Buying name brand for baby

Tanya - posted on 09/09/2010 ( 128 moms have responded )

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Do you buy name brand clothes and accessories for your baby or toddler?
Do you think it is a waste of money or is it more important for them to be in style?

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Jo - posted on 11/29/2010

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My son has never actually had a piece of clothing rip, tear or be outworn before it was outgrown and I have only ever bought him clothes fromPlease Mum (when they have a sale), Walmart, Zellers & the Salvation Army. I NEVER look at the brand of the clothes. I look at the seams and I look at the quality of the material.



His grandparents all splurge on him with the more 'brand name' clothes and he has a ton of adorable OshKosh, Please Mum, & other brand name clothes... but if I looked in his closet and dresser drawers - I wouldn't have a single clue which is the OshKosh & which is the no-name - not without looking at the tag.



For his birthday his Grandma went online and bought about a dozen t-shirts, a dozen long sleeved shirts & half a dozen pants... all brand name and she didn't even spend $20, including shipping. I spent $20 in Walmart and I got him 2 pairs of pants & 1 shirt.



Buying brand name isn't ALWAYS wasting money, if you're able to find deals and shop around lol



Barb, my son (2 yrs old) has a pair of Carhartt work pants just like his daddy's, who is a carpenter, they're a bit big for him yet but he has some lil suspenders he likes to wear to hold them up lol

Krista - posted on 11/29/2010

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I get Sam's clothes from a variety of sources. I get a lot of his stuff at Joe Fresh (a clothing line from Loblaw's, our grocery store), mainly because they're really reasonably priced and ridiculously cute.

I also, however, get some things second-hand. I bought his winter jacket second-hand, because I saw no point in paying $40 for a jacket that he might outgrow in a month, and there were plenty of them at the consignment store that looked brand-new.

As far as brands go, I could see paying a bit more for a reputable brand like Oshkosh, if it's for an item that you anticipate getting a lot of wear from. But there's a big difference between name-brand stuff and designer stuff. Buying your kid a pair of Oshkosh overalls one size too big? Sensible. Buying your 3 month old a $260 Album di Famiglia down-filled jacket? Regoddamndiculous.

Barb - posted on 11/29/2010

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I buy what i consider "name brand" but it's specific name brand to my needs.

As a Journeyman Electrician, certified welder, fabricator, part time farmer and small family business owner my "name brand" stuff is usually Carhart, Klein, Redwings, and Justin.

Same goes for my kids. These may not be recognizable mainstream brands, but they are extremely durable, well made and keep my family warm. They are also not cheap and hardly ever found in second hand stores.

I totally understand the importance of buying well made and quality clothing.
I don't understand buying a name brand for just the label. I believe this sets our children up for failure of not being able to live within their means later on in life, therefore burdening them with an unnecessarily harder life with the unrealistic expectation of keeping up with the status quo.

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I WILL REPEAT!!!

Since someone can't read. =)

My kid wears clothes for a very long time. So it's worth it to me to buy name brand/quality clothes. But I usually manage to buy them at wal-mart prices or better because I use coupons, shop sales, and buy used.

I also plan to use the clothes again when I have another child, or pass them along to other children in the family. I will get my money's worth from the name brand clothes I buy.

THERE is a a GREAT, NO NONSENSE answer. =)

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Sally - posted on 07/21/2012

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Of course! My kids wear Faded Glory (Walmart), Falls Creek (Meijer), and Circo (Target) as much as possible bought off the clearance rack.
They also wear designer originals sewn or knitted by me.
I don't waste money on my clothes; why would I do so when it's going to be outgrown so fast?

Valerie - posted on 07/20/2012

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I don't even think name brands (Abercrombie, Aeropostale, Hollister, if that's what you're talking about) sell baby clothes...

Sandra - posted on 11/30/2010

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I love overbuying..... (But I have a few very happy friends --- they get the hand-me-downs. I'm just glad I can be part of the circle.) Lol.

Caitlin - posted on 11/30/2010

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I love it when my friends overbuy clothes for their kids!

(Because I get the hand me downs!)

Amanda - posted on 11/30/2010

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im guilty of only buying my daughter name brands..thats how i was raised... im also guilty of buying way to many clothes for her

Sandra - posted on 11/29/2010

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HaHa! I've never heard of Cotton On Kids, so when I first read your post Loureen I thought you were being silly. Isn't most kids clothing made of cotton? Then I read Anika's comment and figured it out. And laughed at myself

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@Loureen- is Cotton On Kids considered name brand? I'm not sure as we have practically none of the American brands so I'm not sure what constitutes name brand. My daughter does have a GAP hoodie from the US and we do have OshKosh (and by we I mean New Zealand, not actually me) I guess but its at a department store here. Does that still make it name brand? I dunno.

Heather - posted on 11/29/2010

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I buy brand names but at stores like Gordmans, or TJ Maxx where the prices are literally cut in half making it more than afordable! But usually I just buy whats cute.

Nikkole - posted on 11/29/2010

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I love the children's place they have such cute stuff! i actually just bought some stuff for bella there on black Friday and i got her, her first mini skirt with leggings it TOO cute!

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I just picked out a bunch of stuff from the Children's Place online, Caitlin and my MIL is buying it for Roxanne for Christmas. Cutest skinny jeans EVER!

Caitlin - posted on 11/29/2010

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I'd pay ANY price for pants that fit my 2 year old properly! She has a size 12-18 month waist and a size 2 length.. I have those pants with the elastic button drawstring inside the waist, but it looks so stupid bunched up..

It's unavoidable I guess, she's 85th percentile in height and 5th% in weight.. currently being followed closely by the doc because she wont gain weight (food allergies give her a dietary deficiency we are trying to fill).

I like The Childrens Place, and honestly, when their stuff is on clearance, it's not much more expensive than Walmart, and a lot is SOOO much cuter. 6$ for a t-shirt and 12$ for a pair of pants or skirt isn't bad at all.. At walmart I can get 5$ t-shirts and 10$ pants.. I don't mind buying either or and mixing, we have a ton of second hand stuff (most get donated right away to the value village type store in our area for families with financial issues, but I have so much Gap, Childrens Palce, Osh Kosh etc.. it's crazy, and most of it was given to me. What i'm in trouble with this year is a snowsuit for my daughter.. they are expensive and i'm semi-broke..

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When my kids were little, I bought whatever was cheapest, as long as I could just throw it in the washing machine - couldn't be doing with ironing frills etc (in fact, that applies to ironing period!)
Now that I'm a grandmother I'm having a ball!

Nikkole - posted on 11/29/2010

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I buy stuff at JcPennys and target ALL the time the only name brand we buy is carters there onesies last forever!! Even if i had tons of money i wouldnrt buy expnsive clothes for my kids because this is one reason kids get made fun of at school everyone cant afford Hollister, american eagle,The buckle and soo on i dont even buy that stuff for me!!!!!!!!!!

Barb - posted on 11/29/2010

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You know, i wrote "Barb" on my hardhat because the other guys were writing their initials on theirs. My last name starts with an S. It's hard enough to be taken seriously as a female foreman without having BS on your hardhat.

Barb - posted on 11/29/2010

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well now my feelings are hurt because when i was a kid i wore garanimals and i thought they were name brand because they were a name branded onto my clothes... *sniff sniff* I also wore alot of clothes name branded "Barb" but those were written in black marker.

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Sherri... I think you missed the 'lol' at the end of my post. I'm not dumb enough to think that Garanimals and Kid Connection are 'real' name brands.... It was a joke that really didn't need answering. ;) That was a wink.... in case someone misses that too. lol....

Celeste - posted on 11/29/2010

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I'd say it's a mixed bag for my 4 year old twin boys. Mostly, I'll get their clothes at Walmart. They're messy little boys and are very hard on their clohtes. They go to school for 1/2 a day and seems like they come home with a new stain! LOL However, I have bought name brand clothes from consignment stores (Kid to Kid, for example)

However, I do buy mostly brand name for my 8 year old daughter. She's in 2nd grade and takes care of her clothes for the most part.

Nikki - posted on 11/29/2010

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I never used to buy much in the way of brand name clothes, but lately I have more often. I just find they are better quality, plus where I live we don't have many shops so every one year old girl is wearing the same Kmart clothes. My daughter is really hard on her clothes and I find that department store clothes just don't last, I want her to outgrow them, not outwear them.

Charlie - posted on 11/29/2010

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Also I buy my "nonsense " brand name clothes a couple of sizes bigger they last for ages plus my little one will use them down the track so your theory of not using them for a long enough time is flawed .

but i do love second hand stores too !

Johnny - posted on 11/28/2010

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I generally buy from consignment stores. We have quite a few here that are fantastic, and carry a variety of stuff from high-end name brands to Walmart lines. They aren't picky about labels, they're picky about whether it seems good quality, cute and stylish. I've got a whole array of different labels on my daughter's clothes, and I don't find the quality can be judged by that. I've received some lovely gifts from high-end stores, that have fallen apart, and a couple of cheap pairs of jeans from Zellers that have stood the test of time and will probably be good until she gets too tall for them. I don't really believe that labels tell you that much, I tend to suspect that the Chinese factory making your Gap sweatshirt or your D & G jeans may have been sewing your Kid Connection t-shirt the week before.

I do love H & M kids clothes though. Not name brand at all, but the styles are sooo cute and the clothes are built like tanks. Which is funny, because the stuff I get from their adult department is often trash. She's got these pants I bought when she was a year, they rolled up into this button clasp and needed the belt tightened all the way to fit. Now, she's 27 months and still wearing them and they still look like the day I bought them. I'll probably get another year out of them unless she grows really fast.

I hate waste. I can't stand clothes that fall apart quickly and have to be trashed. So I could care less what the label says. As long as the seams are well sewn and the price is right, I'm into it. I do love cute though.

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Damn you People and your seasons being all screwy! I would so buy from old navy even gap those prices are so cheap in comparison to australias crap stores. ;p

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OMG I havent even weighed in and it's turned to bullshit and a she said this type of argument.

I don't buy name brand but i'd love to. Clothes don't fit my daughter she is an odd size. When she has received name brand they have fit her properly.
I had a look at that Old Navy online. They aren't all that expensive and i wish it was possible to get some of that here. Some of it was so cute.

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I agree Dana. We're talking about designer clothing here, not even really a debate as anything said about this topic is going to be opinion. Some people just aren't meant for forums like this one (CoM's). And for the record, I don't see where Sherri was rude.

Leah - posted on 11/28/2010

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This is MY opinion Dana and I find buying name brand clothes to be nonsense no matter where you buy them,especially when kids will only be wearing it for a short period of time. Maybe others don't find it nonsense but I DO.



Get over it!

Sherri - posted on 11/28/2010

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No Teresa Garanimals, kid connection is not considered name brand, GAP, Children's Place, Old Navy, LL Bean, American Eagle, Holister, Aeropostile, Abercrombie & Fich is all considered name brand.

My youngest lives in GAP clothes and my oldest two barely own anything unless it is American Eagle or Aeropostile.

Hannah - posted on 11/28/2010

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Who says you have to spend a lot of money on brand name clothes? There are many consignment shops, goodwill stores, etc where you can find the expensive brands for a fraction of the price. Same with places like Winners...up to 60% off original price.

You can still have it both ways, you just have to be more selective to WHERE you shop!

Megan - posted on 11/28/2010

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I do buy a lot of name brand clothes for my 18 month old. Typically I do a lot of online shopping since he is still in easy sizes. I get a ton of coupons for children's place (that's probably the only name brand store I go to for him) via email and they can run some pretty great deals. I do like Walmart's granimal brand because the fabric is super soft. My son has a few of t shirts and some athletic pants with the granimal brand and they are still in great shape. I will also splurge and buy good shoes for my son. I believe that is important as well. Not necessarily dressy shoes, but he has one good pair of tennies and a couple cheap pairs of dress shoes since he does not wear them for long periods of time. His every day shoes were $15 half off, so $30 regular, and I think that is worth it for good support and flexibility.

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Loureen, I have two nieces (4 & 7) so we get all their hand-me-downs......a lot of them *I* bought for them. I always by them nice gifts because I know we'll get them back one day! ;)

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Leah, did you read any of the previous comments? Nonsense? People have already given plenty of satisfactory reasons why and how it can be affordable to purchase brand name clothing.

If you're coming into a debate late, you need to catch up.

Charlie - posted on 11/27/2010

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Poor Harry get's all Coopers hand me downs but they are all like new anyway :D

Leah - posted on 11/27/2010

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No I don't. That is nonsense. You can get perfectly good clothes at Walmart. Why spend all that money on something that your child will only be wearing for a short time?

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Roxanne is typically decked out in the lil' girl versions, Loureen. Billie Girl, Roxy, Hurley, Volcom....

Charlie - posted on 11/27/2010

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Cooper has so many surf brand clothing , Rip curl , Billabong , Quicksilver but only because other people buy it for him he is a bit spoiled by grandma and great grandma although it doesn't really matter to him , I don't think I have bought him clothes in such a long time but it is usually from Target when i Do !

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I just wanted to say...Today, I was able to get several items from Children's Place for $4 each, plus free shipping. 2 words: coupons codes! Name brand doesn't have to be expensive if you shop smart or buy used. =) And honestly, name brand (or quality really, not necessarily name brand) is worth it to me because Eliza doesn't grow very fast and will wear some items for several seasons! Just today I pulled out her clothes from LAST winter and found 3 outfits (pants and tops) and 3 shirts that she can wear again THIS winter.

Tabby - posted on 11/27/2010

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I usually go for quality. For example, I buy Pampers diapers because my daughter will pee once in Luvs or a similiar brand and it leaks out while Pampers she can wear for 2 or 3 hours and it won't overflow and she also doesn't get a rash. For her clothes I look for quality too. I don't really care about the name on the label (no one sees it anyways). I got my daughter's whole wardrobe at Kmart because it's a good quality and cheap (they had a sale lol) so if she does stain it and I have to throw it away I don't get to upset but I buy Carter's pj's because they are softer and wash better than anything else I've found...

Ashley - posted on 11/27/2010

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Doesn't have to be brand name..i normally buy the walmart brand for my kids because they are cheap and cute and because it fits the budget...

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My version of 'name brand' would be Garanimals and Kid Connection... both at Walmart. That counts, right? lol

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We're a Wal Mart family. We also shop thrift stores and use hand me downs. I've never seen the point in spending 3 or 4 times more on something my son is only going to fit into for maybe a few months. Not to mention that what I'd pay for one brand name thing, I could take that money and get several items. No offense to anyone who likes the brand name stuff but I say "Brand Name Schmand Name" LOL

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I think places like The Gap or Children's Place would be consider more name brand than somewhere like Walmart for instance. Definitely not name brand in the true sense though.

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