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To be sad clearing out baby clothes?

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sureitsgrand Fri 21-Apr-17 19:41:24

I'm almost in tears, we are moving house soon, and have begun clearing the hot press. I am pressing my face into his cute little clothes and breathing in the smell before I ruthlessly divide into a 'go pile' and 'stay' one. I'd hoped by now someone else (as in a new sibling) would be wearing them, but it's proving more of a challenge than we thought. And I can't justify the space the clothes are taking over, so it's charity shop time! But as I am sorting, I remember each little outfit, each wooly hat, chubby legs in shorts on holidays, hugs in each babygrow and steps in little shoes. My ds is getting bigger so quickly. I usually look forward and enjoy watching him grow, but tonight I'm thinking wistfully of baby times. Does this job tug at everyones heart strings or am I being a hormonal sap?!

PaintingByNumbers Fri 21-Apr-17 19:42:46

I got a little keepsake teddy made out of my favourite outfits. so you are not the only soppy one!

Oysterbabe Fri 21-Apr-17 19:43:21

Yanbu. We are storing baby clothes at the moment hoping for a sibling. When I'm getting rid of them knowing I won't have another baby I will definitely cry.

DevelopingDetritus Fri 21-Apr-17 19:43:38

Ah, yeah, it's a bit sad. I've kept a few favourite bits.

shouldwestayorshouldwego Fri 21-Apr-17 19:43:44

I have to do that soon and yes dreading it, even though oldest is in secondary and youngest top infants!! Need to just do it!!!

DevelopingDetritus Fri 21-Apr-17 19:45:19

Those keepsake teddies made of of the old clothes are a great idea.

lilydaisyrose Fri 21-Apr-17 19:45:31

There's something about baby clothes I find. I get incredibly emotionally attached to them. DD2 is wearing an awful lot of DD1's clothes and there's 9.5 yrs between them! I had a boy in between and I still kept the girls clothes! Some of them I don't even like that much now (too fussy and my tastes have changed a bit) and I still can't throw them out!

tissuesosoft Fri 21-Apr-17 19:46:01

I've kept a few of DD's things too, can't believe she used to fit in all of it! I did consider a charity shop for the things I wasn't keeping but I found a local charity (part of the NCT) which take the clothes to make into bundles, they then go directly to a family in need locally. Maybe somewhere like that would help with the emotive side of things?

booellesmum Fri 21-Apr-17 19:47:24

I know how you feel.
I wish I had kept a piece of each material and made into a quilt. I love that idea and have seen a few people post theirs on Facebook.

LumelaMme Fri 21-Apr-17 19:48:29

I have a box with a few old baby clothes that DH thinks I should chuck out, but every time I get them thinking that perhaps I should, I go all squishy inside remembering my DC as newborns, and back they go into the box and back the box goes into the cupboard. I have one of my old baby dresses in their too, that DM kept: clearly this is not a new phenomenon.

milliemolliemou Fri 21-Apr-17 19:48:48

Had no problem with it at all - have just kept those not destroyed that others might like. But sympathise if you can't move on.

MrsDustyBusty Fri 21-Apr-17 19:49:47

I haven't thrown out a stitch of baby clothes yet, I can't bear to.

motherofdaemons Fri 21-Apr-17 19:51:07

Keep the nicest bits! You don't need to get rid of it all.

Musicaltheatremum Fri 21-Apr-17 19:51:28

Aww my baby was 24 yesterday. Every stage is a new one and a reward for being a successful parent

motherofdaemons Fri 21-Apr-17 19:51:56

And no YANBU. Baby clothes make me cry too, but then so does everything!

kel1493 Fri 21-Apr-17 19:56:47

Even though we will be trying for another baby in a few years, we decided not to keep any clothes as there simply wouldn't be room to store clothes from birth until 4-5 years.
So we kept special outfits (the outfit we chose to bring him or her home from hospital, the knitted cardigan to go with the going home outfit, the first babygrow he wore, the first blue babygrow he wore, and a few other special bits.
The rest I washed and ironed, and it went to the local charity shop. I gave them all lo's clothes until we moved. I used to cry bagging them up.
Mind you I cry at everything (every milestone, when he does something new. Not because I'm upset, because I'm so proud of him). Dh thinks I'm mad lol.

mrsBeverleygoldberg Fri 21-Apr-17 19:58:03

I am grateful they moved on to the next stage. There were some dcs at my dcs infant school who died. I am grateful every day they are still growing. I have kept some bits and pieces. Their cute outfits and little shoes.

sureitsgrand Fri 21-Apr-17 19:58:06

I've kept a fair few bits. I will definitely get sonething made from the stuff he wore the most at some point. I just never did this before as I had literally kept everything! But I'm getting there sorting it, and bringing it to a charity I love tomorrow. It just got me in a way I didn't expect! Because having ds was so easy I expected another one to be easy but such is life. It may still happen hopefully, I'm just feeling emotional really. Good to know I'm not the only one.

DJBaggySmalls Fri 21-Apr-17 19:59:07

YANBU, I kept a tiny pair of pirate socks and best teddy *sniffle

Usernameinvalid16 Fri 21-Apr-17 20:00:30

I sent my dds old clothes away to be made into lovely blanket. It takes up less space and its lovely to look at.

CottonSock Fri 21-Apr-17 20:02:53

I'm with you... but after 4 miscarriages, two beautiful girls but two bouts of pnd I'm done with babies. Saving my favourite clothes for a quiet, but not sure I can see them chopped up.

Jenijena Fri 21-Apr-17 20:03:48

YANBU. We kept everything, and were trying for two years for a sibling. In my mind the day I would have to sort the baby clothes in the loft was some sort of impending storm of sadness. I am incredibly lucky I then got pregnant and DS2 is wearing DS1's clothes, but strangely I'm not as invested in the clothes this time. Everything's going back into the loft as decision on number 3 has yet to be made...

Chrisinthemorning Fri 21-Apr-17 20:03:49

We only have one because we had lots of fertility problems and mc and once we got our DS we thought - enough is enough.
He's nearly 5 and fabulous but I do find getting rid of his baby stuff makes me sad. It's nearly all gone. My friend has twin boys a year and a glad younger and I pass loads on and enjoy seeing it being worn again, may be an option?

MrsChopper Fri 21-Apr-17 20:04:16

I had a full on sob when DS outgrew his first few outfits. And then the next size up. So nothing has been thrown out, I can't bear the thought of it!

magimedi Fri 21-Apr-17 20:05:16

My DC is in his mid 30's & I still have a couple of his baby clothes (and the first thing he came home from hospital in). They are precious.

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