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Saturday, November 10, 2007

Name-brand clothes & children


I've always thought it a bit ridiculous that there are people who would spend $60 or more on a pair of infant shoes. Or $30 for jeans a toddler would wear. My thinking is that since children grow so quickly it's a waste of money to buy such costly items and once they get to toddler stage they will just tear up the clothes or get them too dirty to be effectively cleaned.

This is how I've thought since I had my first child more than 16 years ago. When she was born there were some parents buying their children costly items, but not as many as you see nowadays. Since I have three younger children I am once again noticing what other parents are buying their children. There is one child in particular that goes to the same daycare as my children and that child (who hasn't turned 3 yet) has nothing but name brands. Nike, Jordan's, Fubu... uh, that's all I can think of now, but you get my point.

Although I disagree with spending that amount of money on a baby's clothes I'm wondering if I'm somehow neglecting my children by not buying those costly brands. It's not like they don't have some name-brand stuff. Nike's that were bought on sale. Duckhead shirts. Maybe some Levi jeans and, of course, Gap... but those brands -- in my mind -- aren't on the same level as some of the others.

What do you think? Do you only buy your children name-brand clothes? And, if so, are they full-priced, in season wear? Do you think less of parents who buy name brands or less of parents who don't?

On a final note: I think it would be better to use the money to invest in a child's college education than their outer appearance. Hey, that's just one woman's thought!
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