Creative Ways to Upcycle Those Baby Items You No Longer Need

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Before you have a baby, you really have no idea how much stuff comes along with them. They have clothes, bibs, diapers, toys, safety items, blankets, and all the furniture you use for them. Their stuff takes up a lot more space than I ever realized, and they outgrow it all really fast as well.

My youngest is over a year old now and some of the much-used items we depended on in his first year are no longer as necessary as he ages and we're left with items we no longer need. We are able to pass them on to family, friends, or donate, but if you're not able to or if you have some things that hold a special place in your heart – there are many ways you can upcycle the items so they're useful again.

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Check out a few ideas.

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Receiving blankets

These blankets are perfect for when baby is little and come in handy for many reasons: to swaddle, as a larger-sized burp cloth, light coverage at night, or for going out. But babies outgrow them quickly. If you're not able to give them to someone else who can use them, there are many ways you can re-purpose so they can be useful again.

They make great cloth wipes if you cut them into squares, you can sew them together to make a larger blanket, or you can use them around the house as cleaning cloths. See some more great ideas here.

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Cloth diapers

Cloth diapers are a great way to save money over time, especially if you'll be using them for more than one child, but eventually you won't need to use them anymore. Again, if you're not able to pass them on to another family, they can be upcycled for other uses in the house. For the practical, they can be re-sewn to be oven mitts, the absorbency means they're great used as spill rags, or you can keep it simple and give them to your children to use as diapers for their dolls.

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Cribs

If you've bought a crib for your baby to sleep in, eventually they will grow to be too big and you're left wondering what to with the much-loved piece of furniture.

As it turns out, there are so many creative ways to upcycle a crib for uses that you probably have never thought of including a child's table, a wagon, bench, headboard, or porch swing!

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Clothes

There is so much truth in the saying that kids grow up quickly, and one way you can see that progress is in their clothing. Just as you bought the most adorable outfit, it seems they grow too big to wear it again and you're left with a pile of clothes that no longer fits. If you're not able to donate to another family, try upcycling so you can get more love from the adorable outfits.

Some ways you can re-use clothes that don't fit your baby anymore include making a keepsake ornament, making baby mittens, crafting hair bows and headbands, creating doll clothes, an activity book, and even baseball caps!

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What are some ways you've reused baby items you don't need? Share in the comments!

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Creative Ways to Upcycle Those Baby Items You No Longer Need

Devan McGuinness is the founder of the online resource Unspoken Grief, which is dedicated to breaking the silence of perinatal grief for those directly and indirectly affected by miscarriage, stillbirth and neonatal death. Using her own experience of surviving 12 miscarriages, Devan has been actively supporting and encouraging others who are wading through the challenges associated with perinatal and neonatal loss. Winner of the 2012 Bloganthropy Award and named one of Babble's “25 bloggers wh ... More

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