Decluttering Baby Clothes


Decluttering baby clothes can be tough. Baby clothes can be sentimental so they’re hard to pass on or sell but keeping everything can quickly result in excess clutter around the home.

As my first son outgrew clothes, I sold or passed on about half of his clothing. We weren’t guaranteed to have another boy and if we did, we didn’t know if the boys would be born in the same season or not. As it turned out, we were blessed with another little boy, he was a winter baby instead of a spring baby but he’s been able to wear almost all of big brother’s hand-me-downs so far.

With baby number two, I’ve been a bit more ruthless as he outgrows clothes. We know we want more children but we’re hoping to wait a couple of years and once again, there are no guarantees that our third child would be a boy.

What is the point in hanging on to a ton of baby clothes for a couple of years just in case a baby might wear them? (Especially considering we have minimal wardrobes already, I do laundry frequently and I can purchase cotton bodysuits and pants in like new condition for $1 each at our local resale store and one piece outfits/sleepers for $3?)

As my second son, Weston, is outgrowing clothing, I’m only keeping baby basics or outfits I love.

Here is my process with newborn clothes as an example:

All of the newborn clothes I kept

From Weston’s newborn wardrobe, I’ve kept:

  • 3 pair of cotton pants
  • 1 long sleeve white body suit
  • 1 ‘little brother’ short sleeve body suit (that he wore home from the hospital)
  • 1 romper
  • 1 gown
  • 1 footed sleeper

This isn’t a complete newborn wardrobe but I’d only need 2-3 more bodysuits, 1-2 more one piece outfits and 2-3 sleepers or gowns. At $1 each for bodysuits and $3 for one pieces and sleepers at the resale store, I’d spend less than $20 on clothing. (Since I sell clothing there frequently, I always have store credit so it’s not like I’d be paying cash.) And, this is not factoring in that friends pass on their baby clothes and family love giving baby clothes as gifts.

It’s worth spending $20 in a few years on a few (new to us) pieces of clothing instead of storing a ton of baby clothes that may or may not be worn!

Gender neutral newborn clothes

Out of the newborn clothing I did keep, over half of it is gender neutral, in my opinion. I’d put a little girl in brown and grey cotton pants, a white one piece outfit, a white gown and white bodysuit.

Decluttered newborn clothes

Over half of Weston’s newborn wardrobe was decluttered. Out of these items, I sold a few pieces to the resale store (received store credit) and passed on a few items to friends with baby boys.

We live in a small home that we like to keep clutter free so it just makes sense to me that we only keep favorite outfits and a few basics. 

What’s your view on decluttering baby clothes? Do you keep it all or pare down?


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  1. We just had our son 5 months ago and I have already decluttered and given away so much! You just end up with so many clothes between grandmas finding sales and baby showers, etc. I have a bin for each size and keep them in the top of his closet.

    Also, yard sales can be a good place to find clothes. I recently got 2 pairs of pajamas, 4 shirts, 1 bathing suit, and 3 onesies for 16 dollars at a yard sale. And they are name brand clothes. Just make sure to wash before you use and check for stains!

    1. I've also done quite a bit of decluttering since Weston was born. As simple as I try to keep things around here, clutter just seems to grow! 🙂

      And, I checked out your blog…our boys are so close in age! Weston was born on December 22!

  2. My son is now 2 years old and I have been giveing clothes away since day 1. Bags and bags of clothes were given to friends of friends. I also sold all the new clothes with tags still on it at our yard sale. That being said, we only kept clothes that are not gender specific and only our favorits. We also got rid of anything that was size New Born. If we have another child we will have pleanty of clothes to put on him or her!

    1. I was the same with Paxton, I donated a big bag of stuff we didn't need to the local pregnancy center before he was even born and then started selling and giving away things from there. If I hadn't been so ruthless with the clothes, we'd be drowning in them by now! Good for you getting rid of the newborn clothes…I suppose I'm still a bit attached to a few of those sweet little items. And, I've learned that I prefer to dress my babies simply, in one piece rompers, bodysuits and cotton pants and since I wash so frequently I don't need too many items.

  3. Just working on decluttering Rita's clothes as we await the arrival of our son Jonah. We passed some on to a friend with a baby girl and kept some for our next daughter (God willing). We are hoping for a few years before we get pregnant again so I imagine I will probably pass on more girl clothes with my next big decluttering. I am much more critical of the clothes people give us for Jonah. I have to say, we rarely need to purchase baby gifts because we usually re-gift baby clothes with tags attached.

    Seeing your pile of keep is a challenge to me! Especially since our baby #2 isn't a girl! Keeping baby clothes for three or four years in the top of a closet? Yuck! I am definitely going to declutter more! Thanks!

    1. I've found it interesting how much my tastes in clothes for my babies have changed in less than 2 years. Things that I loved for Paxton, Weston never wore or just wore once. I really think with your first baby you tend to treat them more like a doll whereas with baby number two you just want to keep things simple. With that said, I've gotten rid of the adorable teeny baby jeans and overalls, they just seem uncomfortable on such a tiny little guy. My favorite clothes for Weston have been long sleeve pants rompers in the cool weather and now that its warmer just a short romper or bodysuit! I really love the one piece outfits – so, so, so simple!

  4. I have been trying so hard to declutter baby clothes lately! My mom's friend participates in a huge city-wide garage sale that is well-known for awesome results. Since our local Once Upon a Child doesn't take much anymore (super, super full of stuff and because of that they are known to pay below garage sale prices sadly) I got three boxes of clothes ready for this weekend! If there is time I will try to get another ready but if not at least three boxes have left!

    I am much less attached to our son's clothing since some of it he never wore because of how fast he's growing. At 5 months old he was needing 12 month clothes which he has quickly outgrown most of. So we basically skipped from 6 month clothes to 12 and 18 month clothes as he nears 7 months old. The 9-month clothes? Since he never wore them I am not attached to them at all!!!

    We have so, so many clothes. I make one comment to family that we could benefit from another sleeper or two and all of a sudden 7 are given to us. Seriously. I feel ungrateful because I get frustrated that a lot of it won't get worn more than once, if at all! I have been much better about keeping those thoughts to myself so I can get the one or two things we need and not receive two bags full of clothing! I love that people want to help us but it's too much help! We don't need that much!

    1. I completely agree, if your baby didn't wear it, it's easier to get rid of! That's partially why I try to limit the clothes that come in! And, we've been tremendously blessed with clothes too. I'm grateful {and overwhelmed at times} also but I don't feel like I have to keep them once they're outgrown.

  5. I have the same little orange sleeper with the puppy on the bum for my baby boy! We brought him home from the hospital in it. 🙂

    1. I loved that sleeper (and obviously I loved it enough to keep it!)

      CONGRATS on your new baby! I cannot wait to see pictures of this sweet boy!!!

  6. Oh my, this reminds me that I need to go over to my Moms and grab our boxed up clothes and do something with them. No need to have her storage shed cluttered with OUR stuff that we won't use. I also have to go through my son's clothes, once again, because he's outgrown things or we just don't like them on him! Too complicated or hot in this Arizona summer.

    Thanks for the reminder, it's going on my To-Do list!

  7. To match up every cloth of my baby nicely I often struggled a lot. But this post have provided me some exceptional ideas for decluttering baby clothes. Thanks.

  8. We are expecting our second son in February! My first one was born in August and is now 4. I have been trying to figure out where to even begin to declutter most of the stuff we still have. I know that we probably won't use or he won't wear most of it.

    It's so overwhelming to just get started! Where to start….

  9. Thanks for the great advice! I'm about half way through decluttering our home and I've found baby clothes to be a real obstacle. My husband and I are hoping to have another baby, but it hasn't happened yet. It took a long time to conceive Mr 2 yr old, so it could be that we are blessed with just the one child. But I've been keeping all the baby clothes 'just in case'!

    Your comment: 'It’s worth spending $20 in a few years on a few (new to us) pieces of clothing instead of storing a ton of baby clothes that may or may not be worn.' spoke volumes to me, and helped me decide what to do.

    I have just got rid of all the baby clothes that were past their best,. Everything else is going to be freshly laundered and from there I'm going to keep only a few things that I really love. The rest I'll donate to a local charity.

    1. Deborah, I'm glad you found this post helpful and encouraging. We have hopes for another little one sometime in the future so I've saved just a few clothing items that are my favorites of the boys and Cecilia's. Everything currently fits in a smallish storage tote and that is my limit for things I'm keeping! I get much more satisfaction passing along my kiddos outgrown clothes to friends with younger little ones.

  10. there are so many different types of gorgeous baby cloths item which is getting more popular. actually i would like to talking about baby caring basket and baby shower basket. both of the basket has been use different task. in fact one is used for out of the home and the other one is used for inside the home.

  11. Little Infants are the most amazing and loveable creatures in this whole wide world. Babies have 5 times more sensitive skin than an adult so they also need extra special care of every expect either clothing or baby products that we are using for them. If you are confused of what to shop for your new born baby then you don't need to be embarrassed or worried because there are plenty of parents like you out there.

  12. I saved everything unstained and so glad!
    3 boys later!
    When #4 was a girl
    I gave a friend all the unstained boy stuff
    & I got baby girl stuff from her!

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