Wednesday, October 1, 2014

{31 Days} Preparing for Baby # 3 - Clothing

Welcome to my {31 Days} series this year!  We will soon be welcoming baby # 3 and I realized that there is a lot I need to do before that happens!  You can find all the posts in this series here.  Thank you for following along with me.

When we were pregnant with our first child, I was so excited!  Everything had to be perfect, from what baby gear we got to the clothes that we wanted her to wear.  Now, we are pregnant with baby number three, and while we are still extremely excited, what we want for our baby this time around has changed dramatically from that first pregnancy, and even from the second!

I wanted to wait on clothes until we found out what we were having.  I have this crazy need to know, and I am less inclined to buy gender neutral clothing.  I love to buy the cute little girl and boy outfits.  When we found out we were having another girl, I was incredibly happy.  I then thought about the items that we had saved, and realized that most of it would not be a help because my oldest was a spring baby, and this new baby will be a fall baby.  I also knew that I would want to save as much money as possible on clothing, because they grow out of it all so quickly.

Here are my tips on clothing for babies (and really any and all children!).

Tip #1 - Look at what you already have

Now, as I said above, this isn’t going to be the best help for me, however, there are some items that will work, and I definitely will use, especially in the cold winter months.  I am less concerned about gender specific clothing at home in the winter.  If I can use Jack’s 0-3 month navy blue Gap sweatshirt, I will use it!  At a certain point, the clothing will match the age anyways, typically once they get to 2T.  Since I still have a lot of Emma’s clothes from the past couple of years, I know that I will be keeping these for the newest little one. 

Tip #2 – Hand-me-downs

There is something to be said for hand-me-downs.  They are brilliant.  I think that we all can remember growing up and getting clothes from older siblings or from friends who wanted to get rid of some clothes.  I was lucky enough to have an older cousin that helped keep me clothed through college, in fact some of my favorite items were ones that she would buy, wear once, and then pass on to me.  Score! 

We had the same good fortune this time around.  One of our friends was getting ready to have a yard sale, and said that she had saved all of her daughter’s clothes since birth – a daughter she also had in the fall – would I like to look through the stuff?  Absolutely!  What happened was eventually outfitting my newest little one in clothes for the next two years of her life.  We were incredibly blessed to have so many clothes gifted to us, and it certainly took a large strain off the finances, especially when we are trying to save every penny for those dreaded hospital bills.

Tip #3 – Consignment Stores

 I think consignment stores have made huge gains in the kids’ area recently.  It could be that I have seen several stores pop up in our community over the past year.  I think the consignment model is great, especially for baby clothes.  You have an abundance of baby clothes that you need to get rid of, and you need a bunch of new things for your baby in larger sizes.  So off you go to the consignment store with a bag full of clothing where you can trade it in for credit at the store or get paid cash for it. 

What I have found is that most stores are very selective about what they accept for clothing, so you rarely find anything with stains or rips.  And the prices are amazing.  If you need something for baby or children (or yourself!), you should definitely look at consignment stores for those needs.

If you don’t have a consignment store in your area, another good place to look would be on Facebook.  There are often buy/sell groups that are set up in your area.  And if you still can’t find something, start one of your own!

Tip #4 – Goodwill or Salvation Army

Depending on where you live, you could have a great second hand store close by.  Sometimes these stores are hit or miss, but I have found some great deals over the years.  And what is better, they aren’t specific to just baby clothes, or kids’ items.  You can find everything from baby gear to furniture to electronics and kitchen items.  It is a great place to go to look for something you need, and find it at a relatively cheap price.

We are very blessed to have been gifted so many nice things for this new baby, and really do not need anything at the moment, which is amazing.  But, if you are looking for clothes for a new little one (or an older one) I would try these places first.

Where do you go to look for baby or kids’ clothes?  Do you buy second hand?

1 comment:

  1. What a great series! I think that these are excellent tips for new moms as well as moms with the older kids, consignment shops in thrift stores are great places to score gently used clothing! If you have something particular in mind, eBay and ThredUp are also great places for deals! Can't wait to read more!


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