Welcome to my first post in the Mix Box blog section. The Mix Box is reserved for topics which are not related to manicure but I still want to share with you.
I spent the whole morning happily choosing spring/summer clothes for my baby boy. “Wow, they grow so fast!” crossed my mind a zillion times :) But I also had some reasonable thoughts that may be useful to you when shopping for kids clothes. I will share with you what I got from my successful and totally failed kids shopping experience.
Plan a season ahead
The best time to do kids spring/summer shopping is… winter. To be more precise: winter sales. The same goes for winter clothes. You will get the best deals if you browse the clearance sections. I am not saying that you will have to make your baby wear Christmas sweaters on the beach but there are always some good pieces which will fit at least 3 of 4 seasons. Good examples are zipper sweatshirts, hoodies, under garments, t-shirts which can also serve as underwear, etc. Put your imagination to work and save your wallet some cash while making your discount picks :)
Get a larger size
Let’s face it, our kids grow up oh so fast! Sometimes moms end up with new clothes which still have their price tag attached and are already small for your precious one to wear. To avoid getting new clothes too often just get them slightly larger than your child’s current size. You can roll sleeves and pants up for a while until your baby grows to fit them, and too soon after outgrows them.
Get mix and match sets
I find mix and match clothes sets easiest to use. You always have an outfit ready for your precious as soon as you choose clothes from the same line. Many companies launch these lines of perfectly thought over pieces which go perfectly well together from the hat to the sock.
Look for value packs
Some clothing pieces come in value packs. These are a larger number of the same piece, combined together to offer a better price. It is similar to a wholesale purchase: if you buy 5, you will get a better price. I always get value packs for short and long sleeve bodysuits, sleep suits and socks. These pieces are always highly exploited and I need to have a larger number. Than why not at a better price, right?
Prefer quality to quantity
Maybe the most important feature of kids clothes is durability. Children are in their nature abusers in so many ways :) Your kids clothes are more likely to get stained, torn, washed on a 60 degree program than any other piece of fabric out there. So you need good quality fabrics to ensure your child feels comfortable wearing them and also that they will survive the process above.
I will share with you the clothes gallery I made for my boy. All images are from Next where I usually get kids clothes inspiration and deals. My clothes sets are all boy sets but I believe tips here are valid for buying girls clothes too!
What not to do when shopping for kids clothes?
There is one thing I strongly believe you should not do when shopping for kids clothes. Do not bring your child with you! Kids will spend their time much more happily playing, napping or doing kids stuff instead of having to accompany you to a shopping spree. You do not need an unhappy, bored and nervous child around, believe me! So either go alone or shop online. Tip! If you decide to go shopping without your child, bring a few of their clothes with you as this may break the ties if you are hesitating between two possible sizes.
Thanks for reading this unrelated stuff from my Mix Box, I hope it was useful!.