Although online shopping has taken the world by storm, especially during the quarantine; many of us still struggle with the ordeals of online shopping. Despite its traction and the joy of receiving parcels, many remain reluctant to give it a try for fear of buying the wrong clothes, the wrong sizes, and generally not getting it right. Shopping for baby and toddler clothes online can be even more of a challenge and requires a lot of strategy before you can even head over to the checkout section. The many benefits of online shopping can easily prevail over the fears and cons when you have a better grasp of it. Here are 5 tips that will help you get the hang of online shopping for your little ones like a pro online shopper.
Measurements & Sizing
The first thing to pay close attention to when it comes to online shopping is the measurements and sizing. Always know your baby's or toddler's measurements and weight so that you can compare it to the store’s or brand’s specific size chart. Never rely on generic size conversion charts, as sizes vary considerably between brands. Remember to check for the sizing recommended by the individual store or brand for good fit. As we already know how quick children tend to grow, measurements change regularly so make sure you are up-to-date on your little one's height, waist, chest, and hip measurements. It is a good idea to be on the side of caution and buy a size bigger so make it a habit to order your baby's or toddler's clothing a size or two larger in anticipation of light-speed growth.
Fabric & Quality
All good online stores note the fabric used to create the garment in their product description. This is usually a good clue as to the quality, durability, and washability of the item. When shopping during the summer seasons, keep on a lookout for clothes made out of 100% cotton or linen for your little ones. However, for colder seasons, the percentage of wool in the clothing piece can give you an idea of how warm the clothes might be. If the fabric is not listed, it never hurts to shoot the store an email and ask, they are usually happy to oblige. If not, then it's probably best to take your business elsewhere.
Read The Reviews
Reviews are your best friend when shopping online, particularly overseas. Stores that offer customers the opportunity to give feedback on the clothes they buy are a godsend for online shoppers. Read through the reviews by other buyers to see if there were any major problems with the clothing. You can also find external reviews on a number of other sites from where you can get consumer reviews for various products and even online shopping sites. Avoid purchasing a product before you know about the experiences of previous buyers. One of the things you need to look at in an online review is whether there are any complaints about quality, sizing and delays in delivery. All these details help you make an informed decision.
Pay Attention To Return Policies
The one downside of online shopping is that you cannot get to try them and see if the size fits so it pays to learn about the return policies of these sites. If they don’t have specified return or cancellation policies on their sites, then you can call them up and ask about the return policies their store offers. The best return policy will allow for maximum time and least processing formalities whereas some sites have a “no questions asked” return policy for 7 days from purchase which is just as great but can serve as a drawback if delays in shipping occur. Be sure to keep the product tags, receipts etc intact. The longer and cheaper the return window, the better off you are, just in case.
Be On A Lookout For Sales
Most online stores in general and particularly kids stores often have great sales and discounts. Always sign up for your favourite store’s email list to stay up-to-date and in-the-know to get first access to all the best sales and deals. For example, when summer is drawing to a close, there are tons of fabulous winter bargains and likewise when winter is ending, summer clothing stock prices are slashed. So take advantage and shop for great bargains, because you can with online shopping! Similarly, once you notice yourself shopping more and more at one place, you’ll start to catch on to their scheduled sales and you will also receive many member discounted rates depending on the site. Another trick is to add whatever you are planning to buy in your cart and only purchase them when the site puts them on sale.
With these 5 tips, you'll see that online shopping for your baby or toddler is not as challenging as it seems and may even be the more convenient way to shop for your little ones.