Babies tend to outgrow clothes in a blink of an eye, leaving you with a pile of baby clothing that will most probably end up collecting dust in the corner of your closet. Hold your horses; there is a tonne of ways to utilize the clothes that your baby has outgrown instead of just tossing them into the bin. From making a quick buck to lending a helping hand to those in need, we've got five ways for you to utilize your little one's old clothes.
Before you plan on what you're going to do with the drawer-full of baby clothes, sort out the most cherished pieces and keep them aside. As tempting as it may be to keep all of them, we suggest picking about ten pieces that hold special memories. Get creative with the pieces you plan on keeping and turn them into an entire keepsake item that you or your little one can revisit now and then. Here are a few easy ideas to inspire your creativity:
Turn your little one's old clothes into a snug and adorable quilt that holds memories from their childhood. Your child can pass it down to their little ones when they're older, it makes for a beautiful keepsake made from the clothing they wore as little ones themselves. It’s a cycle that keeps on giving from generation to generation, and the great thing is that you can use all sorts of different clothing and accessories to make the quilt.
Take some of your little one's outgrown clothes and use them to decorate a pillow you already have. It's easy peasy! All you have to do is take an already finished pillow and just sew baby clothes on it for the design.
One way to cherish your little one's fleeting baby days is to turn their outfits into art. You can frame the actual onesie and frame it alongside mitts and socks.
To the moms out there with only one little one and no plans on having more little feet runnin' round, passing down baby and toddler clothes to family members or friends is a great idea rather than the clothes just being wasted away. If your sister or cousin is expecting a bundle of joy; sort out some of your little one's old clothes that are still in good condition, and offer it to them. Just remember to hand only the clothes that are in peak condition and be clear that they've been worn. Baby and toddler clothes can be costly along with other expenses that come with having a little one, you’d be surprised at how grateful new parents are at receiving baby clothes. After all, it’s one less expense they have to worry about.
If you're planning on having more children, the best thing to do is to reuse them. While it’s only natural for little ones to get their clothes dirty and tear up some, you will find that most of your little one’s outgrown clothes are good as new. Just simply save the good ones for when their younger siblings can fit into them. Save a quick buck and precious resources by utilizing your older children’s clothes as hand-me-downs!
Many moms and dads out there buy clothes second-hand, and there is a large market for gently-used children clothing. Selling your little one's clothes through online sites is a super-easy way to get rid of all piles and piles of clothes that are just wasting away, and you don't even have to leave your doorstep. Be sure that the clothes that you will be selling are in mint condition and cleaned. Some online sites even allow trading in items, you can trade-in your little one's old clothes in return for something you or your little one would like, or trade with other parents on these online sites for clothes that better fit your little one.
Another great option is to donate your little one's clothes to goodwill, where they then can be distributed to parents who need them. Instead of stockpiling old clothes in a storeroom, they'll come in handy to those who need them. There are tons of people out there in need of clothing for their little ones, and you’ll be helping to keep those little ones warm and comfy by donating the items you're no longer using. Make sure the clothes that are to be donated are washed and dry cleaned; also avoid donating clothes that are torn or have stains and holes in them.