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5 Ways to give up the old baby clothes
(even if you really don’t want to!)

When Jasmine was just 4 months old I wrote this post about how I was finding it hard to get rid of her outgrown baby clothes. As we had always planned to have two children I was able to justify hanging on to them for our next baby. Well, now our ‘next’ (and last) baby is here and is growing out of those clothes just as rapidly as Jasmine did. Despite the girls being born in different seasons (damn it) we’ve still managed to re-use lots of vests and sleepsuits for Elowen. Trouble with that is, now it’s doubly hard for this sentimental mama to get rid of them! We’re done having babies so I can’t use that excuse to keep them anymore.

In the next few months we’re going to be moving to our new home and with that in mind I’ve slowly been working my way through the house to declutter each room. I don’t want to take all of our old junk with us to our new house so I’m binning stuff, recycling it or giving it away to charity and so far I’m doing really well. But those teeny, tiny baby clothes? Well they’ve been a little harder to ditch.

That said, I am still getting rid of the old baby clothes (even though I really don’t want to).

Here’s 5 ways you can do it too…

1) Choose just one item as a momento.

Babies grow quickly and before you know it they’ll be at school, college, moving out, getting married… having babies of their own. It will be hard to believe they were ever tiny enough to hold in your my arms. So, let’s allow ourselves one little keepsake, yes? I’ve picked one item of clothing for each of the girls (the sleepsuits they first wore when they were born) and I’ve put them into their keepsake boxes. That way I can still get them out every now and again, when I’m feeling sentimental, and marvel at how small my girls once were. Keeping a couple items of clothing made it much easier for me to get rid of the rest.

2) Turn them into something useful

If you can’t pick just one item of clothing to keep then why not turn that bundle of old baby clothing into something useful? A quilt, for example. Don’t worry if you don’t have a crafty bone in your body (although, props to ya if you can make one yourself) there’s lots of talented people out there who can make a quilt for you and it won’t cost you as much as you might think.

3) Give the clothes to those who need them more.

I always find it’s easier to give things away that I have a sentimental attachment to if they’re going to people who really need them. It’s hard to justify keeping bags full of unused baby clothes in the loft when they could be passed onto families who have nothing. Perhaps you could find out if your local Women’s Refuge are accepting donations of children’s clothes. Or give them to a charity shop which supports a cause close to your heart. Either way, giving your beloved baby clothes to those who need them will give you that feel-good factor. Hopefully it will dampen any sadness you have about getting rid of them in the first place.

4) Sell them… and then put the money towards making memories with your babies.

Part of the reason I find it hard to get rid of the girls’ clothes is because of the memories attached to them. But what about using them to help you make more memories? I’ve sold some of the ‘fancier’ items of clothing using my local Facebook selling page. With the money I’ve got from that I started a ‘holiday fund’. OK so we’re not going to be jetting off to Disney World any time soon but it’ll be spending money we can use on our holiday to Butlins later this year. So yeah, that few quid for an old dress might not seem like much but it’ll pay for us to have fish and chips on the beach or a couple of goes on a fairground ride.

5) Swap them!

As I mentioned earlier, my girls were born in two very different seasons so a lot of Jasmine’s old clothes aren’t appropriate for us to reuse for Elowen. But there’s gonna be plenty of mamas out there who kept their firstborn’s clothes for baby no.2 and also had their second baby in a different season. So scout them out! Ask around your baby groups or your local Facebook selling pages and find yourself a mama to swap baby clothes with. You might even be able to swap them for other items such as age appropriate toys for your little ones. Everyone’s a winner. :)

I really hope you’ve found this post useful. 

If there’s another way of parting with my little ladies’ threads that I haven’t thought of, I’d love to hear it? 

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10 Comments

  • Reply Lucie February 26, 2017 at 3:05 pm

    Such a great post. I think internally I’m still holding on as I’ve taken pictures and wrote down all the sizes, all that’s left is to post them up and I just haven’t. I think a part of me wants to hold on but at the same time i know we want a brother or sister for Amelia so want to keep things. The idea of a blanket appeals to me though so maybe I’ll make one.

    Xxx

  • Reply Rebecca Wilson February 27, 2017 at 7:21 am

    This post is fab, I am such a hoarder and find it hard to let go of everything. We just don’t have the space to keep all of Emelia’s and Oscars clothes so I think I’m going to get a quilt made up too! Lovely idea and something they can keep forever. xx

  • Reply Georgina February 27, 2017 at 8:33 am

    I am the completely opposite of a hoarder but I found getting rid of his clothes really hard. I found it nicer to sell them and re-invest but was glad they sold for a decent amount of money else I would have been gutted!
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  • Reply Jessica February 27, 2017 at 5:52 pm

    I definitely found it hard at first to part with loved clothing. However I have a great ‘mum’ friendship group that all have 2 kids close in age of differing sexes so we manage to swap between each other. I love seeing my favourite pieces looking just as adorable on my friends little ones!

  • Reply Catie: An imperfect mum March 3, 2017 at 1:17 pm

    Great tips. I have kept a few things from the boys. I like number 2 and recently saw a great business on Etsy that turns old clothes into cushions or cuddly toys. #thelistlinky

    • Jenna
      Reply Jenna March 3, 2017 at 3:03 pm

      Yes, there are so many clever options now for re-purposing old baby clothes. :) x

  • Reply Catherine March 8, 2017 at 9:26 am

    Great post. I’m such a hoarder but I need to let go occasionally! xx #TheListLinky

    • Jenna
      Reply Jenna March 8, 2017 at 9:34 am

      I found once you get rid of the initial few bits, it does get easier. x

  • Reply Emma March 22, 2017 at 11:53 pm

    Would you believe that my son’s already 8 but I still have most of his baby stuff? LOL It’s so hard to let go of those things especially since I only have one child!

    • Jenna
      Reply Jenna March 23, 2017 at 10:00 pm

      I can totally believe that. I don’t blame you for hanging on to it! x

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