Another item on my getreadyforbaby to-do list was to start purchasing clothing. From what I’ve heard and from what I’ve experienced as a nanny in college, babies are quite the outfit destroyers. Between spitup, leaks, blowouts, and stains, they go through a few outfit changes a day at least. I really don’t want to be doing the baby’s laundry three times a day so I figured the best way to avoid that was to stock up on clothing for our little miss.
My family/friends have graciously offered to throw me a baby shower and we are officially registered (whew, that was seriously quite the process!) but being that this is our first child, we are lacking most of the major essentials that I would rather receive than clothing for her. I figured one of the best and inexpensive ways to get her wardrobe ready was to shop secondhand. She’ll be outgrowing and staining her clothes so fast that this seemed the most practical to me. I would hate to have other people or myself spend tons of money on clothes that she may never even wear or ruin within the first five minutes of trying it on.
I am sosososo glad I decided to go shopping and see what I could find at a couple thrift stores. Holy cow. The clothes were adorable, stylish, practically new, brand names, and some of the items still had their original tags on! I purchased a total of 95 pieces for a little over $100. I “splurged” on a few pieces that were $2-3 but most of the items were $1 or under. I couldn’t believe it. After a wash cycle with Dreft (does anyone else loooove the scent of this stuff??), they literally seem like brand new clothes.
I decided to hang everything except pajamas and plain white onesies, which will go in the dresser. I figure it will be more fun and easier to mix and match outfits and also to see what I have vs. what I still need to buy. It’s funny how when you are pregnant with your first, these little bitty decisions like “closet vs. dresser” seem so completely crucial and important. I can’t explain it but I will admit I found myself researching the decision online and had a few dreams about closet organization.
I found some super awesome clothing size organizers on Etsy that I need to order. The top right is Newborn and 0-3 months, the bottom right is all 3-6 months, and the left is anything 6-12 months. I plan on having tupperware-type boxes ready to go to move things into storage as she grows. And I love the teal paint pop of color in the closet even more now! So fun. We have baskets on order for the closet shelves and that wicker hamper was only $15 on clearance at Home Goods (found a similar one at Cost Plus for $30!) so that was awesome.
The hardest part was keeping in mind the seasons/weather for each age group of clothing. I was literally counting from her due date on my fingers in the stores thinking, “Okay, at three months it will be the middle of summer.” I think I got everything pretty spot on, though, and our little girl will be ready for sun, rain, or snow.
I immediately got to washing, sorting, and hanging the clothes. It was so much fun and made me even more excited for her arrival! I found baby clothing hangers (white plastic) at Walmart for $1/pack of ten. Good deal! I also bought wooden clothes pins for $2/pack of 100 to hang the pants as a cheap alternative to pant hangers (which were $3 for three – yikes). They seem to work great!
I also bought some cute hats (most for 50 cents or under) and pairs of mittens to prevent scratches in those first few days/weeks.
A big discovery while shopping was I don’t think there is anything in this entire world cuter than baby pajamas other than a cute baby wearing baby pajamas, of course! Baby girl will be warm and cozy through her first year with all of the cute jammies I found.
I really wanted a good mix of colors (more than just pink – again avoiding the super girly-girl/diva/princess attitude from the beginning!) and styles for her to wear. Between onesies, dresses, leggings, jeans, sweaters, I think we’re pretty set. Other than a few gifts we’ve received and a couple outfits from TJ Maxx and Ross (and the very first outfit we bought her at Old Navy the day we found out we were having a girl), everything is secondhand but seriously, you wouldn’t even know it. I totally recommend shopping this way to all of the new parents out there. Here are a few cute combos I love. I think I’m going to have a ridiculously fun time dressing her every morning… and most likely, thanks to the bound-to-happen messes, every hour.