Don’t Say No to Used Baby Clothes!

Secondhand clothes have a bad reputation. Many people immediately envisage worn out, musty jeans, or jumpers starting to unravel. And when you think back to your own ‘difficult’ years, frequenting thrift stores and the like, looking for whatever counter-culture clothing statement seemed important at the time, you may recoil in horror when somebody offers to give you a bag of used clothes for your precious new baby.

If this is your first baby, rest assured that this is normal. In fact, in a few months, you’ll probably be passing on your baby’s used clothes to someone else too, and wondering what all the fuss is about! Believe me, any chance you have to acquire cheap baby clothes should be embraced.

What babies need

You see, as parents, we become a little too distracted by all the cute, adorable outfits available. It takes some time to adjust to the notion that babies’ clothing requirements are different to those of adults. They need to be kept warm and comfortable of course, but they also get a little messy throughout the day, and need to be changed frequently so that they can stay dry.

Soon you’ll discover that having only a few nice outfits becomes impractical. Unless you love washing clothes, you’ll learn that it’s a good idea to have a few clean sets of bodysuits, sleepers and bibs to hand at all times. You’ll also find that babies grow very quickly in the first year, so their wardrobe will constantly need to be replenished.

Add these factors together, and what do you have? Bags upon bags of clothes that were only worn for short periods of time, and are now too small for your baby. In other words, bags of clothes in great condition that are only taking up space!

What’s in it for you?

Now you can see why you might want to pass your used baby clothes on. Unless you’re planning to hang on to them for your next baby, they’re just collecting dust. They’re in too good condition to simply pile them into landfill. And your sister or best friend is expecting their first baby too: you know they’re going to need a whole bunch of baby clothes. You can help, and everyone is a winner!

What’s in it for them?

So you’ve offloaded your used baby clothes, but is it a one-sided deal? If the clothes are clean, and genuinely in good condition, then yes, rest assured that you’ve done a good thing. There are many important things to buy for a new baby, and some things (like car seats and cribs) can be quite expensive. Any savings that can be made will help, and giving a gift of baby clothes is one way to achieve this.

Nobody to give to?

Of course, it’s possible you may not have somebody in your immediate circle you can give your used baby clothes to. If that’s the case, decide whether you want to help out a stranger, or make a few bucks.

The first option is easy: look up your local FreeCycle or CraigsList on Google, and post a free ad offering bags of used baby clothes for free to whoever can collect them. You’ll have no shortage of responses!

Selling them is a little trickier, but not much. You can post them on eBay, and there are some dedicated parenting buy and sell sites that may get a good response too. Many secondhand stores will also give you cash for used baby clothes, or even store credit (not a bad thing, as you’ll still likely need to continue buying bigger clothes for your baby). Be warned, the payment you get will probably be quite small, so keep that in mind before deciding if it’s worth the effort.

So now you can see that used baby clothes should be welcomed. Believe me, unless they’re too small for your baby, you’ll definitely need them, so put your prejudices aside, and accept any offers with open arms!

How to Economize On Baby Clothes

The sheer excitement of having a baby prompts everyone to spend lavishly on baby clothes for the new arrival but the fun is short lived as even the costliest of clothes become small for the fast-growing baby in a few months’ time. The baby might have worn these expensive clothes only a few times before it outgrows them and then it’s time for shopping for baby clothes again. Most people cannot afford to spend repeatedly every few months for buying baby clothes. It’s important that you plan out this aspect of buying baby clothes so that you do not waste money and your baby gets the best of clothes. A few useful tips are given below:

Avoid Buying Tight-Fitting Clothes

Since you know that babies grow very fast, you should not buy perfect fitting baby clothes as these will become unsuitable for the baby in a very short time. The best thing to do is to buy larger sized baby clothes as you will be able to use them for a longer period of time.

Buy Easy To Wear Baby Clothes

You can make your life easier if you buy baby clothes that are easy to wear. You won’t have to struggle when you try to put the clothes on your baby and there will be less wear and tear also. Moreover, you should avoid shopping for baby clothes that are in several pieces and need to be buttoned from behind or pulled over the head. You should opt for baby clothes that are made in a single piece and are open from the front and have snap buttons or zippers. This will make life much easier for mothers who might just have recovered from pregnancy complications.

Look Out For Clearance Racks And Genuine Sales

A great way of saving money when you are buying baby clothes is to look out for clearance racks where you can get some great deals with cheap maternity clothes. Sometimes, you can get a huge discount on the prices of baby clothes merely because of a very minor manufacturing problem that just doesn’t matter at all. Moreover, you should wait for the mega sales that are a regular feature at most stores and this is where you can pick up some fantastic deals.

Disposing Off Old Clothes For Cash

Sometimes it is possible to exchange the old clothes of your baby for cash but the amount of money that you will receive will be minuscule. However, something is always better than nothing.

Accepting Old Clothes from Others

There is no harm in accepting old clothes from friends and relatives. Mostly these clothes are in good shape, having been used very scarcely since the child might not have gotten the opportunity to wear them. There is no shame involved in accepting well-meant presents from others and you can save a lot of money in the bargain. As it is, even your baby might outgrow these clothes very soon.

There is no doubt that everyone wants that his/her baby to appear smart in the latest baby clothes and it is essential that you should also work towards that objective. However, it must be remembered that baby clothes need not be expensive in order to look smart and attractive. It’s the way you maintain your baby and her clothes that really matters.

Choosing Right Baby Clothes According To Season

Right now buying beautiful baby clothes may not be your top priority as anyway they will be burped upon and used leisurely by the baby. If not the design, you must be definitely concerned about buying clothes that are comfortable and safe for the baby. Here are some tips to buy the right baby clothes.

Cotton clothes are the best

Baby clothes made of cotton cover the baby’s body smoothly and provide good air flow. The experts recommend buying 100 percent cotton clothes for babies. Moreover, cotton clothes are free from itching or irritation.

Think about the clothes on and off process

The buttons, snaps and zippers are pretty embellishments on a baby clothing. But they can be frustrating to open and close while you are trying to change the diaper or have moving baby in your hands. Many find the snaps at the crotch very easy to handle while changing diapers. There are also magnetic snaps that eliminate the problems of misaligned buttons and zipper jams.

Pants with elastic waists make things easy

You might want to buy a small version of your pair of jeans for your little son or daughter. But the baby doesn’t want to be in tight clothing. The elastic clothing is very flexible on the waist and easy to remove and put on.

Size on baby clothes vary

Clothing brands use different scales for sizing. Also every baby is different in the body figure and size. So for a growing baby size doesn’t matter much. Doctors can prescribe the right clothing size for your baby.

Buy clothes in bulk

Shops offer discounts on off season clothes. One can find winter clothes available at a discounted price during spring and summer. You can buy a lot of clothes at a discounted price and save money. But buy the right type of clothes that can useful for long. It is tough to predict how big or fast your toddler could grow. So pick wisely to have good value for the money.

Go for colorful clothes

Today baby clothes come in a lot of colors and patterns. Consider purple, blue, and grey for boys and orange, pink, yellow for girls. You can pretty much buy anything, as babies won’t rebel for colors of their liking. But there is a dress code for babies to identify them, their gender and look. Clothes with race cars, polka dots and strips look good on boys and fairies, flowers look good on girls.