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By the time your baby reaches their first birthday, your house may be feeling a little over-run with baby equipment and you may want to start to think about sorting through some of the ‘stuff’ to make way for larger baby toys for 1 year olds such as rocking horses, train tables, ride-on vehicles and trampolines that all take up significant room!
Whether you decide to store any of your baby equipment depends largely on whether or not you feel that you’ve completed your family yet or not.
If you have an attic in your house, then this is the ideal place to store larger baby stuff such as bouncers, baby bath, carry cot, pram etc. If possible cover the equipment in plastic so that if you do need to use it again then it won’t be covered in dust and cobwebs.
The attic is also a great place to store baby clothes. If you think you might want to use the clothes again for another child or even to give away to a family member for their newborn, then it’s best to get organised. Start by washing all the clothes, because there’s nothing worse than picking through crusty milk-sick babygrows a couple of years down the line! Organise the baby clothes into different age groups and then store each in a laundry bag and make sure you attach a sticky label to the bag to make it easier to find what you’re looking for in the future. There’s nothing worse than being huddled up in a dark, dusty attic going through unidentified bags.
For those of you who don’t have an attic or adequate storage space in your house, then you might consider renting some small but affordable storage at a facility such as Big Yellow.
Giving away your stuff
Again, whether or not you feel ready to give away your baby clothes and equipment usually depends on whether you feel you are likely to use it again with any future children. It also is dependent on whether or not you feel emotionally attached to any of the memories that these items hold. Some people can’t bear to say goodbye to these things. Of course it is possible to ‘lend’ some things to a friend or family member’s newborn, but it would be wise to be very clear whether or not you will be expecting it back at any point.
Selling your baby items
The most permanent way to make space in your home is to sell your unwanted baby equipment. It goes without saying that you should be absolutely sure that you don’t want to have any more children before choosing this measure, but once you have made up your mind it can be a very good and positive way to get some closure on the ‘baby years’ and move on with the enjoying the rest of their childhood. Common ways to sell your baby items for a good price include selling things on Ebay.co.uk and also by buying a stall space at a Nearly New baby sale such as those arranged by your local NCT branch or perhaps a local playgroup. Make sure all your items are clean and clearly labelled. It’s a good idea to consult a sales guide to get an idea of prices so that you know how much you can expect to get for each of your items.