Giving away the baby stuff - Mothering Forums

Forum Jump: 
 
Thread Tools
Old 10-21-2003, 06:37 PM - Thread Starter
 
leavesarebrown's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2003
Posts: 1,000
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Just wondering how others have responded once you've decided you're "done"... We've had five pregnancies and have two kids and are pretty sure we're a complete family (i.e. done) but whenever I talk to friends about giving away baby stuff, they say "Are you sure?" and "You'll change your mind." and "Isn't it a bit early to be making such a big decision?" (our youngest is 9 months). How would you reply???
leavesarebrown is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 10-21-2003, 09:49 PM
 
Aster's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: offline
Posts: 1,182
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I'd probably just say something along the lines of, "i'm decluttering, simplifying, etc, and if we decide to have another child then i can always get more baby gear then. Someone else might as well be using it in the meantime..."
Aster is offline  
Old 10-27-2003, 08:01 PM
 
Palmetto210's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2003
Location: Beautiful Carolina
Posts: 173
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I don't know how to respond. Aster's words are great, though.

I think people may ask you because there are soooo many couples who decide after 5-10 years, once the youngest is school age, that they want another child. By then, after years of telling themselves, "we're done", their minds will not let their hearts make a decision...and they have probably already tied their tubes. Just an idea.
Palmetto210 is offline  
Old 10-27-2003, 10:59 PM - Thread Starter
 
leavesarebrown's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2003
Posts: 1,000
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Yeah, we can imagine that possibility and aren't planning to do anything final, but have really been surprised at people's willingness to make such judgmental comments in such a personal area!
leavesarebrown is offline  
Old 11-01-2003, 09:16 AM
 
maybebaby's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: Ohio
Posts: 510
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I agree with you ~ I can't believe how people feel it's their right to make comments like that. We get the other end, we've had three kids and we get people saying "you're done now, right?" or my mil asking dh "when are you going to get a vasectomy" : I mean, we're pretty sure we're done, but that's OUR decision to make!

I agree with Aster...good comebacks!! Then just change the subject...it is hard though!!

C ~ mama to (16), (13), (9) (5)

maybebaby is offline  
Old 11-01-2003, 10:44 AM
 
Elphaba's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2001
Posts: 6,388
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
i just say that i don't have room to keep every single infant thing readily available, and that i would like someone else to get use out of them right now, and that if and when we have another child i will want all new, top-of-the-line stuff.
we only have one child, and i've been giving stuff away for over 6 months. she just turned 2. i gave tons of it to a couple in my husband's unit who are having a first baby, sold some to a first-time mom i met in a bookstore, and the rest to my newly-pregnant SIL.
i kind of have a built-in excuse though, in that we are moving in 6 months and i want to move as few items as possible!
oh, i also tell people that i am keeping the stuff i really like and is special to me. that placates the busybodies.
Elphaba is offline  
 
User Tag List

Thread Tools


Forum Jump: 

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off