We all know that babies grow quicker than Jacks Bean Stalk, and if you’re like me, you’re having to purchase the next size up in advance whilst considering what season it will be.
Thea is coming up to nine months, but I know that some of her clothes will fit her for a little longer. She mainly wears dresses and tights, on warmer days, we lose the tights and on cooler days, we got for a light sweater/jumper and leggings.
Her leggings are already a bit too small, I suspect because she’s a bit longer than average, and she’s a big girl. Her little jumpers will soon follow, but like I said above, some will fit her a bit longer. Mainly the dresses I purchased from Next.
Anyway, I just wondered where everyone shops for their clothes? Have I got readers that just shop in Next and Zara, or have I got people that shop in Primark, or may even car boot it?
I’ve done a little of all of the above, and although I tend to stick in my comfort zones, I shop at either end of the market (if that’s how you want to put it). I’m just going to create a little list so I can show you where I shop for Thea and the prices I pay.
Primark: I don’t get a huge amount of clothes from here. Mainly little vests for her as you can pick up a pack of three for £2.80. Saying that, I do sometimes find little dresses for her, but I tend to buy the next size up as I find them quite small. So for example, at the minute, she’s in 9-12 months. Don’t be fooled by Primark. I do find their prices on clothes to be very inconsistent. For example, I bought the below which is a little romper type suit for £5 (Remeber this when I post about Next)
I also bought a nice dress for her, which was £8.
La Redoute: Weblink Here. I like shopping on this site, mainly because I don’t know anyone else that does. It means that I don’t have to worry about her having the same clothes as everyone else. I’m always happy with the quality and think it washes well. The prices however, I find to be expensive, so please wait until there is a sale! They always put one on and have it at a minimum 25% off, although I tend to wait until it’s 40% off.
Below are some of my purchases, with ORIGINAL prices, but note, I got 40% off of these.
The only purchase I haven’t been happy with is the following at £14. It was just such a weird material, I didn’t like touching it. I think I paid £6 for it, so I didn’t bother sending it back. I just chucked it away. Naughty me. Oh and it also has a stupid looking pointy hat with it.
Next: so, people tend to think that it’s expensive to shop here, and it can be. Some of the children’s/babies items are over priced and the adults wear is definitely over priced, however, you can get some bargains, and you don’t have to queue up at 5am to get them in the sales.
Each of the little tunic tops below are part of Next’s great Mix & Match collection. The first item is full price, in this case £6 (total would be £18). Two items are £10 and three items are £15. That would give you a saving of £3. It’s a great way to save a couple of quid, plus they do have a good selection.
So Next really do offer some great value for money on baby items. Remember what I said above, about the Primark romper/play suit being £5? Well the tunic items work out the same price, and they’re definitely better quality, last longer and fit better.
I tend to get one set of sleep suits from here, because they last a long time. These can be a little over priced, but again, you pay for the quality of the product.
George at Asda: I do like shopping here and find their prices to be really reasonable and always find their items to be good quality. It’s just a shame I don’t live closer, or else I’d be in there all the time! Actually, it’s probably a good thing that I don’t like close after all.
I buy her PJ’s from here as I don’t always like sleep suits for her. Now she’s crawling I find they can restrict her, and her feet often get lost in the when she pulls herself across the floor.
Pack of three £7
As regards to shoes, I went to Clarkes a few days ago to get her feet measured as she’s cruising now. She’s a size 3.5 and I got her first pair of cruiser shoes for £26. I didn’t think it was too bad, as I have seen some at £36+. These should last her around 8 weeks. I’m hoping she’s walking by then, which would be perfect as we can but the next shoe up- walking shoes.
I did pick up a pair of white sandals for her in Primark for £3.50. I feel like shoes from these types of places are more for show than walking, due to the quality and support, they’re not designed as cruising shoes.
Hope you have found the above helpful, and I’d love to know where you all shop. I really don’t shop in many places, do I?
Next dress £6
Cardigan £8.50 for two Next
Dress George £6
All in one La Route £7.50 ish for two.