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Tips For Making Shopping For Kid's Clothes Less Stressful

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There is no doubt about it that shopping for clothes with your kids can be a stressful experience. From dealing with boys who get bored easily and simply don’t want to be there to girls who don't the shopping experience to ever end (speaking from experience here!). Making sure that the clothes you buy are both the right size and appropriate, can be a potential minefield! And with the rate at which kids grow, it is an experience that you have to go through over and over again.

Here are a few ways I approach shopping for my children's clothes to make the process a bit easier and smoother:

Make a List
Rather than scrambling to figure out what your child needs when you arrive at the store, write out a list before you go. This way, you know exactly what you are looking for and you can save yourself some valuable time once you are there.

Use the Internet
With so much now available online, it makes sense to use the internet as much as possible. Even if you prefer not to buy online, you can show your kids different styles and brands of clothing to get a better idea of what they like and don’t like. You'll have a better idea of whether they are into Dsquared jeans or tracksuit pants before you get to the store and hopefully they won’t need to make quite as many decisions. If you know there is a particular store that they like, head there first thing.

Buy in Bulk
Instead of heading out to the store every time a new season rolls around, you could look at buying a lot of their clothes during one trip. Clothing also tends to be cheaper when you buy it out of season, so this has the added benefit of saving you money. If your child particularly hates shopping, you can reason with them that they won’t have to keep going back to make multiple trips to the store if you get as much as possible while you are there.


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Get The Size Right
Though you don’t want your kids drowning in their new clothes, there is no reason that you can’t buy clothes that are a size larger to give them room to grow into. The rate at which many kids grow can be pretty incredible, so make sure you take this into account so you don’t find yourself returning to the store within a month to replace the item. Also, sizing tends to be different depending on what store you shop. It's always a good idea to try on all items for sizing unless you are familiar with the store. 

Shop at Department Stores
Although I love browsing small boutique shops, kids don't have the patience for that sort of thing. The great thing about department stores is that they have everything under one roof, so you don’t have to go through the effort of traipsing around from place to place. Take advantage of the convenience and the great prices they offer.

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