Like your shirt, Junior? It used to
belong to your sister!
Purchasing clothes for babies and older children can put a financial
drain on families to the point that the parents often wonder where the
money will come from each year to purchase new school clothes, special
occasion wear, and other such items for their kids. For this reason,
the tradition of using “hand-me-downs” became popular, with the younger
child wearing the clothing that an older sibling wore previously. It’s
an imperfect system (it doesn’t work well if one child is male and the
other female, for example, or if one is tall and thin and the other
short and chubby), but can save quite a bit of money for those families
that are feeling the financial crunch associated with these aspects
Aside from the potential flaws mentioned above (differences in gender
and relative size between siblings) there are some other problems that
can make using hand-me-downs impractical. These mostly include wear
and tear on the clothing itself. Kids can be very tough on their clothes
and clothing that is too worn can not usually be handed down to a younger
child. There is one situation where the system works rather well, however,
and that is with baby clothes.
Baby clothes naturally avoid the pitfalls associated with wear and tear
because few items are worn for very long at all. Babies grow very quickly,
especially between infancy and two years, and don’t stay in one piece
of clothing long enough to wear it out. Also until they start to crawl
around quite a bit, babies are largely inactive. Their usual routine
of eating, sleeping, eating, and sleeping again doesn’t do anything
to the clothes that they wear in order for them to become worn.
The gender difference can be a little harder to overcome because parents
love to dress their boys in cute little blue suits and their girls in
adorable little pink dresses. This is a strong argument for the purchase
of unisex or gender-indifferent baby clothing. When you can get three
or four kids’ worth of wear from one baby outfit it makes sense to make
sure that any future children you have will be able to wear the item.
It’s much easier to accomplish this by choosing unisex clothing instead
of trying to pre-select the sex of your child, which is a costly and
unsure medical procedure. While many fathers would love the idea of
producing only boys, mothers may take issue with it.
If you think that you’ll have additional children in the future, the
best advice that one can give today is that you purchase unisex clothing
whenever possible and so not throw away or donate your baby’s clothes
once little Burt or Loni has outgrown them. This way you can start preparing
for a hand-me-down chain early on and save yourself some money in the
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