Jump to content

antique baby clothes - WWYD


  • Please log in to reply
21 replies to this topic

#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 Country (deci)Mel

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 Darth Vadaretter

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

I am agree with this above reviews.Nice post indeed




1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

WIN an exclusive performance from Sam Moran!

To celebrate the release of children?s musical series Play Along with Sam, out now on DVD, we?re giving one lucky parent the chance to have Sam perform at their child?s pre-school or day care!

Toddler freed after getting trapped in escalator

A shopping centre escalator needed to be pulled apart to free a toddler's trapped hand.

Why I'm kind of excited about my daughter's nits

Is it weird to say that I am secretly thrilled to find that my daughter Edie has nits?

Baby born at 10:11 on 12-13-14

Well, it's actually 13-12-14 to us over here. But still, Clare Elizabeth Keane's consecutive numerical birth time is pretty special.

On holding tightly and loving fiercely

We can't live in fear. This post is about Christmas and how at this time we should be celebrating life and grateful for what we have: our loved ones who we cherish fiercely.

Babies, relatives and coping with Christmas day

Everyone will love your baby but your baby may not be so happy to be passed around a lot of new people - nor may you want to feed with an audience.

Why I won't be posting pictures of my baby on Facebook

There are pros and cons to this policy.

The myths and truths of gender swaying

Here are a few popular methods hopeful parents-to-be use to try to get a baby of their preferred gender – and what an expert says about whether they really work.

10 easy DIY Christmas decoration ideas

It's officially time to get into the Christmas spirit. Why not branch out when you put up your tree this year and add a personal touch with a few DIY decorations? We've found the perfect easy-to-make ways to put more festive fever into your home.

The dangerous new trend of glucose challenge test refusal

A dangerous trend is seeing more mothers-to-be declining a relatively simple and painless test to check for gestational diabetes.

Office of Fair Trading reveals naughty toys ahead of Christmas

The Office of Fair Trading has pulled seven toys from shelves ahead of Christmas after they fail safety tests.

Video: Baby boy's trouble with twins

These twin girls will no doubt have fun fooling people in years to come, but nobody will be as confused as baby Landon.

Long-term reversible male contraceptive on its way

Men could soon have access to an injectable long-term contraceptive which works in a similar way to a vasectomy but promises to be easily reversed.

'I tried to kill my baby': one mum's story

After bathing and dressing her three-month-old son, Amanda had a rare moment alone with her baby.

Attack of the 'mummy brain'

I feel that almost every day, someone in my life - be they a friend, family member or complete stranger - feels the need to excuse my behaviour as I have other things on my mind.

Mum of baby who fell ill after drinking raw milk speaks out

A Melbourne mother has described how her son turned grey when he became seriously ill after drinking raw milk.

Australian divorce rate lowest since 1976

Modern newlyweds are now well into their 30s and marriage still offers something powerful a new book argues.

The aftermath of a traumatic birth experience

In Australia, 30 per cent of women find their birth experience traumatic, with 6 per cent going on to develop post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Young mum burns 'from inside-out'

A young mum is in intensive care after she took a friend's antibiotic and wound up with an ailment that is burning her body 'from the inside-out'.

The disagreement that can break a relationship

If he doesn't change his mind, all I can hope is that I will. It would be a waste to spend the rest of my marriage mourning a baby that never was.

Download now: Essential Kids Activity Finder app

Got bored kids? Quickly find the best activities for kids wherever you are in Australia with the Essential Kids app.

 
Advertisement
 
Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

Co-sleeping or no-sleeping? Mum videos worst nap ever

One mother's futile attempt to sleep in caught on camera in a hilarious - and very cute - video.

Why children misbehave during the festive season

While we all like to imagine the holiday season as being a fun, loving and bonding experience; often our reality is quiet different.

I was fat-shamed by my doctor

The fear of being weighed is the most significant factor in women cancelling medical appointments - and now weight-shaming has happened to me.

End of an era: no more childcare

As we reach the end of 2014, we're closing the book on many things for another year, most notably childcare. Our last child has attended childcare for the very last time.

WIN an exclusive performance from Sam Moran!

To celebrate the release of children?s musical series Play Along with Sam, out now on DVD, we?re giving one lucky parent the chance to have Sam perform at their child?s pre-school or day care!

The 7-year itch is more like the 10-year itch: study

Contrary to popular belief, making it past the seven-year mark doesn't mean your marriage will be smooth sailing from there on.

Should children be forced to sit on Santa's lap?

We teach kids it’s okay to say no if they don’t feel safe, so why do some parents force their children to climb in to Santa's lap?

Stop telling us that parenting gets harder

I’m sure that parenting will get harder. But life isn’t exactly smooth sailing for many of us right now, either.

Baby born weighing almost 14 pounds

Yes, the bouncing baby girl was born by caesarean section. And mum says no more kids.

The dummy debate

I'm the first to admit that when I used to see tiny babies with dummies in their mouths, I thought "Hmm, lazy parenting." And now I apologise.

'I thought I was an only child'

Imagine meeting your double at a school sports event, or regularly being mistaken for someone you haven't met. Separated twins Margaret and Joy tell their story.

Carers admit to force-feeding children

As Sydney grieves the loss of Sydney siege victims Katrina Dawson and Tori Johnson, reports have suggested that both died as heroes.

 

How many weeks til Christmas?

On your To-Do list

Get the "Santa" shopping done without the kids in tow.

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.