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Before my baby was born my mom bought us a crib. He is 14 months and I am thinking of disassembing it because it just takes up space....what do you do when people give you gifts that don't flow with your parenting style. I am afraid this will hurt my mom's feelings ....maybe I should just leave it up..he does take naps there sometimes.....
 

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Yikes... Im not sure how i would approach that... on one hand the space would be invaluable, on the other hand so would your moms feelings....<br>
Alot of kids 'outgrow' their crib by 12-18 months... (I know many of my friends kids were climbing out by 14-16 months) so I dont know that it would totally off the wall to just assume hes outgrown it...
 

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We had a crib too and it just sat there...if anything it was a good place to put dipes and laundry <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> However, if your babe naps there every now and then, it might be worth it to leave it up for another few months and then just take it down and move on.
 

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My dad bought us this beautiful $600 crib, but DS is TERRIFIED of it so right now it is holding clothes I need to take to the consignment shop (or put up on the TP)
 

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Ettiquettely speaking, once a gift is given the object is yours to do as you please. That said, you are being sweet to your mother who probably knows the crib isn't getting that much use. If you are still using it for occasional naps, leave it up. I used mine for a playpen mostly when I needed to take my shower. She loved it, and then she could climb out and it was more fun to play with other stuff. Children do learn to climb out of the crib around now. If you want to give that as an excuse, it would not be unreasonable. If you have the storage, stow the crib in the attic/basement/garage for when your friend's babies (non-co-sleeping) need a place to overnight. Or ask your mom to store it at her house for the next baby or for great-grandchildren.
 

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DD's crib, minus the side of course, was her "toddlerbed" for a long time after she wasn't sleeping sidecarred. Now the same 3 sides frame her twin mattress set, so it's like she's still in her original bed, just in a different direction.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I kept DS's up to put his toys in while I vaccumed! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Didn't even set it up this time with DD, she's 6 mos now so I don't think I will need it. If space is a real issue and you really don't use it, take it down. It may be a good ice breaker to educate your mom on co-sleeping?
 

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Why not leave it up and if you need a safe place for him to play, he can have some toys and stuff in there? And like you said, he naps in it sometimes. I'd use it for whatever you like, who cares if he doesn't sleep in it at night? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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These are all great ideas I think I will leave it up for a multiple purpose use and then let a non-cosleeper borrow it. My mom said that if I let baby sleep with us he won't leave until he's 4......not a problem with us! :LOL<br>
She says she can tell how we parent him when he spends the night over there, he sleeps with my 11 year old sister....so she is learning about co-sleeping too!!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 
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