Well, first things first. I’m cheap. I do not like paying full price for anything- especially not clothes for Mabel that she’ll outgrow rapidly. So, where do I shop to avoid breaking the bank?
I routinely find Tea Collection, Zutano, Janie and Jack, Baby Gap, Children’s Place, Stride Rite, and other name brand items for a tiny fraction of the original price. I do particularly well during clearance time when clothing items are 10 for $10!
Take this haul for instance:
All for a grand total of….. $45! Yup.
To see a similarly spectacular haul from a more recent trip, see this post.
I try to go to Once Upon a Child first whenever I need something. Since Mabel was born, we’ve gotten our Britax umbrella stroller, her Farm set, her rocking horse, the music table, her tricycle, and lots and lots of clothes and shoes there. They have pretty much any baby/kid related item you could think of from bikes to Bjorns.
The other plus- you can sell the items you no longer need to them for cash! Last year when I wanted to get a bed rail for our bed (so I could nurse Mabel without worrying about her rolling out!) I sold some clothes we didn’t want and was able to get the bed rail for next to nothing!
I tell every new mom about Once Upon a Child. It is a major money saver.