I’ll admit it…as soon as we found out we were expecting a baby girl, I went a little overboard in the shopping department. As a first time mommy to be, little did I know that as newborns, babies pretty much wear footie pajamas all day, and that the rare occasion you do get a smocked dress on, there will inevitably be spit up on it in less than three minutes!
I did make some wise choices in shopping but have learned a lot in the past year. Here are a few tips I’ve picked up on for how to have the best dressed baby on the block (shhh! On a budget!)
If you are shopping pre-baby, take a good count of everything you’ve received as gifts, and organize them into piles or on hangers in the closet by size. Once you are organized, you can make a list of “needs,” “wants,” and “must-haves.” This can help prevent you from buying ANOTHER newborn onesie just because “it’s soooooo cute.” (Cue internal voice: You have a dozen already. She will outgrow it in two weeks. Keep moving!)
Shop end of season sales
This one can be a little tricky, because it is hard to know what size our kids will be in 6-12-18 months out when you are shopping before they are born. I bought Stella a darling little coat in size 6M thinking it would be a perfect fit for a five month old. It fit for about two weeks. Hey, at least I got it on clearance for $5.99! In all seriousness, this can be a great way to stock up on basics or holiday outfits to purchase out of season. Even specialty stores will discount darling seasonal smocked dresses sometimes up to 60%!
Consignment stores/Yard Sales
I love shopping locally at Once Upon a Child in Mandeville, and I’ve heard great things about Kid to Kid in Metairie. It’s amazing the deals you can find on very gently used clothing, and many times, items that are brand new with tags! You have to be smart when shopping, but I’ve found some fantastic bargains that don’t put a strain on my personal finances. Again, knowing how quickly they will outgrow the items, I definitely feel better about it knowing that I didn’t pay full price! You can also find gently used toys and nursery items. I purchased a Bumbo seat for $12 and bought a cute cover on Etsy. I haven’t personally shopped yard sales, but I have several friends that do and have had some great luck!
eBay/Facebook Re-sale sites
Same concept as the consignment stores, but from the convenience of your computer or smart phone! Gently used (GUC) or New With Tags (NWT) from many of your favorite designer brands – sometimes even with free shipping! Warning: highly addictive. (Wink.)
Of course, there have been the dresses at boutiques that we simply HAD to have (Black & Gold smocked Fleur-de-lis for Saints season? No brainer! $70 later…) But consignment stores, Old Navy and Target are my go-to favorites for every day wear, especially for daycare clothing. You will definitely get good mileage out of these basics and won’t have to worry about your daughter coming home in a darling white smocked cupcake dress that is filthy from crawling all around the classroom for eight hours (which might or might not have happened to me last week).
Any tips you’d like to share on how to save on kids’ clothing? Happy shopping!