One of the many many advantages to having two kids close in age – even better when they’re the same gender – is that you can recycle and reuse baby toys, furniture and accessories, clothes and shoes, and even larger more expensive items like car seats and strollers.
I know our family has saved tons of money because of this! We have reused nearly everything. I mean, why wouldn’t we, right? I figure saving things to use for the next kids makes the most sense.
Joshua wears Lucas’s old clothes. He is in his old car seat. He used his bouncy seat, boppy, high chair, sippy cup, pack n’ play, cloth diapers, blankets, bath toys, stroller…. and on and on. In fact, nearly all of Lucas’s clothes were hand me downs as well! He has 3 male cousins and we were so fortunate to get several boxes of clothes from them.
I’ve heard of people who feel bad for their kids because they have to share everything. None of their clothes are “new,” all the toys have been played with, everything is a hand-me-down from the older child. The oldest child got everything brand new (along with more pictures in the baby book. Ha.) and all the siblings are using the “leftovers.”
Honestly, I have never felt bad. Ever. I don’t think my kids care either. They are dressed and happy, who the heck cares if I got it at a garage sale, from my neighbor or brand new at the store. I think it would be super silly to buy everything brand new. But, maybe that’s just me.
I think as my kids grow up, they might have more to say about sharing things and wearing hand me-downs or playing with the same toys, and in that case, I’m going to have a tough love attitude and say – get over it. This is your brother and you’re going to be sharing things for the rest of your life, so get used to it. I will buy you your own toothbrush.
What about you? Do you ever feel bad that you don’t buy anything “new” for your 2nd, 3rd or 4th kid? If you have older kids, what do they have to say about it?