Somewhere along the line hand-me-downs became a negative term. Sure there are some kids who do not like wearing their older sister’s clothes, though Bryce does like Annika’s old pink slippers, I would suggest that if you move past the stereotypes hand-me-downs can be a great way of saving money on kids clothes and equipment. This is especially true during the younger years when kids are less concerned with personal style yet we have been given a lot of clothes that have been pretty stylish. What we found amazing was how much stuff we have been given by so many different people. The only catch is that you must pass it on to the next family who needs it when you’re done. What a great concept.
Baby & kids clothing, and other supplies, can be expensive for something used for such a short period of time. Hand-me-down networks we have been part of have not just been family, but friends and other acquaintances that wanted to find a home for their used kids stuff and are happy to see it put to good use. We were not offered as many hand-me-downs when our first child was born but when the twins came we had to start refusing clothes as we had too much. This was mainly due to us meeting more families after having a child ourselves. When it is your turn to pass return the favour to someone else, make sure you do not include anything you want back. With all the generosity we have received Bryce has his own slippers to wear that were hand-me-downs from a boy and there is no need for him to wear the pink slippers anymore, but you tell him to wear something else.