Newborns are EXPENSIVE! Find the best ways to save money on baby clothes
If you are having a baby but are on a tight budget, or you want to try to be as thrifty as possible, one easy way to cut back is to save money on baby clothes.
Yes, it can be incredibly difficult to resist buying those super cute babygrows for your newborn, but remember they will only wear them a handful of times before they outgrow them!
Learn to be frugal when it comes to baby clothes, while still providing your baby with comfortable items that will see to all their needs.
Save Money On Baby Clothes
Don’t Rush To Buy Clothes
You might want to rush out and buy all the cute newborn items as soon as you find out you are pregnant, but try to avoid this.
It is likely that you will be given lots of baby clothes as gifts at your baby shower, or from family or friends when your baby arrives.
You don’t want to be stuck with too many clothes, it just means finding extra space and wasting more clothes that your baby won’t end up wearing.
You might not even be able to return these clothes as too much time would have passed by the time you realize you have too much!
Buy Bigger Sizes
At certain points in your baby’s growth, you can get away with dressing them in larger sizes.
These clothes will only be too big for a short amount of time, and when they do fit, they should last a few months more.
By dressing your baby in clothes that are slightly too large, you will be getting double wear time out of them!
Try To Stay Gender Neutral
It is always a good idea to purchase gender-neutral clothing.
This isn’t because you might be surprised with a boy if you were expecting a girl or vice versa, but because it makes it easier to keep the clothes as hand-me-downs for if you have another baby.
Even if you’re convinced you’ll never have another baby again, truuuuuuust me and save them for a while.
You don’t have to go full hoarder-mode, just one full box in the garage or the back of the closet won’t take up much space.
You can obviously buy some cute dresses or rugged boy-shirts for your baby but try and choose gender-neutral colors and themes for more expensive items of clothing, such as coats and shoes.
Girls can wear dinosaur shirts, and boys can wear pink pants – don’t limit yourself too much!
Having a bag full of clothes from your older child to use for your baby will save SO much money.
Clean Stains Immediately
One of the main reasons we get rid of clothes or convince ourselves that we need to buy new clothes for our baby is staining.
Stains are inevitable with babies, and you will definitely be spending quite a bit of time treating stains!
As hard as it can be when you are busy, you need to try to treat stains immediately.
By keeping the clothes in tip-top condition, you can use them for your next baby, sell them at a garage sale, or send them to a consignment store to make some money.
Create A Minimalist Wardrobe
It is so easy to land up with more clothes than your baby will ever be able to wear.
Sales, 2-for-1 deals, and specials all see us walking out a store with more than we planned to buy.
You need to try and resist these temptations and create a minimalist wardrobe if you can.
Your baby will not need more than a few onesies, 5 pairs of leggings, a few sweaters, 5 pairs of pajamas, and a few cute outfits for holidays, pictures, or church.
Any more than this and they will probably not get around to wearing all of their clothes, and you will be stuck with clothes that are too small, which still have their tags.
If you do decide to have a minimalist wardrobe, be sure to take care of stains and spills as soon as possible, to keep the few clothes in the best condition possible.
This is easier to do as there is less to wash!
Go Shop At Thrift Stores
As mentioned, your baby will probably outgrow most of their clothes after only wearing them a handful of times, and this is true for other moms and babies as well!
This means that your local thrift store might be full of wonderful baby items that are almost like new, but at a fraction of the cost of normal stores.
You might have to spend some time sifting through clothes, but you are sure to find some great pieces.
Look For Garage Sales
Often, you can find some incredible items at local garage sales that you might not have been able to afford otherwise.
Boots, snowsuits, winter coats, and shoes are all items to keep a lookout for at garage sales, and they are usually for sale at a very low price.
Buy Clearance Items For Next Season
Make a habit of buying end of season items for next year.
Winter coats as summer arrives, or swimming costumes as winter arrives, are usually on special. Remember to buy one size up so it fits next year.
This way you avoid paying in-season prices, and you can pick up some really great pieces for a low price!
Join Baby Groups Online
There are so many baby groups on social sites such as Facebook and Instagram. Try to find one in your area, or create your own.
This way, moms can advertise their baby clothes for sale, put them up for free, or browse for some second-hand baby clothes in their area.
You can also set up a swapping program with them, passing along clothes that you think they might use, and they could do the same for you.
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If you are handy with a sewing machine, you should consider repurposing clothing.
You could use your old dresses or shirts to make little dresses for your daughter, or dad’s old work shirts to make little shirts for your son.
Purchasing a whole new wardrobe for your baby is not only a waste of money, but there is already enough strain on the environment, and reusing and repurposing clothes is the best way to do your bit, and save some money in the long run!
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