Frugal Baby - Fun Clothing Ideas
Here's some fun and easy ways to keep your baby on the best dressed list without breaking the piggy bank!
- Use sewing trim to turn plain clothes instantly cool, fun or elegant. For girls, buy short sleeved shirts in size 4T and you'll be able
to use them for at least four years-- first as dresses that look adorably oversized and later as shirts. Some of my daughter's cutest
"dresses" are actually shirts, but you can't tell.
- To salvage hand-me-downs with rips or stains, cover the bad area with fun buttons (attach with dental floss so it's sturdier), bows,
lace, ribbon,or patchwork squares in a coordinating fabric.
- Shop thrift stores. If you're not, I also suggest shredding ten dollar bills and flushing them for fun. Go to different stores till
you find one you like. Many are run by churches and have parking lots full of $30,000 cars. It's not the seedy scene it was when we
were kids. I found like-new designer baby clothes, gorgeous holiday dresses and my entire maternity wardrobe at thrift stores.
- Garage Sales! You can get even better deals at the end of the day when folks don't want to pack up all those boxes.
- Buy clothes too big. Your child will look more like a baby, which will fill you with fuzzy feelings, and you get to actually get your
money's worth. (Note that experts recommend that babies sleep in form-fitting, fire retardant clothing though.)
- Buy the bulk of your baby clothes at the end of the seasons. Shop the winter and summer clearances for sizes your baby will be
in six months from now. When I was pregnant I bought an armload of Christmas and winter clothes at 90% off, and the following fall I
had a wardrobe of adorable clothes waiting for us.
- Be creative! Once I got into bargain hunting for baby clothes I got addicted. Now my pregnant friends nearby are hinting that they
want our hand-me-downs. One told me, "I hope I have a girl so I can I can borrow your stuff--your girls are always dressed so cute!"
Not bad considering I got most of it for fifty cents.
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