Welcome Back for the second installment of my Baby On a Budget Series: Clothing! If you missed the first installment of this series you can find it below.
When we left off I had most of the gear I need for the new baby. I had spent $46 dollars, and budgeted $200 for a car seat. Since I have a few months to keep looking before the baby arrives, I’m holding out hope that I can find the perfect used car seat, but keeping that $200 budgeted in case I have to purchase one new. ***Update*** I’ve discovered that a less expensive, but also highly rated car seat actually measures better for my car and costs $100 less brand new! HOORAY! Still keeping my eyes open for a good used one, but for now I can budget that extra hund-o somewhere else.
For now I’ve moved onto clothing our sweet little sugar bean.
Everyone knows how hard it is to resist the adorable little pink and blue outfits at the clothing stores. They are so precious. Go ahead and let yourself buy one or two. Get a “going home from the hospital” or “first Christmas” outfit. After that, reign yourself in and think long and hard about what your baby actually needs on a daily basis.
Let me tell you up front, in case you didn’t already know, babies grow FAST! That means good quality and gently worn baby clothes can be had for next to nothing if you’ll only take the time to look.
A winter baby with a stay at home mom (who actually intends to do a lot of staying home) will be perfectly happy in onesies and sleep-and-play outfits. Let the Grandmas and Aunties have their fun by buying a few cutesy things to dress baby in for outings.
I’ve been thrift-shopping for several warm rompers, some onesies and a few pairs of cozy pajamas in a couple sizes. It’s so easy to go overboard and buy, buy, buy all those adorable little outfits. Rest assured though, when you have a baby (especially a girl) bags and boxes of adorable and barely used clothes appear on your doorstep, as if by magic, at regular intervals. Keep what you can use, and bless another family with the rest.
If some weird twist of fate leaves you bereft in the Magic Clothes Fairy department, don’t despair. You can still find plenty of great deals. If there is a lack of good thrift and consignment stores in your area, take a quick look at Craigslist.
A craigslist/baby and kids search of the term “LOT” today yielded me a full page of baby clothing lots ranging in price from $10-$100. Of course one would have to narrow the list to the appropriate gender, season and size for the baby in question, but the savings are definitely out there to be had, particularly if you start looking long before you’re in need, and take your time. It’s totally okay to be extra choosy when buying used.
Another great option is yard sales. Baby clothes are often priced at fifty cents or a quarter at yard sales. I’ve mentioned before that I don’t frequent yard sales very much, because I don’t live near where they tend to take place. When there is one in my neck of the woods, I always try to stop by, especially if they’ve advertised baby and kid items.
Here’s the thrift store newborn layette so far:
I’ve spent $26.42 on clothes, about half came from my all day thrifting trip a couple weeks back, and the rest came from local thrift stores. This includes some wipes, and receiving blankets that I plan to turn into newborn sized flats and more wipes. The prefolds and diaper covers you see were part of the original $46 from part one. I’m keeping my eyes open for a few more sleep and play outfits since we’re going to be cloth diapering, and I expect to have a few leaks, complete with resulting extra outfit changes, until I figure out which diaper/fold/cover combo works for our (typically skinny) newborns.
Now, because we’ve been thrifty, patient and willing to accept the generosity of our friends and family we are nearly ready to bring our baby home. Next on the list of things we need to think about for our baby is diapering. Stop by next week to see how we plan to keep our baby clean and dry without breaking the bank.
Total so far: $72.42.