time-consuming, it actually will save time later as the infant grows.

Purchase Containers

If there is a dresser in the infant’s bedroom, then using each drawer to arrange clothing by size is an excellent plan. Alternatively, purchasing plastic containers or decorative boxes to store the apparel on a closet shelf is acceptable. There are also tiny hangers suitable for sorting and storing baby clothes. Placing purchased or homemade dividers between the garments to help organize by season or function is helpful, too. Before packing away garments in plastic containers or cardboard boxes, make sure to remove the store price tags that can disintegrate, causing damage to fabrics. You should also pre-wash all the new clothes. Parents should buy acid free paper designed for preventing discoloration of garment fibers during extended storage.

Careful Sorting

Because an infant grows fast, packing only the larger garments makes the most sense. Most parents sort the clothes by size to make it easier to find a container quickly when the child grows. However, if a parent has a large amount of apparel to pack, then sorting by season and function might be necessary as well. Parents can organize the apparel in categories such as sleepwear or outfits in different containers. Wrapping the garments in sheets of acid free paper will ensure bright or dark dyes do not transfer to lighter fabrics. Remember, especially with used clothing, that some brands may have shrunk (and therefore a size 6 mos. outfit may fit your child at 2 or 3 months old).  Simply sorting by the size on the tag will not always be the best in these cases.  Also, if your baby is long, the sleepers may not fit them as long as you expect.

Use Labels

An infant’s clothes are so tiny that traditional folding methods are difficult. Rolling a garment is often the best method of packing. Parents can smooth a garment’s fabric carefully while tucking in the sleeves before loosely rolling it to prevent wrinkles during storage. Labeling the containers that hold the baby clothes by size is essential to save valuable time. Adhesive labels are simple to place on cardboard or plastic boxes. Bulky garments such as snowsuits will require separate storage in easy to access containers in the infant’s nursery.

 

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