Baby clothes

Lauren - posted on 09/18/2011 ( 23 moms have responded )

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I'm having a baby girl in January. I'm 19, single, and have my family isn't really willing to help me with much anything. If anyone has and baby items they are no longer using or advice to give it would be greatly appreciated.

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Dawna - posted on 09/19/2011

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Check and see if you have a Freecycle Yahoo group in your area. I bet if you put the request out there you could get some clothes, bedding, maybe a crib.... It's a great source, and best of all, it's FREE!

AnnMarie - posted on 09/20/2011

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Talk to the hospital as well. Sometimes they have pumps you can have or car seats. Churches & JCC's are also helpful & you don't need to be a member just go talk to someone in the office they will get the word out. Talk to people at your work or school they may also have stuff or know someone who has stuff they are no longer useing. Put it on FB ask for help you will be amazed what you might get. Look into mom groups in your area, they(the members) may have used items & be able to share, plus they will be a helpful group of friends to have around. Good luck! Don't be shy in asking for help, we all need help sometimes! But if you don't ask people won't know you need it. You will be amazed by the generosity of people if you just let them know you need a little help. Thoughts & good vibes being sent your way.

Kathy - posted on 09/20/2011

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Check out freecycle.com. It's a place people give things away. Also thredup.com You can get a whole box of baby clothes (about 14 items) for about 15 dollars. Thrift stores are amazing as is craig list. Sometimes you find great things for dirt cheap. I've been given stained items bc they just wanted them gone and I oxi cleaned them and they are perfect. That's how I got alot of items for our first and things were tight.

Teresa - posted on 09/20/2011

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Hello,
I feel ya. I had my daughter when I was 17. She is 26 now and worked as a case manager and was involved in a lot of community programs for the past 10 years. I finished high school and then college. There is nothing you can't do, one day, or one class at a time, if you want to. Where do you live? I can help more if I know the area. Crisis pregnancy centers may help with clothes and diapers. Look at any other community resources/centers. Women Infants and Children (WIC) is everywhere and well worth the time to check out. They offer nutritional guidance for you and baby, with vouchures for you to get healthy items now and after your baby comes and also for formula. You can stay with their program until your baby is 4. Health and Human Services also offers help with money, food, medical and energy costs. Your local Housing Authority can help you with housing with a variety of programs. Also, most places have a Salvation Army Church that has many programs, if you are are not or even if you are plugged in to a church. There are always garage sales, craigslist and thrift stores too. My best to you and your new baby. I hope to hear from you.

Chasmodai - posted on 09/20/2011

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Is there a freecycle in your area? http://www.freecycle.org/
If there is and you join, all you have to do is post a request for baby girl things. People in your area will send you an email telling you where to pick them up. Please make sure you take sensible safety precautions before going to someone's home to pick up items, and another tip is to not post any personal information with your request, such as your age and circumstances. (On freecycle, stating why you need the items is considered bad form.) Also, if anyone has any gently used items to share instead of throwing them out or having them take up needed space, freecycle is a great way to help and clear out at the same time. Good luck!

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Amy - posted on 09/20/2011

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Where r u located? Check out cypress calling ministry. A friend of mine works with them.

Denise - posted on 09/20/2011

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Another idea for good cheap clothes and gear is consignment stores. You may want to see if there are any in your area. My girly clothes are all gone and my baby is a boy so i'm sorry I cant send.

Arlene Wyatt - posted on 09/20/2011

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Lauren, I used to work with pregnant teens, so I REALLY wish that you lived closer to me here in Minnesota!! There are tons of resources out there for women in your situation. Feel free to e-mail me @ flycessnas@gmail.com if you'd like to. The Salvation Army would love to help you get what you need, and if you decide to breastfeed your baby, it saves an unbelievable amount of money (as well as providing your baby with nutrients that formula cannot). The free section of Craigslist is also a wonderful place to go for all sorts of items. Hope to hear from you soon - I have ideas!!

Sara - posted on 09/20/2011

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Also the wic office sometimes has free clothes in the office. Some Wic offces provide free pumps if you want to breast feed. I would help but I have all boys. Good luck.

Tammy - posted on 09/19/2011

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if you go to birthright.org and enter your zip code you can see if there are any offices close to you, they have free baby clothes

Contessa - posted on 09/19/2011

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what area are you in? the sharing center, ascension church, they all help with that stuff

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Lauren, I'm from Florida and they do have Salvation Army stores there. You just have to look them up in the phone book or online under "Thrift Stores". I agree with using WIC for formula. That helped a TON when our son was younger. As for clothes, the other girls have pretty much covered it. I can definitely vouch for Dawna's idea of Freecycle. I used to Freecycle all the time when I was in FL and it's AWESOME! Basically, people are looking to get rid of things and it's all free. You can join a group in your area and post what you're looking for and if anyone has anything, they message you. I miss Freecycle! You don't have to join a church to accept donations from one. Best of luck to you.

Lauren - posted on 09/19/2011

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Thank you all for the advice! @Karen Spijkers unfortunately I live in Florida. And @Kelly Bond I can message you my address!

Vanessa - posted on 09/19/2011

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Join the wick program they give you food stamps. Formula is expensive this will cover it for you. There are a lot of programs you can qualify for you just gotta do your research. I had twins at 19 so if I can do it you can too :)

Karen - posted on 09/19/2011

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Im not quite sure were yr from, but we have the Salvation army here in australia who will help you out with baby gear and vouchers they also offer emotionel support! I have alot of baby gear that im not longer using but if yr not here in Australia it would be difficult to get it to you!

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Check your local Craigslist as well. Since you still have a few more months, start stocking up but at least get your basics. If you must get a used/2nd hand infant car seat, please get it inspected and make sure it has not expired. Same thing with a crib- if you must get 2nd hand, make sure it was not part of the massive recall. Your can also start to stock up on diapers and wipes, or use cloth diapers. Breastfeeding saves money over formula, if you decide to nurse. Your family is not expected to h elp, but you never know what happens once the baby arrives. Also, consider trading/bartering services in exchange of baby items. Perhaps house cleaning or child care for baby stuff. You did not indicate if you were employed or going to school, or your living arrangements. All of those things must be taken into consideration with child care as well. Best of luck to you.

Katrina - posted on 09/18/2011

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You can also go on Ebay and find some bulk lots of clothes (sometimes with as many as 100 pieces in them) for really cheap...have a browse on there :)

Brianna - posted on 09/18/2011

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i didnt have alot of money for baby clothes when i had a surprise pregnancy but i went to lots of garage sales and found really nice baby clothes for soo cheap you just gotta go to lots of them to find a good one with lots of clothes. i also have a niece so when i had a girl my sister lent my some baby clothes. do u no anyone else who has kids that would be willing to lend u some stuff?

or maybe even check out kijiji.ca or ebay for used clothes good luck

Vickie - posted on 09/18/2011

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Join a church. Or seek out a religious organization. These church families should support you and offer all the help you will need. If you find judgement then perhaps you are in the wrong place. Try a different denomination.

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