Eco Baby Fashion

Listen, I know you’re excited about that new baby and there are so many adorable outfits at Target, but step away for a minute and consider your options. Babies grow out of things really, really fast. Like in a day, sometimes. So buying brand new clothes for baby just doesn’t make sense.

Parents in the know are all about the hand-me-downs. If you can find someone – a relative, friend, neighbor, or that woman from your office who had a baby last year – who will hand you bags of baby clothes for free, you’re all set.

If you’re not that lucky, start scanning Facebook marketplace, Craigslist or other local sites for baby clothes bundles. You can often find someone advertising “complete six months girl baby clothes set” or something similar.

Your next best bet is one of the many online retailers offering used clothes. You can find everything from last years adorable Target onesies for five dollars all the way up to posh baby brands selling at Target prices. The benefit of this strategy is that you do get to choose your baby’s clothes instead of hoping your friends’ tastes align with yours.

Sometimes you can find amazing things at the thrift store (like the time I found $70 Keen hiking boots for my son at Goodwill), but if you aren’t into scanning the isles, check out the more upscale thrift stores or shop online for used clothes.

However you do it, buying used cuts down on your baby’s environmental impact by reducing resource consumption, manufacturing, and shipping. And who wants your tiny baby to be worried about a huge carbon footprint? She still hasn’t even found her toes!

– Hannah

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