Kid’s Wardrobe: A Complete Checklist (PDF Included)

As kids grow continuously, going through their clothing is one of those never-ending tasks.

They frequently stockpile things, so you hardly even see half of what’s in their drawers.

This makes it challenging to keep track of all their clothing and accessories.

So, you might not realize when it’s time to get them new ones.

Or, by mistake, get them the ones they already have, leading to unnecessary expenses.

However, it can all be avoided if you start using checklists.


Make a list of what your child already has and what they still need before you go shopping at the beginning of each season by using checklists for kids’ wardrobes.

A checklist gives you a clear objective of what you need when shopping for your kids.

This guide will take you step-by-step through the checklist for your kid’s wardrobe, whether they are infants, toddlers, teens, etc.

We’ve included a FREE PDF sample of the checklist so you can download it for your personal use. Click here to get it.

You will find it helpful when sorting through your kid’s wardrobe.

How Many Outfits Do Your Kids Need?

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There are a few things to think about when purchasing children’s clothing.

You may require more or fewer garments than the suggested number for your child, depending on their age, your budget, and how messy they get.

You also need to take into account how frequently you perform laundry.

It is simple to have a filled wardrobe, even in a tiny apartment, if you build a basic wardrobe with the odd extra cute garment because you won’t need much storage space.

How Many Outfits Do Babies Need?

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Even though you’re still pregnant, you can start your baby’s clothing with just a few essentials.

Avoid buying every outfit you see in the same size so you don’t end up with a couple of things they’d never get to wear just because you purchased entirely too many clothes that may have one issue or the other.

You may even receive some gently used clothing from friends and gifts for our baby shower.

It makes sense only to purchase a few newborn-size outfits, focusing on the essentials, and then add to that wardrobe as the child grows.

Babies only require a few essentials, and starting with a modest assortment is better.

  • 5 short sleeves onesies
  • 5 long-sleeved onesies
  • 5 pants
  • 1 – 2 light hats
  • 5 sets of socks
  • 4 to 5 pajamas
  • 2-3 adorable outfits
  • 3-4 lightweight jackets or sweaters

You can supplement essential infant apparel with a few adorable pieces.

It’s always ideal to wear multiple layers, and I like to cover the infant with a blanket rather than an additional jacket.

Packing an additional car seat swaddle blanket makes more sense if you usually take the kid outside in a stroller or car seat. 

Get more clothes to change into if your baby does end up spitting up a lot during the day or having many blowouts, so you don’t have to spend all day every day doing laundry.

How Many Clothes Do Your Toddler Need?

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Having a few extra garments on hand makes sense because toddlers enjoy playing outside and become dirty much more quickly than babies do.

However, you are not required to overspend on children’s clothing here either.

A young toddler girl’s straightforward clothing might resemble this:

  • 6 Tops
  • 6 bottoms (skirts or pants)
  • 4 to 5 dresses
  • 3 nightgowns
  • 10 sets of socks
  • 10 pairs of briefs
  • 2-3 pairs of footwear
  • 1-2 outdoor jackets
  • 1 or 2 hoodies

You should put the following items in a toddler boy’s dresser:

  • 6 Tops
  • 6 Bottoms
  • 3-4 nightgowns
  • 10 sets of socks
  • 10 pairs of briefs
  • 2-3 pairs of footwear
  • One or two outdoor jackets
  • 1 or 2 hoodies

When you wash every day, as most of us moms with kids probably do, all the clothes can fit in one drawer or a smaller portion of the closet and will last for a long time.

Having a few extra garments for your child in their dresser always makes sense if you don’t wash laundry often.

The following items should also be added to your child’s closet, depending on the climate where you reside and the weather there:

  • Sandals or flip-flops 
  • Winter Boots 
  • Rain Jacket 
  • Snow Jacket
  • Puddle Boots

And with that, you’ve effectively equipped your child with a wardrobe full of the necessary clothing.

How Many Clothes Does A Teenager Need?

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Teenagers require the same essential shirts, tops, and pants as a toddler, along with a few more items of clothing that match their interests.

It is preferable to let teenagers help develop their wardrobes by assisting them in choosing their clothes.

Generally, one outfit should be available for each day of the week.

If they must wear particular school uniforms, it simplifies the decision; generally speaking, you should choose at least one complete outfit each weekday.

How Can You Spend Less On Children’s Clothing?

There are a few ways to save additional money on children’s clothing because children can go through a lot of clothing due to wear and tear or just because they outgrow it. Here’s some:

Buy Used Clothes

You can get secondhand clothing For a reasonable price or even for free.

You can discover gently worn clothing for children of various ages on Facebook Marketplace or in local Facebook groups. 

In addition to thrift shops and the website I previously mentioned, there may be someone in your life with children older than yours who can pass along hand-me-downs from their children.

Kids Clothing Sales

If you avoid purchasing or wearing used clothing, you should always watch for kid’s clothing sales.

Numerous large merchants and clothing stores offer at least one worthwhile sale yearly.

Retailers like Walmart and Target always provide additional discounts and bargains on clothing.

Off-season Purchases

Now, this only makes sense if your child is no longer developing at a quicker rate than light.

Baby and toddler sizes cannot be predicted for the upcoming season, but if your child is older and not growing as quickly, shopping off-season can save you a ton of money.

For instance, you can purchase summer clothing at a significant discount when the retailers begin switching over to winter items.

Perfect Online Stores To Buy Clothes For Babies And Kids:

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The cutest clothing for infants and toddlers can be found at Target under the Cat & Jack brand.

Their clothing fits my little girl well, and the quality is evident, considering how long they last.


You may get a ton of baby and children’s clothing on the well-known Chinese website Shein for a reasonable price.

Remember that delivery of your product could take a few weeks, and ALWAYS read customer reviews before purchasing.

Their quality and how the garments fit might differ significantly, and returning items is sometimes a nuisance that is not worth it.


You will love and adore Carters because their clothing is of such high quality, and when you shop during sales, you can save a ton of money on multi-packs and adorable costumes.

They typically have large sales twice a year, and with that, you will be able to stock your baby’s closet while still pregnant and save a ton of money.


The fact that you can discover almost any brand on Amazon makes it a perfect place to buy baby and children’s clothing, and also because of its easy return policy if anything doesn’t fit or turn out the way you expected.

The Childrens Place

One of the best things about Children’s Place is that shipping is always free, and the outfits are gorgeous and reasonably priced.

Old Navy

You may save even more money on future purchases of children’s clothing by using the rewards program at Old Navy, which offers frequent clothing reductions.


Along with offering amazing discounts on multi-packs of infant onesies, Kohl’s also offers Kohl’s Cash, which can be redeemed for future purchases.


Used clothing can be purchased at Vinted for a significant discount over retail costs.

Still, since you are purchasing from individuals rather than a company, you cannot return items and must pay freight on each order you place.

A Checklist For Kids Wardrobes (PDF)

Kid's Wardrobe Checklist PDF - Infantslab

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Children’s, toddlers’, and newborns’ clothing should be practical (easily put on).

Adorable (in terms of colors), soft and smooth (in terms of fabric quality).

Simple to maintain (in terms of care label, dimensional stability, etc.) and have a good price-to-quality ratio.

Make sure to organize their closet while saving money correctly; you already have everything you need by just incorporating all the clothes your children require.

Never forget that having a varied wardrobe that meets your kids’ clothing needs is more important than having a closet full of stuff. 

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