One day when our daughter was about 6 months old, I went through her closet, and realized there were adorable outfits - some brand-new with tags still on them- that she had already outgrown. I knew that other mothers must be in a similar situation and thought we could all benefit by bringing our community together to swap the items our children no longer use for items that we need.

I have learned that you don’t have to save everything to preserve the memories, and it’s natural to want to find a strong connection to anyone who might be receiving your children’s beautiful outgrown clothing and discarded yet barely used books and toys.

My goal for Little Swappies is to give parents a feeling of connection to their community, knowing that every single item brought to an event is going to a wonderful new home, where it will be used and appreciated by another lucky family. I also want people to feel good knowing that other families are doing the same for them.

As a parent I think that the reduce, reuse, and recycle ideology hits home even more because it is clear how the choices that we make today affect the world for our children and future generations. Even small actions like our swaps, can have a huge environmental impact if we all start doing our share.

By participating you:

  • extend the life of your children's items by giving them a wonderful new home;
  • receive new items that your family currently needs;
  • meet socially responsible, innovative, and family-oriented companies;
  • protect our planet by reducing, reusing, and recycling;
  • support Room to Grow and help them to enrich the lives of babies born into poverty; and
  • create more space in your home.

Thank you for visiting our site, and we hope to meet you at our next event!


Lauren and Serena

About Lauren Patterson:

Lauren lives in New York City with her husband, their two children and their four-legged son Sparky. Lauren can be reached at

About Serena Norr: Serena ioined Little Swappies in 2015 after 12 years in editorial within the lifestyle space. She has covered a variety of topics within the parenting space such as beauty, fashion, events, family travel, and more! As a mom of three, Serena is excited to work with Lauren to build up the Little Swappies' website with eco-focused content as well as being able offer more events in NYC and beyond. For editorial consideration and event coverage, please contact her at


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