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What is the best way to store items that I’d like to save them for child #2.

What is the best way to store items that 14 month old isn’t using (bottles, play gyms, swing, jumper, etc.); I’d like to save them for child #2.

Saving items for younger children can be fairly simple. The way I prefer to do it is by sorting items out chronologically based on when the next child will need it for the first time.

For example: Bottles will be needed at birth. Get jumbo clear bags large enough for the bottles to fit in and mark one bag “Birth”. Several companies make 2-gallon sized clear zip bags that would work great for this organizing project.

Sippy cups get used first when a child is about one year old, so mark that bag 12-months. Baby spoons are used when a child is about 3-4 months old, so mark a bag 3 months and toss them in. Then put all the 2-gallon bags into a larger box for storage.


Play gyms are much larger so may require one gigantic bin for storing all of the items with baby things on top (play mat, gym), then toddler toys (jumper, walker), then walker (stroller, sit-on-vehicles). You may need one box for each stage.

Big swings that stand up can be wrapped up in a Christmas tree bag or giant gift bag (they are made for big boxes and bicycles) and stored in an attic or basement. If you don’t have storage space for all of this, consider lending them to someone with a baby and getting them back when their baby grows out of them.

Also remember to check for recalls even when not in use.

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