What types of things do you save from your child as they grow?

United States
April 12, 2007 11:51am CST
My husband thinks I have totally lost my mind. I save everything,from drawings, paintings, colored pictures,school awards. I save it all. My husband says that I should pick favorite ones and get rid of the rest,but i just can't bear to do it. Do you save things? What type of things do you save?
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@breezie (1247)
• Canada
13 Apr 07
I keep alot of my kids stuff, probably more than I should. My boyfriend is always tellin me that I save too much stuff. I have all of their school art work, projects as well as some of their outgrown clothing, their baby shoes, old toys and so much other stuff. We are going to be moving soon and I really should part with some of it, but it's just so hard. I have recently began donating some of their old clothes to charity.
• United States
13 Apr 07
See, I'm like you. I only keep clothing that has sentimental value and I donate the rest to charity. I understand what it's like to have someone always saying get rid of some of this stuff. Good luck with the move. Thanks.
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• Canada
12 Apr 07
i save just about everything as well. i have a binder with protective papers and put my daughter's art in that so it's at least all organized. i save some different meaningful things as well. i saved some stuff from the hospital, she was born at 27 weeks so i have her little wires that she was all hooked up with, the tiny feeding bottles, and a preemie diaper, and one of my fav preemie outfits. i also save cute stuff from now, her first tap shoes for dance class. they are so small and cute. first hair cut hair, and so on. i'm obsessed with keeping everything meaningful. i don't have anything from when i was a child so i want to keep everything for her.
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• United States
12 Apr 07
I'm glad to see that i'm not the only one. My mother never saved anything for me, i was sad.
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@Ravenladyj (22920)
• United States
12 Apr 07
LOL sounds like you and I are in the same boat (mind you my husband is ALMOST as bad as I am when it comes to saving the kids stuff)....I have boxes and boxes upon more boxes of all their stuff..its pretty crazy really but I cant "just pick out the favourites" cause I love them all ya know...
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• Canada
12 Apr 07
my mother saved everything from our childhood, and filled entire filing cabinets full of our stuff!! I agree with you, that stuff is important to save. Your child will only be a child once. It may not be "practical," but it's important and sentimental. A good compromise might be to scan all the stuff onto CDs and toss the originals, so you'll still have them, in a way, but I would personally prefer to save the original stuff, as you have done. I don't have children, but if I did I'd save it all, as my mother did for my sister and I. My grandfather also saved drawers and drawers of our stuff, in his bedroom desk.
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@mememama (3077)
• United States
12 Apr 07
I only have a toddler, so it's the basics like first lock of hair, etc. But growing up my grandmother saved all of my school awards, paintings, etc and put them in a scrapbook. I never knew that she was doing this until I graduated high school. She handed it to me at my graduation party. I was shocked and I think it's one of the best gifts I've ever had. She kept it on order, so when I flip through it, I see what I did from kindergarten, 1st grade, 2nd grade. I plan on doing the same thing, just need to work on my organization skills first lol.
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• United States
12 Apr 07
I have a binder full of plastic sleeves and I put my kids school awards in it. They are safe and out of the way, and I can look at them and show them off whenever I want. As for artwork, well, that is taped and thumbtacked everywhere. Clothing is another story. All their favorite outfits, and mine too, are in a storage box in the shed. Tell your husband that he will thank you when the day comes that he can't remember when they were that small. Also, it turns into great treasures for grandchildren, not that you need to be thinking about that yet. Save everthing you think might be important one day.
• United States
12 Apr 07
My son is almost three and so far I've saved things such as one or two preemie diapers (unused of course!), some of the preemie clothes he wore, special outfits, cards and things from the baby shower, a couple of things from his hospital NICU stay, papers from doctor appointments on his growth progress, his first special 'comfort' blanket (that's almost falling apart!), pacifiers. I have a special box I've put all this stuff in. My mom did the same with stuff from when I was a baby and I always loved going back and looking through it all. So I thought I'd do the same for my son, and if he ends up uninterested at looking through it, at least I'll have it to look through myself, to bring back fond memories!
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• United States
12 Apr 07
You sound like me. I get into the clothes and I can feel my now 13 year old son when he was a baby. Does that make any sense? Some of those teeny clothes does something to the senses and brings back more than mental memories. I think it brings back sort of a 'feeling' memory, or a 'scent' memory. Whatever it is, maybe it's only moms that get it. Dads don't usually seem to be that sensitive, or won't admit it.
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• United States
12 Apr 07
It makes perfect sense, and I think you may be right that it's the mothers who understand this more so than fathers (in most cases). Perhaps this is because we tend to be more sentimental?
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