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How To Make Shopping For Kids Clothes So Much Easier

January 10, 2017

Kids grow out of their clothes so quickly it’s hard to keep up.  And fashion moves at the speed of light – even for the little ones. So how do you buy clothes for your children that are on trend, won’t wear out and will make it through the season without looking like they were meant for a three year old instead of a middle schooler? Check out these three marketplaces that will help you get your children dressed and looking stylish in no time.

Mac & Mia‘s style experts are moms, who work alongside you to handpick up to eight outfits for children up to size 6T. Carrying over 100 brands, they deliver high quality, often handmade items.  [Cost: $20 upfront styling fee, credited towards purchase. 15% off a full box purchase. Average clothing price point $35, accessories $12. Free shipping.]

Rockets of Awesome boxes are curated by an algorithm, plus by their merchandising and design teams. Their style teeters on cutting edge. Your kids will enjoy their metallic bomber jackets, tutus, and statement tees, and you will too. You won’t see the eight to 12 items until they arrive, but you only pay for what you like. Deliveries arrive four times a year, on a seasonal basis. [Cost: No stylist fee. Average price point ranges from $12-$36. Free shipping.]

Zulily is a one stop shop for infants, children, mom, and dad. If you’re hunting for last minute looks, Zulily has a new 72-hour sale every day, with deals up to 70% off, including kids themed clothes. Order early — delivery times vary based on where your order ships from. [Cost: Free membership. Free shipping incentives depending on when you shop. International delivery available.]

How To Hire Last Minute Babysitters For Your Kids

It’s a situation every parent dreads – you have plans to go out for a much needed date night or you are preparing to rush out the door for a big meeting at work. And then you get a call from your babysitter – she can’t make it! What do you do? Check out these sites to make sure you are always prepared for last minute care – even at the last minute.

Sitter lets you book your own babysitters on-demand by importing all of your sitter contacts into their app. Send a request, which is text messaged to all of your sitters at once— whether it be Grandma or the girl-next door. The first person to accept your offer gets the job. You can also connect with friends to share sitter lists, do reference checks, and link with other babysitters in your area. [Cost: App is free. New members receive a $10 credit, redeemable when they pay a sitter through the app. Babysitters set their own rates.]

UrbanSitter has over 150,000 babysitters, nannies and mother’s helpers available in 60 cities for last-minute requests and scheduled appointments. Helpful site features include background check and CPR certification stickers, video profiles, and the ability to access the most popular sitters in your neighborhood, school, or parent group. The average sitter response time is three minutes. [Cost: Membership plans range $14.95 monthly-$99.95 yearly.]

Sitterly allows you to connect with ambitious and flexible college students in your area for babysitting, tutoring, and mentoring services. Started by a former college student turned nanny, Sitterly babysitters are sourced from over 40 universities — including Seton Hall, George Washington, and University of Portland. After creating a profile, parents can review potential babysitters’ social media profiles, check out their ratings, and see their resumes. Sitterly is available in New York, New Jersey, Washington D.C., Northern Virginia, Portland, Oregon, and Dallas, Texas. They’re expanding to Ohio, California, Colorado, Pennsylvania, and Illinois in a few months. [Cost: $75 lifetime membership rate (limited time offer) or $20 for first month, accompanied by a $5 monthly fee.]



Chie Davis

Chie is a multimedia journalist, with over a decade of experience as a writer, broadcaster, and video producer. She’s created content in the television, online, and social media spaces.