New research by Hubbub UK and Mothercare has discovered that 183 million items of outgrown baby clothes are estimated to be stashed in UK homes. The survey of 2,000 parents with children aged 18 and under found that seven in 10 parents still have baby clothes their children have outgrown, which they say they are unlikely to use again. Whilst passing on clothing is quite common among some, over half of parents with their youngest child in their teens, still keep hold of clothing and a third said they had thrown baby clothes in the bin because they needed the space or didn’t know what else to do with them. When considering how quickly babies grow, many of these clothes are likely to have value and life left within them.
With Mother's Day just around the corner, Hubbub UK and Mothercare have teamed up to launch the #GiftABundle campaign which asks parents to pass on their baby’s good quality, outgrown clothing as gifts to other families across the UK who may benefit from them. Between now and 25th March, parents can pop into one of the 13 participating Mothercare stores to pick up a bundle bag, which they can then fill with 6-10 items of good quality, outgrown clothing for an age between premature – 3 years before dropping it back to the store. All gifts will be passed on to families across the UK who can benefit from them via community groups and charity networks.
It’s estimated that parents spend approximately £11k on clothing per child growing up, which when added to the pressures of rising prices, puts strains on the family purse strings. We hope the #GiftABundle campaign will make it easy for families to pass on clothing to support others and save money.
Handy tricks to make your baby clothes last longer
Not near a participating store? There are all sorts of ways to get the most value from your baby’s clothes. You could get together with parents in your community to run a swap shop and exchange things you no longer need for something you do! You could even extend this to maternity wear and all sorts of other toys and gadgets that come with being a parent.
You can also watch this video to try out these handy tips to make kids clothes stay fresher for longer, saving money and reducing waste:
- Tip 1: Buy baby clothes a bit bigger and roll up sleeves and trousers so you get a longer spell of wearing them.
- Tip 2: Put aside some ‘play’ clothes that can get messy.
- Tip 3: Wash clothes at 30 degrees so they don’t shrink and so the fabric stays in a better condition and lasts longer.
- Tip 4: Get stains out of new-born clothing by washing as usual and then hanging them out in the garden – let the sun work its magic!
- Tip 5: Greasy stains can be removed from clothes with handwashing and a spoonful of bicarbonate of soda!
If you have clothing that’s too worn to pass on, or want more tips on caring for kids clothing and removing stains, visit www.hubbub.org.uk.