I love shopping…who doesn’t? But when you are living to a budget kids clothes aren’t always a priority of where the money should be spent, especially when you can buy nearly new on ebay, in charity shops and now its spring…car boot sales (Get in)!

I know if I had a few extra pounds, exactly what bits I would want to go buy for both Megs and E, but I also do not see them as essential buys when they are just 3 & 5. They wear lovely things and have a range from smart Sunday best right down to play clothes for each season and this is made up of a mix from the charity shops and car boots, hand me downs and then the odd new thing to freshen up their looks, and when I look at them everyday I am really happy with this balance we have as it doesn’t stress me out if they are ruining clothes and it doesn’t break the bank.
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One of my favourite phrases as a thrifty woman is when people say to me “oh I have a bag of stuff for ….. if you want to look through it?” ! And some have even began with “I hope your not offended but I have….” Offended??? I LOVE second hand stuff that can be put to good use, I love that we can recycle it, I love that it saves me money and I love that they can get it off their hands… What really is there to be offended about? New clothes are new to kids whether they came from a shop or out of a bag from a friend or cousin!
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I again heard the sweet reference of hand me downs this week when one of my friends text and asked if I was ready to rummage through her baby stash yet that she has been hoarding for me for the past 6 months. I have been touched by her thoughtfulness to hang onto it until I was ready and that she was kind enough to offer to me these things for our baby… As I have been in denial of how much I needed and thought 4 baby grows was ample, I said I was indeed ready and wanted to look anyway before I headed to shops to face the overwhelming challenge of choosing things and perhaps spending unnecessary pounds.
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So after the school run on Tuesday I spent the morning at her house sorting through bag fulls of baby attire into sizes and then from those piles, choosing what I wanted to take for baby Smith. There were so many lovely and useful things from vests and baby grows to cute dresses and outfits. Most of it pattern and colour wise is everything I would have turned my nose up 3 months ago, but my style for this baby has drastically changed to softer pinks and pastels and more florals and I am in love with how lovely they are for her! (AHHHHHHHH what is happening?).
I only took NB and 0-3 as I felt anything older would be too much. This was not only a fun morning, but it has save me a lot of pounds, time and personal awkwardness of going into baby shops and making decisions.
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I know that Second hand isn’t for everyone, but for me with each baby there has always been someone handing something down and it has been such a money saver and blessing. I love hand me downs and will always have a look when friends and family offer as you never know what treasures you may find for your kids to wear. Pass on stuff you’re done with and graciously receive when its offered. It saves money, makes life easier and really is exciting to get new to you things for the kiddos!

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Following on from yesterday’s post – My baby wear wish list, I couldn’t not feature the said baby shorts that I purchased earlier this week in GAP, not only were they a symbol of progress in my healing, but they were also an absolute steal!

Our baby is due in July, and so of course seasonal baby wear for Spring/Summer is just coming into stores now … at full price. It isn’t easy to grab bargains in the season, unless of course you have discount codes for in store or on line (which if you sign up to emails you can get). And so its usually a good idea to snatch them up in the sales and buy ahead, or of course hit the charity shops/car boot sales and find nearly new appropriate things there too.

I however found myself in our local GAP on Monday after the scan, as I previously had bought 2 pairs of maternity jeans for like £9 each on line (with FREE delivery) and due to my uber skinny scrawny legs they were just too baggy, so I reluctantly returned them.
I always think if you are already in a shop and they have a SALE section its always worth 5 mins to nosey for some bargains. You never know what you might find…Like some summer baby bits for just 99p!
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These of course, as I have said a few times, are my 1st baby item(s) that I got off my own back and because I wanted to and felt excited to.  They were an absolute steal at 99p a pair and the sun hat too was just 99p. I like the cherries and style of the 1st, the colourful birds on the 2nd pair and the plain coral for being summery and bright..The denim of course goes with lots of things and is rather cool.Baby cherry shortsBird shorts GapWP_20160317_17_33_12_ProInstagramCapture_510597d3-99d8-41e4-b17a-b2bf0cca92ddI love the style of them all. I love the prints and I love how easy they will be with a little vest and that hat chilling in the pram on sunny walks! £3.96 for some baby summer essentials – you can’t go wrong!  I am really into baby Gap at the moment and I can’t wait to check out our local outlet in the next few weeks too.. stay tuned and i’ll let you know what I find, last year I got Megs a hoodie for £4 and E some Tshirts for £2 each. LOVE.

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One of the hardest parts about being told in our last pregnancy that our baby was most likely going to pass away was not being able to do any of the “normal” pregnancy prep you do as a mother. I felt I missed out on so much and have said before that it was unbelievably difficult to be planning a funeral and stuff like that instead of buying clothes, a pushchair, a crib etc. It was a painful period and I remember the day I cleared out all of Megsies baby clothes during my pregnancy that we had saved because I just felt we didn’t need them, someone else could use them and to see them reminded me I was having a girl that probably would never wear them…so off they went. I cried a few days after that, and it all felt very unfair and unnatural. I had a blanket and a few baby grows, that was all.
10702005_10152433205636553_993432145928128985_nThe anxiety of “what if’s” in the early part of this pregnancy has meant that I haven’t yet bought anything. I feel slightly awkward still in baby wear places (though I adore it too), and I almost feel like I have to keep reminding myself that its okay to be there and okay to buy something I like for my unborn baby as this one seems like she is here to stay.

I was hoping and totally expecting that this baby was a boy, so most of the things I was originally drawn to was either neutral or a boyish print and style. I never looked at girly things, probably because there is still some pain attached to baby girl clothes, and probably because I hoped I wouldn’t need to bring myself to making that choice at this point in life.  But life always throws us curve balls doesn’t it and so I have been looking and trying to get excited about girls clothes again, and reminding myself that “It’s okay” and will be lovely.

It may sound strange to those who haven’t experienced what we have, after all the next step is naturally to go out shopping and start prepping for baby’s arrival…clothes, cot, pram, and everything else, but its hard when you have disconnected that part of your brain to protect your emotions, to suddenly find you have to re-engage it and embrace it all.  With this I have been sheepishly hovering around the girls stuff in hope that there will be things I can love again and fill me with excitement, and thankfully there have been a few and that’s fantastic and reassuring that its still there within me.

For the most part I have been figuring out what kind of things/style I want to roll with and I think I have decided that its mostly fun, bright and a little quirky. Bold prints and fun clothes make me happy to look at and to me that it is an important factor in all of this! There are the odd normal things in there, but overly girly stuff is really not my thing and pale pinks and typical girly things, that is a no no unless they posses some kind of cool pattern or logo! With that I went and bought her some shorts in Gap that were on sale, whilst returning some things for me and as she will be a summer baby they looked useful… but that is all.

SO here is what I am loving/drawn to, wishing for and will hopefully also buy when I get my confidence up to purchase them over the next few weeks. I am in no rush as I want to enjoy it and want it to be a natural thing for me, and also know that a baby really doesn’t need a whole lot more than baby grows and vests anyway, but for practicality on hot summer days I hope some of these things will be useful for us/her!

1. Rompers/Play suits – Who doesn’t love a baby in a romper, especially in the summer? I do and think they are uber practical and look cute. In fact the ones I have featured are only a small selection of several lovely ones I have seen around and I think I may be developing an obsession with them.
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I love the rainbow logo one from Gap (£12.95) just because it seems so fitting with those rainbows and pretty too, whilst keeping a coolness about it.

The spotty one is H&M (£6.99) and is pretty much just cool, Megs has a dress from H&M almost the same print so they can be a little matchy pair with that one…Then the fishy one from Mothercare (£10) and I think its just brilliant and happy to look at. I can imagine that to be a great beach outfit as its also towelling fabric!

And how funky are the fruity ones from Next (£12)? They again make me so happy to look at!

Mamas and Papas have a new peter pan range out, which never really used to be my thing, but I have to admit that I love with this one as its casual and plain and the “I believe in fairies” is cute, its £16 and I know Megs especially will adore it too being a fan of tink!
Romper, £16 - Mamas & PapasAnd finally, on the pricier side is this one from Boden (£17.55) its absolutely gorge! I like the bold print and retro feel to it, it also has lots of frills on the bum!
16USUM_72166_MUL2. Dresses – I like chilled out colourful clothes and all of these reflect that. I find really frilly things impractical for young babies, but because we go to church every week I feel dresses are an essential. I like the pinafore set for Autumn (Mamas and Papas £24) and the floral/rainbow ones I LOVE…They are a bargainous £3.99 each in H&M and are very me!
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I also love this one, again from Boden at £15 (They have some really cool baby girl stuff with great embroidery, patterns and print). I just think that its super fantastic with all of the random animals on and matching panties!
16USPR_73196_ECR3. Outfits/sets – There are only a couple of things in this section, because I feel it isn’t essential until she is a few months old, but I do love the leggings and light bulb t shirt from Mothercare (£14) with the added bonus of a hair accessory (my weakness) ! And the T-shirts are from H&M (£6.99), again they’re just funky and cool! The leggings and wrap top set are again from the peter pan range at Mamas and Papas (£19), and I just like how chilled it is. It’s almost not what I would go for, but the style of the top and image make it lovely.
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4. And finally – This is my absolute fave as it makes me laugh whenever I see it. And  with that, I think its what I want to bring her home in (the little duck). Its just mint and it speaks for itself! From Gap (£14.95)…
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This is not a sponsored post or in collaboration with anyone, just my baby clothes loves put out in a post…all images are taken from company websites and items can all be found right now on said sites. 

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