There will come a time in your parenting life when you have the sudden realisation that things are changing, and that your little baby is a toddler, a pre-schooler, a tween, a teen, leaving home for college… although the idea might not be an entirely pleasant one, and although it’s perfectly natural for parents to try to ignore the fact that their babies are growing up, at some point you won’t be able to deny it any longer. They aren’t babies anymore.
No matter how this makes you feel, it’s important to know that, even if you do have to make space for a games console and bigger shoes where a pram and tiny booties used to be, you don’t have to throw everything out (or even give it all away). It’s perfectly okay to keep baby stuff, and here’s why.
You Might Have Another One
Some parents immediately know when they’ve had their last child, and they are completely sure about their decision. Others are less sure, often swaying back and forth between enjoying life as it is, and the desire to add more little ones to the family.
If you fall into the latter category, it’s not going to make any sense to throw out the prams and highchairs and toys and baby grows because you may well need them again in the future. Until you make a final decision either way, packing away these items and putting them into storage can save you a lot of money if you do choose to expand your family.
Memories Are Important
When we’re in the throes of taking care of small children, it can be hard to really take stock and make the time to acknowledge everything that’s going on around you. It often isn’t until later, when those small children are much more independent and don’t need you around all the time like they used to, that you’ll think back and remember all the good times you had together.
By keeping some (not all) of the baby stuff, you will have a much more tangible grasp of the past, and it might be that some of the memories you had forgotten about altogether come flooding back when you see a little cardigan or a favourite bedtime storybook.
Because You Want To
Finally, one of the most important reasons to keep baby stuff is because you want to. No one should be able to tell you what to keep and what to dispose of, and if having items from when your children were tiny or trinkets from when they were growing up is important to you, it’s really not hurting anyone and isn’t a problem.
Some people like to have old memories around them, and others prefer to focus on the here and now, or even keep looking to the future. Whichever you are, you do what feels right for you, and if that means keeping a lot of baby items in the loft or safety stored away somewhere that you can access whenever you want to, where’s the harm in that?