Cleaning Out The Closet: Making Baby Clothes Last

*Disclaimer: This blog post contains affiliate links & links related to my current associations, which means that if you click on one of the product links, I’ll receive compensation for purchases to further my blog. Please see Disclosure page for full details.*

August is coming to an end, but the summer weather is not going anywhere.

This week, it is supposed to be in the high 90’s in Oregon, which is very unusual for the beginning of September. We have had a lot of hot weather here lately, so I know I am not the only one who is ready for fall to start.

In the next few weeks, as the seasons’ change and back to school is in full swing, it will be time to start transitioning from summer to fall clothes! Cleaning out little one’s closet and getting ready for long sleeves, pants & sweatshirts doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Plus, there are tons of ways to save your sanity so that you aren’t spending tons of money on new outfits & gear.

I have a few tips that will help save you time, cash & memories when it comes to your baby clothes.

Looking back, I am so glad I did a few of these things last year to prepare me for this summer’s adventures.

Cleaning Out The Closet Baby Clothes - Tickled Scarlett

Sort & Shop Your Clothes

Before hitting the stores, start with what your little one currently has in their drawers & closet. For the end of summer clean out, do they have shorts/dresses/tops that could be used next summer? Be sure to keep comfy, stretchy items that you know little one can use for next year.

Dresses are great too because they can be worn through fall with layers, such as a long sleeve onesie or a pair of leggings underneath. Shorts with loose elastic bands also grow with your little one perfectly.

Clothes Growing Tickled Scarlett Blog

Did you receive tons of hand-me-downs like we did before Scarlett was born? Keep those organized by size, so that you can go back and pull out all the fun outfits you received from friends!

Buy Big

Once you know what is needed for your little one’s wardrobe for the next season, sizing is key. Getting them items that fit properly is important, but having a little room is nice too. It allows them to grow into the item and get more use out of it.

Buying a 6-month-old 6-month sized clothes seems logical, but they grow so darn fast that a bigger size makes more sense!

Clothing Growing 2 Tickled Scarlett Blog

Scarlett received this Ducks Football top when she was 8 months old (size 2T) She has been wearing it as a baggy t-shirt since then, but it is now just fitting her, which she loves!

Bigger Sizes Cleaning Out The Closet - Tickled Scarlett

Hit the Clearance Racks

With summer ending, there is no better time to score clothes at great prices for next season. Most retailers have already begun marking down summer outfits, so you can really get some great deals for your little one’s wardrobe.

You may even be able to find current seasonal pieces that your little one can use right away.

I am fortunate enough to be part of the Influenster program & recently received $10 Kohl’s cash to get Scarlett some fall back to school items. Not only did I go through the clearance racks, but I got bigger sizes so she can wear it this fall, through spring & maybe even after next summer.

You can’t beat Kohl’s prices either! I got these two shirts and pants for only $4!

Kohls influenster Cleaning out the closet tickled scarlett

Wash Accordingly

Finally, be sure you follow the washing instructions on each garment. Every clothing line is different, but to make your clothes last that much longer, washing them properly is important.

Along with washing it correctly, I have found that Spray N’ Wash is my new best friend. We have saved many t-shirts & outfits from having to be thrown out due to this spray bottle magic. I recommend it!

Do you have some tips on ways to make your children’s clothing last longer?

Be sure to also check out my 3 Baby Products That Are Growing With Us to find some gear items that we love that have grown with Scarlett!

Before getting rid of all their summer outfits, be sure to take my tips to the closet with you!

Take Care,

katie tickled scarlett signature for blog

  • Momasté

    Love this! I usually always buy a size or even 2 sizes up, tunics are the best because they can be dresses first and shirts later!

    • Thank you for reading and the great advice! I love getting her tunics. My little has quite the belly so they keep it covered without coming up :):)

  • Meagan Emmons

    With my 4th on the way and not prepared at all, I love these tips. I have been hitting up Target and Babies R Us clearance sales and buying a bunch of different sizes in things so we have a selection as she grows up

    • I am so happy my advice is able to help you out and CONGRATULATIONS! I came from a family of four siblings and it was a blast. Target is a great idea too!

  • Joslynn Tessier

    Love all the tips. Wish I had read this before I had my first son.
    Before he was born I went clothes crazy – he had so many clothes for each stage. And he barely wore them all eyes he grew so fast.
    I love old navy – prices are always good and then you can pair it with an online coupon!

    • It is so much fun buying clothes for the first one! I had to hold myself back on many outfits. I haven’t checked out Old Navy in forever…great tip!

  • Laila Laurson

    These are all great ways to make baby clothes last, because they do grow quickly. I haven’t had a new baby recently but my little niece went through clothes so quickly when she was born. My sis-in-law had two big bags of clothes people gave her that she had to donate because they didn’t fit her daughter anymore. Great tips! Thanks for sharing! 🙂 – Laila

    • Thank you for taking a moment to read & comment! Hand me downs or so nice for this reason…sometimes, they don’t even wear an outfit more than once!

    • Thank you for taking a moment to read & comment! Hand me downs or so nice for this reason…sometimes, they don’t even wear an outfit more than once!

  • Amanda

    Baby/kid clothing is so expensive. I don’t know how parents do it. I agree about buying big. I bought my cousin when she was born sundresses for the following year. It helped because so many people were buying her clothes for her size then. No one thought about her size now.

    • Absolutely agree Amanda! They get bigger eventually right?! Great idea on getting things in larger sizes for her.

  • Michelle Alferez

    Perfect tips to save money in buying clothes for babies. When I buy clothes for my toddler, I always choose a size bigger that his current size too. More practical♥

    • I agree…much more practical!! Thank you for reading Michelle.

    • I agree…much more practical!! Thank you for reading Michelle.

  • Emily

    I’m struggling with this for my toddler and her winter coat! She’s in 3T now, do I get 4T or do I dare get get 5T and see if she can get two years out of it? UGH. The struggle!

    • That is a great question! I think it will depend on the brand & it would be best to try them on her. Bigger can get a bit roomy sometimes 🙂

    • That is a great question! I think it will depend on the brand & it would be best to try them on her. Bigger can get a bit roomy sometimes 🙂

  • Dana Fridenstine

    Really great tips! Kids grow super fast and my son seems to outgrow everything within a few months.

    • They grow so quickly, don’t they? It is always nice to find & shop for a variety of sizes & styles of clothes during clearance events!

  • I love that little girls can wear dresses as tunics when they get to small. Unfortunately, little boys don’t have clothes like that and I have two! Lol great post!

    • Awww I love shopping for boy clothes for my nephews! Shorts are always good to grow into and I LOVE a comfy tee on littles. Thank you for reading!

    • Awww I love shopping for boy clothes for my nephews! Shorts are always good to grow into and I LOVE a comfy tee on littles. Thank you for reading!

  • Firenze McCowald

    These are really great tips – a lot of them I wouldn’t have thought of! My tips are 1) I shop (and sell) a lot at our region’s premier children’s resale event, where I can scoop up gently-used name-brand clothes for a couple bucks apiece, then pass them on again a few years later; 2) if you treat things well in the first place (including pretreat stains promptly), they will last longer; and 3) for things that are likely to get dirty a lot, I get my girls a lot of dark prints that won’t show stains, which helps make them last longer than whites/light prints! 🙂

    • These are some wonderful tips and tricks. I can’t thank you enough and I know some other gals are taking notes. I love the tip on getting darker colors…that makes such sense!

    • These are some wonderful tips and tricks. I can’t thank you enough and I know some other gals are taking notes. I love the tip on getting darker colors…that makes such sense!

  • Jodie Ward

    Yes! I have to buy clothes in bigger sizes so that they don’t only wear it for 2-3 weeks and then they need another size!

    • Isn’t is crazy how they grow so quickly? Thank goodness for hand-me-downs!

    • Isn’t is crazy how they grow so quickly? Thank goodness for hand-me-downs!

  • Kate Finlinson

    I agree that it’s a great time to check out clearance racks right now! There are tons of good deals out there at the end of the season. It definitely pays to plan ahead!

    • Thank you Kate for reading! There are so many great items for next season. I am going to take a look this weekend especially!

    • We hope to look at some soon. Next summer sizes are great to get…we are having 100 degree weather still, so our summer isn’t quite over! Thank you for reading.

  • Thank you Sarah for reading and commenting. Three littles would be so much fun. Shopping off season helps a ton!

  • Totally agree that working in advance with larger sizes when sales are on is definitely the way to go. Great tips here, particularly for new parents. You really surprised me with the $4 value deal you talked about – that is just amazing!

    • Thank you Nicole for reading. I was beyond shocked too! That adorable Disney top was a new piece this season, so I went in on a good day!

  • Marissa Zurfluh

    I don’t even remember the amount of clothes my kids had as babies. Most were donated with the tags still on them since they grew out of them so fast.