End of Season Sales \\ How to Buy ahead!

We just had our first taste of spring weather here in Houston! With warmer weather, comes end of season sales. If you wanted to sell clothes to your local thrift store, most are looking for spring/summer clothes to add to their inventory!

So my girl is 9 months old and has started to wear 12-18 mos clothing (Im both sad and happy), so If my calculations are correct (which hopefully they are), she will be wearing size 18-24 mos by Fall. If she has a sudden growth spurt, I will have a sale of all these clothes I'm about to share with you. 

When I go shopping for pieces for baby girl's next size up, I stick to buying basics in colors that I know I'll still like in the next season. I'm pretty boring, so grays, olives, navy, & earth tones are my normal go to colors for her. The other half of this is buying patterns that are classic and timeless (so I'm saying no anything chevron- because I'm totally over it). 

(I might have bought a LOT of gray)

(I might have bought a LOT of gray)

1. Basic Colors: Choose classic colors. Colors that can go with most anything that is released next season. My safe choice is gray. Gray leggings can go with so many fun shirts, jackets, and dresses (and they don't seem as dirty as white).

2. Transitional Styles: Choose styles that can transition from fall to winter. I love the 3/4 length sleeve dress. Once winter hits I can add a jacket or sweater over it to make it warmer. In Texas, light layers is all the rage.

3. Don't go overboard: I tell this to myself all the time. I put back a cable knit sweater on the sale rack because I knew that I didn't love it. When you buy basics on sale, you can get the in season stuff you are excited about and mix and match.  

One thing I learned from buying before baby was born was fancy clothes aren't necessary. Jersey knit is your friend for your crawler/toddler! I love that I found all these play clothes on sale at Gap.

Confession: Those marled sweats and plain gray leggings are repeat purchases. I have bought those button leggings in 0-3 mos, 6-12 mos, and 18-24 mos. They get worn the most, go with pretty much everything we own, and they don't get stretched out & saggy. The marled sweats were our everyday pant this winter at home. 

DRESSES: I didn't realize until after baby girl was here that dresses really are the cutest on walkers. So as little bit is growing and reaching milestones like pulling up! (see below)

Anyways, those dresses I'm obsessing over! I can't wait to dress a little walker with fun light layers and sweet shoes or boots! And that Red Sweater Dress was a steal! Baby Boden find for $7 at Kid2Kid- yes please! And the buttons have navy gingham. I already am dreaming up Holiday outfits with those dresses! The denim & gray striped dress has fall written all over them. 

Be on the lookout in the fall/winter for outfits styled with these pieces! 

 

the basics - gear (newborn days and beyond)

Let me be honest, I was on a TIGHT budget for baby gear. I had my heart set on a few big ticket items, but when it came to the nursery (i'll get to that some day) and gear, I was all about borrowing & thrifting. I am thankful for the friends that let me borrow some items. I am MOST thankful for all the generous gifts that helped with the big items. 

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  1. Diaper Bag - Truthfully, as much as I love this bag, I switch back and forth between my tote style purse and this bag. When Ellis was a newborn, I used this the most. Now I use it on days when she's going to child care at church. 
  2. Solly Baby Wrap - I used this up until Ellis was 3 months old! I LOVED it. It was something I didn't travel without in the beginning. But during the HOT months of summer, I just switched to my Ring Sling. But now my dear friend is borrowing it for her new babe! 
  3. Tiny Love - We have a low to the floor bed, so this was Ellis' bassinet! We loved it until she grew out of it! It was great for naps and her sleeping at night! It rocked, vibrated, sat up to a chair, and worked great for us! We borrowed this! 
  4. Lotus Travel Crib - Smaller than a Pack N Play, Lighter too. We love this. When out of town family asked what I needed most, I said amazon gift cards. I got enough amazon gift cards to pay for this! 
  5. Bob Stroller - We love this stroller for walks, the zoo, and running. What I don't love it for, shopping at the mall, traveling (I've flown with this 5 times), and just everyday errands. Its huge, but I still LOVE it. 
  6. Nursing Cover - Can I be honest. I liked it when Ellis was having latching issues, and wasn't all squirmy, and when she was tiny. I liked it when I wasn't a confident nurser. It was a safety net. But, after about 6 months of nursing, I mastered the art of layering and nursing discreetly without a cover. It's not EVERY mom's cup of tea. It was just too DAMN hot in Houston to nurse with a blanket over the two of us. Ps. I am not into all the floral nursing covers, so this was THE only one I wanted for the pattern. 
  7. Sophie the giraffe - LIFE.SAVER. seriously. Just spend the money or hope it's gifted. 
  8. Moccasins - I know they are super trendy right now. And I know some people may argue socks are better. I splurged and bought these for Ellis. They stayed on her feet much better than socks ever have. And I don't mind paying for quality if she's wearing them everyday, have great resale value, AND are super cute. 

What was some gear you were super obsessed with pre-baby, but then once you used it you were like "meh"? What is some gear you would gift to a new mom?