Weirdest baby/childhood items you've held on to for sentimental reasons?

(41 Posts)
ItShouldHaveBeenJess Tue 25-Oct-16 14:02:24

It's probably been done before, but I was interested because of another thread about a MIL passing on her son's stuff to her DIL.

I suppose my strangest one is my DS's umbilical stump (gross, I know, and not something I take out on a regular basis and fondle nostalgically).

I also have a pair of his favourite (now threadbare) cords from when he was two, his Toby The Tram Engine which, once upon a time, he couldn't be parted from for a minute and a baggie of his baby curls. I just can't chuck them out.

Am I just weird/a hoarder/ both of these things?

pensivepolly Tue 25-Oct-16 14:05:25

I've saved all my children's umbilical stumps. Found them last time we moved - the kids were simultaneously disgusted and mystified.... I've also saved a few of the baby books they loved best, and a few items of baby clothing that I loved best.

ItShouldHaveBeenJess Tue 25-Oct-16 14:07:47

Thanks polly, he's only four at the moment but I'm sort of looking forward to showing it to him when he's older and seeing his reaction (evil laugh)

EveOnline2016 Tue 25-Oct-16 14:07:56

I have all DC baby teeth they have lost.

AudreyBradshaw Tue 25-Oct-16 14:08:30

My dm still had the cord clip from my umbilical stump. I'm 30.

So you're not the only one. There's at least two of you.

There's all sorts of weird sentimental baby stuff in our loft.

pugsake Tue 25-Oct-16 14:10:51

My mam tried keeping my sisters cord. The dog ate it envy< not envy.

Pineapplemilkshake Tue 25-Oct-16 14:11:03

Dummies, first pair of shoes (prob not that weird), one of each nappy size (unused!).

I also have a memory box with the umbilical clip, hospital bracelet, first hair clipping and a few random items e.g. Coins from the year he was born.

I have bags of his baby clothes - I'd love to get them made into a patchwork quilt but never seem to get round to it!

duskonthelawn Tue 25-Oct-16 14:13:04

Probably the parking tickets from the hospital when DD was born.
They got added to her memory box in a pile of other things and I can't bring myself to throw them out now.

MouldyPeach Tue 25-Oct-16 14:17:00

I have the entire umbilical cord, dp coiled it up and it shrunk down magnificently into a little dried gross Danish pastry, I love it.
Up til recently I still had most of the placenta in the freezer but admitted defeat on placenta smoothies, handed in my crunchy mama card and buried it under a butterfly bush in the garden.

ItShouldHaveBeenJess Tue 25-Oct-16 14:22:44

pug grin

pineapple. I've also got babygro's that I keep think I'll make into a quilt (inspired by Gilmore Girls, obvs!)

peach. Placenta smoothies! Yum! Sounds like something Madonna, Gwyneth et al would be all over!

MyGiddyUncle Tue 25-Oct-16 14:24:21

Yes, i've got the umbilical stumps too...thought I was really weird but clearly not the only one who is!

WalkerBait Tue 25-Oct-16 14:26:46

My mum still has my hair, not from my baby days, but from when I was 16 and had it cut from my bum up to shoulder length hmm

ItShouldHaveBeenJess Tue 25-Oct-16 14:34:36

So relieved I'm not alone in Stump Hoarding.....

bummyknocker Tue 25-Oct-16 14:37:46

I bag of breastmilk in the freezer.... it is nearly 5 years old. blush

MyGiddyUncle Tue 25-Oct-16 14:43:52

I do have a bad habit of holding on to not-very-sentimental odds and sods too, for a bit too long.

Like random stickers or badges the kids have been given on a nice family day out. And when we get home I peel the sticker with 'I found all the mystery items!' off their T-Shirt and think 'Aw, what a lovely day, they really enjoyed' and save it in a drawer. Then I find these bits two years later, I have no idea of what they're from and they go in the bin.

peaceloveandbiscuits Tue 25-Oct-16 14:44:37

When DS' stump fell off I couldn't bring myself to throw away a part of him, so it sat on the side for a week or so until I had a word with myself and chucked it envy

ImperialBlether Tue 25-Oct-16 14:45:00

I have my children's teeth. God knows what I thought I was going to do with them. Think I can sell them on eBay?

W8woman Tue 25-Oct-16 14:45:23

Bummy My cousin had a bottle of breast milk which was originally frozen for practical reasons, then forgotten about, then rediscovered and kept for sentimental reasons. One Christmas Day when her daughter was 7 she ran out of milk and...yes.

peaceloveandbiscuits Tue 25-Oct-16 14:46:58

Oh yes, 'twas a sad day when I defrosted the freezer and found bags of breast milk. I wasn't going to use it, it was out of date, so it went into the bin, but oh god, that hurt.

ItShouldHaveBeenJess Tue 25-Oct-16 15:03:45

We have a little park where I live with a 'dodo tree' where people hang old dummies. It started because the gardeners kept finding lost ones on the pathways, but now is a bit of a tradition. I hung one of DS's on there but I kept the other two!

I also have a newborn size nappy (clean!) that I struggle to chuck out...

Cinnamoncookie Tue 25-Oct-16 15:08:39

I have the hospital bracelets from my own birth, 40+ years ago. No idea why, I just can't bring myself to throw them away.

RhodaBorrocks Tue 25-Oct-16 16:29:36

I did have DS's cord stump, but was persuaded to throw it out when I moved house 3.5 years ago. I still have his first outfits and hospital tags etc. I also have all his milk teeth so far, apart from the one he swallowed and then shat out the next day at school!

YelloDraw Tue 25-Oct-16 16:46:16

Saving body parts is gross!

MouldyPeach Tue 25-Oct-16 16:57:09

Wonderfully gross yello , plus it's not like people are saving withered old arms and stuff 😬

ToastyFingers Tue 25-Oct-16 17:10:12

I have a few baby grows both dds wore but that's about it.

I do have my childhood owly (a little stuffed toy owl) though. He's very mucky and lives on my bedside table.

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