Post # 1
My LO will be one month in a couple of days. Everyone has been so generous and we have been gifted many of the things that we needed to get ready for his arrival. We are now trying to get settled in our house and I realize just how much stuff there is and how little space we have! I could use some advice on what to do with some of these gifts:
Handmade blankets – what do I do with them all? Apparently everyone I know is a knitter. And they are all beautiful. And baby sized. And how many blankets do I need exactly?
Giant clothes – some of my older relatives gave us clothes that are more suitable for a 4 year old. Do I have to store these for four years?? Similarly…
Cars? hotwheels…for a newborn? Again, do I have to keep these?
I hope I don’t sound ungrateful, I just feel a little buried by the clutter…
Post # 2
you never know when you’ll need a blanket. especially if they’re handmade. keep one in each car, and a couple in the house. put the rest in storage. people spent a lot of time on those blankets. as for the big clothes, i’d donate them. especially if you don’t have a ton of room for them. are they all new?
also, people gave you hot wheels cars? that’s just random. and weird.
Post # 3
I agree with PP to keep the blankets. You can always seal some up in those vacuum tight containers to reduce space. I’d keep some cars. Your LO will probably be interested in them in about 6 to 9 months. I’m not sure about the clothes.
Post # 4
envirobride: Find a way to store what you don’t need right now. If you plan on having more children, you will likely get less gifts for the second, third etc. You will be happy to have a stash that you can bring out at that time.
He will eventually wear the larger size clothes and play with the toys.
Post # 5
I wouldn’t get rid of any of that as you’ll end up having to buy it again. And I know 2 two year olds who wear a 4T right now so no you won’t necessarily wait for 4 years for the clothes either. One is just super tall, one is stocky. You can use space bags for the blankets and clothes, and a bin for the toys, but you don’t need it all hanging out in the baby’s room until it comes time to use it.
Post # 6
Ugh, I feel like I am going to be drowning in blankets after my baby shower! I got SO MANY for the wedding, and then we have some we just love and everyone I know makes blankets, either knit, crochet or quilt. And honestly I HATE blankets made of yard… they are impractical in my opinion.
MIL has already given me two (before she knew what we where having) and they are SUPER feminine….
I try to be grateful, but seriously… there are only so many blankets a person needs. Haha!
Post # 7
Home made blankets are great for tummy time! I wouldn’t get rid of the other stuff because you’ll need them eventually.
Post # 8
I hear you, I got so many hand me downs and gifts. I ended up donating most of the hand made hand me downs from friends (so stuff that was made for their babies and they just passed onto me with all the other baby stuff there were getting rid of). For the hand me stuff that was made for my daughter, I have made sure that it is used. I have a blanket for the stroller and for the cars.
In terms of the clothes and toys, you could try selling them on any facebook varage pages they may have in your area and put the money aside to buy something for the LO that is needed now, or set aside for later?
Post # 9
I also got a lot fo stuff (I think I have somewhere close to 50 bibs). I am keeping everything, but I have it packed away. The homemade blankets are used for tummy time or left at a parents house for us. If you don’t want the toys or blankets you could donate them, but I would keep them. As for the clothes, your baby may fit in them sooner than you think 🙂
Post # 10
Our house is tiny (700 sq ft) so we really don’t have room to store things. Even if it is only two years, I can’t fathom it. I think donating them is a good idea.
Putting the blankets in the car is a great idea too, I’m going to do that – thanks!
As for the cars, I think I’ll give them to my nephew. Pretty sure they have an age minimum…..