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Giving Away My Baby's Clothes is Hard To Do

by Suzanne Murray on March 1, 2009 at 8:49 AM

keeping baby clothes as souvenirs

photo from Carter's

I have a niece who is six months younger than my baby girl. "Perfect," I thought. "I can send her all my daughter's old clothes." Yet every time I go through my baby's clothing to pack things up and send them off, I find myself sorting through saying, "Well, maybe I'll just keep this. And this. And this."

These clothes do not fit my daughter nor are they particularly interesting to anyone (other than me). I'm not talking about her Christening gown or the little hat she wore in the hospital. I'm talking about onesies and footie pajamas—clothes that will sit in storage going to no good use. I know keeping them is not very eco- or economically friendly, but I have the hardest time letting them go. I guess it's so hard to see her growing up so fast.

Do you save your baby's clothes? Do you have a hard time giving them away?

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  • milmi...


    March 1, 2009 at 9:38 AM

    depends if u r being economical and think of storing them, i mean u have to use your money for more important things like food, so storing something that can later be used makes sense.  yes hoarding is a disease but storing something for future use is looking to the future, trying to prepare and be on the ball.

  • tgiamt


    March 1, 2009 at 9:41 AM
    I've kept all my favorite outfits from my daughter. Shes my first and only. We dont plan on anymore kids, but know later down the road we might. If not I plan on making her a quilt of her baby clothes when shes married or pregnant. Havent decided which.
  • Sherr...


    March 1, 2009 at 10:27 AM

    I think it depends on whether you plan to use them again.  We only have one baby and plan to have more, so we are keeping everything and will hopefully get to use them again.  Even if we have a girl (we currently have a boy) we can still use onesies, sleepers, maybe socks, and other stuff like that.

  • jalex


    March 1, 2009 at 10:49 AM

    ebay ;  )

  • Poiso...


    March 1, 2009 at 11:16 AM

    I kept a couple of my preemie clothes that my son and youngest daughter wore. I want to show them when they get older how tiny they were. That's all the clothes I kept from them. I have one outfit my oldest wore home from the hospital.

  • .Beth.


    March 1, 2009 at 11:29 AM

    there is only one outfit i plan on keeping, and its a KoRn onesy that my son wore home from the hospital..i already traded his cloths that he no longer fits in to at this little baby botique shop near my home,and with the money i got i bought him new outfits that fit him. so i just swapped the old for the new.

  • bo_mama


    March 1, 2009 at 11:31 AM

    i kept all of my sons clothing, from premie to now, we planned on having more kids, and when we got preggo again, we found out we were having a girl so i went threw the smaller stuff and took out what she could use and gave the rest of it away. i don't need it but other people do

  • MaMaL...


    March 1, 2009 at 11:37 AM

    i have saved everything from our 14 month old daughter- we are hoping this baby that i am 11 weeks along with is a girl too so that we can use most of it! there are a few outfits i'll be taking to the local used baby/kids clothes place for credit on more clothes, or just cash. there are quite a few outfits i would be glad to get rid of- my MIL has HORRIBLE taste in baby clothes!

  • katel...


    March 1, 2009 at 11:46 AM

    I saved my children's baby clothes in order to make them a quilt out of them.  Unfortunately, Hurricane Ike flooded my house and ruined all of them, so I had to throw them away. :-(

  • luvjulie


    March 1, 2009 at 11:49 AM

    Yes it was hard giving them away.  It took years.  It fact my youngest is 8 and I just noticed some of her baby clothes on her bed.

    Since I couldnt part with all of the clothes, I have her use them to dress her dolls. Her blessing dress is hung up on the wall and not to be played with.









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