Sunday, August 13, 2006

Where Baby Toys Go to Die

Somehow I just can't get myself to pack them away in the garage. *sniff*

40 Comments:

Blogger bubandpie said...

My basement is full - literally, FULL - of baby gear and boxes and boxes of baby clothes. I don't know when I'll be ready for the garage sale - after menopause, maybe?

11:08 AM  
Anonymous Kailani said...

Oh, I know what you mean. I keep saying I'm going to have a garage sale or give them away to friends but I can't accept the fact that I'll never use them again. It's sad.

11:26 AM  
Blogger Suburban Turmoil said...

Ha ha! I feel the same way- I've kept EVERYTHING of Baby's, rationalizing that if I have another girl, I'll need it. But if I'm not having a girl this time, it will be heartbreaking going through everything and deciding what to keep and what to sell...

12:16 PM  
Blogger kim said...

I got rid of mine asap!! but then i had 5 kids and was SURE i wasnt going to have any more!
but I have to admit it was the hardest thing to do on the last baby. I held on to the bassinet though for future grand babies!

1:14 PM  
Blogger Catherine said...

I finally moved my baby gear to the garage. And attic. And I'm not even having anymore children! I wish I could say it's sentimentality, but I'm just lazy.

1:37 PM  
Blogger Piece of Work said...

I just gave away PILES OF SHIT the other day. But if we weren't moving out of this house, I think I would have kept it forever.

2:41 PM  
Blogger Pattie said...

I did keep the baby things around for a while, too. Then we had to move. It became necessary for me to "get rid of them." I must say, I felt ok about it...

2:44 PM  
Anonymous wendy boucher said...

My young niece and her husband had a baby last year. They needed stuff and it was the best way in the world to unload all the baby stuff I had hoarded for years. Giving to charity (or a needy relative) helps with the parting pain.

4:38 PM  
Anonymous mamatulip said...

My storage room and cold cellar are FULL. OF. STUFF. I keep telling myself it's for that third baby.

*sigh*

5:34 PM  
Anonymous chelle said...

hehhe not that long till they will be put to use again!! Ours is all piled up and torn apart in our daughter's closet!! Oh the fun to take it all out again!

6:47 PM  
Blogger Nikkie said...

My basement is starting to look like that. I'm holding onto mine for another kid if I have one, or to lend to my sister in law!

7:08 PM  
Blogger The Flip Flop Mamma! said...

Maybe it's time you had another, and then you don't have to put them in the garage!!!LOL!

7:37 PM  
Blogger Tracie said...

Oh....I have one of those piles. We call it the garage sale pile...but since we have been calling it that for over a year now and haven't sold anything-I htink it is time to give it up, don't you!

9:40 PM  
Blogger Mommy off the Record said...

Good point, Flip Flop Mama, I COULD just have another baby and skip moving the stuff to the garage. Not a bad idea! (We're actually in serious talks about it right now...having another baby that is...ah, fodder for another post)

10:21 PM  
Blogger ems said...

This is where craigslist and knocked-up sisters come into play. They are always good at taking hand-me-downs.

10:22 PM  
Blogger Jozet said...

We gave all our stufF away. Or sold it. And then, as the last maTernity top was delivered to the hands of the consignment shop woman, exactly at that moment, I became pregnant again.

I swear, it had nothing to do with my husband at all.

2:01 AM  
Blogger ~d said...

I am fortunate that I have several kids that are 6 months-18 months younger than Thing 2. So I pass stuff down. The husband would keep it all!
I am a PURGER! I have a giant tupperware/rubbermaid container that has items of special meaning in them-I totally forgot what else I wanted to say. O well.

6:27 AM  
Blogger Pendullum said...

Ahhh I am not alone...
I keep giving baby stuff to friends and family and they keep returning it to me after they use it... and say... 'You may need this later...'
Hints are always a strong suit in my family...
So my entire basement is littered with babystuff...
On the bright side,it is greatto have the stuff when friends with babies come over!!!

7:35 AM  
Blogger Gingers Mom said...

That feeling goes away. When you have your last one, you have a great time selling it all on craigslist, and watching your living room become more and more spacious.

8:14 AM  
Blogger Mrs. Chicky said...

Ha! I have one of those rooms. We call it the "Family Room". Which is funny, because there's so much stuff in it that we don't use anymore that no one in the family ever uses that room.

But I just can't bring myself to put away the swing and the exersaucer and the play mats and the rattles and the...

8:18 AM  
Anonymous Jill Urbane, The Mentor Mom said...

I hear what you are saying. How do we accumulate so much kid stuff? When I was ABSOLUTELY sure we weren't going to have any more, I took my baby stuff down to the local domestic violence shelter. The moms who come in often only have the clothes on their backs. Made me feel better to think I was helping some other mom in a difficult situation and made it much easier to let go.

9:10 AM  
Blogger Mommy off the Record said...

Wendy and Jill, I love the idea of giving the toys away to charity. I will definitely do that when it's time to permanently retire them.

9:25 AM  
Blogger Kristin said...

we finally purged all the baby stuff...strollers,pack n plays, bouncy seats... gone, gone, gone!!

I had kept everything and then bought new for each kid as well... it was a little scary out in our garage.

10:01 AM  
Blogger Christina_the_wench said...

If I ever get my church fund raising thing going, send me those for the yard sale. ;)

10:03 AM  
Anonymous Jenny said...

I had to just give up and sell it. I still can't bare to part with the fluffy little baby gown though...

10:40 AM  
Blogger gingajoy said...

meanwhile i'm accumulating that shit once more for #2 and wondering where the hell i can put it where it will not make me fall on my ass each time i pass.

it's like a circus round here! (catch me in 2008 when i write a "sniff, it's never going to be used again, why is life so fleeting?...sniff" post;-))

11:30 AM  
Blogger Waya said...

RIP toys, our "landfill" is the basement, aka the black hole!

11:47 AM  
Blogger Catch said...

I think we are all anal retentative....;))

11:52 AM  
Blogger Andrea said...

Yeah, mine's in the basement room that was supposed to someday become a bathroom. I hate having to sneak down there to play with all of it. :)

I'll garage sale it someday, but not until after we're done having babies.

1:27 PM  
Anonymous Much More Than A Mom said...

Oh - I am so scared of that day! Not only because I am a hormonal wreck of a new mommy but also because where the hell are they going to go until we have our second baby?!?

3:11 PM  
Blogger crazymumma said...

If you are not having more children I say download those things to a woman's shelter, or a teen mother's shelter.....

3:54 PM  
Blogger Her Bad Mother said...

You've been taking pictures of my house, I see...

6:47 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

That's what our basement looks like. Can't get rid of it. Still have hope for more!

8:55 PM  
Blogger sunshinedaily4me_wuz_here said...

I hoarded my son's stuff for YEARS (he is 11 now) and am finally parting with his infant clothes - how sad is that. And the thing is..(I orignally saved it thinking I would have another child but the ex divorced me and I never got remarried..) now the clothes aren't in style and the stains show up..still, its hard to part with that stuff. They aren't just CLOTHES or TOYS = they are memories.

9:10 PM  
Blogger cameo said...

i am so with you on this. Roxy is crawling now and all those little clothes, and toys are useless.

so fast!

9:33 PM  
Blogger Oblivious Maven said...

I am very ok on giving away the big stuff. (Well, except the ultrasaucer, I'm thinking about robbing the toys off of it and saving some of those!?!?!) But the little Christmas jammies, the first picture I took of them with that cute little stuffed animal, the this, the that, and the other that, and the other little thing..........hard.

10:02 PM  
Blogger lildb said...

hey! I have the same babystyle playmat as you. so, be honest - did M spend all of eighteen minutes on it before pronouncing it boring beyond belief, and insist that you go out IMMEDIATELY and purchase the much more fascinating one at Babies R US that cost an arm and a leg more than the first one did? because that was J's reaction. I was so pleased.

10:14 PM  
Blogger Mommy off the Record said...

lildb: the Babystyle playmat happened to be a gift from a friend. I found it to be quite plush. If it came in an adult size, I'd totally buy it for myself.

Anyway, we had already bought a second one from Babies R Us that was all primary colors. He used both of them--one at my mom's house and one at our house. Not sure which he preferred, but I'm sure it was the cheaper one!

10:35 PM  
Blogger Mike said...

All of our no longer used baby toys are getting piled up in the office, or up in the attic. MAN they take up a lot of space!

5:20 AM  
Anonymous Nancy said...

My husband doesn't get why I can't just get rid of all the baby stuff. I know that we're done, but giving away all of that stuff just makes it seem so... FINAL. I was hoping to give it to my brother and (soon to be ex) SIL, but obviously that's not gonna happen. I'm running out of excuses!

6:39 PM  

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