, positive pregnancy tests
and dirty nappies (!) have topped a list of the odd things new parents keep when they have a baby
According to the poll of 500 mums by DottyBingo.com
, baby booties and mittens are the items most new mums keep after the early months, closely followed by, prepare yourselves...umbilical cord cuttings and nail clippings.
Bizarrely, stained bibs and dirty nappies also made the cut (albeit at the bottom of the list!).
Some more traditional keepsakes thankfully made the list too, including baby's first birthday candle, teddy bears and those cherished maternity clothes.
The survey also asked the mums for their reasoning, which threw up some fantastic, if not a little bonkers, answers. One mum who admitted to saving her daughter's smelly nappy, said:
"My daughter was born nine weeks prematurely and spent the first weeks of her life in an incubator. 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 forever.
"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 should."
The most popular baby keepsakes from British mums are:
Boots and mittens: 56 per cent
Umbilical cord and clip: 32 per cent
Teeth: 28 per cent
Pregnancy test: 19 per cent
Dummies: 18 per cent
1st birthday candle: 16 per cent
Teddy 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
So, 'fess up, what's the weirdest thing you kept after having a baby?
It's so fascinating to see your little one learn about the world, not to mention her own body. If you're lucky, you might even witness the expression on her face when she realises her hands are attached…and she can use them to bat stuff with! (I witnessed the very moment my daughter realised her feet were attached, when she bit down hard on a big toe.)</p>
- Family ties
There will be a particular moment, perhaps not even straight away, and perhaps when you are doing the most mundane of things, when you’ll look at your partner and your baby, and it will hit you for the very first time that you are "a family".</p>
- Making scents
You might have heard people talking about the intoxicating scent of a baby's head before and wondered what on earth they were going on about. But take a big whiff of your own little nipper, and you’ll be away with the fairies! No, you haven't just gone gooey – some experts think babies' heads give off pheromones that send oxytocin coursing through your veins (dads, too). Breathe it in, it doesn't last forever!</p>
- Touching moments
Feeding your baby is always a great time for bonding, but it's the little unexpected things they do - such as clutching at your hand, pawing your breast (or, as mine did, pinging your bra strap) that make it memorable.</p>
- Getting the giggles
Some babies do it early, others make their parents wait and work bloody hard for it… but the first time your baby really laughs from their belly, your heart will sing! Who'd have thought daddy could ever be THAT funny? Seriously.</p>
- Here's lookin' at you!
Most babies arrive a bit puffy and spend the first few days with their faces screwed up, trying to make sense of the shapes they’re suddenly seeing. But when those dark eyes actually find yours, you’ll be blown away by the feeling that this brand new little person knows you to your very soul.</p>
- Mini me!
Many parents find it easier to see their newborn as an image of their partner - but the first time you recognise a part of yourself in your baby (perhaps a wonky yawn or the way they lift their eyebrows) is a strange, yet lovely, sensation.</p>
- Snooze fests
There is nothing more peaceful than reclining with a sleeping baby on your chest: soft little breaths, squidgy cheeks, a perfect pause in time… Zzzz.</p>
- Simple things
You wouldn't be normal unless you sometimes missed the old days, when you could drop everything and head out for a night on the town. But the realisation that you really would rather be snuggling at home with your baby than out strutting your stuff makes you feel as warm as the cup of cocoa you're clutching.</p>
- The 'awwww!' factor
From hiccupping (seriously adorable) to learning to kiss you back, there will by myriad moments of supreme cuteness. But possibly the biggest "Awww!" will come when you use the bubbles in your baby’s bath to make him look like a gnome (and he beams at you because he has no idea what he looks like).</p>
- Adulation and adoration
Who needs to be a superstar, eh? With your baby comes the stupendous feeling of being the funniest, loveliest, most important person in any room. And, of course, you are.</p>