Those pre-baby days of wandering through the
stores looking at the cute baby clothes take on a new dimension
when the star comes along and demands attention, gets hungry or needs an immediate diaper
outfits are expensive and the little ones grow out of clothes so quickly... keeping
your infant or toddler dressed in quality clothes while watching your wallet means
constantly comparing prices. Unless you have an unlimited budget, brand names
and those imported outfits that look so adorable require some serious shopping
When to buy baby clothes
January is prime time for clothing sales. Men's, women's and children's clothing are top sellers, but baby clothes are also traditionally on sale at Babies 'R Us, Target and online at Amazon.
Also remember Black Friday which usually offers great sales on baby gear including great bargains on bigger ticket items such as baby car seats, cribs and strollers.
At any time of year, you may score a major bargain at baby clothes clearance sales at a major department store. Otherwise, many neighborhood thrift shops offer new clothes (with the original price tags still attached) at bargain prices. These clothes are usually brought in by new moms who didn't even get a chance to use these gifted outfits before baby outgrew them!
In other areas, moms
are lucky enough to have a swap group. As one baby grows out of
a size the next mom inherits the like-brand-new outfits. Adding
new pieces and discarding stained items, mom number two
passes the wardrobe on to the next mom.
If a group of friends has babies within
a few months of each other, this works surprisingly well. Make
sure that any sentimental outfits don't get passed on - no one
can help an occasional stain on an infant's outfit and exploring
toddlers are notoriously hard on clothes. What you pass on may never
make it back for your next baby!
Around the web, take advantage
of convenient, online shopping for those high-end designer baby
clothes, or find great bargains on infant sets and accessories
with our guide to online baby clothes shops - along with baby
clothes buying & consumer tips with expert advice for outfitting
that cute toddler or newly-arrived bundle of joy...
Shopping the online baby clothes clearance sales
As ever, shopping online offers the ease of browsing the stores right from home. Today the competition for your attention is fierce as online retailers clamor to offer free or cheap shipping, stellar customer service, and/or generous return policies. Plus, don't forget to look at major department store online clearance sales pages to find the real bargains:
Clothes Stores - An extensive directory list with brief reviews of related
online stores including top retailers - some unexpected (Old Navy, Jockey) plus
loads of links to specialty baby clothing, European and heirloom baby clothing