A lot of folks enjoy buying baby clothes as presents, but they usually give them in the smallest sizes that won’t fit for long. You can take advantage of this by not buying too many outfits before your baby is born, and then buy wisely when you have to do your own shopping. Here are some tips on where and how to save!
Save when buying baby clothes
Buy one size bigger than your baby’s actual size
When buying baby clothes, it’s important to remember than they grow up really quick. Most 6-month old babies wear sizes for 9-12-month olds. Of course, you also need to keep the season in mind because lightweight summer clothes are useless in the winter.
Stock up for the coming months
If your kid will be 9 months old in January, you should buy the right size in anticipation for the following winter. Keep this in mind when hitting the “season clearance” sales at stores like Woolworths and Edgars, who often offer savings of up to 50% off at the end of each season.
Don’t buy too much up-market stuff
There really isn’t a point in paying top price for vests, plain tops and tights when you can get them for much cheaper. CottonOn kids is AMAZING, but for plain pieces of gear, rather head to cheaper stores like Ackermans or Mr Price where you can pay a fraction of the price.
Always consider the value for money when buying baby clothes
If you’re super tempted to buy those baby sneakers, just stop for a second and consider what the value of your purchase looks like. Practical dresses and trousers will probably be worn enough to justify the spend, but don’t pay top price for an outfit that will only be worn once.
Secondhand babywear shops are your friend
Like we mentioned earlier, babies grow up very quickly, and most of their clothes will probably only be worn once before they don’t fit anymore. For this reason, you should really consider nearly-used sales and secondhand babywear shops. You’ll benefit from what other people have had to throw out and some items might still carry the original shop tag which indicates that the item has never been worn.