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Maybe you have some hand-me-downs you are keeping in case of a baby on the way, or a little one who’s outgrown their wardrobe or furniture. Regardless, you may have some baby gear in your Texas home that you want to get out of the way.
Cribs, strollers, play chairs and other items can be expensive and take up a lot of space. But you may not be sure if you want to donate your baby gear if you know you’ll need it sometime in the future. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to safely store your baby gear to make sure it’s in great condition for when you need it.
 

What Baby Gear to Store

Babies have a lot of clothes, furniture, and other items associated with them. Consequently, it’s helpful to list out what you have before you store it. You may have some of the following baby items taking up space in your home:

  • Bibs
  • Burp cloths
  • Milk storage containers
  • Boxes of newborn-size diapers
  • Changing pad
  • Baby ointment
  • Disposable wipes
  • Baby clothes
  • Blankets
  • Crib
  • Pack ‘n Play
  • Play pen
  • Mobile
  • High Chairs
  • Baby tub
  • Toilet training seat
  • Other items

 This incomplete list can cost up to hundreds of dollars, and these essentials will need to find a place if they are not in use and require somewhere secure and climate-controlled. Selecting a less protective storage option can mean untold damage in the form of mold, warping from extreme heat or cold, water damage, or even pest infestations, so it’s important to consider your options carefully.

 

Tips for Storing Your Baby Gear

 

Baby Clothes

Baby clothes in storage can be a breeding ground for bacteria if not stored properly. For the best results, put the clothes through the wash with fragrance free soap to keep them smelling just as fresh as the day you put them in storage without attracting any pests. 

The best way to organize the many different outfits for a child is to sort them by size and season, then put each category into vacuum-sealed bags. You can then place them in another storage bin to be certain dirt and dust will not get in.

 

Baby Toys

Baby toys can vary widely in material and cleaning needs, but giving them a good wash with soap and water should be enough to keep most items sanitary. Let them dry, store them in a garbage bag or a laundry bag, and place them in a labeled bin just like the baby clothes. Keep them away from the sun and fluctuations of temperature where they may crack. If they crack, dispose of them, as bacteria can get in and be hard to get out.

 

Large Baby Gear

Keeping older items such as cribs, high chairs, and car seats may be risky, as they might have been recalled or have outdated safety features. Be sure to double-check any updates on these items to be sure that they are still safe to use.

Large furniture, especially wooden models, should be kept in a climate-controlled area away from sunlight to keep them in good condition. Take apart larger items to make more room and thoroughly clean cloth pieces and baby tubs where bacteria may be present.

 

Baby Supply Stores in Central Texas

If you need to replace any outdated baby gear or simply update your current supply, here are some good baby supply stores in the Central Texas area. Amy’s Attic is proud to encourage support of local businesses, especially in today’s times.

Buybuy Baby

Phone: (512) 690-2570

Address: 5001 183A Ste I100, Cedar Park, TX 78613

 

Lovely Little Baby Boutique

Phone: (254) 410-7470

Address: 2010 SW H K Dodgen Loop #101b, Temple, TX 76504

 

Furniture Row

Phone: (254) 501-4836

Address: 825 W Central Texas Expy, Harker Heights, TX 76548

 

Once Upon A Child

Phone: (254) 265-6237

Address: 4600 Franklin Ave #400, Waco, TX 76710

 

Pinpoint Designs

Phone: (254) 498-8622

Address: 7111 Bosque Blvd Suite 307, Waco, TX 76710

 

 

How to Help – Donating Unneeded Baby Items in Texas

 

Some Texas families may not be as fortunate as others to afford all of the baby supplies they need. Raising a family is difficult enough, and ideally financial stress should add to that challenge as little as possible.

If you are able, donating unneeded gear to any of the following charities, or others of your preference, can make a world of difference in the lives of children and families across Central Texas.

 

Our Lady of the Angels Maternity Center

Phone: (254) 742-2340

Address: OLAMS 613 South 9th Street,  Temple, Texas 76504

Needed Items:

  • Maternity Bras, underwear (new)
  • Cleaning Supplies
  • New or Gently used Maternity, Baby & Toddler clothing
  • Baby Items – not expired, has all pieces

 

Hope Pregnancy Center

Phone: (254) 519-3343

Address:  2010 W Avenue H, Temple, TX 7650

Needed Items:

  • Baby wipes
  • Baby blankets (handmade is especially treasured)
  • Maternity clothes New or Used
  • New Baby socks –girls or boys 0-6months & Up
  • Safety Pins  ½” to 1” (for pinning baby items)

 

Foster Love Bell County

Phone: (254) 831-3141

Address: 1003 N Main Street, Belton, TX, 76513

Needed Items:

  • Diapers
  • Pull ups
  • Body lotion / Baby wash
  • Lice kits
  • Socks
  • Wipes
  • Pacifiers
  • Feminine Products
  • Toiletries
  • Lice Kits
  • Plastic Bins with Lids

Waco Diaper Bank

Email: wacodiaperbank@gmail.com

Address: Waco, TX – Donate Online or Host a Diaper Drive

Needed Items:

  • Diapers

 

Amy’s Attic Self Storage

Amy’s Attic Self Storage can provide a safe environment / storage unit for your baby gear. With temperature-controlled units and a solid insurance program, our rental units are a great option for Texas families. We are ready to answer any questions you may have about storing baby furniture and supplies. If you are interested in renting a self storage unit or if you have any questions, then please contact us at 855-426-9728. If you are a Central Texas non-profit organization that collects donated baby items and would like to be added to the list above, then please complete the online inquiry form at https://www.amysatticss.com/contact-us/.

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