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#1 (feral)epg

Posted 09 January 2013 - 01:02 PM

My mum has just given me a pile of the baby clothes she used for me and my sister (so 36 years old!) - and she is so keen to see me using them.
There are a few cute little linen / lace dresses - so I'm happy to handwash these and use them for 'special occasion's but can't imagine them standing up to regular use.
And then there are the hand knitted wool outfits  sad.gif .  They're old, they smell musty, they are stained.  I can't be bothered handwashing them in cold water and flat drying them once let alone regularly.  My inclination is to just bin them, but Mum will be devastated.

Should I suck it up and give them all a wash and then use them once, take a photo and keep Mum happy, or should I just be honest with her and say I hate them and would prefer not to dress bub in 35 year old clothes?


#2 CountryFeral

Posted 09 January 2013 - 01:09 PM

Can you dress your child's toys in them?

I would suck it up and give them a wool wash - they won't smell then and IMHO handknits are the most delicious thing on a baby.  

Take some photos, keep Mum happy and then after baby has vomited on them you might 'accidentally' run them through the machine and ruin them.

That being said my friend washes all her delicate hand knitted stuff in the washing machine, on cold, in a lingerie bag... no calamities thus far... and her eldest is 12!

#3 (feral)epg

Posted 09 January 2013 - 01:13 PM

Might just do that (cold wash, in linen bag) - if they survive great, if not then I guess they weren't going to.
Not sure how much use I can get out of woollen jumpers in Perth in summer regardless!

#4 mantilla

Posted 09 January 2013 - 01:27 PM

Another idea is to maybe frame the best/nicest etc - like a memory photo of an outfit

#5 Wise Old Owl

Posted 09 January 2013 - 01:35 PM

The linen dresses you can place on a really nice coat hanger and hang up in the babies room so it is on show.  I have done that with a couple of really nice dresses that my girls wore as babies and it looks really nice.

As for the knitted outfits I would either hand wash them or wash them in a delicates bag and see how they come up.  You could always put one or two on a couple of teddy bears in the bedroom.

#6 causeway

Posted 09 January 2013 - 01:38 PM

I'm with countrymel - Im a knitter and always wash DDs hand knits in the machine in a lingerie bag using wool wash.

#7 Tall Poppy

Posted 09 January 2013 - 05:12 PM

I washed all my babies hand knitted items in a lingerie bag in my machine. Ere were no issues and all survived well.

#8 indigo~

Posted 11 January 2013 - 10:26 AM

I was given a few old clothes from my G'ma and no matter how many times I soaked, washed and hung the clothes in the sun, they still had that awful musty smell. They weren't heirlooms, just a few items she had picked up years ago and hadn't given away.

#9 ThreeLittleLambs

Posted 11 January 2013 - 10:42 AM

I would put it in a lingerie bag and put it on a gentle cycle.
I wouldn't be throwing them out though that's for sure!


#10 PatG

Posted 11 January 2013 - 10:54 AM

BTW, most things are only considered antique when over 100 years old  original.gif   I doubt you or your baby clothes are antique.  

I know you where being tongue in cheek....

#11 Duck-o-lah

Posted 11 January 2013 - 11:01 AM

QUOTE
Should I suck it up and give them all a wash and then use them once, take a photo and keep Mum happy,
This original.gif

I was given so many hand knits from various eras for DS. Some were in better nick than others. Like you said in your OP, I couldn't be a*sed washing them, so didn't really use them and I regretted it. Have unpacked and washed them for DD original.gif

#12 Turn left

Posted 11 January 2013 - 11:02 AM

See, now I would've loved that.  Mum didn't keep any of our baby clothes sad.gif  

There's no way I'd bin something like that, your Mum kept them for 36 years, clearly they mean something to her.  If you really hate them, I'd wash them, let bub wear them once, take some pics, then hold onto them for a while then offer them back to her.

#13 librablonde

Posted 11 January 2013 - 11:03 AM

I'd love clothes like that for my future baby and did dress my kids in clothes similar to that when they were babies. I like them b/c they suit the cooler climate where I live and they generally wear well. There's an op-shop near me that has ladies who still knit these clothes for sale and I often buy from them.

OP, I'd wool wash the clothes and then after taking photo's for your mum I'd carefully pack the clothes away for when you are a Grandma yourself to hand them on original.gif The thought of you chucking them in the bin makes me so sad, please save them for your grandkids and if you really don't want to do that, just donate them to an op shop or sell online to someone who will love them.

#14 Feral_Pooks

Posted 11 January 2013 - 11:08 AM

DS has worn stuff I was in as a baby and I love it! He may only wear them once or twice, but do it when he visits your mum, take a photo and she will be happy original.gif

And I have dressed teddies in some of them too original.gif

#15 FlutterbyBlue

Posted 11 January 2013 - 11:10 AM

Wash the woollen ones as suggested by other PP's, in a delicates bag and on a gentle or wool wash.  Then, if you really can't bear to have your child wear them even once, donate them to a hospital (for premmies or still births) or a refuge for the babies who don't have a lot of anything.  You could even donate the rest of the clothes to the same places if you are sure you don't want your child to wear any of them.


#16 Ridcully

Posted 11 January 2013 - 11:22 AM

QUOTE (Turn left @ 11/01/2013, 12:02 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
See, now I would've loved that.  Mum didn't keep any of our baby clothes sad.gif  

There's no way I'd bin something like that, your Mum kept them for 36 years, clearly they mean something to her.  If you really hate them, I'd wash them, let bub wear them once, take some pics, then hold onto them for a while then offer them back to her.


Absolutely this. Please don't throw them out! When you realise you have finished having children you might look at some itty bitty clothes they wore when you brought them home from the hospital and decide to set them aside too.

Take some photos and keep them somewhere safe. We have a shawl that my husbands great grandmother was brought home in. So there are something like 5 generations of photos taken in that shawl  original.gif

#17 mrsjane

Posted 14 January 2013 - 01:37 PM

Hmm my mum kept some of my old clothes and now that I am expecting, I might jsut use them for my kid! But if you really don't like using old clothes, the best way would be like as some ridcully have said, don't throw them out! keep them original.gif they are a legacy and full of memories

#18 starfire

Posted 23 January 2013 - 09:37 PM

My mum gave me some of my old baby stuff that I had as soon as she found out I was pregnant and told me that I could use it for this baby or keep them. I was very touched and think it is a beautiful gesture.

I already plan on bringing home our DD in an outfit I wore as a baby (I was a winter baby as well luckily!). Some toys I had in my childhood, I have already cleaned up and they are sitting waiting in our baby's room.

If you do decide to not want to use them for your baby, please don't throw them out - keep them in the cupboard or try to give them back. They are a priceless sentimental item and imo if your mum found out you threw them out or passed them on, she might be devasted. She kept them for a very long time for a reason.

#19 Glowworm80

Posted 24 January 2013 - 01:58 AM

I would see if your mom has any photos of you as a baby in the clothes. Then I would take photos of my baby in the clothes and frame the clothes and the pictures in a shadow box.

I have nothing from my childhood, no pics as a baby in fact I think the first picture I have of me as a child, I was about 9, so I think it's lovely that your mom kept your baby things.

#20 (feral)epg

Posted 24 January 2013 - 10:53 PM

Thanks for all the responses!  I bit the bullet and just put the lot in the washing machine but in a lingerie bag and on a cold / gentle cycle and they've come out fine so they'll definitely see some use - and will be sure to take pictures for very excited first time grandmother.

PS granny is currently madly knitting a shawl which MUST be ready for me to take baby home from hospital in so the collection of family memorabilia is steadily growing already.




#21 whale-woman

Posted 24 January 2013 - 10:58 PM

My Mum gave me baby clothes that I'd worn as a baby. I did the wash and took a  pic of DD in them and have now bagged them up for DDs children... LOL here's your G'mas and your old baby stuff. If they get worn one for a pic it would amuse me. Do unto others etcetc

Edited by whale-woman, 24 January 2013 - 10:58 PM.


#22 Dev123

Posted 04 February 2013 - 10:16 PM

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