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I am 99% sure we are done having kids. What do I do with all the baby stuff:clothes, toys, bouncy seat, etc.? Do I save these for 'just in case'? We have a largish house with storage. But, I am not usually one to hold on to things.
 

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Pass them on. Someone can use them right now. And you can always get new (to you) of that stuff if/when you might need it. Enjoy your house less cluttered until then. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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Yeah, I'd pass them on (either donate, or sell on CL if possible). I am doing this, even though we are TTC, and have plenty of storage space. I feel like stuff can get used by a LO now - and I like picking out new things.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Yeah, I'd pass them on (either donate, or sell on CL if possible). I am doing this, even though we are TTC, and have plenty of storage space. I feel like stuff can get used by a LO now - and I like picking out new things.</div>
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You are TTC and NOT keeping stuff? I thought I was pretty good about getting rid of things/baggage, but you bring it to another level. Thank you for replying, this will certainly spark some thought on my part about whether I am attached emotionally to these clothes.<br><br>
I guess the best thing to do would be to find a mama in need and give them away.<br><br>
Does anyone keep a few outfits for keepsakes? What about some clothes that my Mom sewed, should I ask her if it is ok to give them away?
 

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Well, personally I wouldn't get rid of stuff while I was TTC, but if you're 99% sure you're done...definitely get rid of it! Consign or donate it. I keep one or two favorite outfits in each size, but that's about it. If you had any heirloom quality toys you might want to pass on, that would be worth keeping, too. My DS has 5-6 toys that DH's parents kept (mostly wooden toys his father made for him, but also an Erector set). I think it's a reasonable number and it's really neat for DH to see his son playing with the same things he used to play with.
 

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I would hold on to your best baby things for 6 months & see if you have decided to either add to your family or if your family is complete.<br><br>
Keep the heirloom toys/clothes and ONLY keep your absolute favorite outfits. I try to limit myself to one container of each size.<br><br>
We are absolutely finished after the birth of our 3rd & I am so looking forward to passing along our wealth of baby things.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">You are TTC and NOT keeping stuff? I thought I was pretty good about getting rid of things/baggage, but you bring it to another level. Thank you for replying, this will certainly spark some thought on my part about whether I am attached emotionally to these clothes.<br><br>
I guess the best thing to do would be to find a mama in need and give them away.<br><br>
Does anyone keep a few outfits for keepsakes? What about some clothes that my Mom sewed, should I ask her if it is ok to give them away?</div>
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oh, I would (and did) keep my favorites and sentimental items (including ones made for my LO's). Even if I was done having babies I would, b/c I want to pass them on to my grandchildren someday as my mom did.<br><br>
For me, we've got rid of stuff even though we want another b/c we moved when our youngest was 9 mos old so it was good to not bring as much with us, and b/c the last 3 babies were boys - and most of the clothing was worn by all three, so we got a lot of use out of it all. Baby gear was either used or not in the best condition, and I really do like to pick out new stuff. I'm not that hardcore of a declutter-er (believe me, I have a ton of stuff inside the house and in the garage that needs to go, like yesterday) that we got rid of everything in-between each kiddo and replaced it all... I was just thinking since you are 99% sure you are done, the stuff might as well be used by a baby now. That's sorta where I am since I'm not sure we will every get pregnant again (despite trying for over a yr) b/c of my medical history, so I figure if it happens, I'll have time to get new things.
 

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I'd pass it on. I find people to be very generous when they know someone is pregnant, if you ever do need baby stuff again I'm sure it will come back to you some way.
 

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I would save only a few really sentimental things (like 1 rubbermaid tub per kid) and maybe a few premie/newborn outfits for dolls, and donate/CL the rest.<br><br>
ETA: my mom saved a tub of our baby stuff. Although it was fun to look through, the clothes didn't really age well, and I didn't want to actually *use* the baby quilts, etc, bc I didn't want to ruin them, LOL! So it was kind of a waste. I am glad she saved that one tub, bc it was fun to look through and remember, but it would have been silly to keep more than that.<br><br>
The few outfits that are getting use were extremely pricey ones (think 100% wool jumper my g'ma bought in Scotland) but all the regular old JCPenney/Target/Kohls type clothes, were in awful shape from sitting in attics/garages for 20 years + baby stains that yellowed over time.
 

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Do you have anyone in your family that might need them in the near future? I saved some of our infant equipment like exersaucer, bouncy seat, etc. because I have the storage space and I have nieces and nephews who are young adults and may have children within the next 5 years or less.<br><br>
I saved one outfit for each of my children as a keepsake, my very favorite outfit for each. I took photos of the kids in other favorite outfits to keep. I sell most of the clothes we are done with at consignment sales if they are nice. If they are worn, I donate them.<br><br>
I keep a bag of newborn outfits and when a friend or neighbor has a baby, I make a meal for them and bring them a couple of outfits with the meal. I tell them if they don't need them to just pass them on to someone who does.
 

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just a little story from me....<br><br>
I saved everything after my son because I wanted more kids. I ended up not being able to and eventually passed on everything (and it was a ton!!) 2 weeks after parting with the last bag of clothing I held onto, I found out I was pg again- this was after almost 6 years of trying and 7 fertility treatments that failed.<br><br>
At first I was worried, I mean how in world was I going to replace all that stuff--most of it gifts!! It turns out people are dying to get rid of their baby stuff and I got everything I needed and then some from others who were purging. I only had to buy a bouncy seat which with my son was a necessity and my daughter barely used--oh well.<br><br>
I am now passing on all my baby stuff again even though I would love another.<br><br>
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<div style="font-style:italic;">just a little story from me....<br><br>
I saved everything after my son because I wanted more kids. I ended up not being able to and eventually passed on everything (and it was a ton!!) 2 weeks after parting with the last bag of clothing I held onto, I found out I was pg again- this was after almost 6 years of trying and 7 fertility treatments that failed.<br><br>
At first I was worried, I mean how in world was I going to replace all that stuff--most of it gifts!! It turns out people are dying to get rid of their baby stuff and I got everything I needed and then some from others who were purging. I only had to buy a bouncy seat which with my son was a necessity and my daughter barely used--oh well.<br><br>
I am now passing on all my baby stuff again even though I would love another.<br><br>
good luck</div>
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Somewhat similar situation. After DS2, we thought we were done. I got rid of most of my big baby gear, exersaucer, swing, bouncy, mobile, bathtubs, etc.. Well, we had a change in heart and DS3 is 4 yrs younger than DS2. I was worried I would have to buy everything new or at least used and that would cost a lot. However, a friend of ours who were not sure if they were finished yet or not, literally told me to go, "shopping" in their basement! I got all of our big baby gear from then on lend! It is great for two reasons. It was free and when we are finished with the items, I can just give them back, so I don't have to worry about storage. I had not gotten rid of my baby clothes yet at the time, but as soon as DS3 outgrows them, I give them away. I guess it was good I kept them, b/c I have 3 boys, so I did not get to go out and buy a ton of cute girl things, oh well, I guess it saved me $.
 

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I have one box per child of stuff from their first couple of years - a favorite blanket, their first shoes, a few outfits, maybe a favorite toy or book. It's different for each child.<br><br>
I also keep a small box of baby toys and a pack-n-play for when people with babies come to visit.
 

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I personally don't have any keepsake clothing for my kids. I guess I am not that sentimental about that...I don't even really remember what they wore home from the hospital (a onsie of some sort). I have a small bin for each child for things like first footprints, the little hat they put on right away, cards, etc.
 

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We have more than 6 years spacing between #1 and the expected #2. I got out the baby clothing bin a few weeks ago and there were SO MANY stains which had appeared over time ... absolutely no reason to keep baby clothing after it has been outgrown, except for a few special outfits (hopefully not light colored). I spent $2 at one yard sale and got many more onsies and gowns than I expect to need.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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If you are not sentimental about what clothes they wore for certain things I wouldnt keep any of that except for maybe the coming home outfit. I've kept just a few baby clothes because I get so attached to them that I bargain with myself by allowing myself to keep a few.<br><br>
The sooner you pass them on the more usable they are. DH's aunt one time gave us a bunch of her old baby clothes that were about 15 yrs old and I couldn't bring myself to use any of it. There was a hooded onesie that was all stained and had drawstrings on the hood! Talk about a safety hazzard. I cut off the strings and put it in the donation box. And most of it just looked so out of date, was stained or really worn out I felt weird about using them. But I'm picky about clothes <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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I keep all my kids clothes.<br><br>
Their baby clothes are being turned into a large quilt for me with all their clothes, and individual smaller, baby sized quilts for each of them for if/when they have a baby.<br><br>
Their other clothes are stored up in my attic to be turned into braided rugs. This coming January, I am going to start sorting the clothes into piles and preparing them into strips to be sewn together, then braided.<br><br>
I am overly sentimental about their clothes...like it has the energy of their baby/childhood or something. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment">
 
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