Bad Mom Advice: Non-Sucky Girl Clothing And Kids Peeing All Over The Place

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largeWelcome to my weekly Bad Mom Advice column where I attempt to answer all of your parenting questions as only I know how — with zero degree in early childhood development, but with the experience of raising four kids and not having any of them in prison – yet! Plus, I back all my advice on numerous scientific research, which may or may not include me making fun of your dumb kid behind your back and drinking a bunch of wine! Welcome to Bad Mom Advice!

Dear Eve, 

I always shop at the Children’s place but did you see this? (Editorial note: I embedded the link for easy clicking)

I don’t want to shop there anymore but school is coming and I need to buy my daughter clothes and do you know places that I maybe don’t know? I know places like Gymboree and Jc penny and stuff. I want new places thank you!!!! 

Ahhh, the usual suspects, Gymboree and The Children’s Place, how every parent knows thee. I’ll admit it, on occasion I get totally sucked into the entire Gymboree trap, because how freakin’ cute is it that they have these lines of clothing where every damn thing coordinates, including socks and hair accessories and teensy tiny purses and shoes and all of that? CUTE!

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And even though they have sales and coupons Gymboree can be a bit expensive, and for me I haven’t had the best luck with the longevity and wearability of clothing from there. The Gap is always good for basics like jeans and cardigans, and I’m a huge J Crew fan, I admit it, I worship at the altar of Jenna Lyons and pretty much love their kid’s stuff, especially because it lasts forever and the quality is great. And they have good sales. I also love the UK based Boden, and shipping can be a bit longer, but their prices are very Gap-comprable and I have shirts that my eldest wore seven years ago that my youngest still wears today.

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(Image: Boden)  Zomg it’s a dress with teapots on it.

H&M is now offering online shopping, and since they recently signed the Bangladesh safety accord we can feel a bit better about shopping with them.

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(Image: H&M) It’s a sweatshirt. With a bunny on it. For five dollars.

Other places I love? Ollypop, for the occasional fancy dress item or really unique stuff, and it’s expensive so keep in mind I said occasional. Olive Juice, because they sell amazingly cute sort of old-school looking prim clothing which I find amazingly adorable.

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And Chasing Fireflies, which I’m sure every mom knows about, but it’s also a bit pricey. BUT, sometimes you wanna get your kid something super cute and  if you are careful and wash items on cold and line-dry them then buying a 50 dress can be rationalized by handing it down to another kid or wearing it for a long time.

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I’m sure our readers have favorite places they shop too and will weigh in with suggestions. I still haven’t really started my back to school shopping yet so I’m sure I’ll be doing that this weekend. Ugh. One thing I always always do is a quick web search to see if there is a coupon code when I am shopping online because there usually is and when you can save 15 or 20 percent, why not?

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