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12 Baby Things I Can’t Wait To Get Rid Of 

We have our two gorgeous girls, and are are not planning on having any more children. So instead of carefully packing up outgrown toys, clothes and equipment, to save it for another child, we are really looking forward to de-cluttering our house.

I’m not in a rush for Thea to grow up, in fact I’m finding it quite difficult to see how grown up my little baby is getting, but there are some parts of baby and toddler life we are more than ready to see the back of…

1. The drawer full of unmatched plastic cutlery. I’ve already got rid of loads, and still have all these left over. Plus all the Calpol and Nurofen syringes, obvs.Plastic cutlery

2. The plastic bowls, bottles and cups. They fall out every time you open the cupboard door. They all seem to be top heavy so it’s virtually impossible to keep them upright. None of them match.Plastic cups, bottles and bowls

3. The changing mat. It’s falling apart at the bottom and showing the foam. (I HATE foam, I have foamaphobia, if there is such a thing.) but I refuse to buy a new one when we’ll be potty training Thea soon(ish).Changing mat

4. The box of nappies and wipes. I know they’ll be with us for a good few years yet, even if it’s just for night time. But I am longing to be rid of them.Basket of disposable nappies

5. The training toilet seat. Ugh. Wherever you put it, it falls over or rolls back, and gets in the way. No matter how much you clean it, there’s a sneaking suspicion it’s still harbouring germs. The same goes for the potty. We’re yet to get it out again for Thea, and I’m not looking forward to it!

Toilet training seat

6. The bathroom step stool. I stub my toes on it at least twice a week. Because it’s in the bathroom, it gets wet, so the varnish is starting to peel off. The only good thing about it is that it’s not plastic.Wooden bathroom step stool

7. Bath toys. They are so much fun. The girls absolutely love them. But it’s such a chore tidying them away after every bath. So we don’t tend to bother.Bath with bath toys

8. Three kinds of toothpaste. It’s very petty, but I’m looking forward to having just two tubes on the windowsill. The third one is just a step too far.Toothpaste

9. Stair gates. Because nothing says ‘welcome to our home’ like two sets of metal bars.
Stairs with two stair gates

10. Bibs and muslins. The plastic pelican bibs are already with another family (they last forever, so a great one to pass on!) but we still have a few stained fabric ones left which we occasionally remember to use. Most of the muslins have been quartered and used for washcloths or face cloths for me (way cheaper than the special muslin cloths that come with expensive cleansing balms) but we still have a few in the basket to mop up spilled drinks. Bibs

11. Dummies. I don’t know when or how we will ever get Thea to stop having her dummy. She is showing no signs of giving them up, despite our best efforts. Any tips, please post them below! The health visitor says we are in the middle age where you can’t really get rid of them – up to about one you can ride it out for a few nights, and over three you can explain it to them and swap it for another toy or present. But Thea is too young to understand that, so we are stuck for now.Dummies

12. The changing bag. Now don’t get me wrong. I love this changing bag by Minene and it has served me well over the years. But it’s heavy. And bulky. And I can’t help but pine for the days when I could snatch up my keys and wallet and head out. Also we had a drink leak combined with some biscuit crumbs in the central compartment. There was mould. I did my best with anti-bacterial wipes. But it’s not pretty. So it will remain zipped up forever more. Changing bag

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17 Comments

  1. New Mummy Blog

    22nd February 2016 at 9:25 pm

    Fab post! I so agree on the cupboards of plastic cups, bowls, plates and more cups. Stair gates are such a pain, we’ve not reached potty training yet, so I’ve all that to come… Oh it sounds awful!
    Thanks for linking up! #TheBabyFormula

    1. Becky Pink

      24th February 2016 at 10:46 pm

      Ha ha I am just summoning up the courage to potty train Thea. She’s not any keener than me though! I may have to resort to bribery… I have got rid of some of the plastic, but there is still more, I think they mate in the cupboard! xx

  2. Jess Powell (Babi a Fi)

    16th February 2016 at 11:41 am

    The stair gates are my big one – they’re so frustrating, and I’m forever catching myself on them and getting bruised. #thebabyformula

    1. Becky Pink

      17th February 2016 at 10:48 pm

      Yeah, I find when I’m carrying washing up or down stairs, I always get stuck because of the basket! And I too am covered in bruises, but I can’t bring myself to take it off as I am petrified of one of them falling downstairs. We have taken off the bottom one now, so at least that’s a start! xx

  3. Crummy Mummy

    16th February 2016 at 10:57 am

    Yes to all of these except dummies as we didn’t use them – great post! #TheBabyFormula

    1. Becky Pink

      17th February 2016 at 10:46 pm

      Thanks Crummy Mummy, I am pleased to say we have now got rid of the dummies, whoop whoop! Still got all the rest of it though… one step at a time right! xx

  4. laura dove

    16th February 2016 at 10:03 am

    This is so funny, we have all of those things cluttering up our home!! As for the dummy situation, only one of my four ever had a dummy and that little miss will be four next week. We tried everything (I recently wrote a post about it on my blog, Dummy ‘v’ Mummy you might fancy a look at!) and eventually I just decided to leave her to it and let her have it for as long as she needed to. Two weeks ago she decided that she was ready to write a letter to the dummy fairy and ask them to take her dummy in return for some maltesers. And although we have had a few tears for the first few nights (by a few I mean full on sobbing and pleading…) I had to ride it out and stay strong and now we have FINALLY said goodbye to the wretched thing!! I feel like throwing a party! I honestly never thought this day would come!! I’m sure your daughter will give it up when she is ready too. #TheBabyFormula

    1. Becky Pink

      17th February 2016 at 10:45 pm

      Ah well done her, that’s brilliant that she did it herself, I think it’s always better if they can, rather than us making them! Toilet training is our next battle, I say battle because every time it is mentioned she has a melt down! But she’s nearly three so I really think she must be ready by now…. I’m dreading it as much as she is though! xx

  5. Squirmy Popple

    16th February 2016 at 9:49 am

    I’m with you on the changing bag – no matter how many times I empty it out, that thing always manages to be really heavy. I can’t wait to get rid of a lot of my daughter’s toys – as the first grandchild on both sides, the grandparents went a bit overboard on the gift-giving front. My house is overrun with plastic things that make noise – arrggg. #TheBabyFormula

    1. Becky Pink

      17th February 2016 at 10:43 pm

      I’m just plucking up courage to toilet train Thea and know I will be carrying round more then, due to the travel potty and loads of changes of clothes, but hopefully after that, I can go back to a normal bag, fingers crossed! It’s her birthday soon so I am bracing myself for another influx of plastic, ugh. xx

  6. A Moment with Franca

    7th November 2015 at 12:19 am

    Oh I couldn’t agree more with you on this list!! There are so many stuff around the house! It is getting me crazy too! I can’t wait for Sienna to be a little bit older so I can send them all to the dump!! LOL My changing mat is also falling apart. I hate it so much but I still need it. I’ve started potty training Sienna because I really want to get rid of the changing mat and reduce the amount of nappies to just the night!! Unfortunately we are not even near to that stage at all!! We have the same problem here with the toothpaste. We also have 3! I don’t use a changing bag anymore. We have decided to use a Longchamp bag instead and it is very practical. I also hate the gates!! LOL Thanks so much for sharing this at #KCACOLS. Makes me happy to see your posts here every week! I hope you can join me again on Sunday!! 🙂 xx

    1. Becky Pink

      7th November 2015 at 12:41 pm

      Thanks Franca, we started potty training Thea but gave up as she wasn’t ready. I keep telling myself it won’t be forever but we’ve had nearly 5 years of nappies so for between them! Argh! Thanks for hosting and see you soon xx

  7. Suburban Mum

    2nd November 2015 at 9:23 pm

    Ahhh I am so with you on so many things on this list! I also cannot wait to get rid of plastic cutlery, plates, bottles etc and toilet training seat and nappies! My youngest is 2 and a half and STILL showing no signs of being ready to be potty trained whatsoever!

    We’ve managed to lose the stairgate at the bottom of the stairs and only use the one at the top of the stairs at night time now. #KCACOLS

    1. Becky Pink

      2nd November 2015 at 9:32 pm

      We tried to potty train Thea. For half a day. And then gave up! She’s two and a half too. Just not ready yet and I’m not going to push it! I’m too scared to take off the top gate in case Ava falls down stairs on the way to the bathroom in the night. I think it might be still there in ten years time!! Xx

  8. Dad

    5th June 2015 at 9:53 am

    Becky, Don’t hold your breath. We’ve got most of the stuff you mentioned at our house, for your girls, Bonnie, and soon to be Abe!

    Love, Dad

    1. Becky Pink

      6th June 2015 at 8:45 pm

      At least you have a nice big loft, dad! ☺️

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