Buying toddler clothing several seasons ahead?

Danielle - posted on 09/30/2010 ( 5 moms have responded )

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I'm just looking for some advice on trying to buy clothing ahead for next year.....

My daughter is two (27 months), and I'm the kind of person that has always liked to look for sales and coupons and stock up in clothing. I've noticed, though, that her fall clothing now is kind of big on her and I'm wondering if it's a smart idea to try to stock up for next summer or not. I was buying stuff for this Fall last spring in 2t, and most of her 2t things are pretty big on her. She's always been a little bit on the small side, especially in pant length.

So my questions are- do you ever buy ahead of time for your toddler? Have you ever guess the size completely wrong and wound up with clothing that didn't fit at all? Do you have any advice for me? Has your child ever gone through several sizes in less than a year? I've been buying summer clothing for next year in 3t and I'm hoping that will work since she's smallish and I don't foresee her going through 2T and 3T completely in less than a year, but I would also like to know if this has happened to anyone else before I keep on buying stuff. Thanks in advance to any suggestions.

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Carmella - posted on 10/08/2010

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I was buying ahead, makes it easier when the weather changes faster then you expect and you save money. Like you I hesitated this year because my daughter who will be 4 in January is still wearing size 2 pants.... At first I decided not to get anything, but when I went back to the store the prices dropped even more I decided the worst that can happen is she will use it the next year or I only spent $20 on some excellent deals that I can pass on to a friend. I just decided I would not buy as much.

Carly - posted on 10/08/2010

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I don't see anything wroing with buying clothes a size bigger-my son is 2 1/2 and is is a big boy-he's in size 4 shorts 3 shirts !! I think if they can get more than one season s use then all the better than buying a size that they will grow out of buy the end of the season! My son is having huge groth spurts the las 6 months and yes he's goe from 2-4 in a year! but whatever works best for you and your daughter

Byra - posted on 09/30/2010

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I think what you are doing is normal and fine. They have spurts so having a wide range of sizes is good. There may be a few things that don't end up working for her, but if was cheap enough then don't worry about it. Give it to someone who can use it or you can sell it for about what you paid for it. The best rule to shopping ahead for me is: If I don't love it and she doesn't need it, then we don't get it!! That way you always feel good about shopping ahead!

Susan - posted on 09/30/2010

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I'm the same - can't pass up that $1.00 clearance shirt, but I worry if it will fit. I just use my best judgment assuming she won't grow like crazy. If something is too big, it isn't always that big a deal - roll up the sleeves, roll up the pant legs. Yeah, pants can be tough if they are falling down, but my nephew was always a stringbean and they just used a piece of rope as a belt to hold up his pants.

Erin - posted on 09/30/2010

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I usually buy stuff a bit ahead of time as well. My 3yo is big for his age. If his "trend" continues, he'll be moving into 4T by the time he's 3.5yo. I figure buying stuff ahead of time (especially during sales) give me the chance to be ready when he changes sizes. Also, he'll eventually get into them, even if his growing trend changes. I then keep them because I have a second boy as well, 20 months younger. I understand your frustration with pants. Both of my boys are built much like my dad's side of the family - long arms and legs, biggish chest and ittty-bitty little waist. I can't see your daughter needing 4T by next summer (although stranger things have happened). I wouldn't stock up on that size yet. If you happen to find a SUPER deal, maybe an outfit or two, but nothing more in 4T.

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