We were overwhelmed to have a baby girl’s arrival in our family after three years of getting married. She was pretty, she was adorable and as every mother says this to her newborn baby, I said the same; “I will not let you compromise my girl, you will get everything.”
But then I realized that this “everything” comes with a price tag.
Her initial clothes were given by friends and relatives as it is a ritual to make babies wear old clothes and reason behind the ritual is that the new clothes can be harsh for baby’s delicate skin.
I purchased her first clothes for her naming ceremony when she was a month old. I selected two beautiful princess frocks for my princess. One fitted for a month old baby and another one was suitable for 4-5 months old.
The day she wore her first princess’ frock of white color, she looked extremely beautiful. I was so happy to see her first. Took her to the venue and the function started. After a while, she started being too cranky and seemed irritated. At last, I removed her frock and she calmed down. My heart ached to see her discomfort and ached equally to remove that beautiful attire. I thought will make her wear it after some time. And that frock never fitted her after that. The second frock I had purchased for her thinking she will wear it when she turns 3-4 months old, did not fit her at all as she had grown more than my expectations. I felt, “Oh God, why is she growing so fast”.
We were getting new clothes for her on every occasion, but they were useless after a month or so. They go on becoming shorter and tight for the baby. One apparel was getting used only once or twice and it started giving a big hole to our pockets soon. Some of my relatives started giving away old clothes of their kids. But I never accepted that. As I remember my promise made to her at the moment I was holding her in my arms for the first time. How could I let her compromise for her baby clothes? Though she does not understand anything, I can’t see her in the clothes which are kind of donated by other relatives. Once my mother in law made her wear an old T-shirt given by my sister in law. I had not noticed that. After some time, my sister-in-laws’ daughter pointed that out saying, “wow, baby is wearing my T-shirt no!”
My heart ached again. I could not take that exclamation easily. I could not raise my voice to my in laws’ behavior. But took her inside and changed her clothes quickly. I wanted to cry. That why people need to give away their old things to my baby. We are not poor, but I cannot keep spending a lot as I had stopped earning since she was born.
I just made my mind to never ever let her wear second-hand clothes and not to spend too much for new clothes.
Kids’ clothes are pretty expensive and they outgrow faster than ever. I kept buying the most expensive clothes for her and they kept outgrowing after a use or two. There were bags and bags full of her beautiful frocks, jumpsuits and what not; but nothing fitted her after few days. I had to give them away to other needy kids. It was a noble cause but still felt bad to give away those pretty outfits to anyone. I keep regretting my impulsive shopping of her clothes and for spending thousands of bucks on her clothes. And I cannot go for cheaper street shopping for her as they are not made of good material, I cannot harm my baby’s delicate skin by compromising on cost. I wish I had some stitching skills, but I could not learn it at the moment to make the clothes on my own. So the best thing to do was to search for good brands that are made of good cloth, are fancy and will fit in my budget.
Consequently, I keep searching for the brands which are of good quality, are not overpriced and they should go with the current trend too.