The eternal problem of kids outgrowing clothes

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Kids grow at a lightning speed, mentally as well as physically and one of the bad things about this is having piles of clothes that are seldom used or never been used. It’s really disheartening to see how children outgrow the clothes that were picked with so much love and care, in no time.

Clothes for kids these days are available in plenty with an outfit dedicated to every occasion or event of their growing years. No doubt that is a good thing and gives you ample of choice to maintain that trendy and cool image of the child but all this comes with a price, a heavy one to be precise. The first birthday outfit or the designer traditional dress for baby’s first family wedding definitely made the child look dapper and earn lot of praises but it also made you lose out on some big bucks. To see the outfit hang in the wardrobe with no takers makes you think if it was all worth it in the end.

I remember when Nabeel was about 3 months old I bought him a cute little romper with a cow patch on it. Back then he was fond of animals and thought this was the apt clothing for him. It was purchased from a high –end brand for a hefty price; you know when everything is new; the baby, the parenting, the cute clothes, etc the budget takes a back seat for sometime 😉 So there was no such occasion I had in mind for the dress to be used but it turned out I precisely made him wear the dress for a 2 hour odd outing and even before I knew he had outgrown it. My heart sank!

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Spending too much on kids clothing which don’t even last that long is an eternal problem. Even if you try to keep it minimal or within the set limit, kids clothing budget always seem to go overboard.  I know most moms are helpless in such a situation. We definitely want the best for our child but the guilt of overspending always lingers.

On an average, until the age of 13, kids grow 3 to 4 inches a year. This means you will for sure land up with an above the ankle pants or a short tee, something beyond your control.

I enjoy shopping for Nabeel and like to keep his wardrobe up to date but at the same time hate spending on clothes that will outgrow in few months. As much as I try to shop wisely, I am often guilty of giving into temptation and pick up expensive or more pieces of clothing for Nabeel. And, when he outgrows them even before the seams open up, it really hurts. Also at times the fashion changes too quickly and in order to keep up with it, the “old fashioned” clothes need to be discarded. It’s rare to find a good balance of stylish kids wear and affordability.

To overcome the remorse, many moms find a way of retaining the clothing in some way or the other or try and hand it down to people who will appreciate the clothes. I usually sort out Nabeel’s outgrown clothes once a year and pass them to lesser privileged kids back in our village. At least this satisfies my soul.  How do you deal with this dilemma of kids outgrowing clothes? Are you a heavy spender when it comes to buying clothes for your child? Are there any experiences with this regard you might want to share?

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Are you a Power Mom?

That moment when the home pregnancy test comes positive and you are elated and anxious, both at the same time. The thought of having a baby puts you on cloud nine and from the moment you find out you are pregnant you can’t stop thinking, planning and gushing about it. I have been through this and know that most my generation moms have also experienced the same.

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It is a long journey between conceiving and delivery, at every step one needs proper guidance and support to carry on with this most amazing phase of life. While your partner and family members are the best emotional support and confidants you can bank on, but one also needs to seek professional assistance from experts for this delicate stage of life. The very first person whom we connect with outside our kin, is a doctor, so it is only wise to choose one whom we can trust and rely on completely. Besides the doctor, the clinics, medical labs, the hospital are also to be chosen after much research and reccos by fellow moms. After all its only these decision, if taken wisely, will ensure a smooth pregnancy and joyous motherhood.

Keeping all these facts in mind Cloudnine, a leading chain of hospitals that specializes in maternity, fertility and top-class childcare services has developed a special concept called Cloudnine PowerMoms or #C9PowerMoms.
It is an all in one programme where a woman is equipped with best of knowledge to become a mother even before she has given birth!

Cloudnine Powermoms are mothers-to-be who are supported with a host of innovative workshops such as prenatal classes on how to enjoy their pregnancy as well as how to handle their labour and delivery. They receive the best support from their partners as well, through the first-of-its-kind Cloudnine’s Management of Baby Affairs (MBA) Program, in which both parents-to-be learn about taking care of their new baby, making it a one stop place between conceiving and delivery.

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Why should you become a Cloudnine PowerMom?
The team at Cloudnine believes in Healthy Mothers make Happy Babies. Mothers-to-be are given the best care, advice and support that they need to be a confident mother when their baby comes along. The entire process starts by empowering the mother with lots of information about her pregnancy, delivery, and baby care. Experienced doctors, OB/GYN specialists and nursing staff focus on ensuring PowerMoms cherish their pregnancy and experience the joy of parenthood.

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Cloudnine PowerMoms attending a fun workshop

They have also launched a Facebook group where mothers from all walks of life, mothers who have given birth at Cloudnine and mothers who want to be Cloudnine PowerMoms can network and support each other by sharing their personal experiences and general tips & advice related to motherhood. You can join the group here and watch the video here.

So, if you are planning a baby or are an expectant mother or know someone who is going to have a baby then Cloudnine Hospitals is where one should enroll and begin the much awaited journey towards motherhood. They have branches in 6 major cities Bangalore, Mumbai, Chennai, Pune and an upcoming branch in Chandigarh.

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