How to Buy Clothes for a Toddler for Next Season


Your tot knows how to rock this season's wardrobe, but she'll soon outgrow her favorite outfits and need clothes more appropriate for the upcoming season. Stores often put out clothes for the next season well in advance of the actual changes in weather, so you should have plenty of options available. Clearance sales of the current season's clothing are also an option for stocking up on basic pieces that work from one season to the next. With your tot's wardrobe needs and her potential growth in mind, you can fill in the gaps in her clothing selection.

  • Sort through your toddler's existing wardrobe to determine which pieces can carry over for the next season. For example, summer T-shirts still work for warm days in autumn. Write a list of the clothing pieces your tot needs for the next season. She may need thick tights to go under her skirts for fall and winter, or she may need tank tops as summer approaches.

  • Check on your toddler's current statistics. Weigh her and check her height to use as a guide for choosing clothing sizes. Check the sizes on her current clothes to get an estimate for the size she'll need for the upcoming season. If her 3T shirts are getting snug, you know you'll need to choose a larger size for the next season clothes you buy.

  • Select basic pieces, such as T-shirts, leggings and sweatshirts for the foundation of your toddler's wardrobe. Skip trendy styles or clothes that aren't easy to keep clean. Choose clothes that grow with your toddler, such as elastic waistbands, stretchy fabric and adjustable straps.

  • Read the clothing tag to help you estimate the correct size. Use the information about her current size as a starting point. Most kids' clothes include a weight and height range for the sizes on the tag, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. Check the sizing for each piece of clothing you choose, as the sizing may vary slightly between brands or with different styles of clothing.

  • Try the new clothing on your toddler before removing the tags to see how it fits. This is often easier at home instead of wrestling with your tot in a dressing room. If the clothes are already snug, they won't likely fit by next season. If the clothes are too baggy, your toddler may not grow into them by the upcoming season.

Tips & Warnings

  • Don't overdo your advanced purchases of clothes. Your toddler may hit a growth spurt in the middle of the next season. Starting with a small wardrobe and buying a few pieces as your toddler grows saves you money, according to the National Network for Child Care.


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