Ah, the bittersweet (okay, sad) moment when you realize that your babies are no longer babies, and they’re never going to wear those sweet onesies with feet in them again – and all of those adorable “first” holiday outfits are never going to get used again.
You don’t really have that many options as far as what to do with them – you can donate them, of course, but if you’re sentimental about a few of them, at least, that’s not a good choice. You can keep your favorites in a bin with their baby books, first art projects, and other keepsakes, but you’ll literally never see them again if you do that.
Or, it turns out, people on Etsy will take them and transform them into adorable stuffed animals.
I mean, how cool is this? Jammies turn into a teddy!
There are several sellers that advertise the personalized, handmade stuffed animals made from your baby’s favorite clothes, and what emerges are keepsake items worthy of a shelf or cabinet, or even to be played with once in a while, and not just a bin in the basement.
Basically, it gives your kid’s onesies a second life, and gives your mama (or daddy) heart a little more time to get used to the idea of letting go.
Just look at this monkey! The cutest thing ever!
I absolutely love this idea, but it would first require me to winnow down my “keeper” box to something a bit more manageable…maybe half a dozen instead of a bin so full the lid will barely fit?
A project for a rainy day, for sure.
And fun stuff like a pink, purple and polka dot monkey would emerge!
What do you do with your kid’s special outfits once they’ve outgrown them?
If you’ve got a fun way to remember those sweet baby days, share it with us in the comments!
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