Hand-me-down clothes have a bad reputation. This is mostly because people probably picture old fashioned and ill-fitting items of clothing. This is far from reality though, especially if you’re receiving them from a particularly stylish friend or family member! Not to mention, babies grow out of clothes so quickly that sometimes they are only worn a handful of times or in some cases never even worn at all.
I know what it’s like when you’re expecting a baby: You want everything to be absolutely perfect. It can be tempting to shop up a storm and, if you’re anything like me, you get a kick out of buying all those little outfits. But just because you have a new family member arriving, it doesn’t mean you have to buy everything brand new.
Here are 5 reasons why you should happily accept hand-me-down clothes:
1. Baby Doesn’t Know the Difference Between Hand-Me-Down Clothes and New Clothes
Blue, pink, yellow or slightly stained; your baby really won’t notice. It’s a well-known fact that babies don’t discriminate when it comes to poosplosions and sick ups. They’ll share the attention equally among fancy expensive clothes and those you’ve been given for free.
2. You’ll Have Extra Clothes
Between those you’ve bought yourself, those you’ve been gifted and a lovely pile of hand-me-downs, you’ll find yourself with a nice collection of baby clothes. This is fantastic when you’ve barely had time to have a shower let alone put a load of washing on.
Even as babies grow and you manage to find more time, you’ll appreciate the surplus. When they start crawling they’ll get grubby knees and when they start to eat you can say hello to multiple outfit changes in a day.
3. Your Little One Won’t be Dressed the Same as Other Kids
If you shop at the main chain and department stores you’ll start to notice that babies and kids around the same age are often wearing identical clothes. It doesn’t really matter of course but sometimes it is nice to have some clothing that is a bit different. If you’ve been given hand-me-downs they are likely from past seasons and the designs aren’t made anymore.
4. It’s Good for the Environment
Australians are guilty of discarding a lot of clothing with much of it ending up in landfill. By using hand-me-down clothes and then passing them on again you are helping to reduce the amount of textiles that are just thrown away.
5. You Save Money
Probably the most obvious reason but you’ll save money. You can then use this money to buy practical things like nappies or you could always splurge on one special piece of clothing that is just too cute to resist.
First time mums I’m talking to you: If you have any wonderful family members or friends offering you some hand-me-downs I would jump at the opportunity. If you’ve already had kids you’ll likely be re-using clothes you’ve acquired before but you still might benefit from a hand-me-down or two as well.