Clothes Expenses

We were lucky in that many of the baby’s clothes were gifts from coworkers, friends, or family. As one of my husband’s coworkers put it, “Everyone loves buying cute baby clothes!” This was great for us, as it gave us one less thing to shop for. In fact, at four months, we’ve only bought one outfit (the one he came home from the hospital in)! Since this probably won’t be the case for everyone, I’ll still take you through some lessons learned and talk about average prices when it comes to clothes expenses.

First of all, there is such a thing as too many baby clothes, even though they are tiny and cute. Especially for a family who does a closet sweep and donation drop-off every few months. We discovered this when we realized our three month old son had 33 pairs of clothes. This included 17 onesies, five pajamas,  three hoodies, one sweater, and seven long sleeve jumpsuits. This was too much. We could barely close his clothing drawer and looking at the amount of clothing everyday was a little stressful. Now, the good thing about having so many onesies at this age is that they can become “disposable,” if you will. You see, our son was going through a blowout phase and having about two per week. When they were really bad and we were tired of cleaning the poop off of everything, we had the flexibility to just throw his onesie in the trash and move on to the 16 that were in his drawer. We did this about three times and it was quite useful. That being said, the most clothes I think you would need at any stage would be ten onesies, four pajamas, two hoodies, three jumpsuits (if it’s cold outside). If you tend to dress your baby in onesies for around the house, I would also suggest a pair of shorts to put over them. Trust me, you do not want to have a blowout-prone baby in just a onesie. Gross things could happen. A swaddle cloth could also be used instead of shorts. This setup would allow you to do laundry every three days or so.

Another tip is to think very carefully before you buy that cute little winter coat for your baby. Did you know that it is actually unsafe to put babies in car seats with thick coats on? This is because, if a crash were to occur, the straps would actually become too loose to protect them. Unfortunately, I found this out after my mother-in-law had bought our son his winter coat, but we were still able to use it a few times when we went out for a walk with the stroller. Instead of a winter coat, I would recommend layering your baby (onesie, pajama pants, jumpsuit or onesie, fleece-lined jumpsuit) and covering him with a blanket until you get to the car. If you are going to be out with him a lot, you may also want to get one of those car seat “coats” that cover the entire car seat.

We also didn’t use the gloves that were bought for our baby. After putting them on the first time, we noticed that he kept chewing on them and pulling them off with his mouth or other hand. I didn’t feel comfortable leaving him unattended with the gloves on just in case they ended up in his mouth, so we stopped using them. When we went out, I would tuck his hands underneath a blanket and that seemed to work fine.

Since we technically haven’t bought any clothes for our little one, our true expenses in this category are zero. However, if we were to buy what we needed, I would estimate about $150 per age, as reflected below. The winter coat was bought on sale (I would recommend doing this for baby clothes in general– these is no need to pay full price since Carter’s, Kohls, and Macy’s are always having some type of sale in this department.). The gloves and socks were picked up from Target.

Breakdown of clothes expenses:

  • Newborn clothes: $150
  • 3 month clothes: $150
  • 6 month clothes: $150
  • winter coat: $33
  • winter hat: $8
  • gloves: $5
  • socks: $5


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