Prepared Parenting: Wholesale Clothing for Kids
One area where they often forget to look for life-simplifying solutions, however, is in their kids’ closets. If you are like most parents, you probably shop for the clothing your family needs without much thought. You may search for discounts to get the best deals or shop when items are on sale, but you probably haven’t really taken the time to dive deep to figure out how to make outfitting your kids easier, more affordable and more efficient.
If you are scratching your head wondering how your kids’ clothes can make your life easier, don’t worry. We are about to let you in on a little secret.
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By shopping for wholesale clothing for kids rather than going to the store to buy apparel, you can make getting your family dressed in the morning, doing laundry and even dealing with sudden growth spurts a whole lot easier. In fact, buying in bulk is a great way to practice what we like to think of as “prepared parenting.” Keep reading to learn more about the many benefits of buying wholesale clothing for kids.
Buying in Bulk Saves You Money
Let’s start with one of the most obvious benefits of buying in bulk: It saves you money. Whether you have one kid or several, filling their wardrobes can cost a fortune. When it comes to basics like t-shirts, sweatshirts and polos for kids, you can save yourself a lot of money by ordering from a wholesaler rather than visiting your local retail store.
Retailers tend to sell things like t-shirts individually or in small packages. Wholesalers like The Adair Group, however, sell by the dozen. In doing so, they are able to offer much more competitive pricing. While a kid’s t-shirt may cost you $10 or more at a regular store, you can get them for less than $2 each when buying in bulk. You don’t have to be a math whiz to know that is a huge savings!
If you are put off by the idea of needing to spend more money upfront, don’t be. The initial upfront investment may be a bit steeper, but the long-term savings are definitely worthwhile.
Cut Down on Laundry
When you buy clothing in larger quantities, you can spend less time doing laundry and more time actually enjoying your family. Think about it. If your son only has three shirts that he wears regularly, you will probably need to wash clothes for him at least once or twice a week. If he had a dozen t-shirts, though, you would be able to go nearly two weeks before needing to wash them. And since kids’ clothes are relatively small, you can fit several garments in the washing machine at one time and avoid having to waste your weekends doing load after load of laundry.
Cutting down on laundry has other benefits, too. When you are able to wait until you have a full load of clothes to wash, you waste less water, detergent and electricity. Over time, this can add up to significant savings on your bills. Plus, running fuller, less frequent loads has less of an environmental impact. Less laundry is great for your sanity, your wallet and the planet. Who would have thought buying wholesale clothing for your kids could do all that?
Prepare for Growth Spurts
Sometimes, it seems like kids get taller overnight. When you plan ahead for those sudden growth spurts, you can be prepared instead of sending your child to school looking like they’re wearing highwaters or shirts that expose their midriffs when they raise their arms.
When stocking up on wholesale clothing, consider the size your child wears now and the sizes they will likely need in the future. Place an order for what they need now and the sizes they will need in the next year or so. Since wholesale apparel mainly includes basic staples that never go out of style, you don’t have to worry about your kids refusing to wear something later because it’s no longer “in.”
Once they’ve sized up, go ahead and place an order for the next size or two. Getting in the habit of doing this means that you’ll never have to worry about buying a brand-new wardrobe for a growing child at an inopportune time.
Be Prepared for Messes
Anyone who has ever spent any time around a child knows that kids are incredibly messy. At the end of the day, many parents find themselves wondering how such a tiny child can make such massive messes. When you stock up on wholesale clothing, you can be more prepared for those messes. Instead of discovering after your daughter spills chocolate ice cream all over herself that there are no more clean shirts in her closet, you can rest assured knowing that you have plenty of extras on standby for just such an occasion.
If your kids are little, keep most of their clothing in their closet or dresser, and put some spare outfits in your car and diaper bag. Leave some at Grandma’s house and at the daycare center, too. If your child goes to school, stuff an extra outfit in their backpack. Even if you have middle school or high school age kids, you can send an extra t-shirt or hoodie with them to keep in their locker.
Plan Ahead for Fun Activities
Things like blank t-shirts and hoodies make great craft supplies. You can customize them using an at-home vinyl cutter, iron-on transfers, fabric markers, puffy paint, etc. You can also use them to create one-of-a-kind tie-dyed creations. When you purchase them in bulk, you can keep plenty on hand for passing time on a rainy day.
Stocking up on wholesale clothing also means that you could be the “cool” parent who throws a birthday party where each kid gets to make their own tie-dyed clothing. It’s also a great way to help a blossoming fashionista customize clothing for her own wardrobe. It can even provide an opportunity for the young entrepreneur in your life to launch a business or host a fundraiser for a local cause or organization.
There are all sorts of ways in which things like t-shirts and hoodies can serve as the main supply in a wide range of crafting projects. When you buy them by the dozen, you can have several tucked away for those moments when the kids in your family have spent too much time staring at a screen and need something else to do.
Prepare for Vacations
Going on a family vacation is great. Packing for a vacation, however, usually isn’t so great. When you’re trying to load up suitcases with enough clothing to last for a week or two, it can be a challenge. It’s even more difficult when you have young kids and you are looking for clothes that are in good enough condition to be worthy of all the photos you will be snapping and sharing on social media. You also have to be concerned about packing clothing that you won’t be upset about losing or seeing your kids destroy while you’re on your trip.
If you are a prepared parent who already invested in some wholesale clothing, though, all you have to do is dig out some unworn clothing to pack. And since buying clothes in bulk makes them extremely affordable, you won’t be broken hearted if your child forgets a hoodie on the plane, leaves a t-shirt in the hotel or gets a huge ketchup stain on a white polo shirt.
Best Kids’ Clothing to Buy in Bulk
By this point, you probably agree that buying kids’ clothes in bulk is a great decision. You may not be quite sure where to start, though. At The Adair Group, we can help. For starters, we recommend stocking up on t-shirts. We have both long-sleeved and short-sleeved varieties for toddlers and children, and they come in a wide range of colors. Even if you don’t stock up on anything else, buying t-shirts in bulk ensures that your kids will have plenty of tops to wear at all times. Stocking up on these wardrobe staples is easy, too, since they’re so inexpensive.
If your child wears a uniform to school or if you regularly attend events where he or she needs to dress up, wholesale polo shirts are a solid investment as well. We stock uniform-friendly colors like black, white, navy, light blue, forest green and red. Our kids’ polos are made by Gildan, so you can rest assured knowing that you are getting great quality shirts at great prices.
Lastly, we recommend investing in wholesale sweatshirts. When the temperature drops but it isn’t quite cold enough to wear a winter coat, sweatshirts are perfect. Crewneck sweatshirts can be worn on their own or layered over a polo shirt for a stylish look. And hoodies work well when worn over t-shirts. Even if your child fights with you about wearing a jacket on chilly mornings, they will likely wear a hoodie.
How Much Clothing to Buy at a Time
The amount of clothing that you should buy at a time varies depending upon your needs and your budget. If you can afford to do so, starting out by buying clothing in your child’s current size and the next size is a good option. For t-shirts, we recommend buying two or three dozen in each size. This ensures that you will have enough to get through two weeks of wear plus several extras. Of course, if you want to stock up for activities, vacations, etc., you can always buy more. If your child wears polos to school daily, a dozen should be enough to get you through two weeks.
For hoodies and sweatshirts, the number you need depends on the climate where you live and how messy your child gets. These garments can usually be worn more than once prior to washing, so in most situations, a dozen is sufficient.
You can stock up on socks and undies for your kids, too. If you choose to do this, make sure you have at least 14 pairs of underwear and 14 pairs of socks for each kid. If you have young kids who still have accidents, consider investing in additional underwear.
As a parent, you want to provide for your kids, but you also want to make your own life easier. Buying wholesale clothing is a great way to accomplish both. Doing so enables you to provide a nice wardrobe at a fraction of the cost of buying from a retailer and ensures that you are ready for anything the day may throw your way. Buying in bulk will also help you cut back on laundry, plan for vacations and special occasions and be ready for the next growth spurt.
At The Adair Group, we carry a wide assortment of wholesale clothing for kids. Whether you are shopping for t-shirts, hoodies or polos, we have exactly what you need to keep your family looking great. We even have onesies and toddler tees for the tiniest members of your family. Browse our selection of wholesale apparel today and don’t hesitate to reach out to us with any questions or concerns. Being a parent is hard, but we can help you stock up on wholesale kids’ clothes to make your life a little bit easier.