Cheap baby clothes are something that every parent wrestles with. How cheap is too cheap? Do they really need anything resembling a brand name? If I buy baby clothes that are too cheap, could they harm my child, like the lead-based paint off of some toys?
The truth is you should feel good about the clothes you buy for your child. If you feel terrible about buying cheap baby clothes for your pride and joy, you need to do one of two things – either spend enough money so you don’t feel bad yet not go broke, or you need to change your attitude. What you choose to do will depend on your situation and your inclinations.
If you feel like everyone is always judging you and determines how good of a person you are by what you wear, and you feel like the people in your baby’s life do the same thing in regards to your precious little one, then by all means, spend more money on girls clothes or boys clothes for your child. But here’s a little secret – the money spent on baby clothes for your child doesn’t make them look cooler to the other kids in daycare or the stroller club. And it will only make other parents wonder at your good judgment if you are blowing hundreds of dollars each month on new baby clothes for your kid before the old ones wear out.
On the other hand, if you change your attitude and realize that cheap baby clothes are okay for your kids, you will feel like a big weight has been lifted off your shoulders and put into your pocket in the form of extra money in your wallet. Brand name baby clothes can be very expensive – if you’re buying the wrong brands. Cheap baby clothes can be found at Wal-Mart, Target, and Old Navy that will last as long as they need to and look good for as long as you have them. Brands like OshKosh, Carters and Circo, as well as Gerber for newborn baby clothes, provide good value by providing your children with well-made clothes that look good yet don’t take too much money.
One thing that will help you greatly on the path to cheap baby clothes freedom is to, other than having access to lots of hand-me-downs, make a plan for what clothes you want to buy for your children and then stick to it. Buying cheap baby clothes is great until you realize your only child has 15 t-shirts for the summer. Way to many and too much money wasted. Kind of defeats the purpose. Figure out the clothes your child will need based on the season, the climate, the activities you plan for them, how often your family does laundry and how warm or cold you keep the house. Then buy accordingly. Don’t let yourself just wander the baby section repeatedly during the year. Make a plan and stick to the plan. You’ll be glad you did.
Cheap baby clothes are great things to buy, and we here at Essential Baby Things love shopping for them, but if you don’t have the right mindset, or you overbuy on the cheap stuff, it won’t be worth it. So get your mind right, make a plan and go to some of the great stores that have affordable or cheap baby clothes as opposed to the expensive ones. You’ll be glad you did.