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Should You Store Baby Gear For Your Next Kid?
These days there are too much baby gear parents must get before and after the baby’s arrival.
Talk about strollers, diaper changing pad, cot sheets and blankets, and cribs, not forgetting playthings; the list is endless. It would help if you made sure that the product must be durable and made from quality material.
And while buying one gear after another doesn’t seem to be a big deal in the moments, questions soon begin to arise. For instance, when the child outgrows the items or even when the interests change. The dilemma is, “What do you do with the baby gear you do not need?” The answer depends on the situation and the benefits of either holding on to the items or getting rid of them. To help you decide on whether to keep or let go of various baby gear, here is a list of questions that you should ask yourself.
Do you plan to have another baby?
Perhaps the first thing that should guide your decision is whether there will be a future use scenario. And that is best answered by plans to have another baby or not. If yes, it makes sense to safely store the items so you can avoid spending on new gear later. At the same time, you should ask yourself whether the item(s) will remain suitable when the next baby arrives. Otherwise, it is of little value to hold on to a given gear unless you want to keep it for memory’s sake.
Did the gear work for the current baby?
Storing any baby gear for future use should depend on the current performance or functionality. Even if you spent significantly on a product and weren’t delighted with it, avoid keeping it. It’s much better passing it over for a fraction of the price or giving it away to someone who will derive some utility from it. That way, you can save yourself some storage space and blow the disappointments away too.
Do you have sufficient storage space?
Baby items can demand a lot of storage space, and things that aren’t currently in use can be a real pain to keep. So in as much as you may want to hold on to outgrown gear, available room size can bend the decision either way. It can be costly to keep some kids clothes not in use than getting rid of them and acquiring new ones later when the need arises.
Is the item easily replaceable?
Baby products and accessories change over time. At a time when almost everything seems to evolve every passing day, nothing is given. So, if you have fallen in love with a particular gear that you think won’t be available in the future, perhaps it will be worth keeping. On the contrary, if it is something you can quickly dispose of and acquire on a need basis, you’ll be better off not holding on to it.
What is the gear’s lifespan?
With safety and manufacturer recommendations in mind, ask yourself whether the ideal use period hasn’t been wasted away. If the expiry date is nearing, it is never worth keeping around. But, if you have months of years to go, you never know when you can find some use for it or someone else who needs it.
Baby gear for next kid: Conclusion
With these questions answered, you can have a field day sorting what to keep and what to retain. Of course, there are a lot more personal reasons you can factor in the decision-making process. Now, go on and get rid of the clutter!