In between exam script marking today I did a bit of decluttering and came across a pile of baby blankets and cot/pram sheets I had made.
I remember when I was pregnant being amazed and the sheer amount of ‘stuff’ that you could be fooled in to thinking you (and your baby) would need. Of course you can’t have a baby without making some preparations but you can resist the consumer tsunami that can wash over you. I guess what a baby needs most is food, shelter, warmth and love.
I remember also being stunned at how much money it is possible to make off the backs of newborn babies and new parents. I made all the cot and pram sheets for small person by cutting up big double bed sheets that we had as spares. It took very little time and saved a fortune! Out of each double sheet I made about eight cot/pram sheets. I had a warm flannelette sheet for the colder months (she was born in February) and cut up a cooler thin cotton sheet for when the warmer weather came.
I also knitted lots of blankets rather than buying them.
All the blankets in the above picture were knitted while I was pregnant except the pink one (we didn’t know which flavour we were expecting so I kept the knitting neutral). I did make one pink blanket after she was born.
None of this baby stuff is needed anymore so I guess it all needs to be bagged up with the other stuff for the charity shop so that someone else can make use of it.
Decluttering can be hard!