Your baby is the light of your life, and you want to give them the biggest wardrobe possible. However, when you see how expensive a sleeping onesie is, you begin to rethink your strategy. After all, they will only wear that for 1-2 months at most. The average parent spends up to $1,110 in the first two years of their baby’s life, but we will show you some tips on how to cut those costs.
- Consider Minimalist Wardrobes
As a parent, you may feel tempted to buy as many clothes for your baby as you can, out of fear that they will get their clothes dirty. You may also come across bundles of cheap clothes that you cannot help from buying. If you get too many clothes, though, the baby will not have enough time to wear all of them.
Babies mostly need just one onesie, 4-5 jammies, and 5 pairs of pants, as they grow out of clothes fast. A baby capsule wardrobe would work best here since it only features the main pieces that you would need for a particular age. Focus on quality items that can withstand multiple washes – even daily washes – as you will likely have many stains to deal with.
- Resell Old Baby Clothes
A baby can grow up to 1 inch a month, meaning that by the time they start getting used to their old baby clothes, they will need new ones. Many of the old pieces may still be in good condition, as the baby probably did not get to wear them much.
In that case, you should consider reselling the clothes. Many new parents are going through the same struggle as you are, so they will probably jump at the chance of purchasing baby clothing that is still in good condition. You may use some Poshmark tips and tricks to get a good price when you resell the items.
- Use Online Coupons
Many online stores offer discounts for first orders and returning customers as a part of their customer onboarding strategies. For instance, you may buy once and get 25% off by subscribing to their newsletter, and then get further discounts by receiving seasonal coupons. Make use of all those offers to get a good price and cut the costs on your baby’s clothing.
- Buy Practical Clothing
Getting baby clothes that can only be used once or twice can be a waste of money. Sure, that princess dress or fairy jumpsuit with wings and all may be cute – but other than at a themed party, where else can your baby wear them? They are cute, but there’s no way they can wear those clothes at home or under normal social circumstances.
Buy practical clothes that they can wear any time, on any occasion. Instead of fancy patterns and designs, go for comfort and quality. Choose clothing that your kids can both play and sleep in. This will help you make the most out of the pieces, so they don’t end up catching dust in your baby’s wardrobe.
- DIY Simple Clothes
If you have an artsy thumb, buy simple clothes to update yourself. For example, you can get a plain white onesie that is much cheaper than an embroidered one, and work on it. You can use it to create matching embroidered clothing for the whole family, including the little one.
Or perhaps that slightly tight onesie can have its bottom cut away, turning it into a small baby shirt. Depending on your baby’s growth rate, you may use that shirt for a while more. There are many ways to update your baby’s clothing, as long as you let your imagination go wild.
- Buy from Consignment Stores
Many new parents decide to sell their baby’s clothing online or at second-hand shops to get some of the money back. They put aside their best items to resell for profit, usually through consignment stores or other similar second-hand shops.
However, because the items are not new, they have a much lower price. Even if they still have the tag on, they are considered “old,” so people cannot sell them at the same price they paid for the new item. This allows you to buy relatively new clothes at a better price, and then save up the extra cash that would have been spent on the “new” label.
- Reuse and Upcycle the Baby Clothing
Globally, only around 12% of the clothes are recycled, with the rest ending up in a landfill. The more textiles get thrown away, the more will have to be created – and the higher the prices will go. By recycling the clothes, not only will you receive some sort of payment or vouchers for your efforts (depending on where you go), but you will also help the planet while you are at it.
You may also decide to reuse or upcycle those pieces yourself. Old baby clothes can be upcycled into other items such as blankets or better-fitting clothes. For instance, an outgrown sweater can be cut out so that you can make a pair of mittens, a cap, or a headband. You can also take the outgrown clothes and turn them into baby bags. You will need one to carry your baby gear, after all.
The Bottom Line
Whether we like it or not, we end up spending hundreds of dollars on baby clothes that our little one will only wear for a couple of weeks. For someone with an average budget, this can be difficult to handle, especially as there are other baby expenses you need to consider as well.
You can cut the costs of baby clothing by making smart choices. Buy second-hand instead of buying new. Upcycle the outgrown clothes instead of throwing them away. Buy quality baby clothes that can be used in more than one setting. By following our tips above, you should be able to save some money on baby gear.
Gilles Couvreur is the founder of Crosslist, a productivity tool that allows sellers to list quickly on the world’s largest online marketplaces. In his free time, he loves to share simple tips that help resellers reach more customers.