March 20, 2019

Kids' Clothing Fit Chart: Which Children's Clothing Brands Run Big, Which Run Small, and How to Find Your Kid's Best Fit

Almost every kids brand in existence has been shipped out in one of our nearly-new kids clothing boxes. So, we can tell you firsthand that a girls’ 3T shirt from Carter’s can be a totally different fit from a 3T girls’ shirt from Old Navy. A boys’ six-month onesie from Gerber has a good chance of being way smaller than a six-month onesie from OshKosh B’Gosh. When it comes to children’s clothing, fit can vary wildly across sizes and brands. We sort through thousands of kids clothing items each month and see all variety of brands, so when it comes to how different kids clothes fit, we like to think we’re experts and authorities!

Finding Clothes that Fit Your Kid

Just like when shopping for your own clothes, you have to keep your kiddo’s shape in mind. Some brands are known to be cut more tall and slim while others have the short and stockier market cornered. And to make matters more complicated, as a lot of us moms know, kids often alternate, growing tall, then wide…. then tall, then wide again. For example, Carter’s is one brand that is consistently designed for long, narrow babies, while Gymboree (which just went out of business in 2019) always had some room for the roly poly phases.

shopping for kids clothing

Here are four tips we swear by when it comes to finding the best-fitting kids’ clothes for your littles:

1. Check the size chart: Children’s clothes in the U.S. are conveniently sized by age, and it’s tempting to want to buy that way. But it’s always good to consult a brand’s size chart before buying anything new. Compare your kiddo’s measurements against the brand’s height/weight guidelines for the best fit.

2. Think of baby sizes as “up to”: When you’re looking at clothing that sizes by month, it’s best to see it as topping out at that month. For example, a “3 months” onesie will fit up to a three-month-old baby, and a “9 months” tee may fit your six or seven-month-old.

3. Know the difference between 24 months and 2T: This is a case of a baby versus a toddler. Is your babe more chunky baby (complete with a diaper), or active toddler who might already be in undies? The 24-month-old clothes are designed for rounder baby shapes, while 2T will be more slim and streamlined.

4. Some styles are more forgiving: Dresses are easier to fit since they tend to be less form-fitting. Jeans and pants can be more challenging. Elastic waists and adjustable-waist pants are definitely a mom’s best friend, especially if you have a tall and skinny kid! Pay attention to the style when you’re shopping; some brands offer slim and husky styles in their bigger kid sizes.

Baby Clothes: Fit by Brand

BabyGap logo BabyGap runs a little big, shrinks a bit
Carter's logo Carter's baby clothing, which includes labels like Child of Mine, Simple Joys by Carter's, Precious Firsts, and Carter's Just One You, runs true to size or on the smaller side. Carter's clothing often seems to be best suited for long and skinny babies. Some items (onesies) tend to shrink a little.
The Children's Place logo The Children's Place baby clothing runs small, particularly their pants.
Garanimals logo Garanimals baby clothing runs small and tends to be shaped short and wide.
Gerber logo Gerber baby clothes run very small – as much as a whole size – and are also known to shrink significantly.
Gymboree logo Gymboree baby clothing runs big and tends to be shaped wide.
Kate Quinn Organics logo Kate Quinn Organics baby clothing runs long and slim, and is best for slender babies.
KicKee Pants logo KicKee Pants run long and slim.
OshKosh B'Gosh logo OshKosh B'Gosh baby clothing runs true to size generally. OshKosh B'Gosh tops can be on the wider side.

Toddler Clothes: Fit by Brand

BabyGap logo BabyGap toddler clothing runs true to size, but is known to shrink (particularly their denim).
Cat & Jack logo Cat & Jack toddler clothing runs true to size, with a slimmer fit.
Carter's logo Carter's toddler clothing fits true to size.
The Children's Place logo The Children's Place toddler clothing runs small.
Garanimals logo Garanimals clothing for toddlers often runs large and wide, but it can be inconsistent.
Gerber logo Gerber Childrenswear toddler clothing runs small and often shrinks.
Gymboree logo Gymboree toddler clothing runs big.
H&M Kids logo H&M Kids' toddler clothing runs true to size or a little big.
Jumping Beans logo Jumping Beans toddler clothing runs a little small
Old Navy logo Old Navy toddler clothes run small and often shrink.
OshKosh, Genuine Kids from OshKosh logo OshKosh B'Gosh and Genuine Kids from OshKosh toddler clothes fit true to size, generally. The website notes that "dual sizes (like 4-5) are sized generously for a comfortable fit, with room to grow."
Tea Collection logo Tea Collection toddler clothing runs true to size in the shirts and dresses categories, but Tea Collection pants and leggings run a little small. It also tends to shrink.
Wonder Nation logo Wonder Nation toddler clothing runs true to size.

Kids Clothing: Fit by Brand

Abercrombie Kids logo Abercrombie Kids runs on the smaller side and is often best suited for slim kids.
Calvin Klein Kids logo Calvin Klein Kids clothing fits true to size.
Cat & Jack logo Cat & Jack kids' clothing runs true to size, if a little slim.
Faded Glory logo Faded Glory kids' clothing runs big.
GapKids logo GapKids clothing runs true to size.
Hanna Andersson logo Hanna Andersson kids' clothing runs on the large side of true to size. Hanna uses centimeter sizing based on height, so you'll see sizes like 80/85 and 140. They say: "No need to size up, designed with room to grow. " We say: they run big, be sure to follow their height and weight charts on their site, and expect their clothes to be roomy in the waist.
H&M Kids logo H&M Kids clothing runs big and seems best designed for tall, slim kids.
Jumping Beans logo Jumping Beans kids' clothing runs a little big and wide, especially their pants.
Justice logo Justice kids' clothing runs small.
Lands' End Kids logo Lands' End Kids clothes fit like this: their pants run big, but their shirts fit true to size.
Old Navy logo Old Navy kids' clothing runs big and wide in the regular fit; try the slim fit if your child is slight. They also offer husky sizes.
OshKosh, Genuine Kids from OshKosh logo OshKosh B'Gosh kids' clothing runs true to size, generally.
Tea Collection logo Tea Collection kids' clothing dresses run big, but their leggings run short and narrow. Tea Collection clothing often shrinks in the dryer.
Wonder Nation logo Wonder Nation kids' clothes run true to size.

P.S. If you don’t even know where to start, you should definitely consider buying pre-loved children’s clothes and saving yourself a TON of money on kids’ clothes -– like 70-90% off retail. Plus, with Kids on 45th clothing bundles you’re sure to discover some brands you didn’t know about before that just might offer the perfect fit for your kid!

March 07, 2019

How to Make a Clothing Cake

Create a Unique and Memorable Baby Shower Gift for Your Loved One

We are celebrating our 1st anniversary – one year of sending seasonal boxes of pre-loved kids clothes to moms around the country. We talked about marking the occasion with the classic first birthday treat, a smash cake, but since we’re in the business of kids clothes, we decided it made way more sense to create a clothing cake! It’s a knock-off of the diaper cakes popular at baby showers, and honestly, we think it might be an even better idea than a diaper cake for a baby shower centerpiece!

Here’s how you can make a Clothing Cake. It’s easy to put together pretty quickly after you’ve made a quick trip to the craft store for some supplies. We whipped up our cake in less than an hour. It’s definitely helpful to have a few sets of hands to help assemble the cake, so enlist a mom friend or two and make a party of it! Your kiddo could be a good helper too.

Make a Clothing Cake: Step-by-Step Instructions

1) First, collect what you need for your clothing cake. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Clothes! Hand-me-down clothes work great here. Really, any cheap kids clothes that you can find, since the cake will add to the cuteness of the overall gift. You might also consider making each layer a different size, and play around with the colors. If you need some different options or sizes, you could put in an order at Kidson45th.com, and we’ll send you a box of clothes (no subscription necessary).
  • Rubber bands: You’ll need a few giant ones to wrap around the bottom layers, and smaller ones to secure each rolled-up clothing item. The plain-color beige bands are best.
  • Ribbons: Here’s where you can make it your own and coordinate with the baby shower theme.
  • A cylinder to be your base: A roll of paper towels would work, or look around your craft store for something taller if you prefer.

craft supplies

2) Next, Roll your clothing items like burritos and secure them with rubber bands.

3) Set up your cylinder base and begin placing rolls of clothing around it. Be sure to use similar-height & width rolls together (so maybe all pants on one layer, then all shirts on the next). Here it’s fun to play with colors and patterns. Once you have a layer of clothes in place, secure this “cake tier” with a large rubber band. You could also use string or ribbon. We liked how the large rubber band held the clothes so tightly together.

4) Create your next layer of clothing cake on top of the base by stacking rolled clothing bundles and securing them with a rubber band.

5) Stick the lint roller in the top to extend your cylinder up and build your top layer of clothing. If you don’t have a spare lint roller handy ;), you could use a piece of clothing. You just need something that will stick in the middle of your base layer, and have a smaller circumference than the other cylinder, so that your Clothing Cake can have the appearance of having a smaller “cake layer” on top.

6) Wrap some ribbons around the cake and make it your own! We also created a little cake topper – just made a t-shirt design, printed on thick-stock paper, cut it out, then secured it with a pencil! Feel free to use our T-shirt image template below – Click here to download a PDF of the Clothing Cake Topper.

Let us know how your Clothing Cake turns out! Tag us on Instagram @kidson45th

March 06, 2019

We've Been Sending Nearly New Clothes Nationwide for One Whole Year

By Elise Worthy - Founder & CEO of Kids on 45th

Last March, we sent out our first seasonal boxes of gently-used kids clothes to our first seasonal box customers – parents around the country. I wanted to build something for moms who were craving affordable kids clothes and didn’t feel like combing the clearance racks and sorting through consignment bins.

We started this journey by becoming the proud owners of a beloved Seattle kids consignment clothing store – Kids on 45th, which has been around since the 1980s. I shopped there regularly for my two sons. I also made some money back by consigning my kids clothes there.

In early 2017, I had made a consignment appointment at the store, and I was running late… I missed my appointment time, and they said they couldn’t rebook me because they were closing the store. I didn’t want our neighborhood to lose the access to great pre-loved clothes at affordable prices, so I sprang into action.

With my background in technology, I felt I could find a way to bottle up the love surrounding the Kids on 45th store, and spread that feeling throughout the U.S. with seasonal boxes of insanely affordable clothes. I had no idea how far we would come in just one year, and how fast we would grow. It’s clear that this is a product that moms not only really want –- they really need it! Time and money are precious resources for moms, after all!

We’ve come a long way in a year, and it’s flown by! We’ve sorted through a half a million clothing pieces to find gems for you and we’ve shipped boxes to every state in the U.S.

Thanks to all of you for being part of our journey so far, and we’re excited to keep growing and improving. When it comes to clothes – we want you to know that we have your back. We wouldn’t be here without you.

With love,
Elise
(Mama of Isaac & Cooper)

February 26, 2019

3 Steps to Save Money on Kids Clothing by Folding Laundry Like Marie Kondo

Marie Kondo’s home organization tips are the easiest to apply in your kids’ rooms and can actually help you save money on your kids’ clothes. The pro tip is that you can start on laundry day with no extra effort. In this case, imperfect is the perfect way to go!

You’re undoubtedly aware of Marie Kondo and her organizing show that’s inspiring some serious spring cleaning, or at least fueling millions of Netflix binges! The Japanese organizing consultant and star of “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo” is showing all of us how to clear our clutter with gratitude and delight, seriously!

Her five-category, clutter-clearing system (Clothes, Books, Papers, Miscellaneous, Sentimental) may feel like a lot to tackle. But it’s surprisingly easy to “Marie Kondo” your kids’ clothes, and her folding method can actually help you save money on your kids’ clothing.

Use these three steps to organize your kids’ clothes, Marie Kondo-style, and save money on kids clothes:

  1. Laundry day can make or break your kids’ clothing budget – Use the time to sort out the small stuff: Sure, if Marie Kondo had her way, you’d pile up all your child’s clothes like a children’s clothes outlet bin and sift through them. But why not do a mini version of this on laundry day? As you fold each item, take a peek at the sizes, and make a donation pile for items that are too small. And notice if the items that still fit “spark joy,” which is Marie Kondo’s signature phrase, for you or your kiddo. If an item doesn’t give you delight, thank that cheap name brand hoodie for its service, and into the giveaway bag it goes (gently! That shirt served you, mama!).

  2. Go full Marie-Kondo-folding method in your laundry basket: Marie Kondo has a unique technique for folding and storing clothes. Neat as can be, Marie Kondo folds clothes into small rectangles (you can see exact instructions here). Then stands the clothes up vertically like little clothing soldiers. This way you can see all of your clothes so you know exactly what you have. Brilliant! Here’s our addition to the Kondo brilliance: As you fold your laundry, you can place the clothes vertically into your laundry basket so it’s that much easier to quickly slot them into your kiddos’ dresser drawers.

  3. Your kid’s clothing drawer becomes your shopping list: You now have an inventory system for your children’s clothes – with one glance you can see that you need more jeans, sweatshirts, etc. You know you never get dirt cheap kids clothing when you’re are in a pinch (helllllo, full-priced clothes on a Target run), so this method can help you see a clothing outage before it happens. And you know where you can fill in those girls onesies, boys pants, girls shirts, summer dresses, and anything else you need: Kids on 45th :)

folding clothes gif

Great for Growing Kids

We really love Marie Kondo’s folding and storage method for our kids’ clothes. Because kids outgrow stuff so fast, it can be hard to keep up with what they have and what they need. Plus, their clothes are often so small and there are so many of them, they can really get lost in the drawers. Using Marie Kondo’s folding and storing style, we’re able to see all of our kids’ pants, leggings, tees, pajamas, etc. all at once. It’s seriously so helpful when it comes to buying kids clothes, because it really gives you an understanding of what your kids need and what you already have plenty of, so you can stop ordering leggings and finally get your kiddo some short-sleeved shirts or whatever! (You know where to go for those in a snap, right? You got it 👉 kidson45th.com )

Have you been watching the Marie Kondo show, mamas? What do you think of her style of tidying up?

February 19, 2019

5 Ways to Get More Sleep

It *can* be done, but you have to step away from the Netflix first, mama

Sleep goes hand in hand with regular exercise and eating well: they’re the trifecta of healthy living, right? Funny thing though – no way is there enough time in a mom’s day for the recommended seven to eight hours of sleep, some sort of exercise, and healthy meals. Not when you add in work, parenting, childcare, self-care, cooking, cleaning, relationship nurturing, random internet searching, phone calls with your mom… the list goes on and on! (And don’t even get us started on having a baby or child who doesn’t sleep through the night!).

Something has to give, right? And sleep usually takes the fall. It’s a total shame though, ‘cause a good night’s sleep is restorative in sooo many ways. From looking good to feeling good, sleep is the key. So we have to figure this out, mamas! How can we all sneak in a few more ZZZ’s? We did a quick foggy-head brainstorm, and here’s what we came up with! May we present these 5 ways to get more sleep. 👏

  1. Go to bed earlier. Duh, we know. And often easier said than done as we are well aware from daily experience! But it must be said: the benefits that you will reap from being well rested will surpass that hour (or three) of late-night Netflix, promise! If you’re having a hard time dragging yourself off the couch, try setting an “bedtime” alarm on your phone every evening. When it goes off, you go to bed, no excuses!

  2. Sleep train the kids. Maybe you can’t get the baby to stop waking you up at 2 a.m., but anyone over two years old has ample ability to stay in their own bed until mama says get up. It might require investing in a few small tools, like blackout shades (the best $20 you’ll ever spend), an OK to Wake clock, and/or a fan/white noise machine. Trust us when we say these items are worth their weight in gold!

  3. Aim for better sleep. Follow all the expert advice out there and just try to tell us you don’t sleep better, deeper, longer. You know what you need to do: put your phone down and out of arms’ reach an hour before bedtime; cut out caffeine after 2 pm; follow a sleepiness-inducing bedtime routine that includes going to bed at the same time every night; avoid alcohol. These sleep tips get repeated ad nauseam because they work, so stop fighting them!

  4. Swap screens for books. We might love to read, but the truth is nothing demonstrates mom exhaustion like cracking a book at bedtime. One page (tops) and we’re passed out! So if you’re trying to sleep more, start by trying to read more, and we guarantee you’ll get more winks, ha!

  5. Simplify and automate. We’re all trying to eke out a little more time in every day, right? If you had more time, you could, in theory, get more sleep, simple as that. Take a look at your daily routine and see if there is anything you can simplify, automate, or maybe even ditch completely. For example, do you find yourself staying up late night scrolling for deals on kids clothes? Stop doing that, lol. Save time on your shopping with Kids on 45th. It takes five minutes to create a style profile for your kiddos and order them a season’s worth of clothes. With all that time saved, you can hit the hay a little earlier, mama!

Are you a sleep-deprived mama? 🙋‍♀️ What would it take for you to get more ZZZ’s?

February 08, 2019

10 Tips for Reconnecting with Your Partner

Don’t get too excited, this post is totally PG 😂

AHEM. You probably know Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching. As a parent, it’s totally possible that February 14 means scribbling your kiddo’s name on the 30 cartoon cards you bought in a panic the night before. (It’s moments like these that make parenting lifesavers like Kids on 45th boxes so awesome! It takes just a few minutes out of your day to have all your kiddo’s clothes shopping over and done!). The best of us have considered getting a sitter. And for the rest of us, when it comes to our partners, well, every day is Valentine’s Day when they’re with us, right? 😜

Use Valentine’s Day to Reconnect

Actually, no, LOL. Sure it’s a bit of a Hallmark holiday, but the value in Valentine’s Day is it gets us at least thinking about doing something romantic and thoughtful for our significant others. Maybe flowers, chocolates, and a dinner-and-a-movie date are textbook, but it’s the thought behind the purchasing and planning that matter. ‘Cause while being together in the daily hustle and bustle of life and parenting is ultimately the best Valentine, it’s a little too easy to take that for granted, right? You need to stop and acknowledge it sometimes with a heart-shaped box of 55% dark!

Plus (warning: purely selfish sentiment ahead): when it comes to relationships and romance, you often get out what you put in… that said, who’s joining us in trying one of these basic, everyday ways to keep your romance alive this month?

10 Tips for Reconnecting with Your Partner

1. Speak their love language You’ve probably heard of the five love languages: acts of service, receiving gifts, physical touch, words of affirmation, and quality time. It might be hard to speak to your partner’s love language on a daily basis, we know. But if there’s ever a time to put in the effort, it’s Valentine’s!

2. Take a peek in the mirror One of the great things about being in a relationship is being able to be totally comfortable around each other – enter hoodie and sweatpants – but it’s nice to put in a special effort to look good for each other too, right? Trust us, it gets noticed (even if s/he doesn’t say anything!).

3. Give in You don’t have to be a doormat, but if you’re being a doorstop more often than not, be an angel and just this once* buy/do/plan whatever it is your partner’s been wanting** that you’ve been opposing. Honestly it’s probably worth it for you, not only in the partner goodwill but also by relieving the stress that comes with all that roadblocking!

4. Sub in Is there something your partner dislikes doing that you could take over? Anything you can do to make daily life easier for your partner means less stress on them, and more good feels for the both of you, woot! Let him or her know that from now on, you’re doing their dirty work, and you’re doing it out of love.

5. Give them a break Work, school, parenting, life: whatever’s on your partner’s plate, it’s a lot. Every parent we know could use a break, even our neighbors who live directly across the street from their kids’ grandparents/no-cost babysitters. Send your partner off for some unexpected alone time or a nap just because – now that’s love 💕 Especially since you surely need it as much as s/he does… unselfish actions for the romantic win!

6. One word: massage No explanation necessary, right? 😉

7. Make eye contact When’s the last time you really looked at the love of your life? Put down your phone, and gaze at your guy or gal instead. Do this, regularly, and see if it doesn’t lead to sparks especially when paired with a heartfelt compliment!

8. Breathe, then speak Be proactive, not reactive by taking a breath and thinking about your response instead of snapping when your partner says something less than savory… not that your partner ever drives you nuts or anything! It might not seem like a big deal but every snappy comment chips away at your love a little, whereas you could build it up by responding more positively.

9. Plan a date Cliché but for good reason: spending time with your sweetie is essential, and Valentine’s Day is here to remind us of that. Get a sitter, make a reservation, and go out.

10. Snuggle Remember the pre-kid days when you could stay in bed forever just snuggling? Do that now.

Relationships definitely take work, but they’re so worth it! Any tips you can share on what you do to keep the connection strong with your sweetie?


*Oh you! would it really kill you to do it twice?

**within reason, haha

February 01, 2019

Frugal February Survival Guide

Good thing it's the shortest month of the year!

January was a cold, dark month… for our bank account! The decadence of December really hit home for us in these recent weeks. If Santa was a little too generous at your house, we’re sure you’re feeling it too 😭 Well, come on over to our Frugal February party, everyone’s welcome!

When you’re feeling broke, the best thing to do it buckle down and embrace it, right? Go full cheapskate for a month, build the bank back up, and you’ll feel soooo much better about everything. Even if it means opting out of your [favorite disposable indulgences] for a few weeks. That’s what Frugal February is all about: spending little or nothing on the “unnecessary” items on your want/need list.

(For the families of federal employees, we realize you are in a very different kind of financial agony! Here’s hoping that all of the outstanding paychecks have been issued by the time you’re reading this!)

Google “Frugal February” and hello, it’s a phenomenon! So at least we don’t have to be alone in our month of cutting back. Of course, everyone has their own approach to spending and saving, what’s essential and what’s an indulgence. Here are some general guidelines if you want to try your own Frugal February:

Identify your essentials. First things first, you have to know what’s off limits when it comes to spending. Things like rent, bills, gas, and groceries are pretty basic, non-negotiable expenses, right? But you can put some limits on the kinds of food you purchase by only shopping with a list (no impulse buying!), and save money by only buying items that are on sale or discounted. For example, a great way to save on kids’ clothes every time you buy is with Kids on 45th subscription boxes. You can get a whole season’s worth of clothes for your kiddo for less than $50. The average price of each item in our boxes is just $3.29, so cheap!

Do a quick audit. Frugal February can be a good motivator to reduce the recurring expenses that can be a hassle to tackle, like cell phone bills and cable TV service. Sure it’s a total pain to switch phone plans and providers, but Frugal February demands it! Go through those annoying calls to customer service and trips to the phone store now, reap the $$$ benefits later.

Find new fun. Nobody likes sacrificing, especially if it cuts into a fun time. If you’re really embracing Frugal February, you might feel like you have to say no to a lot of social events like after work drinks, restaurant meals with friends, and date nights. The trick is to get creative. Go out during happy hour. Have friends over to your place for a potluck instead of racking up a big bill out. Do date night at home: swap babysitting with a friend and designate the time to hang out with your honey.

Don’t go total deprivation. If getting a fancy coffee and a muffin and meeting friends at the mall playspace is the one weekly ritual that you look forward to, consider ways you can make it work. Maybe you only go every other week in February and skip the pastry. Or ask your friends if they want to take turns hosting a weekly coffee-and-kids playdate for a month. Who knows? Maybe it will turn into a regular thing!

Are you all about Frugal February? How are you saving money this month?

Save money all year with Kids on 45th! We send pre-loved, excellent-quality clothes to your door for less. Now shipping spring! Order a box packed with clothes for your kiddo now.

January 23, 2019

Fitting in Fitness

Hi there! It’s January, so you know we just had to come up with a fitness post. Though we think winter in general and not just the holidays are to blame for our current physique. Actually, we’re pretty much always trying/wishing to be fitter – anyone else still toting a few pounds of preggo weight? 🙋

Since our biggest challenge when it comes to working out is actually fitting it in, we thought we’d go there 😀 Truthfully we’re not totally sure about that – it’s quite possible if we had tons of free time we still wouldn’t do any lunges, hee hee. But since there’s no chance of that happening – we are 100% certain that all moms need more hours in their day – we’re gonna focus this post on what we’re trying to fit a little fitness into our lives.

Plan for It

People who are in far better shape than us say planning your workouts is key. Block off time in your day for some fitness and it’s far more likely to actually get done, right? We’re training ourselves to take a quick peek at the day or week and see when we could realistically sneak off to the gym, or work in a walk, or take a class. The most common times the moms we know have to exercise tend to be:

  • During naptime: This is a great time to do a workout DVD or follow a routine on a fitness app.
  • On a lunch break: Sneak out for a speed walk on your lunch hour.
  • Early mornings: If you’re a morning person, working out before anyone else in your house is awake is a good option.
  • With your kiddos: Snuggle your kiddo into the stroller and head out for a walk.
  • During screen time: Let your kiddo watch a show while you work out.
  • Late night: Still have energy after putting the kids to bed? Commit to using the time to getting your work out on!

Surprisingly, so far we have found a couple of hours a week to exercise by reorganizing our days a bit (honestly, mostly by getting up a little earlier here and there, and cutting out a bit of mindless screen scrolling). But if you’re not seeing even a couple of times a week here and there where you might get in a full workout, you’re definitely not alone! Read on…

Get Creative

As busy as all moms are, it’s pretty much essential that we actually create opportunities for exercise in our daily lives. By that we mean turning everyday events into chances to bust a move. We’re talking about (admittedly kinda dorky) things like parking in the far lot and hiking it into the store, hauling all the groceries in by yourself, the throwing down a few pushups on the playground, and doing jumping jacks in front of the TV. There are a bunch of apps that offer super-short workouts designed to do in your living room, and some are potentially possible even for mamas at home with tiny humans!

Dress for Sweat-cess

We’re moms, so casual is our MO. That said, we’re not about to break a sweat in skinny jeans (oh no). And there have definitely been times we’ve skipped on a quick walk because we’re really hoping to keep our shoes in pristine condition, are you with us? So clothes are key. Luckily this is a relatively easy fix. It just requires keeping comfy shoes and stretchy pants on the ready so we can take advantage of any random opportunities to work out. So if you don’t want to wear your workout gear around town, it’s not an impossible ask to stash a pair of sneakers and leggings in your car or gigantic mom tote, right?

Push Your Partner

Don’t go it alone! Gently nudging your partner or a friend to exercise more is surely going to motivate you to make some moments to move, right? Whether you work out together or just compare your steps at the end of the day, having someone along for the jog is going to be of benefit to everyone involved. Plus, any opportunity for matching wrist and headbands should not be ignored, you know? 😂

Know an easy way to find some time to exercise? Order a box from Kids on 45th, and cross “Shop for the kids” off your To Do list!

January 08, 2019

Introducing Kids on 45th

It's Nice to Meet You

Hi, We’re Kids on 45th 👋

Happy New Year! While we’re all welcoming 2019, we thought we should take a minute to introduce ourselves, and tell you a little bit about who we are and where we’re coming from :)

Kids on 45th offers super-affordable and seasonal subscription boxes of gently-used kids’ clothes. Every box is a surprise (which is part of the fun!) and filled with clothes in great condition: we aim for clothes you’d love as much as new.. Our goal is to help parents save money and make life a little easier. ‘Cause we know exactly how not fun it is to haul crabby kids to the store! And you know that headache you get from staring at your phone trying to find deals and sales? No thank you!

We got started in this business when, on a whim, our founder Elise bought a beloved kids’ consignment shop called Kids on 45th. For almost 30 years families in Seattle have flocked to the store for its selection of gently used gear and clothes. When the owner put it up for sale, Elise thought she’d give retail a try (eek!).

The Story Behind the Boxes

Kids on 45th Owner, Elise Worthy

Elise here :) While working every day in the store, I realized that although I was around kid’s clothes all day, I didn’t have the time to shop for my own kiddos (the cobbler’s kids have no shoes)! I figured this must be the case for many parents, balancing their time and resources. That’s how the seasonal boxes come to be! We began offering boxes of affordable, everyday kids’ wear like the stuff we sell in the store, shipped for free. My boys destroy their clothes and are always outgrowing something. The idea of having inexpensive clothing items for my boys delivered straight to my door every season sounded so good to me, I knew other moms and dads would love it too.

How It Works

Child opening Kids on 45th boxHere’s how we do our boxes: Parents create profiles of their kiddos and set style preferences, telling our stylists a little about their kids’ likes and dislikes. Our system suggests some basics that just about every kid needs, and parents can adjust the quantities and items as they wish. Then our stylists work from our current stock to put together boxes of (relatively!) coordinated clothes and ship them out.

We wanted the process of creating a box to be as easy, affordable, and convenient for parents as possible. That’s why you pick what goes in the box. So if you have a kid who’s tough on pants but likes to wear the same tee for days, you can order tons of jeans and fewer (or no!) shirts. The cost per box depends on what you put in it. For example, T-shirts start at $2.49 and the average price of an item of clothing is $3.49. So you can get your kiddo several complete outfits for less than $35, and shipping is free!

We offer the option of signing up for seasonal shipments or building a box whenever the kiddos need clothes (or both). It’s all super flexible and there aren’t any subscription fees or minimum orders or anything like that. If you opt to receive a box every season, we check in with you via email before we ship it. We confirm that you still want to receive your seasonal Kids on 45th box and that the items and sizes needed are up to date. Easy peasy, as they say 😃

About the Clothes

Kids sweater, jacket, and pants

Childrens long sleeve shirts and pants

Boy playing in jacket

People always ask us what they should expect from a Kids on 45th box, so we bet you’re wondering too. The clothes are

  • Gently used: Our buyers are picky about the items they accept. We never want to send out anything faded, stained, ripped, or pilling.

  • A mix of brands: From mall favorites like Gap, Gymboree, and OshKosh, to department and big-box store brands like Garanimals and Carters, our clothes are a mix of the brands you know and love, plus some you’ll discover for the first time (we love that part!).

  • Everyday wear: The kids we know won’t wear anything too fussy, so we try not to send anything too formal, stiff, or scratchy! We aim for comfy and cute in great condition. And if you tell us your kid loves denim and dinosaurs, we do our best (given current stock) to include clothes that fit the bill.

About the Store

Our “flagship” store in Seattle’s Wallingford neighborhood is open five days a week and a great little spot for parents looking for gently used and new clothes, toys, gifts, and gear. If you are ever in Seattle, stop in and say hi!

Like what we’re about? Get started building a box now.

We’re here to help! If you have any questions about how Kids on 45th works, or about your order, get in touch by emailing [email protected]

January 01, 2019

Our New Year’s Resolution: One Hour A Week

It’s time for a chat about the most underappreciated people in our lives: Us.We would do anything for our kids, and that includes neglecting ourselves for years to put them first. Really think about that… years! It’s crazy amazing! Thank you a thousand times, mama!

We know from experience that “thank you” is not something you hear enough. Unfortunately, your kiddos probably aren’t doling out the gold stars as much as they should (we’re looking at you, pre-verbals). And are you aware this is an unpaid position? Haha.The reality is that we have to recognize and reward ourselves for a very challenging job done well. Sure, the babies kick in some hugs and snuggles, but that’s usually after they’ve completely unrolled all of the toilet paper in the house.

So here’s what we’re gonna do, mamas. We’re declaring 2019 our year, in one hour a week.

The Year Of You

Step one: carve out a little time for yourself. Oh yes, we know that is easier said than done (like WAAAY easier). Just getting a weekly hour or two of me-time on the calendar might take you a month of requesting, planning, and rescheduling. So tackle that first.

Here are some ideas for finding that time:

  • Swap kiddos with a friend
  • Scour the internet for a local drop-off childcare facility
  • Ask a trusted relative or a neighbor

Step two: have a plan. Sure we daydream about an hour or two alone, but now that you’re making it happen, what do you want to do with it? It’s up to you. The only essential is that it be something that it pretty much impossible with the kids around (except grocery shopping! Don’t spend your me time on that ;).

Here are some me-time ideas:

  • Meet a close friend you haven’t seen in awhile.
  • Take a walk around your neighborhood or a park.
  • Do you hair and makeup with all the time you need.

What else can you do for you this year, mamas? Some ideas:

  • Be well. Grab a piece of fruit for a fast snack instead of chips or candy and try to drink more water. You don’t have to get crazy (in fact that never works), simple and small changes work best.
  • Commit to sleep. Set a bedtime and stick with it, and literally everything in your life will be better.
  • Delegate. Are there people in your life who would love to pitch in more? Put on your most charming face and ask for help. Don’t go it alone, mama!

As busy moms ourselves, we know some things on this list can seem like total fantasy. But take time for you or risk blinking and discovering ten years have gone by and you’re still wearing those socks with holes that you were going to throw away before your baby made a surprise appearance.

If you can’t do all or even a few things for yourself this year, do one small thing, again and again. You’re a mom. You deserve it.

What are your new year’s resolutions? We want to hear what you’re going to do to make 2019 the year of you, mama.

Share your thing in the comments below!.