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Rebecca Doyle, Founder of The Kidstore, one of Australia’s newest shopping destinations for kids, shares her top tips for shopping for kids clothes and how to buy clothes for kids of all ages, that not only you will love but they will too.

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  1. Stock up on play clothes – Kids will be kids and it’s inevitable that they will end up with anything from dirt to paint all over them. If your child has favourite tee, double up on it so one is for play and the other for outings.
  2. Layering – During the transitional seasons of autumn and spring invest in layering items that can be added or removed depending on the temperature. For girls a pinfore is a great item that offers longevity through the seasons, add tights and a long sleeve tee for the cold and then just a simple tee underneath works for the warmer days.  For boys long sleeves shirts work great over a tee or a singlet, or if ironing is not your thing try a hoodie or lightweight jumper.
  3. Invest in key pieces – Special items such as Christmas outfits and good denim pieces. It’s also good to invest where quality matters, such as in footwear and swimwear. Shoes are critically important to the way a child’s foot develops, a good thing to keep in mind when buying shoes, go for something that supports the foot and not just for fashion.kidstore kids
  4. For toddlers – We all know how quickly kids grow out of their clothes, so look for adjustable waists, pants need to pull on and off easily for toilet training. Toddlers are more active so stretch will assist with movement. Toddlers are likely to get dirtier than babies so expect to change a lot. Stock up on tees and knit dresses, leggings, knit shorts – items that are easy to wash and wear and don’t usually require ironing.
  5. For babies – For new mums the one thing that will help when it comes to dressing your baby is easy access clothes especially when it comes to changing time. It’s also a good idea to choose garments that are fastened at the front so you don’t have to turn baby. Keep in mind that babies grows quickly and that in their first year they will most likely go through 3 – 4 size ranges so shop with this in mind, if you’re buying for future seasons, shop up in size.kidstore kids
  6. Shop with your kids – As your kids get older they get more picky about what they are wearing. Save yourself the money by choosing clothes with them that they will actually wear. It’s all about letting them be their own stylist, it will also make the morning dressing routine that little bit easier.
  7.  At the end of the day don’t take it too seriously, have some fun and play around with prints, graphics and colours. At The Kidstore we believe that shopping for kids should be as much about fashion as about having fun and being imaginative. When we design our ranges we are constantly pushing the boundaries to come up with new ideas and surprises for our garments.

 

 

  • be careful with the sizing charts as different shops will run different sizes so a little bigger might not hurt in size terms

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  • You can buy a lot of infant clothing at big w for a few dollars a piece, my Mum is a legend with this

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  • Good tips! Really good knowledge to know! Thanks for sharing this!

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  • Some good reminders as kids can be so hard on clothes

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  • Ive been lucky for my son as my sister inlaw passes her sons clothes to me as my son n nefew are only a year apart but my son has a straight body and my nefew on the chubby side. I try to find clothes that comes with adjustable buttons for waist holding. Its a must must. I sometimes find clothes that my daughter can wear when my son finishes with them unisex clothes. Im lucky that mh son hasnt fallen in for any brands, its like whatever ig looks good yep il have it. I have lately gotten him characters tshirt or jumpers. I got clothes a size bigger so it lasts a long tkme. Clothes i get are either on clearance or kmart price.kids are at school 5 days of the week wearing their school uniforms or either in undies on hot days at home. If we go out, my parents hve gotten my kids clothes for xmas or bdays. I just need to get undies socks n make sure comfortable shoes.

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  • Buy them a little on the big side for babies and young children. They will grow out of them before they wear them out unless they rip them. As they grow older don’t pass on one season’s clothes before making sure they no longer fit. My Mum did that a couple of times then had to buy me more the same size as I hadn’t grown enough to go into slight large of the next size.

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  • Great selection of awesome handy tips, some I knew and realise, others I didn’t. Thanks

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  • LOL I’m not into fasion at all I figure as well as my kids had pants on they were ok LOL

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  • As a mother of 6 daughters aged 5-20 I understand the cost of living, the need to want to help others and also protect the environment for future generations, from this thought Baby Kisses xx was born.
    We sell preloved gently used Baby Clothes prem to size 1 – nothing over $4. With FREE Australia wide shipping in August 2014 as nobody wants to spend the money they have just saved on freight costs.
    5% of all sales goes to I Give A Buck Foundation of Australia Ltd. Helping Aussie kids, one child at a time, one dollar at a time.
    Each step of the clothing life cycle is generating a pollution footprint, Baby Kisses xx is bringing clothes into the market.

    http://www.babykissesxx.com


    • This looks fantastic, thanks for sharing.

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  • Great tips! I’m happy I’m already doing a few but I guess with boys it’s easy as there aren’t a lot of options!! I wish my boys would stop growing so quickly!! My 13 week old is in 00 already as he is so long onesies don’t fit him in the legs & feet!!

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  • A buy at the end of season for next year

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  • I pass all my babies clothes on to others. Its such a waste when you know they’ve only been worn a few times. Oh and I love the kidstore designs.

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  • Especially with babies, who grow so quickly, don’t be too proud to accept good quality/condition “hand-me-downs”, as they can save you an enormous amount of money. And then you can hand them on to someone else when your kids have out-grown them, which usually doesn’t take long.

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  • Great advice. Clothing swap parties have provided a lot of clothes for my children as well.

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  • great tips thank you for this

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