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Three big girls (10) + (almost 9!);
One little boy (6) and a full on toddler (8/12) born with TAPVR (repaired at 6 days old).
I'm at the point now where I feel too guilty to use up house space to store items for years that *might* be used someday when I know they could be put to good use right now in somebody else's home. Add to that the issue of toy safety, things breaking down over time, not wanting my kids to feel like I expect them to have kids someday, worrying about more to lose, the whole emotional baggage that goes along with gifting some cherished item to another family member -especially a child, and to me it all just ends up making more sense to pass things on today, knowing they will be appreciated and desired, not a potential burden.
Mom to DD1 (11/1999), DD2 (07/2003), and DS (11/2012), all born at home and cloth diapered.
I think this sort of thing only works if you are *very* selective and only keep a small number of things. Otherwise, as others said, it gets overwhelming to have a large number of old hand-me-downs passed on. Especially when you factor in the guilt of "mom/MIL saved these for me for X decades so I can't just get rid of them".
I think some is nice though. Just not boxes full.
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