When it comes to dressing baby boys, it is common knowledge that there is a lot less choice in clothing, in comparison to baby girls. Baby boy clothes are simply not as well catered for, although that is changing slowly. Baby boys are generally dressed in shirts and trousers, whereas baby girls also have dresses and skirts, so in a sense, the difference in choice is down to cultural factors. Clearly, parents will not want to dress their baby boys in clothing that is meant for baby girls, however, when it comes to certain styles of baby clothing, such as pinafores and romper suits, they are perfectly acceptable options for boys.
When it comes to dressing babies, there are some general rules that pertain to both genders, however, there are a few differences, and here we will discuss some of the considerations you should make when choosing baby boy clothes.
Regardless of gender, comfort always comes first. It can be very tempting to opt for a cute little number, but if the clothing is uncomfortable, you will hear about it. Heavy fabrics, incorrect sizing, and man-made materials, are frequently irritating for young children’s skin – babies’ skin is a much more sensitive than adults’ skin, so what may feel comfortable for us, can be excruciating for them – and you are likely to upset them if you put them in the wrong clothing.
If find yourself in a situation where the baby must be dressed in clothing that it does not like, such as at their christening, then carry a spare set of clothes, and change the baby at the earliest acceptable opportunity.
When choosing clothes, ensure that they are made from natural fibres. To this end, cotton and silk are the most appropriate materials for babies. Watch out for dark colours, the dye may upset the natural balance of your baby’s skin, and may cause irritation – overcome this problem by purchasing clothes from a reputable source, which meets safety standards and regulations. Babies grow fast and will generally require new sizes every two to three months, check the fit of their clothes regularly; they will tell you if they are not correct, by crying a lot – something that we can all agree is best avoided.
Baby boy clothes from 0-3 months should be romper suits (all in one), these are highly practical and make nappy changing easy, – you will want to ensure that efficiency and practicality are well covered in the first 6 months, as babies are hard work, and there is a lot to do. Once babies reach the age of 6 months, it is best to put them in clothing that is unrestrictive to their legs, so no long dresses. Because they are at an age where they are learning to walk, it is essential to make it as easy as possible for them.