How to Buy an Adorable Dress for a Baby Girl

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How to Buy an Adorable Dress for a Baby Girl

Buying clothes for a baby might seem overwhelming to some shoppers. But most of the time, if an article of clothing fits a baby, it can fit another infant of similar size. Shoppers can find baby clothing, including dresses, based on a baby's age or weight, although sometimes certain brands can have slight sizing difference. The best thing about buying dresses for a baby girl is that most dress designs provide extra room for a baby to get bigger before she outgrows the dress.

When buying an adorable dress for a baby girl, remember to keep in mind comfort and that a baby is happier in better fitting clothes, which can improve the day for both the baby and parent. To ensure a proper fit when searching for baby dresses, make sure to buy a dress that coincides with a baby's weight or age. Also consider buying one size bigger to allow for maximum comfort. Also look for dresses made from soft and durable materials. Shoppers can find a wide variety of dresses at local clothing or specialty stores, or on eBay, which offers a wide selection of adorable dresses for baby girls.

Buying Adorable Dresses for a Baby Girl

When buying adorable dresses for a baby girl, there are certain aspects of the dress that shoppers should keep in mind, such as the material used and any patterns that shoppers might desire. The following sections detail these aspects of dresses for baby girls.

Materials

Clothing manufacturers make baby dresses from a variety of different materials, each with their own feel and characteristics. The table below, while not all-inclusive, contains a description of the most common materials used when manufacturing a dress for a baby girl, including cotton, satin, and denim.

Material Types

Description

100 Per Cent Cotton

A soft fibre often spun into thread or yarn; soft and breathable; most commonly used natural fibre cloth in the world

Polyester

Make up a category of fabrics called polymers; attributed as having a less than natural feel; durable with high wrinkle resistance

Denim

A rugged cotton twill used most often in the production of jeans; sturdy and can withstand heavy use

Satin

High lustre, glossy surfaced fabric that finds use as a blend with other fabrics like cotton; more a factor of the weave used than the actual material, which can be silk, nylon, or polyester

Taffeta

Crisp, smooth, and plain woven fabric; made from silk, as well as synthetic fibres; a very high-end fabric

Cotton Blend

Rayon and polyester comprise just some of the fabrics used in cotton blends; has the softness of cotton combined with some of the attributes of other fabrics

Velvet

Velvet comes in either synthetic or natural varieties; made from different types of fibres including silk, cotton, wool, polyester, and more

Corduroy

A very durable fabric that is a close relative of velvet; made up of a number tufted cords that form a channel between the tufts when woven

Chiffon

A lightweight, balanced fabric with a stretchy, slightly rough feel; made from cotton, silk, or even synthetics; somewhat see-through

Lace

Openwork fabric, often used as a trim; most often made with cotton, linen, or silk threads

Regardless of the fabric used in the making of a baby girl's dress, shoppers should make sure that they are happy with the colour and other decorative aspects of the dress, including any patterns. Knowing the particularities of each fabric can help shoppers decide on the right fabric for their baby girl.

Patterns

More so than the fabric used, the colour or pattern has a lot to do with how adorable a dress for a baby girl might be. The following table lists and describes the patterns found on dresses for a baby girl.

Dress Patterns

Description

Animal Print

Includes material with actual animals on it, as well as patterns, such as leopards and zebras

Argyle/Diamond

Typically incorporates diamond patterns in their design

Camouflage

Typically a mixture of floral in a variety of colours

Checked

Features a checkerboard pattern across the majority of the dress

Embroidered

Refers to those using needle and thread, or yarn, to decorate another base fabric

Fair Isle/Nordic

Patterns achieved through a traditional Scottish knitting technique; also refers to any colourwork knitting where various colours are alternated per row

Floral

Includes any patterns with flowers, either large or small in size

Geometric Print

Various geometric shapes and designs, such as squares, circles, and other shapes

Graphic

Bright curvy lines; can give dresses a more modern look; also found in designs with a more commercial appeal

Herringbone

A herringbone pattern consists of an arrangement of rectangles or parallelograms

Houndstooth

Comprised of a duotone textile pattern; commonly characterized by broken checks or more abstract four-pointed shapes, which typically can be found in black and white

Logo

Designs repeated across the entirety of the dress, such as a cross pattern, a product logo, or brand name

No Pattern

No pattern but typically range in colours from dark earth tones to bright pastels

Novelty/Cartoon

Feature various cartoon and novelty characters, usually combined with other pattern types

Spotted

Come in various dress colours and spot colours

Striped

Offers a variety of different colour choices in stripes; sometimes fabric types are mixed with striped material, one such example being denim and stripes

When choosing patterns, keep the season, occasion, and price of the dress selections in mind. For instance, for a summer or fall event, consider a floral or graphic pattern or for a winter event, try an argyle or checked dress pattern.

Sizing a Dress for a Baby Girl

Determining dress size for baby girls is pretty straight forward, with an age and weight range determining size. However, it is a great idea to measure for size before buying a dress to make sure the dress fits perfectly. The sections below contain three easy steps to measuring a baby girl for dress size.

Measuring for Size

Measuring the length of a baby's body provides the best way to determine which clothing size, including dresses, can fit them. The following describes the steps necessary to measure a baby for clothing size. In order to complete the following steps at home, use a cloth tape measure and the aid of a family member or friend, if possible.

First, position the baby flat on her back with her head against a flat surface, such as a wall. Second, have a friend hold the baby's knees together and press on them gently so that they stick straight out. Third, use the tape measure to help calculate the distance from the wall to the baby's heels. If a baby becomes upset while taking measurements, try again after the baby calms down to make sure proper measurements are taken.

Size Chart

While the majority of clothing manufacturers use height to determine the correct clothing size, weight might also come into the equation. After measuring the baby, parents should compare the measurement they got to the following table, which contains both typical height and weight for each age category.

Dimension/Size

NB

0-3 mo

3-6 mo

6-9 mo

9-12 mo

18 mo

24 mo

Weight (pounds)

5-8

8-12.5

12.5-16.5

16.5-20.5

20.5-24.5

24.5-27.5

27.5-30

Height (cm)

up to 56

56-62

62-68

68-74

74-80

80-86

86-92

Shoppers should be aware that while most clothing manufacturers follow the above guidelines, some clothing brands might run a little bigger or smaller than is typical. The above chart should be used as a starting point, but it is not necessarily universal.

Find Adorable Dresses for a Baby Girl on eBay

To buy your baby a dress online, visit the eBay marketplace for a variety of dress options. First, search the marketplace by entering keywords into the search bar that can be found on any eBay page. Use terms like " Mark and Spencer floral dress " or "pink dress", for example, to begin your search.

After viewing the list of results, you can narrow the choices by using the various filters in order to find products relevant to dresses for baby girls. Also, consider visiting eBay's Search Tips page for more advice on searching for baby girl's dresses with keywords, or look through specific eBay Stores for more product options.

Buy Adorable Dresses for a Baby Girl Online With Confidence

Shopping on eBay for clothing and other products is quick and easy. Begin by looking through applicable product dress listings, and read over cost, quality, size, and colour specifications, as well as any other terms of sale. To contact the seller directly, click the Ask a Question link on the seller's listing page. And before purchasing any product, do not forget to check the seller's feedback rating.

Conclusion

When buying an adorable dress for a baby girl, also keep in mind comfort and durability when making a selection. Even if it is aesthetically pleasing, the dress cannot please the baby if it is uncomfortable. It should not restrict the baby's movement, so it may be better to go with a larger size if necessary. Also keep in mind the various dress materials available, including cotton, satin, and polyester, among other fabrics. Durable materials allow dresses to last a long time, and they can later be used as even hand-me-downs for babies of family members and friends.

When purchasing a dress, shoppers should also keep in mind the pattern type and the season or occasion for the purchase. This helps them make the practical choices when looking for a dress. Also, shoppers should remember to consider any accessories to go along with the dress, including undergarments and leggings, and shoes, which all help keep a baby warm in cold weather.

 
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