The rule about gifts is you have to graciously accept them in the moment but the minute she leaves, you are free to trash them, donate them, return them, exchange them, sell them. I would 100% get rid of the stuff for way bigger kids. No reason to hold onto those for years. Except maybe the books. Books are always good. But toys-clothes-furniture-you don’t have to store. Go ahead and sell, return, Fairy books, tea, coffee gift T-Shirt exchange, donate, trash those things. My MIL used to do this too. She got my twin boys a real working tool bench rated 3+ for them when they were only 6 months old.
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They could not even stand yet. I got rid of that shit. If she buys you shit for your house or your baby and you are not happy about it-get rid of it. You can do that. Your MIL has gifts as her love language and that is fine. Let her give the gifts, but you don’t have to keep them. Fairy books, tea, coffee gift T-Shirt Start a one in, one out rule. Every new toy in, means you donate an older one. That keeps the clutter down but lets her give her love language gift. You need to get over the whole I have to give her more gifts thing. You don’t. But you DO get to decide what gifts and items stay in your house.
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Be very wary of the third hand smoke risk on things like stuffed animals or things you can’t wash or wipe down. That is dangerous for baby. Also make this DH’s problem. He can be the one to drop off the gifts at the goodwill. He can be the one to clean the gifts. Its his problem. He can be the one to find a place to put them you are okay with. Fairy books, tea, coffee gift T-Shirt His mother-his problem Thank you. I definitely agree I need to get over feeling the need to buy more gifts thing! It’s completely illogical and impractical. I think hormones haven’t helped with the mum guilt!