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Now that we’ve finally (finally!) gotten a couple days of warm weather, I’m faced with a dreaded task: Go through the kids’ clothing and pack away winter stuff and see what I’ve got for them for the spring and summer months ahead. This chore is never fun for me for several reasons. 1) Kids love to be included in this chore and seem to think it’s great fun to take clothes out of bins that I’m using for storage, so it takes like 20 hours to pack instead of just one, 2) it’s so sad to see all of the little outfits with memories attached to them be packed away, not to be worn by that kid again, and 3) you start to realize how many new clothes they will need and that it will not be wallet friendly.
While none of that business is fun, the bright side is that you do get to shop for new clothes! Here are a few tips for getting the most mileage out of those new purchases.
Dressing Kids for Spring
1. Buy for comfort. With young kids, you want the clothing to be cute, sure, but if it’s uncomfortable for a kid to wear, he or she will be ripping it off and refusing to wear it again. So save the frilly duds for photos and go for play clothes that let kids climb the jungle gym, like this adidas tracksuit (pictured) or this panda track suit. How sporty is that?
2. Buy gender neutral. It can be tough to stray away from the pink or blue, but if you’ve got more than one kiddo, you’ll get a lot of mileage out of clothing if you buy gender neutral every now and then. I love when I can put my son in a shirt my daughter wore; it’s like recycling memories! (And saving money!)
3. Sturdy shoes. When buying shoes for kids, you want them to be good quality so they stand up to all of the rough and tumble kids put them through. Luckily, tons of kids shoes, like all of this kids streetwear at DefShop are super stylish and will stand up to skateboarding, running and general kiddo shenanigans.
4. Spring jackets. You might pack away the winter coats, but don’t think you’re out of the woods yet. A windbreaker is always a good idea to protect against wind and rain. And these New Era hats? Also perfect for this time of year and protecting faces from the sun!
5. Buy two. When you love something or get a good deal on it, buy two in different sizes. Buy a size or two up, and you’ll have something ready to pull out of a bin the next year!
Do you dread the seasonal clothing switch? Or do you just love to shop for new clothes for the kiddos? —Erin