Buying used

posted 3 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
3009 posts
Sugar bee

@ItsDestiny:  I absolutely would not buy a used car seat. Do some research and you will see that this is one of the only things it is stressed to buy new. Don’t try to save a buck on this!

Post # 5
366 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@ItsDestiny:  Clothes, plastic toys that can be cleaned… bedding, cribs, changing tables. All these can be bought used and is smarter than buying new most of the time. Please don’t buy a used car seat though. They are not very expensive new and protect the life of your child. Even if it’s never been in a car accident, there are several factors that could jepordize the integrity of a car seat. Age, UV rays, being droped on a hard surface. Stick to new. At least then you know the history. A used stroller is fine IMO.

Post # 7
664 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@ItsDestiny:  I’m wondering about nursing bras too. I wouldn’t buy used panties, but nursing bras seem like they wouldn’t be that bad, right? And they’re stupid expensive new.

Post # 8
215 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I would buy pretty much everything except car seat. That is one thing that you want to be as safe as possible.

Post # 10
1734 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 1998

The vast majority of breast pumps (most aren’t designed for multiple users – there are a few higher-end, multi-user pumps) shouldn’t be purchased used. Carseats, of course (though given that it’s a friend selling it to you, at least you can ask them about the history – most have an expiration time of 5 – 6 years after manufacture, though. Still, it might be worth it to shell out the extra $25 – $50 for another carseat).

Safe to buy used?

Bedding, clothing, cribs, changing tables, swings, bouncers, play gyms, etc. Really, the pumps and carseats are among the biggest I’d worry about.

Post # 11
2227 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@CookieCreamCakes:  Cribs and carseats you should never buy used!

You should buy a new car seat for the primary car that the baby will be driven in BUT since you will know the history of the friend’s car seat you could purchase it to use in a secondary vehicle where baby may have to sit every once in a while.

Cribs though are a major no-no on buying used.  Your baby will be in there unsupervised for long periods of time so you want it to be as safe as possible.  Just last year the state of Illinois passed a law making it ILLEGAL for stores to sell the floor model cribs due to safety concerns.  Buy a new crib.  It is worth the peace of mind that your baby is safe.

Post # 12
2897 posts
Sugar bee

I wouldn’t buy anything used that was meant to keep your infant save and healthy (carseat, crib, breast pump), but everything else that you don’t really need I would (clothes, plastic toys, etc). Baby stuff is stupid expensive.

Post # 13
134 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@ItsDestiny:  Do not buy a used carseat. especially one more than a year old. If one has been in a car accident, even a minor fenderbender, it should be thrown out. People dont know this and sell anyways. If you do get one used, get it from a trustworthy friend or family member who knows its history.

Do not buy a used crib either. Drop downs have been recalled and people are still selling them, not knowing. A carseat and a crib are the 2 things you should buy brand new. Almost everything else can be used. Although, I wouldnt get used bottles…. their pretty cheap anyways. 

Oh and breast feeding stuff! You can get a used pump, but MUST buy brand new bottles, tubes, the whole kit brand new. (tha above posters said no to used pump, but my hospital rented me out one! it was hella used! i had my own kit of tubes, and such and that is totally fine.)

Cloth diapers can be re-used! Cloth diapers brand new can be $20 a piece. I got my whole set for $5 a piece and you’d never know. You just treat them with a bit of bleach before use.


Post # 14
135 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Totally buy the used nursing bras, give them a good wash and you’re all set! Used panties…not so much! 

We bought so much used, clothing, cloth diapers, high chair, toys, bouncer, bedding, her whole bedroom was bought used, execpt for her crib and the matress offcourse. it’s way to much money to spend on stuff that you will need for such a short period of time!  

Post # 15
501 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

I will not buy a used car seat. But everything else I will consider. Most of the stuff that I buy for my kids are from the thrift store. Last week I scored an almost new walker for $4.00

Post # 16
3633 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

FWIW, you may not have to go the used route for a breast pump if you are in the US. Because of ACA, your insurance may cover anything from an electric pump to hospital rentals to an electric pump. You may have a small co-pay (still less than brand new) or it may be entirely covered. For example, my insurance covered a double electric breast pump 100% (claim amount was ~$250). They’re popular brands too, e.g. Medela and Ameda. If you do have to buy a used pump, go with a closed system (you can Google for more information and models). I would not go with an open system if it is a used item.

I definitely would not do a used car seat. Even a small fender bender can affect the efficacy of the seat. A used stroller may be fine if it’s in excellent condition. If you want to cut down on costs, you can start with a convertible car seat from day 1 rather than transitioning from a infant seat to a convertible car seat. The downside is that you will have to fish out your newborn/infant from the seat every time rather than just carrying the infant seat everywhere. However, if you are babywearing a lot, then this isn’t a problem.

If you are not skeeved out by possibly having someone else’s bodily fluids on your bras, then used nursing bras should be fine (assuming they are actually the right size/fit). Women are technically leaking breast milk onto their nursing bras so it’s up to you how bothered you are about that.

If you are doing glass bottles, then I would consider used as they’re easy to maintain in good condition and super easy to sanitize. However, for plastic, they degrade faster than glass and if there are signs of wear or etching, I would just get new ones.

I personally would not get a used crib because who knows if it was recalled or not. i don’t know how fixed your budget is, but cribs can be found somewhat inexpensively. For example, Ikea sells cribs for less than $100 and depending on the model, they meet safety standards both in the US and in EU.

A lot of things you can do without. For example, a lot of moms forego a changing table. They’ll just change wherever it is convenient – on the bed, on the couch, on the floor, etc.

I would buy toys used if they can be disinfected (in diluted bleach or through the sanitize cycle in your washer). Yard toys (e.g. Little Tykes Cozy Coupe) can be purchased used as well.


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