Baby clothes are super cute but don’t be a sucker for marketing! Do your bit for the environment and your purse-strings and start sharing your baby clothes (and toys/baby care things)!
The expense and waste of baby clothes
According to a UK study, first-time parents are spending an average of £10,000 on a baby for their first year of life. This is shocking! However, I can see how the costs can add up when you don’t carefully budget. The article explains that over £5000 is wasted on items that are hardly used or not used at all. Clothing counts for an average of £1000 for the baby’s first year.
Babies grow incredibly fast and often wear an outfit just once or twice. It can be so tempting when expecting a child to go crazy buying loads cute yet uncomfortable clothes (which let’s be honest is a treat for you, not them!) Fortunately, I was able to hold back on buying much for my baby before he was born and in the last few months I haven’t had to buy anything! Isaac was bought some beautiful clothes by family and friends and everything else he has is second (or third)-hand.
The money saved will go towards more special things like memorable day’s out. Besides cheap nappies and a few occasional purchases like baby creams or simple toys, our baby has actually cost us nothing so far! The only cost has been the loss of income on my part due to maternity leave.
Baby clothes rotation
I realise I am very fortunate. There are many young children and babies in my family so it has been easy for us to save and share clothes. However, it is easy to set up clothes rotation with friends if you are the first in your family to have children.
My family organise their clothes rotation by:
- The eldest baby gets new clothes (baby shower gifts/ contributions from family and friends/ some cost to parents). This is just enough clothes for what the baby needs, including around 10 sleepsuits and vests; 6 other outfits like trousers and t-shirts; socks and mittens.
- When this baby grows out of things they are boxed up into the separate sizes
- My dad and stepmum then store the clothes for future babies (in boxes – newborn; 0-3 months; 3-6 months and so on)
- At a family get together the boxes are then swapped. For example, we now have the 3-6 and 6-9 month clothes from my nephew and have given the newborn and 0-3 month clothes to my brother and sister-in-law ready for their new baby. Many of the clothes are neutral too so suit both boys and girls.
- Ultimately, the parents of the eldest baby may get the clothes back if they have another child (or otherwise the rest of us contribute a little to the cost or buy vouchers to say thank you).
It is as simple as that! Isaac has some absolutely beautiful clothes from places I could never afford – JoJo Maman Bebe; Next; Marks and Spencer; John Lewis for example! Many of his things are hardly worn yet they may have been through a few children.
So, even if you don’t plan future children, keep hold of your baby clothes as there is bound to be someone in your family or friendship group that will benefit from them. Less waste in landfill can only be a good thing too!
Other amazing things to hand-me-down
Isaac doesn’t only have clothes from family but also some brilliant toys and baby care items that have been handed down (some are 15 years old!)
Save money today and get sharing your baby bits!