Spit-up and diaper blow-outs don’t pair well with expensive clothes.
There’s nothing quite as cute as adorable, tiny articles of clothing for babies. That being said, unless they’re cheap baby clothes, then it doesn’t matter how cute they are since your little one will be in the next size up in no time. As tempting as it is to buy every sweet little outfit you come across, it’s not exactly the wisest investment, that’s why it’s helpful to know where to buy affordable baby clothes.
Stocking up on baby clothing is tricky because you know that the clothes are only made to fit for around three months, but you can’t get away with only having a few pieces, otherwise, you’ll be doing laundry even more often than you already are. Not to mention, between diaper blow-outs, spit-up, and finger foods, no article of clothing is totally safe from being destroyed by the baby wearing it. Basically, determining the right amount of clothes to have for your baby at any given time is extremely difficult, but no matter what, the less money you spend on these short-term cheap baby clothes, the better.
The question, though, is where to buy cheap baby clothes? Depending on what you’re looking for, there are probably a lot more options than you realize. Here are just a few brands and stores that sell affordable baby clothes year round.
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Despite how tiny the clothes are if they feature any famous character of some sort you can expect to pay more for them (licensing will get you every time). There’s only so much you can do to get around this, but if you’re determined to dress your baby up in something featuring a cute well-known cartoon, H&M has a bunch of cute baby-sized character clothes that are reasonably priced. All you need to do is check out their character shop where you’ll find clothing featuring Mickey and Minnie, Winnie the Pooh, Harry Potter, Peanuts characters, Disney characters, and more.
You can find all kinds of cute, cheap baby clothes at Target, in fact, it’s one of my favorite places to get baby and toddler clothing, but the absolute best thing you can get is the Cloud Island footie pajamas with inverted zippers. They come in so many fun colors and patterns, are lightweight and breathable, make changing diapers super easy, and come in packs of three (so they’re under $5 each). Both of my daughters pretty much lived in these PJs when they were babies, and I am still amazed by how well they held up as hand-me-downs for my youngest daughter.
If you enjoy in-person shopping and you don’t mind dressing your little one up in second-hand clothes, then Once Upon A Child is where to shop for cheap baby clothes. The store is kind of like Plato’s Closet, but for babies. They buy gently used clothing from families and then turn it around and sell it at a steep discount. So, not only can you shop for your baby here, but you can also sell off the clothes it has grown out of (making the savings all the better). Of course, like all second-hand stores, you never know what kind of stock they have until you get there, but you can bet there will be plenty to choose from in your baby’s size. To find one near you, use the online store locator.
You can find some really great, affordable baby clothes at Walmart, but the best deals come from the multi-packs like this. Between the multi-packs of pajamas, basic onesies, rompers, and outfit sets, you can easily stock your baby up on clothing for three months for under $100.
If you’re shopping for pretty much everything, you are going to find some of the best prices at Amazon. In one order you can get affordable shoes, socks, pants, tops, PJs, sleep sacks, bloomers, and more, plus you can also find hundreds of name-brand items if you want a couple of splurge pieces. Just be sure to pay close attention to sizing charts, because they can vary significantly across the website.
While Macy’s regular price clothing can get pretty steep, you can’t beat their sales. If you go to the sale section of the website, then sort baby clothes from lowest to highest, there’s a very good chance you’ll find pieces for under $3. The only downside to this is that there’s no guarantee they’ll have your little one’s size in something you want. One way to get around this is by buying in advance, such as buying a jacket in a few sizes too big in April for your baby to wear come fall. Yes, this method will take you a bit more time, but if you’re able to score some clothes then it will be time well spent.
When you’re sleep-deprived, it’s hard to put together a matching outfit, but you can take the guesswork out of it without breaking the bank by shopping for outfits at Carter’s. They carry all kinds of cute clothes, and oftentimes you can mix and match the pieces to create additional outfits. Not to mention, there is pretty much always a sale happening at the store, so you’re sure to find something affordable at any given time.
Sometimes you want to dress your baby up a little bit without getting too formal. Old Navy baby dresses are perfect for this. No matter what time of year it is, you can find long-sleeve, short-sleeve, and/or sleeveless cotton dresses for a steal in their baby section. Unfortunately, they don’t come with bloomers at this price point, but chances are high you have a whole drawer full of bloomers already anyway.
Name-brand activewear is expensive, but you can find some really good deals on baby Nike, Adidas, and Under Armor clothing at Kohl’s. Whether you want some cozy pajamas like these or you want to dress your baby up in an adorable little tracksuit, Kohl’s has an option, and there’s most likely also a coupon (or two) available to help you out even more because the store is always running sales and promos.
babyGap has some of the cutest clothes out there, but they’re often priced a little high. You’re not totally out of luck, though, because Gap Factory has all kinds of baby clothes that are just as adorable and usually much less expensive (there are always promos and sales available). You’ll be able to find everything from cute loungewear like these pants to high-quality sweaters to adorable PJs for babies.
Whether you want a onesie for an announcement, a baby gift, or for yourself, you can’t go wrong with the BusyLittleBody shop on Etsy. Lauren, the shop owner, offers some adorable options for various holidays, going-home outfits, and funny designs (like “milk taker”). Her prices are very reasonable for custom clothing, and by shopping here you have the added benefit of being able to communicate with her directly to ensure your onesie design comes out perfect.
Whether you want a tutu for a photoshoot, a party, or just for the heck of it, you can’t go wrong with a handmade option from Latrice at CustomizedInColor. She has sizing options for babies up to 18 months and offers tutu skirts in a wide variety of colors. Plus, if you want something specific, Latrice also accepts custom orders. By opting to purchase here instead of a big box store, you’ll get a skirt that’s handmade exactly to your liking (at a great price).
Baby clothes made from organic cotton are always so soft, but they’re also often pricey. Buy Buy Baby, however, carries quite a few brands that offer organic options including Burt’s Bees, Lamaze, Gerber Organic, Little Me, Honest, and Carter’s. Depending on the brand, you might want to check the sale section or use or a coupon to make the clothing more affordable, but there are always plenty of inexpensive organic clothes at regular prices to choose from, too.
Whether you’re looking for shoes, pajamas, dress-up clothes, loungewear, outfits, or swimwear, you’ll likely be able to find it in a name-brand style at Nordstrom Rack. They carry just about everything, and it’s all marked down from the original price. The only catch is that stock is constantly changing and sizes can be limited, but it’s definitely still worth checking out.
By shopping at ThredUP, you’ll get quality baby clothing at a very steep discount and take part in recycling clothes to reduce waste. You’ll find tons of different brands of baby clothes on the website (including high-end), and you can feel confident that whatever you order will arrive looking like new. The only drawback to shopping here is that you’ll probably need a bit of time to go through their huge stock of items, and not every style is available in every size. Even so, it’s a great way to save money on baby clothes (and a great place to sell all of the gently used clothes your baby has grown out of).
They say babies grow in the blink of an eye, and before you know it you’ll be folding up your favorite onesies knowing your baby will never fit into them again. While there’s no hack to eliminate the bittersweet emotional pain of these moments, you can at least minimize the financial pain by knowing where to buy cheap baby clothes.