Nothing is more rewarding for parents than seeing their child grow up and prosper. Though many parents joke about eagerly awaiting their kids to grow up and move out of the house, it is actually an extremely emotional and bittersweet process. The countless sleepless nights are always hard to go through at the moment, but when you look back on these memories, they are some of the most precious and gratifying times shared with your child.
For many parents, giving away their children's baby clothing can be an emotional milestone. While it is exciting to look forward to them growing up, it also indicates that they will no longer be those little bundles of joy anymore. Instead of holding on to a bunch of baby clothes that no one in the household can use anymore, why not turn a couple of these garments into a keepsake that you can cherish forever?
A handful of stores on Etsy have come up with a fantastic way to preserve your child's old baby clothes and blankets forever. They are called "memory bears." Each one is made specially from garments that are provided by the purchaser.
You simply send the store two to three items of fabric that will be made into a one-of-a-kind bear for you.
"[These] Custom Memory Bear is made from pre-loved items that hold a special place in your heart," writes LonelyOakArts, one of the shops on Etsy that creates these adorable keepsakes.
"We all have saved some of our favorite clothing or blankets from when our kids were small, but what do you do with them? Make them into a cute bear," says GreatNorthernMemorie, another shop on Etsy that provides the same service.
This can also be a particularly precious and valuable memento of something left behind by a loved one who has passed.
Each crafter who makes these unique bears have their own individual style and approach.
This is why it is important to let the artist know exactly what you have in mind.
Many of the garments are already well-worn, resulting in an especially soft and cuddly teddy bear that holds extra meaning.
Interesting designs like this cupcake onesie can give the final product a unique look.
It's easy to bring back a lot of precious memories of holding your child in your arms in that same garment that is used for the bear.
It doesn't even have to be in the shape of a bear! It can be your child's favorite animal - be it a bear, a whale, a monkey, or a horse.
Or how about this adorable bunny?
This child's baby blanket was turned into a cuddly bunny so that he can continue keeping it with him for comfort throughout his childhood.
Don't forget to SHARE these lovely creations with your friends and family.