Last updated: September 26, 2017
What should your maternity wardrobe cost? Finding cheap maternity clothes isn’t always the greenest (or cheapest) way to go. Here are some of our favorite ways to save money on your maternity wardrobe and also keep it eco-friendly:
bra extenders may be enough and you can use the money you save for the nursing bras you will eventually need. Check out how great and easy these bra extenders are:
- Thread the hairband through the hole of your unbuttoned pants.
- Loop both sides onto the pants button.
- Zip or don’t zip, depending on your comfort level.
Pair this with the belly band option above and it really smooths out the look of your unbuttoned pants. Here’s a quick how-to video of the maternity hairband technique:
Kindred Bravely organic bamboo nursing pads provide a nice contoured fit with three layers: a soft, organic bamboo; a middle absorbing microfiber layer; and a waterproof back layer. It’s the perfect combination and still very thin. They come in a 4-pair pack and we suggest having two packs during your pregnancy and nursing days.
5. Shop your closetYou may find long stretchy tops, bigger sweaters, or cute skirts that have an elastic top that will work fine throughout your pregnancy. Big comfy t-shirts are great for bedtime and around the house. And, don’t be afraid to shop your spouse’s, friend’s and family’s closets.
6. Shop your local consignment or thrift storeJust like baby clothes, maternity clothes are rarely worn for long. Sometimes at consignment or thrift stores, the tags are even still on them. Find your local thrift store at TheThriftShopper.com, or do a local search online for “maternity consignment + (your zip code)”.
7. Buy in bulkIf you aren’t too picky and you find your growing belly isn’t working with the tips above, your best maternity deal is going to be on Craigslist or Ebay. The trick is to search for “maternity lot + (your size)”. Sometimes it also helps to put in the season when searching. We’ve found some super deals this way. Then, just resell or donate afterward.
How much will your maternity wardrobe cost?We’ve researched what women typically spend for their entire maternity wardrobe, and it averages between $200-350. Here’s a breakdown and total estimated cost of a maternity wardrobe if you use our tips above:
Belly band: $20 (or FREE)
Bra extenders: $8
Hair bands: $5
Reusable nursing pads: $20
Closet shopping: FREE
Local consignment/thrift store shopping: $30
Online shopping in “lots”: $35
The total average cost for your maternity wardrobe totals $118. Now that’s a deal.
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