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:
- Burp cloths
- Milk storage containers
- Boxes of newborn-size diapers
- Changing pad
- Baby ointment
- Disposable wipes
- Baby clothes
- Pack ‘n Play
- Play pen
- 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 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 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Keeping older items such as cribs, high chairs, and car seats may be risky, as they might have been recalled or have outdated safety features.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If you need to replace any outdated baby gear or simply update your current supply, here are some good baby supply stores in the Central Texas area.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.
Phone: (512) 690-2570
Address: 5001 183A Ste I100, Cedar Park, TX 78613
Phone: (254) 410-7470
Address: 2010 SW H K Dodgen Loop #101b, Temple, TX 76504
Phone: (254) 501-4836
Address: 825 W Central Texas Expy, Harker Heights, TX 76548
Phone: (254) 265-6237
Address: 4600 Franklin Ave #400, Waco, TX 76710
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.
Phone: (254) 742-2340
Address: OLAMS 613 South 9th Street, Temple, Texas 76504
- Maternity Bras, underwear (new)
- Cleaning Supplies
- New or Gently used Maternity, Baby & Toddler clothing
- Baby Items – not expired, has all pieces
Phone: (254) 519-3343
Address: 2010 W Avenue H, Temple, TX 7650
- 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)
Phone: (254) 831-3141
Address: 1003 N Main Street, Belton, TX, 76513
- Pull ups
- Body lotion / Baby wash
- Lice kits
- Feminine Products
- Lice Kits
- Plastic Bins with Lids
Address: Waco, TX – Donate Online or Host a Diaper Drive
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/.