Aaron and I spent some time last week cleaning out our utility room. In doing so, I moved an exersaucer and a high chair into the hallway, where they joined two strollers that had come in from the garage a week earlier.
Yes, my youngest kids is five years old. No, I don’t have a hoarding problem. (Well, maybe just a teensy one…)
Leah (age 10) and Ben (age 8) are the oldest grandkids on my side of the family, but cute little stinkers started showing up fairly regularly about the time Adam was born. My sister had her first -an absurdly cute little boy – in May. And our house has been the gathering spot for Christmas (my family) and Thanksgiving (Aaron’s family). Aaron’s family included JJ & EJ, who will be having their third baby any day now!
I remember the days of hauling baby equipment all too well to get rid of certain items. Although we have parted with many things, including the second-hand crib, a stroller, a highchair, and lots of baby-wearing options (never did work for us!), we still have:
1. Ikea high chair – easy to clean, comes apart for storage…we’ll probably have it forever.
2. Pack & Play – Probably will have this until it absolutely falls apart. Not only do WE still have one, I bought one for my folks to keep at their house!
3. Two strollers – both “umbrella” types, but one has a basket & sunshade. You just never know when a visiting baby will want to go for a walk, right?!
4. Exersaucer – this one folds down so it’s not quite so bulky. Since we also have hosted church activities at our house that include lots of kids, I feel like this is a good option for those babies who won’t stay in one spot!
5. Co-sleeper – kind of like a mini pack & play, but with a collapsible side and straps to attach it to your bed, making middle-of-the-night nursing sessions SOO much easier. Although technically I still “have” it, it’s never at my house much – I’ve had it lent out almost constantly.
6. Toys. There are two small tubs of baby toys in our guest room closet, and they have been pulled out LOTS.
7. Baby monitors. Planning to use them to spy on teenagers in my basement in just a few years. They’ll think it’s a relic from the Stone Age.
8. Emergency stash of: burp rags, diapers, and wipes. And petroleum jelly for baby butts.
Does this seem excessive? I didn’t think so, either, until I went downstairs just now to put those items away..and found a baby bathtub, boppy pillow, papasan seat, and that bouncy seat that I’ll keep forever. AND a car seat carrier (which is the BEST way to transport babes, hands down).
The papasan and car seat carrier need to find new homes, but those other things…maybe I’ll just hold on to them a while longer…
Because you know what they say, if you get rid of all your baby stuff, you are sure to get pregnant again! That’s totally based on science, right?!
It seems that a lot of folks (from my very scientific research called “ask a question on Facebook”) keep some toys and a pack and play. Anyone have an…ahem…wider variety of options?
Another way I like to make use of my stash is to lend out items to visiting missionaries. A lot of time these mamas are home on furlough for a few months or so, and bringing equipment from overseas just isn’t practical. So I maintain a “library” just for them! Of course, I do have to draw a line somewhere…and apparently my line is in front of Boppys, but behind car seat carriers…but on second thought, that’s a good one to have on hand….