There are a lot of baby items that lend themselves to other uses. What have you found that can be reused later in life?

Baby wipes are great for removing makeup, even stage makeup, and are much cheaper than most fancy facial cleansing wipes.

Cloth diapers can be reused as dust rags or spit rags with musical instruments. (My brother used one with his trombone.)

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asked 21 Jan '10, 20:05

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+1 for recycling!

(21 Jan '10, 21:35) Emi

Here are the things that we re-used;

My daughter uses her first items of baby clothing for dressing up her bears and dolls. Works wonderfully.

My daughter now uses her Baby Box to store drawing materials, coloured paper and activity bits.

We use the Dribble/Burp cloths to wipe down her white board.

We use our daughters old toothbrushes when cleaning small or detailed silver pieces.


answered 21 Jan '10, 21:34

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Baby blankets make handy capes (especially with a short ribbon and velcro closures).


answered 22 Jan '10, 04:39

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for you or the children?

(22 Jan '10, 09:21) Rich Seller

+1 That sounds fun :)

(22 Jan '10, 10:55) Emi

@Rich - Ack! Discovered! I must away! woooosh

(22 Jan '10, 18:05) Adam Davis

In my opinion the best thing to do with a lot of things is to pass them on to someone else, particularly clothes that might only be worn for a month or so before being grown out of. If you're having trouble finding a recipient, maybe moms4mom could do something to help parents form a club to swap things? Or you can find a local charity and donate your unwanted items to them. Alternatively check out

Some other ideas if you can't find a suitable way to pass them on.

  • Old blankets can be used in pet baskets.
  • Old wellies make great strawberry planters. One plant in the top and another in the toe (just cut a hole and pop in the compost and a plant).
  • Make a patchwork quilt out of old clothes, particularly those with embroidered bunnies/bears etc.
  • Use baby food jars to store spices, paper clips, rubber bands and other fiddly things -If your pushchair has high-quality wheels with decent bearings, you can make a quality go-kart. I had one as a child with 12" wheels from an old-style Silver Cross pram, it was insanely fast, and I lost a fair bit of skin having a great time on it. Good times

answered 22 Jan '10, 12:09

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edited 22 Jan '10, 13:00


If you're looking to pass things on, and you don't know anyone personally, I heard about, which helps with that sort of thing:

(22 Jan '10, 12:32) Scott ♦♦

@Scott thanks I've added the link. any thoughts on setting up a service to help moms4mom users swap things?

(22 Jan '10, 13:00) Rich Seller

Maybe... but there are so many other services out there (kijiji, craig's list, freecycle). We don't want to reinvent the wheel. A lot of our items are large, so geographic location is important (not to mention local safety standards... in Canada we just tie our babies into the car with bungee cords and bailing wire, but I hear you need those fancy car seats in the UK). :)

(22 Jan '10, 13:16) Scott ♦♦

car seats? I was going to use staples

(22 Jan '10, 14:10) Rich Seller

Why bother? The bits of candy and cereal practically glue the kid into the seat.

(22 Jan '10, 18:08) Adam Davis

We have a baby food maker that is essentially just a small food processor. We have yet to use it for baby food but have used it as a food processor for our dinners. It works great and it was a gift!


answered 22 Jan '10, 18:40

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Muslin squares can be used to strain fruit when making jam or wine. I recommend sterilising them first, especially if you have used them as nappies previously.


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