Did I ever mention that Buddy grows rather fast? Well, this statement also applies to other babies; they outgrow their clothes in double quick time. When Buddy was 1.5 months old, he ballooned so much that I had to get clothes for 3-6 months old for him. Those newborn rompers were never worn, and I gave them, brand new, to my baby nephew subsequently.
Buddy received new clothes for 6-9 months old from his uncle and so for a time I didn’t have to buy any clothes for him. I mentioned in my earlier post ‘The naughty baby and the negligent mommy’ that I had to buy new PJs for Buddy after I got feedback from infant care that those he was wearing had stains on them. So we went shopping at Takashimaya and got him cute PJs from Pandi Panda and Trudy and Teddy. These are supposedly for 6-12 months old, and Buddy looks very dapper in them.
Fast forward a couple of months, one of the Pandi Panda’s PJs is getting tight on Buddy. I can’t believe it, I have expected them to last till he’s one year old! I paid more than S$40 for each (US $1 = S$1.22), and now I’ve to give this PJ away.
Last weekend we were at Takashimaya and discovered there is the annual baby fair being held at the basement. I picked up a baby PJ from the discount bins and showed my husband. He turned to Buddy and said, “baby, mama has resorted to buying you clothes from the dog pile.” Yes, the PJ is from the discount bins, but it’s not really dirt cheap at S$13.90. I got three PJs for Buddy, and they’re still slightly more expensive than the pack of three I got from the Mothercare sale.
Anyway both times I made sure I bought PJs for 12-18 months old. They do look a little big on Buddy but it’s better for a baby to wear loose clothes than tight ones. I doubt if they will last till he’s 18 months old, but at least he should be able to wear for several more months.
I also bought socks for 12-18 months for Buddy just so that he can wear for some time. I know Buddy may look like he’s wearing over-sized clothes, but I think it makes economic sense. It’s nuts to buy expensive new clothes for babies that only fit them for 2 months. There was once when I checked out the sale at the Kids 21 store (junior equivalent of Club 21) which carries brands like Baby Dior, DKNY Kids, Paul Smith junior and Little Marc Jacobs, etc. At the discount bin, I picked up a Baby Dior PJ and it was going for a rock-bottom price of S$150. My jaws dropped. Honestly, who pays this kind of money for a PJ that will be worn for only a few months? I walked out of the store.
A stone’s throw away, Petit Bateau store is having a sale as well. I checked out the PJs and thought perhaps at around S$58, I could still get a couple for Buddy. My husband said no, Buddy doesn’t have to wear Petit Bateau. The cotton may be more comfy than Pandi Panda but it’s not so significantly better to justify a premium. In fact he thinks that those parents who buy designer clothes for babies and young kids have no idea of the value of money. The kids themselves, especially babies, don’t know the difference. Pandi Panda and Trudy and Teddy are luxurious enough for Buddy. Of course, now that Buddy is outgrowing those PJs, it makes me realize that perhaps it also doesn’t make sense to get them in the first place. So from now on, clothes from Mothercare sale or baby fair will do.
Here’s Buddy in the Pandi Panda Chinese New Year outfit, which looks way cool than the typical oriental style.