How to Cut Down on Baby Clutter


Gold ShoesWhen you have a baby, people want to give you things. Lots of things. Things you think you need but you use once. But you can't say no to gifts. You don't want to be rude, right?

On top of what you are given, there is all the baby gear that you want. The deluxe strollers, adorable clothes, colorful toys and exersaucers -- it's easy to end up with a lot of baby stuff during the first year of your baby's life.

But what's really happening is a whole lot of clutter. Clutter that you don't need. Here are ways you can cut down on the baby clutter and make sure you have only what you really need:

  • Get the scoop from other moms friends on their most used items. Everyone's list is going to be different but in learning what worked for others you may find out what will work best for you. And who knows? Maybe they have a sweet jogging stroller in the garage they never use anymore and would like to lend it to you!
  • List your needs vs. wants: When you are tempted to buy that super cool but very expensive hand made mobile for the nursery, ask yourself if you want it or you need it? Focus on the essentials like your car seat, stroller, crib and diaper supplies. Purchase more items as you need them, not in anticipation of needing them. It's easier said then done, but it's possible.
  • Don't be afraid of exchanging baby gifts: Take back unwanted items that you received as gifts, and exchange them for wanted items that you really need. I also happen to think it's perfectly acceptable to re-gift a baby gift that you don't need if it's in good condition. After all, how many copies of Good Night Moon do you really need?
  • Be smart with clothes and sizes: Your baby will literally grow overnight, so skip the fancy designer duds and stick to the basics that will hold up well and tolerate a lot of rounds in the washing machine. You don't want all 0 to 3 months clothes because they will never wear them all before those three months are up (especially the fancy stuff, especially in the early days).

The good news is that no matter if you get sucked into buying too many things for your baby, you can't spoil them with all that love you give them every day.

Do you buy more things for your baby then you need? Do find it hard to figure out what you really should have versus what marketers want you to believe you have to buy?


Image via MarcinMoga / Lolek/Flickr

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sstepph sstepph

Luckily alot of people didn't buy me much newborn stuff, I think I had maybe 10 newborn onesies, and 2 outfits, because they all knew he was going to be a big baby (or thought) and he was, so newborn stuff he only wore for the 1st few days, literally. buying bigger clothes is best I think. That way they last longer. You can cuff sleeves and pants!

kelli... kelli0585

I hated to be rude.  But one thing that sort of got to me was the millions of TRASH BAGS of used clothes and bottles that acquaintances would drop off at my house or deliver to me via my mother.  While I appreciated the sentiment, it really did take up a lot of space and I never used the majority of the items.  I couldn't help but think that my pregnancy equated to "dumping ground" for the veteran mothers' unwanted things.

Anyway, what I ended up doing was taking all of the unwanted items to a consignment shop.  I made money off of them, and used it to buy other items in the shop that I wanted or needed at a very discounted price.  It decluttered my son's room, AND was a green practice!


nonmember avatar Allboys

One way to cut down on the clutter and also save your wallet a bit is to buy what you need when you need it. For instance. You wont need the high chair at least until your baby is sitting up. So you can wait on that one. Same thing goes for the exersaucer and other toddler equipment. You can sell some of the baby things to pay for the toddler things. You know such as the upgrade car seat and what not. Kids do grow fast but give yourself some time and buying power (hello year end sales) when it comes to items your new born wont be using.

Sweet... SweetPieMama24

For my first, i went CRAZY with stuff - clothes, toys, etc. He wore a good majority of the clothes, but the cute outfits were never worn unfortunately (due in part to me forgetting they were there!) The crib (although it was a gift) wasn't used until he was about 6 months old. I did buy an exersaucer right around 4 months and he started using it right away. But clothes- definitely go a little at a time and get it as needed. I had the habit of buying stuff for way in advance, and then forgetting it was there and him never using it. Now for my daughter on the way, we have a TON of hand me downs from friends (like 6 big boxes worth), plus the few things I purchased, plus the few things that she can wear from my son's clothes.

Amy Jo Wozniak Jones

I can't believe how many clothing items I purchased that I either 1) forgot about 2) outgrew immediately or didn't realize would be a pain- like overalls with all the buckles. Never used those again!

tonya... tonyalynn

i did with my first

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