Internet Slams Woman Spending Thousands on Baby Clothes While Not Pregnant

A woman has been met with criticism online after confessing to spending thousands on baby clothes, despite not yet trying for a baby.

The 29-year-old woman explained in a popular Mumsnet forum post that she is “very broody” but is unable to financially have a baby with her partner just yet. The couple, she wrote, is hoping to move up the property ladder along with planning to complete postgraduate studies.

“I am so looking forward to having a baby one day. Sometimes I see baby clothes that are just so cute, I feel like I have to buy them or I’ll never see them again. I’ve spent probably £2-3k [about $2,700 to $4,000] on baby clothes in the three years. I’d say half on sale,” she explained.

“My significant other is upset because he feels that I’m throwing money away,” she added. “I feel that we are technically saving money by front loading the cost of this necessity. I think it’s such a non issue and it’s quite smart. We have a shared a budget of £50k [around $67,000] for offspring and I can definitely save this by the time I’m 35.”

“Surely it only matters that I eventually save the money, not that I save it at the same time as him,” she asked.

In the U.S., the average cost of raising a child is estimated by the U.S. News & World Report, citing U.S. Department of Agriculture data, to be $267,000 over a period of 18 years for a middle-income married couple. This makes it just over $14,800 a year per child for a typical two-child household.

Based on these estimates, it’s not unreasonable for a woman like the poster to be prepping ahead and considering the financial aspects of parenthood. For users of Mumsnet however, purchasing “£2-3k” worth of clothing was a step too far.

“2-3k on baby clothes is ridiculous if you have a baby. I never spent anywhere near that on my babies. You are being very unreasonable, I’m afraid,” wrote one user. “You won’t know what size any baby would need in summer or winter. And there’s only so many clothes one baby can wear.”

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One user reasoned that with a constantly changing trend cycle, buying clothes so early on is not a good idea. “Firstly because tastes change,” they began. “There are things I see my child wearing in photographs and I remember dressing them in, but there are different things available now that I would choses if I were to have a baby now. Clothes I see today make the things my child had on look old fashioned.”

“Secondly you could spend several years saving but find your fertility levels have dropped/you split up/ one of you changes your mind about having DC then all those clothes will be a pile of heartache,” they added.

Against the stream, one user applauded the woman’s forward thinking, writing: “Can I just say how well organized you are. I know people will say it’s over the top but you have clearly thought it through.”

“I would stop spending £30 on items though you will learn very quickly how fast they grow and how fashion changes and it’s not always practical dependant on age with them being in cute little outfits.”