There is one universal truth when it comes to having babies and toddlers around: they will absolutely outgrow their clothing. Without a doubt, your precious little pumpkin will inevitably be running around the house with pants that are too tight or a shirt that has started to protest covering that adorable little belly button and the most painful part of it all is having to continuously purchase new pieces to combat their near-nakedness. I’m not sure about you, but the constant hit to my bank account can get pretty old. Seeing as this is now my third time around the parenting block, I’ve come up with a few helpful tips and tricks on how to dress toddlers and babies on a budget that I’m hoping will help you out!
1. Shop the clearance rack.
This is one of the easiest ways to make sure that my kids are well-clothed without spending a small fortune. I know that I can get outfits for my littles that are still fashionable and on-trend by waiting a month or two before purchasing them. By holding out, I know that I can save up to 75% off the original price.
2. Shop a few seasons ahead.
Not only do I like to shop clearance racks for the season we’re currently in, but I also like to scour these racks for clothes for the following year. For example, I was able to score some adorable outfits for Sarah last summer while I was pregnant that she’s just now able to fit into. By doing that, I was able to save nearly 90% on her clothing. One helpful hint though: store it somewhere that you’ll be able to easily find. There’s nothing more disappointing than to find the clothes you’ve bought for a particular season after that season has ended.
3. Shop second-hand stores.
Before I was a parent myself, I was a manager of a local kids’ second hand store and I was constantly amazed at some of the clothes for babies and toddlers that passed through our doors. Name brand clothing with tags still attached was not an unusual occurrence. Try to seek out a store in your area that has high quality standards to make sure that you’ll have some luck when you’re able to go shop. It can be disappointing to spend your time in a store and walk out empty-handed though, so be prepared that you may not always come out a winner.
4. Shop for clothes that are inexpensive all the time.
Honestly, I love shopping at places like Wal-mart for my kids’ clothing. I know that I don’t have to search through racks and racks of clothing to possibly find a single shirt that I think is worth purchasing. Brands like Garanimals make the shopping process easy because I know I’m not going to be spending a fortune and I’m going to find plenty of coordinating pieces to fill out their wardrobe.
5. Utilize hand-me-downs.
While I know Sarah won’t fit into all of Reagan’s old clothes, I know I’ve got options because I’ve saved all of her old pieces that were still in great condition. Some clothes are bound to work for both girls. If you don’t have older children or if you haven’t been saving clothes, you can also look to friends and family to see if anyone has a child just older than yours that could pass clothes on to your sweetheart. Don’t be afraid to ask!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Garanimals. The opinions and text are all mine.Pin It