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As my girls have grown I have found myself left with a ton of baby items we don’t need anymore. I donate most of our old baby stuff to local charities, but I like to find a way to use some things around our own home. Here are a few ways I repurpose baby items that are no longer needed for the kids!
- The biggest item we’ve repurposed would have to be our old crib. My carpenter husband cut the legs shorter and turned the crib into a kid sized daybed for the play room.
- Hanging Diaper Organizers can be used to store shoes, panty hose, hair bows, etc.
- Changing tables/stations can be converted to a storage unit. Add a few baskets or bins for socks, shoes, etc. Our changing table has drawers and a small cabinet, so we turned it into a small dresser for the girls with the bonus of storage shelves!
- Hanging Toy Chains can be turned into a floating bulletin board. Use them to hang artwork, photos, etc. They also make great places to clip hair bows, ball caps, etc.
- Moses baskets can be used as a laundry or toy basket!
- All mothers know how many cute infant clothes are accumulated in such a short period of time, and many of them will only be worn once or twice. Save a few newborn to 0-3 outfits, socks, etc, to use as baby doll clothes. Onesies work great for this as they never seem to be in short supply, and it’s much cheaper than buying doll clothes! The same goes for any extra diapers you may have left over when your baby moves up a size. We happened to have half a pack of preemie size diapers left over when Ellie moved into newborn size, and those preemie diapers fit most of her dolls perfectly.
- Small hangers made for baby clothes are great and functional for a couple of years, but as your child moves into larger sizes you find yourself with a stack of baby hangers and nothing to do with them. Instead of throwing them out use them to hang pants for older children by folding the pants in half over them! I also have a few tucked in my own closet to hold scarves. A friend of mine uses them to store ties.
- Burp Cloths and old cloth diapers make the best cleaning rags! If you’ve got a mop that uses the disposable mop pads most burp clothes are the perfect size for a washable reusable variety. This is a great money saver!
- Teething rings and teething toys are great to throw in your insulated lunch bag instead of using ice or buying ice packs.
- When Ellie hit the I will not lie down while you change my diaper phase I found myself with a stack of waterproof changing pads that I no longer use. I actually found a few great ways to reuse these. Use them on tables or counter tops during messy activities such a painting or turn them into bath mats! I keep a stack of the cloth ones under the bathroom counter, and at shower time one is placed in the floor next to the tub. I don’t have to waste money replacing my worn out bath mat, and I can toss them in the wash when I do my towel load. I also keep one under the dog’s water bowl to soak up any spills and drool when he’s particularly messy (which happens often with a bulldog). If your child is a bed wetter (regularly or on occasion) changing pads can also be placed between the sheet and mattress to create an easy to clean up waterproof matter protector.