When our son was a baby, and especially once he started crawling, it felt like no amount of cleaner or sun bleaching could get all the stains out of his clothing. After buying onesie after onesie that would oftentimes only make it through an 8-hour stint at daycare, I began giving the clothes that didn't come completely clean a second life.
I dyed white onesies and t-shirts a darker color, got creative with some tie dying like it was 1975, and I'd add on an iron-on emblem here or there to hide a stain. Then my friend Jen told me about using natural dyes, for example, those made from vegetables or fruit, as well as making your own custom stencils. Have you ever done this? I would love to try!
Thankfully now that our son is 2, he's a little easier to keep up with, especially since we have a great consignment sale in Annapolis a few times a year where we can stock up on jackets, accessories, etc. But now my challenge is finding simple clothes for boys that don't pill after all the washings they go through. Or tops that are free of huge logos and monster trucks.
What are some of your favorite brands? Do pilled clothes drive you batty like they do me? What do you do to get the most life out of your kid's clothes?
Do you have a budget that you stick to? Do you buy clothes in advance of needing them, when they are on sale or on the end-of-the-season clearance rack? How do you estimate the size your kid will be next season? Please share your tips in the comments below.
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