How Many Clothes do My Kids (really) Need?

April 8, 2011

As a mom to a growing brood of kids, one of the hardest things to do is keep track of is how many of each type of clothing a child needs. You know, right next to making sure I don’t accidentally leave one of them somewhere. Ha. Most of that is based on personal preference, some of the decision will be based on how often you do laundry and where you live.

I have a basic system I follow as far as what they MUST each have, of course with gifts from family, the adorable outfit that is on sales, etc.  we sometimes end up with more on hand, but I do have a baseline of what needs to be available in each size for us to get through a week/season.

At the start of each year (or as they annoyingly outgrow things) I go down this list of what I aim for in each child’s dresser. Click here for a printable PDF. I also like to keep a copy of this list in my purse, noting their current clothing and shoe size, so I’m not guessing at what they need or buying doubles (or triples…ahem…Ben with his THREE pairs of sneakers) of anything.

On a side note, the hat in the very back has been worn by all four, soon to be 5, of my children.

Babies

4 Kimono shirts (side snap/tie)
2 Fleece sleep sacks
6 Pr Foot-Jammies
6 Onsies
4 hats
12 Pr Socks
2 dozen Burp Clothes
5 Cute “outfits”
1 Pr crib shoes/slippers

Jane is a budding fashionista. Keeping her wardrobe under control is challenging.

Jane is a budding fashionista. Keeping her wardrobe under control is challenging.

Toddlers and Pre-Schoolers

5 Short Sleeve Shirts
5 Long Sleeve Shirts
4 Shorts/skirts
4 Pants
3 Sweatshirts/sweaters/hoodies
1 suit for boys
2 “Dressy” Dresses (Easter/Christmas type) for girls
2 Casual Dressy outfits (cotton dresses, khakis, collared shirts, sweater vests)
1 winter coat
1 Jacket (try to get one that is a windbreaker and water proof)
1 Fleece
10 pr socks
10 pr underwear
Sun/baseball hat
Winter Hat
4 Pr gloves
Scarf
4 PJs
1 Bathing Suit
Sneakers
Crocs/waterproof summer sandal
Sandals
Loafers for boys
Dress shoes for girls (one pair black, on pair white)
Snow Boots
Rain Boots
Flip-Flops

My boys....in the dirt.

School Age

5 pairs of jeans/pants
4 pr shorts/skirts
7 school shirts (half short sleeve, half long)
1 suit for boys
2 Dressy Dress outfits for girls
2 casual dressy outfits (cotton dresses, khakis, collared shirts, sweater vests)
4 Sweatshirts/sweaters/hoodies
1 winter coat
1 Jacket (try to get one that is a windbreaker and water proof)
1 Fleece
10 pr socks
10 pr underwear
Sun/baseball hat
Winter Hat
4 Pr gloves
Scarf
4 PJs
1 Bathing Suit
Sneakers
Crocs/waterproof summer sandal
Sandals
Loafers for boys
Dress shoes for girls (one pair black, on pair white)
Snow Boots
Rain Boots
Flip-Flops

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