Did you keep your baby's crib, just in case you had another child?

United States
May 31, 2008 8:29am CST
Did you keep all your baby's crib and play toys and strollers even after they grew out of them? Did you keep them because you knew you'd have another child? Or, because you hoped you would have another? Did you get rid of all those things too soon and then had to buy them again? I learned this lesson the easy way, from a friend who told me that she got rid of her child's crib, clothes and stroller just two months before getting pregnant with her second child. The child had already graduated to a big kid bed, so she didn't see the need to keep the crib anymore or any of the baby stuff. And, she'd stored it for four years. Why wait longer? So, she chucked all of it to the curb or donated it. I can't remember which. And, then she got pregnant. So, when my child grew out of her crib, I carefully put it away just in case. There's no saying, we'll ever need a crib again. But, you never know.
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@eihdra (3116)
• Philippines
31 May 08
hi. When my firstborn outgrew all of his baby things, I did keep it in the storage room. Hoping that someday I would get pregnant again. Well, after 8 longs years, here comes the next one..I didn't think of selling any of my eldest's things coz it would be impractical to sell it and then when the new baby comes, we'd buy again. Im glad that I did because nowadays they're so expensive and not of good quality. But after this little one has outgrown it all, I'd probably sell it coz I don't have any plans of having another one at this age.
• United States
31 May 08
I will probably do the same! I'm in my mid thirties now, so by the time the next baby comes along, I will probably be too old to have a third. But, then again, technology being as it is, I guess a forty something pregnancy is not out of the question.
@eihdra (3116)
• Philippines
16 Jun 08
thanks for the BR..
@luvstochat (6914)
• United States
31 May 08
No I didn't I sold all of my first borns stuff at a garage sale. I did not have my second child until 7 years later. I had to buy all new things when she was born. I sold all her stuff now too I am not planning on having anymore.
• United States
31 May 08
You know even at that, it probably was a good thing to buy all new. I was just thinking a minute ago about all the baby product recalls. And, how they say that a mom should use newer items, because they feature all the latest safety improvements. Well, now there's another factor I'll have to keep in mind. Maybe I'll just buy a new crib, now and leave it in the box, for the next one. I'm totally serious! I really am. I just might do it. Right now I can afford all new baby stuff. In five or ten years when the next baby comes along, my finances may not be so good. Hmmm! I will have to look into doing that. You've given me a great idea! Thanks for dropping by and adding to the discussion.
• South Korea
14 Jun 08
Hello...I gave all my baby's stuff to my sister. If ever I get pregnant again, and to that time that my sister's baby will not use it already, I probably will borrow it back. It depends on the situation.
@SViswan (12071)
• India
2 Jun 08
You won't believe this.....but my older son used the crib that my parents got for my sister!!!She was 18 years old when I had my son.....we even got the little blanket that she used as a baby! I kept all my older son's stuff for our second child who was born 6 years later. But the toys were totally useless because our older one was never into cars and planes and balls....and that's all that the younger one wanted. All the books that the older one used and the puzzles...and other toys that the older one had liked and kept safely...meant nothing to the younger one...who refused to play with them or would throw them around. Now that we've got him the stuff he likes, he plays well with them. Both my kids never used a stroller....I never tried with the older and I borrowed a friend's for my younger one...but he refused to sit in it...I used it for a couple of months and returned it.
@Gemmygirl1 (2870)
• Australia
2 Jun 08
I didn't see a point in selling my daughter's thing, why? I knew i wanted more than 1 child & the things i had here were mostly neutral items so there was no point in selling them for less than i paid - only to have to go out & spend more than what i got for them, on new things! We moved our daughter to a bigger bedroom, then when she moved to a big girl bed & stuff, we moved everything back in to the nursery. We're now expecting baby #2 & i'm so glad i don't have to go out & spend all that money again on the things we already bought once. I think once we're finished having children, we'll get rid of everything but since i knew i wanted more than 1 baby, i didn't see a point in selling everything. Now, i'm not sure what will happen once baby #2 is here - as in, whether we'll have more or not but until i'm certain, we'll store everything out in the garage & leave it there until we've decided what's happening!
@carlaabt (3505)
• United States
1 Jun 08
We kept all of our baby stuff that was still in really good shape, because we are hoping to have at least one more child. If we wait a really long time to have another one, we might get rid of some of the stuff and buy new, but only if it's something that has been improved on a great deal. Our crib was used when we got it, but it's in excellent shape, and I don't think the ones on the market now are as nice as it is. It's slats are close enough together to make it safe, too. The only thing I really see being a concern is a car seat. If a safer one comes out, I will buy it. The one we have was used by a coworker's son for a few months before she gave it to us for our little one. Elliott used it for about 4 months before he graduated into a convertible seat. I know that the one we have has never been in a wreck or anything like that, but they do get updated sometimes, so I will have to look into it when the time comes.
@gemini_rose (16194)
31 May 08
I kept all of my things as I knew that I would be having more children and so everything was stored up the loft. I only started to get rid of things after my fourth child as I knew without a doubt that I would not be having anymore. It is a good idea to keep things if possible, it is so expensive to re buy baby things now.