Second-hand Shopping For Your Baby
It’s not uncommon for new parents or expecting parents to head out to thrift shops or garage and yard sales when looking for baby stuff. There are some things you should be aware of and keep in mind when doing this.
When it comes to clothes, I admit that there are a lot of great deals when shopping for second-hand stuff. I went on a shopping spree for my son at a local thrift shop to find him onesies and other clothes, and found such amazing deals. Often times babies with lots of clothes end up wearing certain things only a few times, which makes it pretty easy to find really nice baby clothes that are in excellent condition. I found a lot of clothes that looked brand new, and some still had the original store tags. One hat, just a plain blue hat, had a tag from a regular department store priced at $20, but I paid just 90 cents.
Now, when it comes to furniture items, like a crib, I highly recommend buying new. This is my opinion, and a lot of parents disagree, but it all goes back to safety and health concerns. When you buy a new crib, you know it’s never been damaged and no chemicals or anything like that were ever used on it. It’s one of those items that are definitely worth the investment.
Car seats? Never, ever, purchase a car seat that’s used. If it was ever in an accident, it’s worthless. You don’t know the history of it and your baby’s safety is at risk. BUY NEW!!!
Items that are personal care, such as hair brushes and nail clippers, buy new.
Strollers and carriers? Hmmm. Not to sound so repetitive, but just like the other stuff, it depends on the quality. There are great deals on baby strollers and carriers from second-hand sources, especially when it’s for sale by the owner and you can see who used it.
Last but not least: toys. In my opinion, it really depends on the toys. I personally think it’s best to buy toys new, ESPECIALLY stuffed animals (they could have dust mites or come from a home with bed bugs, or any number of things could be wrong with them, even if they look clean on the outside). Hard toys (plastic) that are in really good condition can usually be sterilized and all that, but you should consider the fact that babies and small children tend to put toys in their mouths, so you have to decide if it’s worth buying second-hand instead of buying brand new, which is often times a better decision.
Regardless of what it is, always be sure to sterilize anything that you buy used.