I love Fashion but I hate paying tons of money to look great. I believe you need two things the knowledge of what looks good on you and the skill to find it for less. I encourage you to get rid of all the items in your closet that you do not wear. They cloud up your options to make really great outfits because you can’t see your clothes! If they are in good condition sell the at a consignment store or a place like Plato’s closet, or host a clothing swap. Clothing swaps are a blast!
We all know babies grow fast. How do we keep them dressed on a budget? Our son was a preemie so I bought three preemie outfits and one pack of preemie onsies and a lot of clothes on Ebay. He has outgrown those at 3 weeks because he is very long. Preemie clothes can be found at Walmart but not at our Target (available online) or Baby R Us. Here is a great websites for babies that are preemies 1-6lbs HERE.
Some tips for building a wardrobe for your baby:
1) find a friend who has a child that is willing to pass on clothes to your baby
2) buy white onsies; they are great for layering and can be bought for about $2.00 an item
3) Buy lots of clothing on EBAY do not pay more than $2.50 per item including the shipping. I bought several designer lots of baby clothes for $2.50 or less an item (Gymboree, Polo, and Gap). In the clothing lots there were even new with tag clothes. I searched by putting boy lots 0-3 months or boys lot infant
4) I scored a couple of outfits in my local consignment shop The Goodie Bag.
5) I asked people to pick up specific items that I needed when they asked what to buy the baby. Our son needed bottoms so I had a couple friends pick up some of those.
6) Host a kid’s clothing swap
7) Hit yard sales
8) go to Craigslist and see if there are clothing lots available. You can negotiate price!
9) Put the word out to your friends that you will gladly take clothing if they know anyone who is done having kids. Thank you to my sister’s friend Kristen who donated a box of stuff to my baby. I even received a new boppy cover and an infant head position tool.
My shopping list:
5 zipper pjs (I like the zippers because when you change the baby in the middle of the night snaps are annoying)
10 pairs of socks
1 package of onesies
2 pairs of pants
5 pairs of shorts
4 one piece outfits in cotton
1 swim outfit
Some great baby clothing items I received:
A jogging outfit with matching onsies. This is great because I can break up the parts of the outfit. It is also nice since it keeps him warm without me bringing blankets everywhere.
A swim outfit. We received swim trunks and a swim shirt. This is very helpful since I only had one swim outfit and we usually hit the water all weekend so a back up is wonderful.
A swaddle that actually works! This is the only swaddle that works. I have had several of them over the three children and my children have gotten out of everyone except the Miracle Blanket! They are $29.99 but worth every penny!!! They are guaranteed to work.