children ugg Two mums reveal why they keep their babies’ wardrobes up to date
Two mums reveal why they keep their babies’ wardrobes up to date with stylish clothesA STUDY carried out by Marks Spencer and Oxfam found that parents spend on average 327 on the most fashionable clothes in the first year of their baby’s life.00:01, 2 NOV 2012Updated10:25, 9 NOV 2012Vicki McAllister from Elderslie with her seven week old daughter Millie
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FORGET scruffy hand me downs and home knits. The average baby now wears brand new clothes and has a whopping 56 outfits.
Our tots, it seems, rival celebrity kids such as Harper Beckham and Suri Cruise in the style stakes.
A study by Marks Spencer and Oxfam found that in the first year of their baby’s life, parents spend an average on stylish clothes for their little one. Two out of three parents wouldn’t dream of dressing their children in ‘unfashionable’ gifts and two in five would reject hand me downs.
It means that in many families, baby has more clothes than mum has in her closet.
We tracked down two mums whose babies’ wardrobes boast 56 plus outfits to find out how they ended up with so many and to ask, do they really need them?
MAREE AND DAUGHTER BAILLIE
MAREE YOUNG, 31, is mum to seven month old daughter Baillie.
She says Baillie had at least 80 outfits when she was born and 40 pairs of shoes. Most of them were gifts and Maree added she’s been staggered by the generosity of friends and family.
She said: “We did our thank you cards a couple of months ago and we wrote 130 at least 80 of those were wee outfits for Baillie. We only had to buy her essentials,
like little babygrows, as we got given so much.”
Teacher Maree and husband Craig, an Inland Revenue worker, live in Armadale, West Lothian.
She admits that she’d like to maintain her daughter’s extensive wardrobe.
Baby Bailey and mum, Maree Young
She said: “Dressing Baillie nicely is hugely important to me. When the gifts run out, I’d like her to still have this amount of wee outfits in her wardrobe.
“I know it can be expensive but I’ll pick things up as we go along and top up her wardrobe in Christmas sales or second hand sales.”
Luckily, Maree has hardly had to spend a penny so far.
She said: “We spent money on furniture for the nursery and bottles, all these kinds of things, but we’ve been so lucky with gifts that this is literally the first month I’ve had to go out and buy her clothes.
“But then we have Christmas coming up and her birthday is in April, so I won’t really have to buy her much until she’s almost two.”
Maree admitted some of Baillie’s gifts weren’t to her taste. She said: “I did exchange some of the gifts, although that was partly because we got quite a few doubles.
“People tend to go to the usual shops Mothercare,
Debenhams and Next to buy baby clothes.
“I do prefer these good quality shops. I find the cheaper ones or supermarket brands go bobbly and are ready for the bin after one wash.”