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May 07, 2019

Zip Pouches Can Help You Have Your Bag Organized in 5 Minutes

Sort your stuff into zip pouches and you can kiss the days of digging for your keys, baby wipes, and hair elastics goodbye

You know how there are those habits and systems you put in place as a mom that make your life run soooo much more smoothly? Using zip pouches for purse organization is one of those mom wins for us. Takes a few minutes upfront, but saves you oh-so-much time in the long run. Sorting the messy contents of our tote into cute zipper pouches has been seriously life-changing. If you’re struggling with “messy bag, it’s a drag” – we really recommend getting yourself some fun zip pouches and trying out zip pouches for purse organization!

Getting your bag organized with zip pouches is pretty easy. You’ll want to buy or order some zip pouches you love (you can find really cute ones on Etsy, and Target often has fun designs). The number you need depends partly on how big your bag is and partly on how many zip pouches you want to keep track of – for us three or four zip pouches is ideal. This week only, get an exclusive, handmade zip pouch with your Kids on 45th order in celebration of Mother’s Day.* Use code MOMLOVE at checkout and we’ll send you this fun mom gift! Plus, see some of the fun stuff we’d pack in it on our Instagram.

Once you have zip pouches you love, it’s time to get serious about sorting through what you’ve got in your purse. Dump out bag and see what’s in there! Some people find this is a good time to clear out all that unnecessary stuff you’ve been toting around, and pare down to the “necessities.” These of course vary for every mama, but for us this means everything from sunscreen, snacks, and toys to a spare pair of socks, phone charger, and three kinds of mascara! Hey, whatever gets ya through the day, right?!

Sort, Store, and Stick with It purse pouches handmade by Indian Moon

Once you’ve cleared out the contents of your bag and ditched anything that doesn’t need to be in there, you’re ready to get zip-pouch organized. We think it’s easiest to sort stuff into categories and then designate a zip pouch for each category. For example, one mom in our office has three zip pouches, and she breaks down their contents like this:

  • the “First Aid” pouch, where she stashes bandages, tissues, sunscreen, etc.
  • the “Lip Kit” pouch, packed with lipstick, gloss, and other cosmetics
  • the “Kid Stuff” pouch, home to a few crayons, tiny notepad, stickers, and some small trinkets her daughter frequently requests while out and about

The trick is to remember what pouch contains what stuff! Some moms like to use clear or see-through zip pouches so there’s no confusion, and that system can work seriously great. If you decide not to go the clear zip pouch route, it’s just a matter of training yourself about which zip pouch holds which stuff. It might take a bit of getting used to, but for us, it was worth it (compared with the alternative of having a perpetually disorganized bag that we spent a whole lot of time hunting through!). Like any new habit, you have to stick with it, but if you have cute zip pouches and your items are nicely sorted, that’s hopefully not too tough to achieve!

So, what do you think: zip pouches for the organizational win, yay or nay? Let us know if you use zip pouches to organize your bag, and what you’re packing in them. We love to hear it and we know other mamas do too.

This week only, get an exclusive, handmade zip pouch with your Kids on 45th order in celebration of Mother’s Day.* Use code MOMLOVE at checkout anytime between May 6-12 and we’ll send you this fun mom gift! Happy Mom’s Day, mamas!

*Through May 12 or while supplies last.

purse pouches handmade by Indian Moon

Our fun Mom Love zip pouches are handmade by Washington State-based mom of three Kristin Morris, who makes and sells her awesome designs on her Etsy store Indian Moon Handmade. You can also see her latest creations on her Instagram @indianmoonhandmade

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, 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