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Upcycling ideas for your baby gear

Once your little angel hits her toddler years, she’ll quickly outgrow all her baby gear. So what will you do with all that stuff your baby no longer needs? You can definitely donate some items and hand things down to family and friends, but that won’t be enough to clear out all the closets.

Before you haul out the super-sized trash bags, consider how you might be able to upcycle and reuse many of your baby’s items. When you upcycle baby gear, you can create a new life for items that have sentimental value and find a use for things that can’t be recycled or given away. Either way, you’ll feel good about helping the planet (and your pocketbook), while also preserving some very special memories of your little one’s first years.

Feeling inspired? Here are some ideas to help you get started on your upcycling adventure.

Create a keepsake from baby’s clothes

Your little ones clothes can be really difficult to part with because they hold so much sentimental value. If letting go of baby’s coming home outfit, teeny-tiny onesies or super-cute footie pajamas is a struggle for you, consider upcycling them. There are many online shop owners that can reuse the fabric from baby’s most beloved clothes to create a beautiful memory quilt. The result is a special keepsake that can be enjoyed in your family for many years to come.

Shed new light on a nursery lamp

Is it time to upgrade to a toddler-style lamp? Well, don’t run out to your local retail store just yet. There is a really easy upcycling option available for this DIY task. Upcycle the base and pick up an inexpensive white lampshade that you can customize with your own design by using colored fabric markers. Let you child help out in the process, turning decorating their new lamp a fun bonding activity. 

Craft something new from the crib

Getting rid of baby’s crib can be a difficult task because many thrift stores and other non-profit organizations do not accept crib donations. Giving your crib away is also not recommended due to potential recalls. However, if you or someone you know is a bit crafty, you can upcycle this into something useful again. Simply remove one of the railings from the crib and you have yourself a handy new bike rack. All you have to do is mount the railing to a simple base for support, easily cobbled together with some leftover 2x4's from your last project. In no time at all you'll have a useful new item to help keep your garage more organized. 

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