How to Store Baby Gear
Saving baby items that are in good condition for your next child is a no brainer for many parents. Having a baby is not a cheap endeavour so saving money is a top priority for all parents. Placing your baby items in a storage unit for future use clears out some of the clutter in your home while giving you the opportunity to get the most value out of some of the most expensive pieces of baby gear through future use. Storage facilities can offer parents affordable room for all their items with security and features to keep everything safe while in storage.
STORING BABY CLOTHES
One of the most common items handed down between children is clothing. For those parents wanting to save clothing for future children should wash everything in an unscented laundry detergent before storing. The fragrance from scented detergents can attract bugs and rodents that can damage the clothes.
Once clean, fold each item to minimize how much space they take up and sort the clothes by gender and size. Place them inside plastic tote’s labeling each container by contents such as clothes, blankets, gender and sizes. Having them labeled will make it easier to find the items you need for you next child.
Plastic storage containers with lids work well because they are stackable and resistant to pests.
When storing in regions with fluctuating seasonal temperatures, such as ours, it makes sense to invest in a climate controlled storage unit. These storage units will keep your baby clothes at a steady temperature allowing them to breathe throughout their time in storage. The cost to rent such a unit will be cheaper than replacing damage items.
STORING LARGER GEAR
Many parents want to store pieces of baby equipment for future children because numerous items are quite expensive. Before using these for your next child make sure each item still meets all safety regulations that are frequently changing. Cribs, car seats, high chairs, swings etc.
Wash any fabric parts of each item if possible and wash all surfaces allowing them to dry in the sun to disinfect. Make sure everything is completely dry before storing to prevent mold and mildew growth.
If you plan on dissembling items such as cribs and swings, take a picture of how it looks first and designate each piece with categories such as “right side” or “back” with a tie tag or label. Place all hardware in a plastic bag labeling with permanent marker. You will be glad you did when it comes time to reassemble.
The toys that most people keep are the classics. Lego’s, little people, tinker toys, Barbies etc. Clean and disinfect all toys to prevent bacteria from spreading and remove all batteries to prevent acid leaks. Machine wash and dry all stuffed animals.
Once all toys, plastic or stuffed, have been cleaned and disinfected they can be placed in plastic storage totes.