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The Problem With Having Too Many Baby Clothes

Prior to having a baby everyone knows the one gift that an expecting family needs; baby clothes. But from the baby showers, to the grandparents, to all the aunts and uncles, all those baby clothes start piling up before you even have the chance to find a place for them. Before you know, you'll have more clothes than your baby will even be able to wear before they start growing and needing even more new clothes.

It's easy to get lost in all the excitement of cute new outfits, hand-me-downs, and of course, Target's baby clothing section, but it's important to keep everything organized as well. Having a baby is a ton of work, and even something as small as organizing your baby's new clothes can help save you from a lot of stress.

So, how do you keep from having the problem of too many baby clothes?
Well, the first step is to organize your new clothes by age! You can typically sort all of them into the 5 main categories:

  • Newborn
  • 3-6 months
  • 6-12 months
  • 12-24 months
  • 24+ months

While organizing, the second step to keep in mind is how many clothes is enough. Take into consideration how often you'll want to do laundry and how much clothes you can comfortably store. Usually having more than 50 outfits per size category is too many, but everyone has their own preferences. Once you have all that organized you can place the sizes you won't be currently needing into storage bins, and organize the ones you will be needing in your nursery, or wherever your keeping the baby's clothes.

The third step is figuring out what to do with the baby clothes once you don't need them anymore. There are a few options you can choose from on this one.

1. Keep them!
If you know you're planning on having more kids in the future, a smart idea would be to keep a lot of your baby clothes in storage, which will save you tons of money for the next kids.

2. Hand-me-downs!
Hand-me-downs are a great way to pass on your baby clothes, especially if you have any family members or friends in need of them. There are also many Facebook groups for new moms where you can find hand-me-downs and post about hand-me-downs.

3. Resell!
If you're looking to make a little bit of a profit off your baby clothes or looking to make back some of the money you spent on them, reselling is definitely something you should look into. You can resell the clothes on various sites, like Poshmark, eBay, Facebook Marketplace, Mercari, etc. You can also look into stores like WINGS Resale Shop or Once Upon A Child.

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4. Donate!
One of the best ways to get rid of old baby clothes is to donate them. Whether that's donating them to shelter, non-profit organizations, or wherever, if you're able to give some of them to those who truly need but can't afford them is an amazing thing. Some of my personal favorite places to donate to are Cradles to Crayons, Baby2Baby, March of Dimes, American Red Cross, and Planet Aid.

If you have any other suggestions for how to handle the problem of over-piling baby clothes, feel free to comment them down below!
Until next time sustainable fashionistas!

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