While shopping for baby clothes can be fun, it’s not always a quick and easy task. It can also quickly burn a hole in your wallet! As fun as clothes shopping is to some, there are many tips on how to make baby clothes last longer. Taking care of the clothing is only a small part. You could also upcycle clothing and invest in quality products. Make the clothing worth every penny spent.
Care for Clothing
If you throw all the clothes into one massive pile for washing, stop! Various fabrics have different cleaning requirements. So, check out the care tag and clean it accordingly. Some moms recommend washing clothes in cool water, then line drying them to keep colors and shape intact.
Fold up clothing your kiddo’s not wearing or hang it in the closet. As a rule of thumb, nicer outfits like dresses or jackets should remain hung up. You can further protect the clothing by keeping it in a garment bag.
Pro tip: Rather than tossing torn or stained clothing, repair it. Cover holes with cute patches to give your baby’s outfits some creative flair. Why not make outfits a fashion statement with some great mending? Not only will this make clothing last, but it also saves you money.
Some clothing—albeit a bit pricey— lasts, so know how to buy sustainable clothes. Two of the worst things you can do are overbuy and buy the wrong style. Kids grow fast, and they also love running and jumping around.
If you buy in bulk, there are bound to be at least a few garments your child never wears. And when you’re clothing shopping, especially for babies, make comfort the priority. When you shop for sustainable clothing, aim to buy outfits for various occasions, so rotating your cutie’s wardrobe comes with ease.
Upcycle Old Garments
While everything isn’t wearable, it is salvageable, and sometimes making clothing last means repurposing it. With this tip on how to make baby clothes last longer, you can get creative. Get more use out of old clothing by:
- Storing it away for hand-me-downs
- Crafting pieces into a quilt
- Doing clothing swaps
You get more value out of clothing when you have various uses for it. When your baby grows, they may no longer fit in their clothes, but that doesn’t mean you have to get rid of a piece if it’s a favorite. Get creative as you upcycle your little one’s outfits to get the most out of each.