Gently used baby gear is generally fine for purchase or use. There are, however, certain standards to observe for your baby’s safety–which is always the top priority. Here is what you need to know about buying, selling, and using used baby gear. Knowing all you can about used baby gear will help you save money, ensure your baby’s safety, and enjoy your cute and cuddly baby without worry!
Used Baby Gear: How and What To Buy and Use
In this article:
- Something New Or Something Borrowed
- Used Baby Gear To Avoid Buying
- Used Baby Gear Purchase And Use Safety Tips
Something New Or Something Borrowed
Many parents are now considering used baby gear or gently used baby items, whether in an effort to save money or live more sustainably. You don’t have to feel bad about choosing used baby gear. The overwhelming cost of baby items should not undermine the joy of raising a baby!
For an excited new mom, it’s a tough choice whether to purchase new baby gear or save a little money on hand-me-downs. No matter what side of the fence you are on, using or purchasing used baby gear is okay, but there are precautionary measures to observe.
Your choice of going second-hand may be rewarding when you consider the big bucks you’ve saved towards something else (like, say, college tuition–never too early to start saving up!). Still, the safety and health of your baby should be your top priority. Read along for more tips and ideas for using or purchasing used baby items.
Used Baby Gear To Avoid Buying
Although you can save money with used baby items, the health and safety risk may not be worth it. These are some used items you should pass on.
1. Bath Toys
In fact, you have to replace bath toys prone to mold and mildew every three months. Bath toys are inexpensive anyway, so don’t hesitate on purchasing new ones.
2. Play Pen With Tears In The Mesh
More than being unattractive, a mesh playpen with tears can pose safety hazards to your baby. Avoid buying ones with more than a quarter-inch tear. Repair might not be practical in this case.
3. Baby Gear With Stains
Despite your best effort, cleaning stains in baby gear like car seats, crib, and playpens can be difficult. You’ll find yourself obsessing over where the stain came from, which can be stressful.
4. Outdated High Chairs
Avoid used high chairs that don’t meet current safety standards. Chairs with removable trays are discouraged. Used high chairs with a five-point harness to saddle the baby up and prevent your baby from sliding is A-OK.
5. Outdated Cribs
Take a pass on used cribs made before 2011, the year current safety standards were updated and implemented. Latest cribs don’t have a drop-side rail, and promise improved quality standards.
6. Expired Car seats
It is best to buy car seats brand new, but if a reliable source hands you down one, it sure is a budget-saver. Just make sure it’s the latest model, hasn’t been in an accident, is not expired, and passes the current safety standards.
7. Recalled Strollers
Baby stroller safety standards are always updated. Chances are old strollers don’t meet the standards. More so with recalled used baby strollers–avoid at all costs.
Used Baby Gear Purchase And Use Safety Tips
It’s amazing how one so tiny can need so many things. No wonder some people consider having a baby a luxury. Remember, expensive gadgets and furniture may not be wise for baby’s few month’s use. Follow these tips so you can save on your budget and ensure your baby’s safety at the same time.
1. Check And Double Check
Check for missing parts, peeling, wear and tear, and safety standard issues. Also, check for expiration dates or date of manufacture so you can easily check for recall issues. Make sure the manufacturer’s label with instructions is still intact.
2. Research Recalls
Check with the US Consumer Product Safety Commission for recall information. This will help you recognize which used baby items to avoid. Discontinue use at once if an item has been recalled.
3. Use Apps And Consignment Or Online Sites
Recrib, Craigslist, and Swap are some of the most trusted when it comes to buying and selling use baby items. Keep in mind that the safest used gear are the latest items which meet the current safety standards.
4. Follow The Golden Rule
Just like you wouldn’t want to receive any awful hand-me-down baby gear, don’t give or sell such items. Make sure your items are clean and state the details so the buyer knows what to expect.
5. Clean Up
When you have all other safety issues locked-down, make sure to clean the items thoroughly. It might have been advertised good-as-new, but clean it anyway. Using organic and baby-safe cleaning supplies is recommended.
Find out how to save and earn cash with gently used baby gear in this video from eHow:
Now you know what you need to about used baby gear. Keep your options open, but be meticulous. Find other areas where you can save on baby gear or check this article to help you pick baby items wisely, plus tips for getting the job done efficiently!
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