Reusing baby items for the second baby is a practical thing to do. It makes much more sense than buying major items—cribs, high-chairs, dressers, changing tables, linens, and clothes—over and over again.
Such a practice is even more economical when you know there’s a storage unit in Singapore that you can rent on a monthly basis. For a rental cost of as low as $100-$200 per month, you get to save more money than disposing of your old but reusable baby items in the long run. It will not only keep these items from cluttering your home but also protect them while not in use.
The Cost of Raising a Baby in Singapore
For first-time parents, a new baby is no doubt expensive. With buying all the necessities from the formula to diapers and nursery essentials, the costs can quickly add up.
Studies show that parents should expect to spend an average of $60,000 to raise a child for two years in Singapore. It explains why they’re constantly on the lookout for ways to trim down expenses wherever possible and as earlier mentioned, one sensible way is to rent a storage unit rather than throw away old baby items that can be reused again for the second baby.
However, with all the advice on reusing baby items for the next member of the family, you can’t help but ask, what can actually be reused and what needs to go away?
The Keep List
- Books and Toys
- Clothes and Accessories
- Linens (e.g. blankets and crib sheets, burp cloths, and swaddles)
- Most Furniture (e.g. dressers, changing tables, and rocking chairs)
The “keep list” also includes many other things that can be reused but on certain conditions.
Crib: If the crib is less than two years old, has slat spacing that meets safety standards, and has no parts broken or cracked, then there may be a second life for it.
Crib Mattress: Think twice about reusing a mattress made of synthetic materials, as the older it gets, the higher its risk of off-gassing, which some research correlates with SIDS.
Car Seat: You can reuse a car seat unless it’s been involved in a car accident or past its expiration date.
Bottles: Generally, reusing BPA-free plastic bottles is safe if the bottles are free of dents and scratches. Just make sure that you replace their nipples before reusing.
Other Baby Gear: Items like strollers, swings, high-chairs, and bassinets are usually safe for use, provided that they’re free of wear and tear, and are not showing signs of strain.
The Declutter List
In summary, you can tell the reusability of items based on their age, functionality, and expiration date. Now that it’s settled, we move on to the items that are absolutely not for reuse:
Bottle Nipples and Pacifiers: This is a no-brainer. Nipples and pacifiers have to be purchased new for every child. In addition to sanitation concern, used ones pose choking hazards resulting from the breaking down of the materials.
How to Keep the Nursery a Safe and Organised Place for Your Baby
Sanitation and proper hygiene practices are a must in every area of the home, but all the more in the nursery. Here are five tips on how to maintain a clean and organised nursery for your baby.
- Invest in Multi-Use Furniture: Multi-functional furniture is key in a nursery that’s tight on space. Try looking for a changing table that also doubles as a dresser. It’s when you’ll appreciate a furniture piece with plenty of drawers to store all your baby essentials: powder, diapers, wet wipes, lotions, etc.
- Maximise Storage Space: Maximise space in the closet by stashing folded clothes and other accessories in a smaller storage container and store them inside the wardrobe. Because baby clothes are short, you can also double up on space by adding a rod and/or shelves below to hang more clothes and/or store toys.
- Go Vertical: While at it, make sure to take advantage of the vertical space as well. Place a tall bookcase or install a freestanding shelf to store items that you’ll not use too often. You’ll also want to consider the often overlooked areas like the back of your door or the space above it.
- Control the Clutter: Every few months or so, check for items that your baby can no longer use (e.g clothes that no longer fit). Because you can still use them for your next baby, you’ll find renting a storage unit useful to keep these items out of sight but still within reach.
- Get a Storage Unit – As mentioned, you can look up to a rental storage unit to free up more space in the nursery and your home, overall. Whether it’s to store old kids furniture or the toys you can’t simply throw away—out of sentimental value—a storage rental in Singapore is a great solution for you.
So, exactly how a storage unit can benefit you?
Placing your baby items in a storage facility for future use clears out some clutter in your home, while at the same time, gives you the opportunity to make the most out of them through repeated use.
What’s more interesting is that storage units can offer you with an affordable place to store all your baby items—one that’s equipped with high-end security features to keep everything safe while in-store.
The storage unit is like an extension of your home bomb shelter. It can grow with your needs or reduce when you do not need the space.
At Mandarin Self Storage, we do not collect security deposit nor apply long term payment contracts to bog you down. You can start or stop storage at any month you like as we work on a monthly payment basis.
The Before and After Effects of Decluttering at home
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