Laura sent us a question about dealing with family members who can’t seem to stop buying your kid(s) more stuff that they don’t really need.
My husband and I are very lucky to have both of our parents living close by to us and our daughter that is due in March. This is a first grand-baby on his side but the third for my parents. Knowing me and my take-charge-know-what-I-want personality, my parents take a backseat and only offer help or advice when I ask. I wish I could say the same for my husband’s family.
Don’t get me wrong — I know how lucky we are to have both sets of parents so close to us because they will all get to form such a close bond with our daughter. My only fear is that some family members might go a bit overboard with buying STUFF for her. Our house doesn’t have a lot of storage space and more importantly I don’t believe in the mentality of “just because they make it, means my baby needs it.” I guess the heart of my question is how do I tell overly materially generous in-laws to stop buying stuff for the baby without stepping on anyone’s toes?
I know their generosity comes from a place of love — but … I have to organize it and store it, someday get rid of it and I also don’t want to set the precedent that stuff is more important than relationships and individual creativity.
You guys might also be interested in Ariel’s post from December 2010: Copy ‘n’ paste phrases for when you don’t need more baby crap. — Stephanie