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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