What have you kept from your baby's "first" keepsakes??

April 27, 2012 2:06pm CST
A poll of UK mothers on a bingo site have kept items such as baby boots and mittens, positive pregnancy tests, umbilical cords and dirty nappies are some of the most popular baby keepsakes. According to this poll umbilical cords, positive pregnancy tests and dirty nappies are quickly becoming some of the most popular baby keepsakes, overtaking traditional items such as locks of hair and first teeth. http://tinyurl.com/ctcvykt I have to say keeping umbilical cords and dirty nappies sounds disgusting. What are you actually going to do with the soiled nappy??? Show it to your child 20 years later?? I have kept a lock of my son's hair and will try and keep his teeth, as for all his baby clothes I have kept them as I mainly bought neutral and am wanting to have another baby so they will come in handy. So what items have you kept?? If your not a parent already what items would you keep???
5 responses
• United States
28 Apr 12
4 days after birth of my son, I kept his dried umbilical cord when it had fallen off. I guess that is the only thing that I kept of his baby things. the others, I have given them away, so that the needy can make use of it rather than keep those things and take up space.
28 Apr 12
Did you not keep his hospital bracelets??? What made you decide to keep his dried umbilical cord?? I have kept all his clothes and things as we are wanting another baby but if it doesnt happen then I will give his clothes away but there will be a few that I keep. My mum kept all our baby clothes that my Grandma (her mum) knitted. She did pass a few of these to me and my brother who's son is 4 months older than mine. Thanks for replying and happy mylotting x
• United States
28 Apr 12
Hehe..I did not keep his hospital bracelets. My former landlady kept her daughter's dried umbilical too, so as a firsttime mom that time, I did the same and it was easy to store, no need to cramp it into an album page like hospital bracelets and stuffs. The baby pictures are already there, and it is more important than the rest stuffs. Hmmm..I didn't have a mom by my side to support me and knit, I am a single mom and I do not intend to get pregnant anytime soon, so I let go of his old things for others to use.
@marianne87 (3526)
27 Apr 12
Eww! Ok, I have kept a lot of things, but NOT dirty nappies! I have a lock of hair from their first haircuts, their baby teeth, hospital bracelets, and a couple of their first tiny outfits. I also kept one of their baby bottles (one per baby). And one dummy each from my younger two, my eldest hated dummies. I have a couple of baby blankets my mother knitted for them, and their first little cardigans she made too. But nothing unhygienic.
27 Apr 12
I have my son's hospital bracelet and my hospital bracelet too.....also I have kept all the cards we have received like congratulations, birthday cards and christmas cards. Never thought about keeping his dummy (though he still uses them and his comfort blankets) I will treasure things that have been made for him and special things. Im dreading when the clear out of his clothes already and he is only 2 lol. How do you decide which clothes to keep and which to clear out??? How can people keep unhygienic things....its disgusting!! Thanks for replying and happy mylotting x
27 Apr 12
I kept a couple of their smallest outfits but sold everything else, for me it wasn't really a choice, we needed the money
@jillhill (37358)
• United States
27 Apr 12
I kept their crib...yup. I know that it would be unsafe to use it for a baby these days so I had their crib made into a keepsake bench...for my bedroom. I have little things of their too....like an outfit for each one...but nothing like dirty diapers or things like that!
27 Apr 12
Wow that's a good idea, its nice that you have recycled something they had to something you can use now!! Since my son is only 2, I have kept everything especially as we have discussed another child but am dreading the clear out of all his bits and bobs - deciding what to keep and what to clear out!! Thanks for your reply and happy mylotting x
@GemmaR (8527)
28 Apr 12
Having memories of your children is one of the most important things in our lives, and I know that it is something to cherish particularly when the child in question is your first one. I would keep the first outfit, the tag that they wore in the hospital, scan photos, first photo with various family members, maybe first toy, and then some other little things like work that they'd done when they get to school and things like that. If you keep everything, then you'll end up with no room in your house for anything which obviously isn't a good thing, so you do have to be at least a little bit selective about it.
@ShyBear88 (14952)
• United States
27 Apr 12
Eww I would never keep any of those things for my daughter at all or for my other baby on the way. Lock of hair is normal here in the US. I didn't really keep anything of my daughter for her first year of life. She has toys that she might keep forever of course like I have. Mostly her keepsakes are hand me down items that have been given from one generation to the another which is all jewelery. She has to wait till she is old enough to have it first.