Our boys are growing up way too fast these days, and it’s a little scary.
Not only is it impacting my mental health (well, sort of), but it could also create a hole in your wallet.
Our eldest is a three-year-old with the attitude of a teenager. Privacy is key for him these days, and so is having a mind of his own and voicing it.
Getting dressed still takes about 10-15 minutes, and most of the time we’re searching for his favorite tees. I’ve learned to minimize their wardrobe over the years so we don’t spend a fortune in shoes and accessories. I’ve shared some of my tips to purchasing clothing items for your little ones:
1. Buy two to three pairs of good shoes.
Whether this is your first or second child, you really don’t need to have a closet filled with shoes (or clothes for that matter). Less is more with kids. You want to go with machine washable pairs that can easily be thrown in the wash throughout the week. You’ll thank me when you realize how important that is as they become more curious about the world around them. Oh, and you really don’t need crib shoes. Socks are enough to keep warm.
2. Keep neutral colors handy.
Bright colors look nice, but if you mix in a little neutral in your child’s wardrobe you’ll be able to use some of the items for those moments they’ll need to dress up. Our kids have a lot of gray, black and blue clothing items that function for play and special occasions.
3. Never buy in season, unless it’s on clearance or a real sale.
I’ve chatted with retail professionals about their promo strategy and how they up the prices to make consumers feel they’re getting a better deal they the can elsewhere. As exciting as it might sound to pay $30 for something that was priced at $65, I would say to skip this “deal”. Personally, I won’t pay more than $25 for a top. And that’s even for myself.
4. Always buys a size or two bigger.
Your little ones are growing way too fast, and if you buy clothes that fit them today, they’ll outgrow them tomorrow. You never want to spend your life buying clothes, even if you consider yourself to be a fashionista. Your bank account will need a new look if you waste your money on clothing items.
5. Buy one or two accessories, or skip them.
If you have a girl, then I recommend one or two neutral bows that match most of their outfits. I’ve seen moms who buy their babies little purses to match their outfits (my mom did the same!) You really don’t need it. Unless the child will be carrying her own diapers, I suggest skipping this accessory.
See pictures of our little ones dressed to impress on Instagram via @motherhoodthroughmyeyes