Baby's first dirty nappy and positive pregnancy tests… The bizarre keepsakes new mothers cherish forever
15:14 GMT, 25 April 2012
Hilary Duff recently revealed that she keeps her new son's umbilical cord in a drawer at home, but she is part of a growing trend research suggests.
According to a poll of UK mothers, umbilical cords, positive pregnancy tests and dirty nappies are quickly becoming some of the most popular baby keepsakes, overtaking traditional items such as locks of hair and first teeth.
And although they might not seem the most appealing souvenirs to many, 96 per cent of women surveyed said they would cherish the items forever.
According to poll of UK mothers, umbilical cords, positive pregnancy tests and dirty nappies are quickly becoming some of the most popular baby keepsakes
Topping the list of the UK's most popular baby keepsakes were boots and mittens (56 per cent) followed by umbilical cord clippings (32 per cent).
While positive pregnancy tests (19 per cent), maternity clothes worn during labour (11 per cent) and stained bibs (9 per cent) were some of the more surprising entries.
Bottom of the list were finger and toenails (1 per cent) and around five mothers admitted that they still had their child's first dirty nappy in storage.
Defending her unusual memento, one mother said: 'My daughter was born nine
weeks prematurely and spent the first weeks of her life in an
TOP UK BABY KEEPSAKES
Boots / mittens: 56 per centUmbilical cord / clip: 32 per centTeeth: 28 per centPregnancy test: 19 per centDummies: 18 per cent1st birthday candle: 16 per centTeddy bear: 12 per cent
Maternity clothes worn during labour: 11 per cent
Lock of hair: 11 per cent
Bowls and spoons:10 per cent
Stained bibs: 9 per cent
Slice of christening cake: 3 per cent
Nail clippings: 1 per cent
First dirty nappy: <1 per cent
SOURCE: DottyBingo.com poll of 500 UK mothers
'She was fed on a drip during those worrying early days so
when she was eventually able to suckle and fill her own nappy it was
such a significant event for us that we decided to keep the used nappy
'We wrapped it in a nappy sack and it’s been well
sprayed with air freshener and put in a box.
'I realise many people might
think it is a bizarre thing to keep but changing that first dirty nappy
was such an emotional experience for us.
'It was the moment we
knew our daughter was truly well, that everything was working as it
Only four per cent of those polled said they would eventually part with their tokens, but not until their children
had grown up, left home and had children of their own.
Commenting on the findings a spokesperson for DottyBingo.com, which commissioned the survey of 500 mothers, said: 'Some of the more unusual items are a little on the odd side.
'Having these special keepsakes shows how important a child is and how much parents love and adore their offspring.
'The nature of the item is irrelevant – what’s important is that it reminds you of your baby and marks a special time in both your lives.'