I found out that we will most likely have 6 weeks from the time that we find out that we’ve been picked for a baby until it is born. Since this is a pretty short time, I’m doing as much as I can now to prepare. Although I can’t go too crazy because this 6 week countdown might not start for months or over a year.
Preparing for Baby – Saving on Clothes
One way that I’m preparing is by purchasing clothes second hand. Since we don’t know the gender or season of birth, I’ve set a few guidelines for myself so that this works. Here are my guidelines:
- I “allow” myself to purchase up to 2T
- Know the brands and only buy more expensive brands because they would have higher resale value and better quality overall
- Each item that I buy might never get worn. My goal will be to resell these items; however, they might end up being given to friends so I need to make sure that each item is a price where either of these scenarios work.
- No stains, damage and must look like new.
- All bets are off for cute coats and shoes.
I’ve been collecting for about a year and have gathered a couple bins of items. Since these items are second hand, I want to make sure and wash them before I pack them away. I picked up some all free clear because it is gentle, hypoallergenic and dermatologist recommended. (Plus you can get a coupon here). I like the mighty pacs because I just need to throw a pack into each load of wash.
I love going to thrift stores on the days that they have 1/2 off all clothes (generally this happens around major holidays) because I can save even more on these items. Some of my favorite items have been sandals for $1 that retail for over $30 and some absolutely adorable coats.
In addition to clothes, I have already purchased some other baby items such as a changing pad, toys, and miscellaneous accessories but I’ll be sharing about those in a later post.
How did you prepare for your baby?
Thanks to all free clear for sponsoring today’s post. All thoughts are my own.
Lani @ Life Anchored says
So important to be budget conscious when preparing. There are so many expenses that you can’t expect. I loved washing all of the clothes before he arrived.
Jess Scull says
I had to make sure I didn’t go overboard myself when buying baby clothes, but its so hard! LOVE All!
Great idea! You can also check out consignment shops for things too.
Carrie @Frugal Foodie Mama says
I am all about buying second hand and consignment for my little one! They grow out of everything SO fast too. It is a waste to spend a ton of money on new clothes for them. I say let someone else do that for you instead, lol. ;) Smart thinking, girly.
Summer Rumsey says
I often shopped at consignment shops for my baby clothes – and everything got prewashed!