For the first year of my kids’ lives, I didn’t really need to buy them any clothes. After two baby showers, and tons of enthusiastic and generous gifts, our nursery was packed to the gills with cute little clothes, sizes 0-3, 3-6 and 6-9. And of course I added to the collection because that was part of my mommy-dream…dressing tiny little babies in adorable outfits. The dresser drawers overflowed with onesies and sleepers, and tiny little sundresses hung in the closet. I was in my glory!
What I hadn’t counted on was the voracious appetites of my little ones. In the first four months, Jonathan grew from a 7.12 newborn to almost 15 pounds of chubby rolls who only fit into 6-9 month clothes. We blew thru the countless outfits that were only worn once before they were relegated to the basement bins.
Christmas rolled around and more cute outfits were given as gifts. I bought shoes, socks and bibs, but not many clothes. Next came the May birthday, and more wonderfully timed gifts, coinciding with another massive growth-spurt.
In May we will celebrate Faith and Jonathan’s second birthday. According to most child development books, the kids should only grow several inches and gain about 4 pounds. As such, the rapid-fire growth will slow, and clothes might actually last longer than two months.
I had a lot of bargain-hunting success at my local Kohl’s that I wanted to share with my fellow MoM’s. And so, without further ado, I present to you, my bargains!
Kohl’s has a brand called “Jumping Beans” that costs $5 an item from sizes 0-24. Starting at 2T, the cost jumps to $6 a piece. I was fortunate to have a 30% off coupon, and was able to buy Jonathan 7 shirts and 5 pairs of shorts for $50.40. For Faith, I bought 5 tops, 2 onesies, 2 skirts, and 2 pairs of capris and 1 pair of shorts for $42.
All items are mix and match, and I know from prior experience that they fit the proportions of my kids. With the jeans and zip-up hoodies that they already have, my kids will have plenty of clothes for spring and fall. All I need is to pick up a few dresses at the Mother-of-Twins sale this spring, and we will be set!
While I certainly am not one to turn down hand-me downs, I find that they sit in the drawers, unwearable, because none of our other clothes match that piece. Anyway, that is my two $cents$ and recommendations for dressing your twins!
What are your favorite tips for shopping for necessities for your children?