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6 Things to Do with Old Baby Clothes

When my third baby was born he weighed in a half-pound less than my other two kids. He was a skinny little thing with a huge, round head and I immediately started calling him the runt of my litter. Fast forward three months and that “runt” is WAY bigger than my other two babies ever were. He doubled his birth weight in no time and started wearing 6-month clothing recently, much to my surprise. I stood there at his changing table, mystified as the 3-month clothing appeared tight across his belly. I looked at him and said, “But…but…you only wore this stuff for a few weeks!”

So now I’ve got a growing pile of newborn and 0-3 months clothing in his closet. With my last baby, I dutifully packaged it all up and mailed it all to my friend Cara, who was expecting her second baby. It was a perfect way to get them out of my house without giving them up completely. You know, just in case I changed my mind in a couple years and wanted a third baby. Ha.

But now, I’m confident we are done. Done done doneity DONE. And none of my close friends are currently expecting. So what to do with all those baby clothes that still have a lot of wear left in them?

  • Old Baby Clothes Avalanche 1 of 7
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    The baby's closet is getting out of hand. Time to make a plan to get rid of this stuff!

     

    Photo credit: iStock

  • Consign and Make Mad Monies 2 of 7
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    Depending on how picky the consignment shop is you can probably unload almost all your stuff and get a pile of cold, hard cash in return. Or store credit! Free shopping! Yay! I like consigning because it's good for the planet and it helps me keep a (typically local) business up and running.

     

    Photo credit: iStock

  • Consign Online 3 of 7
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    There's ebay and craigslist if you have the patience and courage to meet strangers or wait in line at the post office. But do you know about thredUP.com? You order a free Clean Out bag from their website, fill the bag with your kids' outgrown clothes, put it out on your curb and they pick it up. They then inspect your clothes and you get up to 40% of the resale value upfront!

     

    Photo credit: iStock

  • Donate 4 of 7
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    There are plenty of local and national charities that will gladly take your baby clothes. Hit up a local teen mom shelter, a local church, or put them in a local Planet Aid bin, where the profits go to support international development projects.

     

    Photo credit: Planet Aid

  • Make a Quilt 5 of 7
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    I am really bad at crafts. Like, really bad. But some people are awesome and if you are one of them you could consider taking those old baby clothes and making them into a quilt! Last year I gave my friend Kate a bag of outgrown clothes for her daughter and a few baby clothes were mixed in...when my new baby was born this summer she surprised me by giving me a baby blanket sewn from my oldest's old baby clothes! I was so touched and it's something I will cherish for a long, long time.

     

    Photo credit: Claire Goss

  • Organize and Store 6 of 7
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    Maaaaaybe you *think* you're done having babies. But maybe not. Right? Right?? If you are even a little unsure you should just store those clothes for the next baby. I recommend clear, plastic bins organized clearly by size, as above.

     

    Photo credit: Claire Goss

  • Hand It Down 7 of 7
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    This one is pretty obvious, but hand those clothes down to someone in your family. Don't have any friends or family who are expecting? Throw it up on a Moms Board or ask around! I gave all my daughter's clothes to local friends and now I get to see her old outfits running by at the playground or shopping at the grocery store. It makes me smile every time.

     

    Photo credit: iStock

Read more of Claire’s writing at Rants from MommylandAnd for even more silliness follow her on FacebookTwitter, and Pinterest.

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