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Recycled baby sleeper

Sent from reader, Karen:

I would like to share my tip for saving on baby clothes. I have a 10 month old baby . He grows up super fast and we have been buying lots of baby clothes since his birth. Having a baby is not cheap these days and it can be wasteful with all the baby clothes piling up. So I thought of a way to recycle sleepers by cutting out the feet portion. My baby is really tall and usually the body part still fits while the feet portion is tight so I sew the hem of the cut out area and now they are good to wear for another month (hopefully)! This is a great way to recycle baby sleepers!


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Comments 35

  1. $avvy $am

    I feel like this is such a genius idea. Why didn’t I think of this?! I have so many sleepers that my little one has grown out of. Great idea, thanks!

  2. chely


  3. Jamie

    I do this because my little one has chubby ankles. I worry they will get too tight thru out the night. Great way to keep clothes longer!

  4. Queenmum


  5. melissa

    Great tip! I didn’t do this with my older kids bc I needed to hand them down to my younger. But with my twins being the youngest I did this to a lot of their sleepers and it definitely helped save some money!

  6. Wvwfufan

    I did this with my girls!

  7. Ann

    I try to buy ones that don’t have feet for this reason. It takes longer for the baby to grow out of them.

  8. Janna

    I did that for my girls as well! I also turn their leggings into capri when they get too short..

  9. NanaMom

    Awesome Idea! I wish I had thought to do that with my 3 children…. I have 2 granddaughters now tho & will most likely have more grandkids in future so you can believe I’ll be using this idea 4 sure!! Thank You for Sharing:-)

  10. CJ

    Here’s a tip for when you first get them and they’re too big (because you wanted to get the most use out of them πŸ˜€). Put a pair of socks (one size bigger than hey take) over top of the footies so they they stay on…usually they are bigger than their foot and their foot slips out and ends up bunched up in the sleeper by the morning…this saves them from that!

    • Heather C.

      Omg! Genius! I wish I would have thought of that!

    • Cinamom

      I used hair scrunchies around the ankles of the footies to keep their little feet in them. They are tight enough to stay in place & loose enough so as not to cut off the circulation to their foot.

      • Heather C.

        Also a great idea!

    • Kathy


  11. sue

    ok. I have thought about doing this before. but the part that always gets small is from the diaper to the shoulders. I am always swimming in baby clothes. getting sleepers at children’s place for $2. Does not make it worth it for me. I have 4 kids 7,5,3,8 mo. Time to clean and mow is soooo important. I miss sewing, crocheting, reading books (other then kid books). where does time fly. its funny how your life is altered by these little guys and you don’t even realize it. I remember when going to the amusement park was fun, now its fun just going to the store if a kid doesn’t have a melt down. I’m glad this idea to cut and hem works for so many. good luck.

    • Maiamon

      Agreed Sue!! I just want to sleep in and my 6 & 1.5 yr old wakes up super early especially on the weekends πŸ™

    • saverjes

      Agreed. They aren’t usually very expensive and once you cut them they are kinda ruined. Especially if they are zip up. I like to be able to pass them down to anyone that can use them (before I ruin them to get one more wear)

  12. Happymama

    I never did this but as my son got older, I quit buying pajamas and would designate ripped/torn clothes as sleepwear. He was so hard on clothes and still is. I don’t think I bought pajamas since he was a toddler and he’s now a teen, LOL.

    • Erin

      I do this with my kids’ excess tees. Thanks to other family members’ vacations/trips, my kids have quite a collection of souvenir tees from (sometimes strange) places they’ve never been!

  13. Jen

    I have 4 kids and all of them, in under a month somehow get holes in the feet and knees. I am not sure if it is the quality with Gymboree and Children’s Place the past few years, but I have to cut mine just to get any use out of them:(

    • Jen

      I totally don’t sew mine. I barely have time to breathe anymore. Lol

  14. Erin

    I guess maybe my feet were big as a child, because my mom used to split open the toes on my footie pjs when I was a kid.

  15. Steph

    I make my two year old wear clothes when they are too big, till the fit him, and when they are a little too small. He may look a little homeless at times but he grows too fast! Haha!

  16. tipaye

    We do this w/ my son who just turned 4. He always gets holes in the feet so we just cut them off. πŸ™‚

  17. tipaye

    I don’t sew the hem, I just cut right beneath the elastic. πŸ™‚

  18. Erin

    My four year old wears her baby dresses (12-18mo) as little shirts now, and they’re really cute! She is skinny like her daddy so things that are too short now still fit around her chest.

  19. Lisa

    Great idea! I love the sleeper pjs. Only one of my kids wore them. I always look forward to Friday night for the happy Friday posts, thanks Collin!

  20. Kristen

    We recycled our baby boy clothes by having 2 more baby boys. Your idea sounds way easier. 😜 haha

    • Stacey

      Haha me too

    • Laura

      Lol- Doing the same thing, having a 3rd boy! Glad I didn’t do this with the sleepers, actually. Oldest had really long arms and outgrew that part first. Second one is chubby, they get too tight all over. Wonder what it’ll be with this guy!

      With both boys now though, we use too-big t-shirts as jammies. So much easier during and after potty training!

  21. Momof4

    This is what my mom used to do when I was a baby! ☺️

  22. megan

    My baby is skinny and tall so she outgrows length wayyy before size. She is in 12 month length but 3/6 month sizes fit. This is such a great idea.

  23. charliesandwallysmommy

    This is what I do for my clubfoot baby. With his boots he can’t wear footed pjs and I didn’t want them going to waste from my other son.

  24. Jenna

    Parents did this for my brothers and I back in the ’70s and ’80s. So I carried on the tradition with my kids.

  25. T

    I added a piece of fleece to the bottom of ours after I cut the feet off and got another year of use out of them.

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