How to Select Clothes for Pre Schoolers

Preschoolers are, let's face it, messy. If you're buying clothes for your own child or getting a gift for someone else, you want to choose clothes that look good, but you also want to factor in comfort, as well as the fact that every item is likely to end up with a stain on it!


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    Don't break the bank. Preschoolers grow quickly and are quite active. Any clothes you buy them will eventually wear out, tear, or get hopelessly stained. It's best to get inexpensive clothes. Keep in mind that whatever clothes you buy will not last very long.
    • Don't rule out hand-me-downs. Some parents may cringe at the thought of used clothes, but children typically don't care, unless they find the hand-me-downs ugly or uncomfortable. Some children are squeamish about wearing used clothes, too. Get a couple articles of used clothing and see how your child likes them.
    • Don't rule out Walmart or Target. Maybe the idea of shopping at a chain superstore makes you shudder, and that's okay. There are plenty of other stores with clothes for young kids. But if you want to be economical, don't rule it out.
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    When in doubt, go a size up. Even if you find that you've bought clothes too large for your child, keep in mind that within several months, they will fit.
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    Pick comfort over style. Preschool-aged children are full of energy, always running, jumping, and playing in the dirt. A t-shirt and a pair of jeans is fine.
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    Let the child have a say. While it's not good to let your children push you around, know that they have their own preferences and tastes. If you don't want them grabbing everything in sight when you're at the store, pick out two items and ask which one they prefer.
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    Realize that a refusal may be more than just attitude. If your child absolutely hates a certain outfit, don't force them to wear it. An uncomfortable child is a cranky child. Furthermore, pickiness in clothing is one symptom of autism spectrum disorders. If your child has undiagnosed autism, the blue jeans he refuses to wear might feel like gravel or even broken glass against his skin.
    • Your child should be able to say "no" and have that "no" be respected. If something doesn't feel right to them, let them refuse it. Brushing aside a child's will makes her feel like she has no control over what happens to her and her body, and this could lead to devastating effects down the road


  • Make friends with someone who has a slightly older child. That way, as both children grow, you can get the hand-me-downs of the other child.
  • Don't make your child's wardrobe 100% hand-me-downs. This could lead to future resentment and rebellion.

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