Best places to shop for WELL PRICED baby wear

Now, there are a MILLION places I could tell you to shop for baby wear. But what we are talking about here is well priced baby wear. Because who can afford to spend $59 on a dress the size of their hand, that your baby will probably get 1.5 wears out of? (that half a wear is because she wore it in the morning but had a poo explosion so you never actually made it out of the house with it on).

So here goes:

  1. TARGET. If you’ve read my maternity wear post you probably think I am completely Target crazy, which maybe I am? But their kids stuff is so great. You can get tights for $4, T-shirts for $5, and onesies for $6. And thats when things aren’t even on sale! Honestly, Target is always my first stop!
  2. Best & less. Probably my second favourite out of the ‘big 4’. Very very well priced, cute stuff, good range.
  3. Big W. Another of the big 4. They do their own brand which is super low priced (Dymples) plus things like bonds. They also have the Kardashian Kids collection (which I personally don’t love tbh) and will often do designer collaborations (eg. Peter Morrisey).
  4. Kmart. Whilst some of the stuff at Kmart is great, some of it also sucks so be prepared to have a good search through. Either way, you can get zip onesies for $4, making the trip worthwhile!
  5. Cotton On Kids. Cute, on-trend, well priced.
  6. http://www.Next.co.uk – Their stuff is beautiful and super well priced. Plus anything over $35 has free shipping and you can shop in your pyjamas with a glass of wine. Win!
  7. Bonds (Online, bonds stores, Big W, Target, etc). Whilst this isn’t a store per-se, it is a great brand with really cute, practical stuff for the kids. My suggestion however, never buy Bonds full price. They ALWAYS have a 40% off sale right around the corner so hang out for it and go crazy when they do 😉
  8. Trade Secret: you’ll have to dig, and deal with screaming children (hopefully not your own), but you’ll find great brands at really good prices.
  9. H&M: If you are lucky enough to live near one (Sydney, Melbourne) their clothes are really cute and trendy for a great price.

Now, if you’re also willing to go second hand, your options are even further extended!

  1. School fetes: you can pick up some really great stuff at school fetes, especially the fancy private schools. Those parents have too much money and too much time.
  2. Second hand stores: you may need to sort through a whole bunch of crap but you will find some hidden gems!
  3. eBay: Do your research on this one (don’t buy something for more than it is selling in stores) and set yourself specific price limits (it can be easy to get a little carried away,) and you’ll be able to grab bargains both new and used!
  4. Swap: Note a ‘place to buy’ per se, however there are a bunch of places / ways you can swap clothing! Setup a FB group (or find one in your area), organise it within your mothers group or circle of friends, the list goes on 🙂

It’s also a good idea to keep your eye on the big sales at department stores and other favourites, especially end of season and boxing day sales. That’s where I generally pick up the more expensive brands (the Minihaha range, Purebaby, Seed etc) at really good prices.

Happy Shopping x

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Top places to buy Maternity wear and how to start your maternity wardrobe

Ahhhh, dressing your bump, sounds fun right? I thought so too… but in fact, I found it very difficult. Especially when living in Australia.

When buying maternity wear, my suggestion is to stick to simple basics that you feel comfortable in (if you have to live in that one black dress, so be it, you can dress it up with a fun cardigan or necklace).

Also, try not buy too much. Whilst it may seem like pregnancy will last forever, you really will only be wearing this stuff for about 6 months.

So here is my list of where to shop:

  1. ASOS – online store. Shipping is generally free, they often have big sales, and if you don’t like what you’ve ordered, you can ship it back (small cost) for a full refund.
  2. Target – Target was probably my favourite place for maternity gear. They don’t have a lot, but they have some great basic tops, dresses and comfy pants (and nice comfy knickers!) They have also recently released a Danni Minogue maternity collection which looks especially good.
  3. Topshop – Before becoming pregnant I wore a lot of topshop’s jeans so I bought some of the maternity ones. Again, well priced, good fit and nice and comfy. If you don’t have a local topshop you can shop online.
  4. Bonds – I found bonds to be by far the comfiest and best priced maternity bra’s. Plus, they are comfy enough to sleep in. Try and hang out for a sale, they generally have up to 40% off
  5. H&M – You can’t shop H&M online, so you’ll have to actually visit the store. I did so on a trip to Melbourne
  6. Jeans West – I never personally shopped here for maternity wear but a lot of my friends swore by it.
  7. Sussan – Again, I never personally shopped here but they have a small, but nice maternity range at reasonable prices.
  8. Peter Alexander – they do a few nice nightys and PJ’s if you want to splurge for something nice to wear to bed.

If you’re wondering how to get your maternity wardrobe started, i’ve listed my suggestions below for a good, basic maternity wardrobe:

  • 2 x maternity bras. I would suggest going with bonds, one black, one white.
  • Some maternity crop tops to sleep in or workout in. I liked the bonds and the target ones.
  • Some maternity undies, because your normal undies just aren’t going to be comfy anymore! I liked the target ones and the H&M ones
  • A dress you can wear somewhere nice (eg. baby shower, birthday party, etc). I got the plain black 3/4 sleeve dress from target and almost lived in it.
  • 2 x pairs of jeans (one black, one in your favourite denim colour). I chose the Target denim jeans and the Topshop black jeans.
  • 2 x singlets (black and white). Again, I chose target as they were so cheap!
  • 2 x t-shirts (black and white). Target, again.
  • Some tights / leggings / thick leggings. You can wear these under dresses or long tops, or just around the house. You’ll want something comfy. Trust me.
  • A jumper or two. I got a great black one from ASOS.
  • An extra dress or two. I got a lovely stripey one from Target and also a (non-maternity) stretchy one in a few sizes up from Cotton On!

From here, you can add in cardigans and jewellery for the cooler months or grab a pair of shorts and some more dresses for the warmer months!

Good luck and happy shopping 🙂

Please check out my other posts you might enjoy:

A no-nonsense guide to making it through the First Trimester of pregnancy

A no-nonsense guide to making it through the second trimester of pregnancy

A no-nonsense guide to making it through the third (and final!) trimester of pregnancy

Top 10 essentials for a new mum

Top essentials for a new baby

 

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