Saturday, January 29, 2011

On hand-me-downs

There's a huge Baby Co. sale at Megamall right about now and I've been wanting to go except that I am sick. A cold that started three weeks ago finally took a dramatic turn for the worse and I have taken to bed.

Anyway, I don't really need anything for Vito. Being the youngest boy in the male-dominated Sales family, he's inherited a ton of clothes and baby things from his cousins. I just wanted to get foodie things like a bowl, a sippy cup, a rubber-tipped spoon, a food grinder and... Well, I just wanted to check things out! I also wanted to go to the department store and get cheap slipcovers to protect the white leatherette of our dining chairs. With Vito about to embark on solid food in a couple of weeks, our lovely house is in danger!

My onesies, socks, bibs, stroller, carrier, bath tub... all for free!
Anyway, I also wanted to shop because I've been dealing with this nagging feeling that I'm not getting Vito new stuff. You know? His stuff. It was Vince who started it. He's the youngest in his family and he always got his brother's hand-me-downs. So even though he likes it that we haven't spent anything on Vito's clothes and stuff, he also feels bad that we aren't even trying to get him new things.

I'm no stranger to hand-me-downs either. Because my family didn't have much when I was growing up, I got the clothes of my cousins. And oh those clothes were so beautiful! So I have a good experience with second-hand stuff. Hence, my fascination with eBay!
DVF silk ladybug shift dress from eBay!
Miu Miu by Prada silk dress
from eBay!
H&M belted LBD from eBay!
But then I have friends who also gave birth this year. And they tell me about how the onesies here are so cute or the bibs over there are so clever or how the strollers now are so high-tech... and I get insecure. There are so many nice new things out there! Should I rush out and get them for my Vito? After all, he is my first born. My only child. Should I try harder? Am I taking this save-the-planet thing a bit too far? Am I relying too much on the kindness and oh so wonderful generosity of my Sales family? (Thanks, Anj! Thanks, Lizelle!)

I really don't want to care but it's so strange how a little baby changes everything!


  1. We have a month-old baby in the house, my brother's, and OMG I would empty my payroll account if I didn't stop myself from buying for him! My cousins' kids' baby stuff have either been sold or passed on to other relatives and friends so this little boys stuff are all new.

    Go out and buy what you feel like buying for your little boy. Indulge. I think you have enough wisdom to stop yourself when you're overdoing it.

    We heard about the Baby Co. event and I think the entire family is struggling to stay away from the Megamall! haha :)

  2. I am all for hand-me-downs! Being a first-time mom, it's soooo tempting to shop, shop, shop!
    With my first-born, I also splurged on a few items that I know he will use for a longer time, like feeding sets and bottles, advanced educational toys esp. when on sale. Pricey clothes were the most impractical since they outgrow them so quickly. Go ahead and shop one item at a time, your baby, and you too, deserve a few good NEW stuff!

  3. Woohoo for hand me downs! Getting lovely and gently used hand me downs is a blessing. Especially when it comes to the first 6 months when they grow so fast they sometimes wear a onesie only once. You should consider yourself lucky, since you have everything you need, then you can splurge on a few things that you don't really need but want. Like a pair of shoes or a hat or a really nice diaper bag. Or maybe something for yourself!

  4. I'm also all for hand me downs! Y is the first apo so almost everything I got was new, I only got a few hand me down and borrowed some. I only bought the essentials for her. And hopefully hand the ones my baby used to my sisters. But like verabear said, indulge kahit paminsan! But also be practical. :)

  5. I think it's okay to shop for since he's your only child :) And shop wisely! As Mom-Friday said, pricey clothes are the most impractical (but it's so hard magpigil in my case coz first babygirl on the way!)so don't splurge too much on clothes.

    And based on what I've seen with my nieces and nephews, on pricey toys din wag masyado because they easily get bored with it. For kids, bsta bago maganda for them :)

    If hindi lang nag ondoy, I would have gotten all of my sister's baby clothes. Sayang, sobrang dami and branded pa naman. Even the car seats, toys.. i love hand me downs as long as okay pa naman ung condition :)

  6. Thanks for your thoughts, everybody! I guess it's envy on my part, no? I should really just focus on the blessings and not feel like I have to keep up with the Joneses. =)

  7. although i dont have kids but i think hand me downs are just okay, especially with babies since they grow so fast... i think you invest more on books and educational toys for him would be the best =)


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