I have an addiction and that addiction for me is the store Baby Gap. As I have two young children, 1 and 3 this is a store I frequent quite often and cannot pass one without having a, "quick pop in to see if there's anything cute," but the trouble is, there's always something cute and I end up spending far too much money but my kids look great! So much so that people often comment that my son wears nothing but Gap and I have to look at him and agree when he is in a Gap vest, Gap jeans, a Gap polo and baby Gap socks!
I used to work for The Gap when I was at university and have always loved their baby and child section as it has some really cute, trendy but hard wearing clothes. Usually you will find a Baby Gap and kids Gap in a regular Gap store but sometimes they have their own stand alone store too.
In the baby section the clothes to up to 24 months and you can really find some really nice unisex basic clothes for newborns. They do lots of nice blankets and body suits and baby Gap roll socks have to be the best and most hard wearing socks you can get. They do them in a number of different plain colours so I find its always good to stock up to get some that match different outfits.
For baby boys I think Gap do really great polo shirts, this is one of their staple items and they look smart and fit well. What I love about these shirts is that they feature a little brown stitched teddy bear motif which makes the shirts look cute but also a bit grown up at the same time.
For girls I love their long sleeve t-shirts and short sleeves t-shirts. My little girl basically lives in these all year and they come in nice solid plain colours or you can get them in patterns such as hearts, stars etc. She is still wearing some from over a year ago so that is how well they last.
Girls dresses in Gap are absolutely amazing too, especially the summer dresses. What I love about them is that they are cute and curly without being all foofee and over the top. The dresses are sometimes quite expensive, over £20 for a dress but the great thing about Gap kids and baby Gap are the sales. They have sales quite regularly and it's well worth stocking up on items even if they are a year or two too bit for your child as they will always grow into them.
I have bought both my son and daughter Gap logo fleece hoodies over the years that they can use as a coat when it's not too cold out and I have always bought them at a discount price in the sale, £10 or less and they last for ages and look really stylish.
A shop that I'll be in for many years to come.
We have been bought loads of baby clothes from Baby Gap when our daughter was born and the clothes look absolutely fantastic, I think if your baby is only up to a few months old then it doesn't have the best variety but as the age goes up the clothes get much more better and stylish.
The best things we have had for a our daughter are the winter style clothes like jumpers, coats and hats, the material is thick and looks like they will last a good while. I have found that the summer clothes are not as good quality. The clothes are quite expensive and if you try and look for the cheaper items then the material is normally thinner and doesn't look like it will last for too long.
Our nearest Gap is in Coventry so it is somewhere we would have to make a special trip to, I think if we had one closer then I think we would buy a lot more clothes when there are sales but I wouldn't travel far specifically to go to a Gap store.
When I was pregnant with my daughter I didn't buy many new clothes as we were on a pretty tight budget. However I was browsing in Baby Gap one day and saw so many gorgeous outfits that I relented and bought a couple of things. Although I loved the designs and she looked super cute wearing them, I was a little disappointed overall for a couple of reasons.
Firstly, the prices are pretty high, especially if you're paying full price for them. You can easily pay £22 for a pair of embroidered jeans, and yes they look lovely but I still think that's a lot of money for something that will only be worn for a few months at most.
Secondly I found the sizes really small. For example the age 6-12 month jeans I'd bought for my daughter were too short for her by the time she was 5 months old! OK, she's quite tall for her age (on the 98th centile for length) but she's hardly a giant. I mentioned it to a few on my friends who also have kids and they all agreed they'd had similar experiences with the sizes. I compared the 6-12 month gap jeans with some 3-6 month ones she had from M&S and they were the same length.
Fortunately I managed to pick up a few other pairs of jeans and some t-shirts from Ebay so I didn't feel quite as bad about paying out all that money for the first lot. I still love the designs (their use of colour is lovely - lots of brights with imaginative appliqué and embroidery) but I wouldn't pay full price for them again.
Fortunately they wear pretty well so you can pick up some good bargains on Ebay in good condition and the sales are good - typically 50% off so if you can I'd wait until then.
Before I had my baby Gap would always be the first place I would look for gifts for friends having babies as their clothes are just so cute. I still think they offer some absolutely gorgeous baby and toddler clothes in very cute styles, but to be honest I don't shop there a great deal for my little one.
There are a couple of reasons for this. Firstly I find their sizes come up quite small, so he seems to grow out of their stuff quite quickly. I bought him a few bits before he was born, but unfortunately they only lasted a couple of weeks as they are much smaller than equivalenty sizes from other shops.
Secondly I do find Baby Gap expensive for every day clothes. Babygrows are £10-15 each. Compare this to many shops where you can get three babygrows for £10 or so, and they are still good quality, and Gap does seem expensive for clothes that will last a couple of months at most before baby grows out of them.
I do think that Gap clothes wash well, which is very important for baby use some beautiful vibrant colours for their baby clothes, whereas many other baby clothes are pastel shades which do get a bit boring.
Overall I think Baby Gap clothes are great for a treat and they do make lovely presents. However, unfortunately, I cannot justify them for everyday wear for my little one.
Of all the high street shops that sell kids clothes I must say that GAP is my favourite. Working in Londons west end I am lucky enough to have 3 GAP kids stores in walking distance from my work place so its convenient for a spot of lunchtime shopping.
The store I most frequent is the regent street store which I think is really well laid out and normally has a good selection of newer items and are well stocked in different sizes the staff are friendly and helpful.
The reason I like GAP kids clothes is that they last for ages and wash so well, the colours do not fade and the sizing is good for my daughter and the clothes always fit well.
A favourite of mine is their playwear range of tops, t-shirts and leggings that are normally on offer 2 for £16 they come in a range of colours and designs and last and last now £16 I think is a bargain for two tops I know it may be more than you would pay in Primark or Next but they last for ages. I put them on my daughter day in day out and she is a proper mucky one and they are washed and worn to death but they always last until she grows out of them which are normally about 6 months.
I wouldn't pay out for their socks or PJ's. I simply cannot justify paying that much out on socks especially because I have a sock monster in my house who seems to have a taste for my daughters socks and I have drawers full of odd ones and as far as I am concerned PJ's are for bed never seen so I don't care if they get a bit tatty.
The other good thing about GAP is they normally email round a 30% off voucher every few months so great for bargains!
So all in all I would say good for nice play wear and lovely occasion wear but for other things a bit over priced.
I do not live anywhere near a Baby Gap (or a Gap at all for that matter)...the one nearby closed a few years ago. However everyone has heard of Baby Gap and I have heard nothing but good things about the shop...the clothes are expensive but excellent quality etc. etc.
Well I happened to be in York at the weekend and noticed that they have a Baby Gap shop, so I could not resist going in with my husband. I expected to spend an absolute fortune, as before we even entered the shop I was priming him for how much cash I was about to splash. I had him all but convinced that it was an unrepeatable opportunity to stock up my son's wardrobe with the best baby clothes ever, so we needed to buy in bulk. I went in ready to spend hundreds...after all who knows when I would get to another Gap (and they don't have a UK website).
As I write this, I am not sitting surrounded by Gap carrier bags, nor is my husband out working overtime to pay for my many purchases. In fact, we left the shop empty handed. I honestly do not understand what all of the hype is about! The clothes were rubbish - yes the quality was lovely but that is no good if there is nothing you actually like the look of!
The baby girls' department was really nice - very pretty little outfits (although the new range with ladybirds on looks more suited to boys but for the little flower that is embroidered on the denim dungarees) and a good, wide choice. However this is the first shop for babies I have come across where they have a lovely girls' range and no equivilent for boys. All you could buy for older baby boys (not newborn) was plain dungarees, no nice pictures or anything on them. Totally boring, and fit the stereotype of how boys' clothing was a few years back before shops started introducing lots of choice for both sexes.
I was so disappointed, I could not find a single thing I wanted to buy! Oh actually that is a lie, I found an 'OK' white sun hat that I was going to buy just to say I had bought LO something from Baby Gap, but they only had one size left (which was not his).
The shop was laid out well and the prices are not half as bad as I had been led to believe (£19.50 for embroidered denim dungarees, £16.50 for plain dungarees, £7.50 for a long-sleeved body suit to give a few examples).
I really dislike the babygros with 'BABY GAP' emblazoned across them though, as label flashing is bad enough on adults never mind little babies, but each to their own I suppose.
There was a huge range of long-sleeved bodysuits (vests) in all different colours and patterns which is very unusual as most places sell them in packs. The only other place I have seen sell them singly is Pumpkin Patch and they do not have anywhere near as wide a range as Baby Gap. So for this it is great...however since baby would be wearing a top to cover the vest anyway it is hardly worth going out of your way to find trendy vests (nor is there any point spending £7.50 on one). I guess they would make a cute present but personally I would rather you got baby something from M&S where £8 would buy almost a whole outfit.
I really don't have a good word for Baby Gap - it was a bitter disappointment and I wish I hadn't bothered going.
Gap kids is the shop I would buy lots of clothes from for my boy If only I could afford!
I was introduced to Gap clothes by my friend who works for Gap and she gives me friends and family discount vouchers that range from 20% to 30 % off on certain weekends.
When I was a dinky (dual income no kids yet) I used to by my nieces and nephews and friends children's xmas presents there. I was always surprised at how gratefully received they were. Now I know why parents with one income can't afford their prices!
My last purchase was a shirt and a pair of trousers imaginatively called Lifestyle pants! They cost £14 for the shirt and £16 for the pants. Thank goodness for the discount.
Anyway more about the shop. There is a really good range of casual and smart casual stuff for kids of all ages. The clothes are always really colourful if you want that and they have lots of colours for boys instead of blue and girls instead of pink. The clothes are always displayed really well with lots of ideas on the mannequins.
I have found that the sizes aren't generous and you may need to consider a size above what you may normally. The trousers however are really good for tall thin boys as my sister in law found out. There was a rumour they did baby socks that stayed on - well on in my case he kicked them off just as easily.
The staff are trained to be helpful - they are meant to come and ask if they can help you. Always ask if you can't find your size. Use them if you need otherwise just have a browse. I've never found the shop to be really busy. At christmas they will gift box your presents for you - I can't remember if they charge extra.
One of the good things about Gap is they are few and far between in this country so the chances are you won't see another child wearing the same clothes - unlike Next clothes.
Baby Gap is by far my favorite shop for buying my babys clothes. They have so much choice and variety.
I love going in there and having a browse and especially love going in there when they have their new stuff in as they always have loads and loads to offer and it is always different and unique from last time.
I love Gap sizing as it fits my baby perfectly. At the minute she is in up to 3 months and it always fits he really snug. Her whole wardrobe is kitted out with baby Gap stuff.
Their prices are quite cheap considering Gap is a well known designer make and you can pick up some fantastic bargains on baby grows, vests and their lovely little socks that they do. They also have brilliant sales where you can usually pick up things for £3-4 and their socks at about £1.
They have these shops all over the place and it is great as wherever you go you can always find a baby gap.
As a teenager, everytime I was in town, I used to drag my friends into Gap to look at the newborn baby socks- they were so tiny and cute! Little did I know that a few years later(and still as a teenager!) I would be buying these socks for my own baby. When Baby Gap opened I was the first in to see what delights it offered. My baby has quite a few clothes from Baby Gap (he's quite the designer baby). When he was born my friend arrived at the hospital with two boxes full of Baby Gap clothes. He's got a range of things from vests to jeans to those cute little socks, and of course the customary Gap hooded sweater. In general I find the clothes to be of good quality. However sometimes there can be loose threads on items like jumpers. One of the main quibbles I have is that the jumpers don't have big enough head-holes! My eight month old son is around 22lbs, quite heavy for his age, but his head isn't that big! Just this morning I was putting a nice fleecy jumper from Baby Gap on him and the poor wee mite was crying as I nearly got his head stuck! Another thing is the strange way in which the poppers fasten up on one of the Baby Gap babygros- at the crotch area there is usually a gaping hole! The sizing in Baby Gap is also very strange. They offer 'newborn' clothes which say 17lbs on the label. Goodness help a mother who gives birth to a baby that size. Consequently, most babies will be able to wear 'newborn' clothes until they are a year or so! The prices are also quite high, especially for the well-known Baby Gap jumpers. I suppose this is somewhat a designer shop and you get what you pay for though. Baby Gap offer a range of good quality clothing, in the latest styles which echo those of the adult 'parent' Gap. The shops always look attractive and boast friendly and helpful staff (well most of the time). My local one is not very easy to negotiate with a pram though! Ap
art from the problem with the head-holes, I would recommend Baby Gap if you can afford to shop there- if not, when someone asks you if you need anything for the baby, say 'Well, some Baby Gap gift vouchers would be nice'!
I am a Gap Kids Fan. I have lived in the USA previously and only wish the prices were the same, but the quality here in the UK is just as good. My son is 8yrs old and shaped like a bean pole, a tiny non-existent waist and legs like a cat walk model. We have awful problems getting trousers long enough, with the need for belt & Braces. Gap have introduced a new range of boys trousers with an elastic adjuster in the back, brilliant for the 1st time Matthew's trousers stay up. Would recommend anyone with a similar problem, checks out the trousers. The staff are very helpful as well, usually I have 3 children with me. Simply Brilliant!
When I went to the Trafford Centre I absolutely loved the Baby Gap show, yes it was expensive but what brilliant quality clothes. It had the cutest baby clothes like baby grows and the cutest toddler clothes. If you want quality then Baby Gap is the best. When my niece was born we used to buy her clothes from the Baby Gap shop my mum used to complain and say there's no point because they'll grow out of it. Yes that's true especially with new born, but for toddlers I would recommend the Baby Gap shop it's just the best designer shop for kids. They always have huge discounts on when ever you go, and if they do not have anything in size, they'll more than happily order it for you, they'll take your phone number and ring you when it arrives. And although it was quite a small store, it had four or five customer friendly people willing to help. The design of the shop is excellent, you know you are walking into a quality store, it makes you feel happy that you can afford to buy something from it. As a student I do not treat my niece as often I like but when I do its always from the Gap shop, not because I want the baby to have designer clothes but I know their quality and will last. If you have bought something you will realise that even though you wash the baby clothes the colours won't fade, as long as you don't put the wrong colours in. They also have an excellent returns policy whereby they can take clothes back within 14 to 21 days, and you'll get a full refund back. If you have kids, try Baby Gap the clothes might cost a bit more, but they last longer. They have a wide variety of stock in a wide variety of colours. The only criticism is that they do tend to stock better boys clothes than girls which is a shame, and more and since I shop for a girl it can be a bit annoying. An excellent shop, expensive but quality counts, and in this case it really does.
I started shopping at Gap the moment I found out I was pregnant as I have always associated Gap with quality but also high prices.... I was pleasantly suprised to find out that BabyGap has one of the best all year round sale rails there is... The other really good thing is that they take back merchandise at any time - not just within 14 or 21 days. So if you have bought an item full price and it is reduced and the baby hasn't worn it yet, you can niftily return it and buy it back!!! As for quality, I am really impressed with the quality of their clothes. They wash time and time again and come out looking brand new. The one disappointment with them I had though was that their socks tend to 'bobble', but otherwise from that they are the best socks I ever tried as they stay on the baby's feet, and as most parents will know, this is no mean achievement!!!! I also like the cut of the clothes-they normally come in a two kilogram span, eg 5-7 kg, and somehow they have managed to achieve a really good balance in that they fit right from the first weight until well over the recommended size.... I am also one for co-ordination, and another thing I like is that they always make their ranges so that you can colour co-ordinate anything!! Their overall range is quite wide, but i would say their boy's clothes are a lot better than the girl's wear, which is fine by me as I have a son!!! Baby Gap is by far my favorite baby clothes shop despite the price of some of the garments and I would unhesistatingly recommend it.
Unfortuantly there isn't a babygap sttore near me but when I do get to one I spend a fortune! The clothes are just great and such good quality.I know they are quite expensive but they really are worth the money. My daughter was bought a pair of dungerees when she was born,she is now nearly 5 and they have been passed down to her brother her 2 cousins my friend and back to her other brother and now they've gone to another friend and they still are in great condition. They really are worth the money. I have visited the website but unfortuantly as yet they do not deliver in the UK but as soon as they do I will be they're to buy!!!
We were given a Gap gift token to the value of £20.00 for a present when the girls were born and I was quite chuffed, I don’t frequent the store often but had perception of it being quite trendy (probably through the intensive advertising campaign). However, when I went to the shop to buy something (I was looking for two items as we have twins) I could hardly afford the cheapest bodysuit. I bought two pair of long john style pyjamas and had to put £12.00 towards the total cost. I hope I don’t sound like a scrooge but I don’t think the selection was startling enough to justify the inflated price.
THe best place to get your designer kids clothes is from the USA. If you are going over there for a holiday or know someone who is (and they are prepared to bring stuff back for you) then you can get real bargains for a mere fraction of the cost over here. Names like OshKosh, Gymboree, Baby Gap. In the USA they always seem to be having sales too, and when they have a sale they have a sale. The price tag is halved, and then to clear stocks even halved again. I have had OshKosh tshirts for £2, Gymboree trouseurs for £5-£6 and we are talking 7-8 year olds here not babies. Some of the big cities have out of town Malls and there are usually factory outlets for these brands, my sister who works for an airline does most of my shopping for me, with Florida and Atlanta being particularly good for bargains. With Christmas looming, if you want to buy Christmas Presents for your kids, there are great savings to be made too, especially on Fisher Price and Little Tikes toys, depending which outlet it is bought from the saving can be almost fifty percent.