Learn about whether or not you should include baby hangers on your registry and if it’s worth getting them as a new mom.
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There are a million things you think of getting or putting on your registry when you start preparing for a baby. Baby hangers are one of those items that are often overlooked, sometimes even forgotten completely by new moms.
You might be thinking if you even need baby hangers. The answer is most likely yes, you do need baby hangers if you’re planning on hanging your baby’s clothes. The main reason is that baby clothes simply won’t fit on regular hangers, and if you still try to fit them on adult hangers you will likely end up with awkward lumps on your baby’s clothes and they will be all stretched out by the time you get them out of the hangers.
The great thing about baby hangers is that you will be using them for a while. In fact, you should be getting at least 3 years of use out of your baby hangers. And you can keep using them for adult clothes also. I personally think they work great for hanging tank tops and bras, and they aren’t that expensive!
What to Hang on Baby Hangers?
Not sure what baby clothes work best for hanging? I was in the same boat before figuring out what works best for my daughter’s nursery.
I like to hang coats, sweaters, dresses, and complete outfits on baby hangers. The rest goes in the dresser. I don’t usually hang pants or jeans because they tend to be a little too heavy and might stretch out the clothes.
Clothes You Don’t Want to Get Wrinkled
Baby hangers are a must-have for hanging dressy clothes that you don’t want to get wrinkly.
If you’re having a baby girl, you’ll want to get all her nice little dresses on hangers and ready to go. The same goes for baby boys and their little suits and collared/button-up shirts. So even if you don’t know the sex of the baby yet, you can be sure you will be using baby hangers either way!
Next Size Ups
You might also want to hang some next size-up clothes so you don’t forget you have them! Having them in the closet is one way to make them visible and ready to be used as your baby gets bigger.
Outer wear and any bulky clothes are also best hung so that it doesn’t eat up all your drawer space!
Should You Hang up Onesies?
Onesies, along with shirts, leggings, pajamas, and pants are best folded and put away in the dresser. That’s because you will probably have so many of them and they will easily take over your closet space if you hand them all. Plus you don’t have to worry about them getting wrinkled, and you will probably have a hard time keeping up with hanging them once baby is here!
If you still want to hang your onesies, make sure you group three to four of them on the same hanger so you don’t waste the space in your closet. Another thing you can do is to hang each onesie underneath the outfit you will be using it with instead of hanging onesies separately.
What Type of Baby Hangers to Get?
There are a few different types of baby hangers on the market, but I’m only going to talk about the two that were most useful for me. These are velvet baby hangers and baby hangers with pants clips.
Velvet Baby Hangers vs Plastic Baby Hangers
I loved using velvet baby hangers for hanging my daughter’s dresses and slippery items like coats. Unlike plastic baby hangers, the velvet prevents the clothes from slipping off and they are very soft to the touch, which is perfect for delicate baby clothes.
Velvet hangers are a bit pricier than plastic hangers, but I think they are worth it since you will be using them for a while, and you can get them in some really nice colors like these on amazon. You can also find plastic hangers with fabric-covered hooks, which is a good alternative to velvet hangers.
Hangers with Pants Clips
If you’re like me and you like to hang complete outfits, then you will need some hangers with pants clips like these ones. These are perfect for hanging jeans, slacks, skirts, and other types of clothing that has a waistband. They also come really handy for hanging any little dresses that have matching diaper covers.
So if you plan on registering for hangers, make sure you include a couple of packs of velvet baby hangers and ones with pants clips!
How Many Baby Hangers Do You Need?
So depending on how much space you have in your closet and the number of clothes you will need to hang, you will need about 70 baby hangers up to 150 hangers or even more.
Deciding on how many baby hangers you need will depend on a few things:
- How big your closet is. You might be actually limited by the available space in your closet. If that’s your case you’ll probably need to move some of the clothes to a dresser to optimize your space.
- Whether you plan on hanging all your baby’s clothes or just a few at a time. If you plan on hanging out of season clothes and next size up clothes as well, that means you’ll need more hangers.
- how many “hang-able” clothes do you have. If you have a lot of dresses and jackets that plan on hanging you’ll need a lot of baby hangers.
If you’re like me and plan on hanging most of your baby’s clothes, go ahead and register for at least 10 packs of baby hangers. Each pack usually has 10 baby hangers. They will come in handy, and you can always see where 100 baby hangers get you and build up from there.
But if you only want to hang a few items at a time, then you can get away with registering for just a couple of packs of baby hangers. That would be enough if you’re planning on folding most of your baby’s clothes.
Keep in mind that you can also accumulate many more baby hangers just from keeping the plastic ones that you get when buying baby clothes. You can absolutely use those, even though getting separate baby hangers will look better in your closet than those from the store. Plus you can get basic plastic baby hangers for really cheap (1 dollar?) at the dollar store, so you’re not breaking the bank.
What Size Are Baby Hangers?
Most baby hangers are between 10 and 11 inches wide, which is a perfect size for most baby clothes. Baby hangers will accommodate clothing from newborn size up to 3 years old. You might find some that are a bit larger or smaller, but the standard size should work for most babies.
After 3 years, your child’s clothes won’t fit on the baby hangers anymore, you can switch then to kids hangers that are wider and more sturdy which is better suited for heavier kids’ clothes.
Are Baby Hangers and Kid Hangers the Same?
No, baby hangers are designed to accommodate smaller clothing sizes, while kids’ hangers are wider and more sturdy to hold heavier clothes. You can use kids hangers for children’s clothes starting at size 4T.
Kids hangers measure on average 12 to 14 inches which is perfect for hanging kids’ clothes up until their teen years. Kids’ hangers come in various types depending on your specific needs. There are wooden hangers for heavy-duty hanging, hangers with clips for any waistband items, or full dressy outfits and you can also get notched hangers that are designed to keep strapped clothes from slipping off the hanger.
Do you need baby hangers? The answer is most likely yes. If you want to organize your baby’s clothes in your closet and hang everything, then you will need some baby hangers. You can find them in different colors and styles, and they’re usually not too expensive.
Now you know everything about baby hangers, don’t hesitate to put at least a couple of packs on your baby registry. They will come in handy for sure!
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