One thing many people have asked me about over the last few years is my willingness to get rid of baby stuff that we are done with. Apparently lots of people hold onto things sometimes for the possibility of a second child who will use them and sometimes for sentimental reasons.
Me, not so much. I hate clutter (except on my desk which is always a cluttered mess, no matter how hard I try to keep it clean).
After my mom and sister died, and having more then one battle with my brother over some of their stuff, I no longer hold any attachment to things, they just aren’t worth ruining family relationships over. I am a firm believer that items do not retain memories, and therefore stuff is just stuff. Mr. MPB supports this approach. So, with Little MPB’s stuff, we are very selective on sentimental things that we will keep.
Also, we decided from the very beginning to assume that we would only have 1 child. Which means, we are not keeping anything for the possibility of a second. (Our back-up plan for a miracle second child was to re-buy everything).
Given this, we only keep items that we truly think Little MPB may one day actually want or something that either Mr. MPB or I really want. So far we’ve kept the a little baby toy that was the first gift he was given by the first one of our friends who met him, the toy that was on the top of his first birth cake, a few pieces of clothing, and his first painting which sits in a frame by my desk. I should acknowledge that I know I’ll struggle to part with his books as he grows out of them, as I have never been able to get rid of books.
So, right away we started selling things that we didn’t use. For example, I sold our UppaBaby Diaper Pail. We found we just used our kitchen garbage and emptied it daily so it wasn’t a problem. And, I sold our bottle warmer right away too (A very wise doctor in the USA told us not to start using a bottle warmer because formula fed babies don’t know milk can be warmed up unless we start using the bottle warmer. So, they will happily drink milk straight from the fridge, which meant we were never tied to warm milk.)
And, the second we’ve stopped using items, I’ve also sold all the larger items. We’ve sold our mamaroo, bouncer, bottle cleaning stuff, glider chair, strollers, dresser, jolly-jumper, ride along toys that he’s outgrown, etc. And right now I am selling our pack ‘n play, a high chair and our hiking backpack/carrier. Anything we buy used (which was most larger things), I simply sell it for what we paid as I’m not doing this to make a profit and then we put the money straight to Little MPB’s education fund. As for clothing that Little MPB outgrows and the smaller toys, I initially donated almost everything to a local charity and now I send almost all of it to his younger sibling – I pay a small fortune to mail it, but it’s worth because I know it’s being well used and I love the idea of them sharing clothing and toys.
What do you do with all your baby stuff once your done with it?
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