You may or may not have noticed, but most of my baby/children’s clothing items are labeled as “grow with me” items.
In short, that’s because they’re fantastically practical, and save LOTS of money in the long run.
Don’t get me wrong, I’ve from time to time lucked out with a store bought item that lasts well beyond its price range. But that’s just getting lucky – it’s not predictable.
And honestly, fabric is very expensive, especially the gorgeous custom knit prints I get from Northern Rose Fabrics (which I reviewed in this post) and Black Rabbit Fabric. (Did I mention they’re also Canadian small businesses?) You absolutely get your money’s worth with the fantastic quality, but the items are still pricey.
Enter the grow with me items!
While the size range varies depending on the pattern, my favourites are the Apple Tree Bunnyhug hoodie and the Apple Tree Bunny Bottoms. (And Apple Tree Sewing? She’s another Canadian small business owner too!)
The Apple Tree patterns have 3 sizes that get you from 3 months all the way to size 6. Just 3! The smallest size is 3-12 months, then 9 months – 3T, and finally, 3T-6. And honestly, the range can be even bigger, depending on the baby/kid.
For example, here is the Bunny Bottoms and the Bunnyhug (modified into a tee) on a 3T (ish) sized kid with the cuffs at the bottom rolled just about all the way up (for help with cuffs, check here), and the exact same pjs on another kid who’s in sizes 6 and 7.
It still fits! And when I say it fits both kids, I mean it ACTUALLY fits both, neither is a stretch at all. The head hole is still fine, and the legs are still long enough.
Similarly, here’s the shorts on the 3T kid, and again on the size 6/7 kid.
And another look at the hoodie:
This is the 9 months – 3T size on my 3T sized model, compared to a 3T-6 hoodie on the same kid, only about a month later.
He comfortably fits in both. And the head hole was still fine on the smaller size. (And he’s been consistently 90th+ percentile for head circumference, so he doesn’t have a small head!) The hoodie came off easily in the smaller size, no trouble at all.
I also have 2 other grow with me pants options, and while the Bunny Bottoms is by far my personal favourite, the other patterns have their strong points too. So my next post will be outlining the differences in the 3 pants patterns!
Bottom line: grow with me items are amazing, and you need them in your life.