Post # 1
Has anyone (or is anyone planning to) gotten any baby supplies used? What site(s)/other sources did you use? Share your pre-baby steals here! And, if you have any advice for how to get the best deals please share! Having a baby is expensive, yo!
Post # 3
I answered on things I’d buy, but the things I actually bought used were only clothes. Nothing my baby would be in(crib,carseat,stroller, that type of thing) would be 2nd hand for safety reasons. Except for the Bumbo I bought. I usually go to cosignment shops. I LOVE them! Craigslist is good too.
Post # 4
@MsMamaBear: Yeah, I’ve already started scanning Craigslist and I’m not even 8 weeks yet, lol. I definitely wanna get the basic furniture (crib, changing table, dresser) used and if they don’t match I’d like to refinish them myself, do I wanna make sure I have enough time to do that!
Post # 5
We were lucky enough that both my sister and a friend were done having kids by the time we were expecting so they both passed down lots of clothes and gear. We were able to get a swing, jumperoo, bouncy seat, bumbo, toys, and activity mats between the two of them. Most baby things like that come apart so you can wash and santize them so if all the parts are there, why not go with second-hand? Definitely check out consignment shops and possibly recrib.com. Craigslist is always a good source too.
Post # 6
@Pelikila: I had never heard of recrib.com – thanks!
Post # 7
I bought my crib, changing table, dresser used from the classifieds. They were owned by a gramma for her first grandkid. They were used 5 times and were 18 months old. Paid $300 for the set. I also bought my highchair from her for $15 and my bouncy seat for $5. All these items were top of the line, most expensive items on the market. I was given new stroller and carseat. I bought a new crib mattress because i lived in Florida and worried about cockroaches as these things were currently in her garage. I did buy a baby b’journ carrier and would do do again in a heartbeat. My mom bought me a new nursery set but I would totally have gone used otherwises. I bought my nursing pillow, blankets, sheets, clothes all used. I bought my baby tub, towels, and toys used. I did a ton of garage sale hunting. I went to auction houses. I haunted the classified sites. I spent about $1000 for everything my baby would need for six months including diapers. I could have gone a little cheaper but my stuff is still in like new condition and up to present day standards so I regret nothing. We hope to fill that crib again soon! Good luck with your new baby. Have fun gathering the stuff you will need. You have plenty of time
Post # 8
we bought a small chest of drawers (kind of like an end table), a swing, and bouncy chair secondhand from a coworker. turns out our baby doesnt like the bouncy chair, so im glad we didnt purchase it full price!
Post # 9
So far the only thing we have bought new is a crib and dresser. I didn’t want a used crib for safety concerns and got a great deal on the matching dresser. I will also want a new carseat for the same reason. Other than that I’m fine with anything used. I’ve gotten a changing table, swing, bouncy seat, exercauser, tub, cradle, play mat and a ton of clothes all used from either ebay, craigslist or garage sales. All of them are in fantastic condition and the material can be washed prior to use. Excluding the new purchase I think I’ve spent less than $100 on all my baby supplies. Bargain finds are the best!
Post # 10
Crib is the one my granpa made for my mom…so it’s 60 years old. Used.
We had to buy a new dresser to match stuff, otherwise consignment shop.
Friend gifted us her car seat and swing. I wouldn’t buy off Craigslist but coming from her it’s fine.
We bought a new stroller but I would have no problems buying the same stroller off of Craigslist…they just aren’t common around where we live.
Bedding is new. We just bought sheets and someone made us a blanket.
New mattress since the crib hadn’t been used since the early 90’s.
Post # 11
99% of my daughters stuff is used. the only thing she got new was diapers and wipes lol. her bed was used, the mattress was used (but it was from my brother so it wasnt that used) even my breast pump but it had new tubes and the things that actually touch my boobs and it was from my mom too.
Post # 12
Have you came across any baby consignment shop in your area? I’ve been to a few and often times found brand new items never used. Otherwise Ebay, Alibaba, Craigslist, friends with kids and maybe thift stores…I don’t know about that though? Maybe you can find a mom’s group in your area to hook up with someone that’s about to move towards toddler bedding etc etc. Also sometimes you can ask places if they will sell any damaged items it might be a small vanish issue that knock the price down quite a bit but don’t affect the structural integrity of the furnature. I dont have kids, but hopefully some of these suggests help! Good luck!!
Post # 13
ThredUp.com is good for used clothes. I buy all her clothes from consignment shops and most of the rest are hand me downs from my niece or FMIL’s church. Of course grandma buys her tons of new clothes – but always on clearance. Now her old clothes are going to two of my cousins who are having girls. I was blessed with a fantastic shower so most of the other things were given to me. I wouldn’t buy anything that I couldn’t check for recalls. Also, I wouldn’t buy a carseat from someone I didn’t know. I’m giving my daughter’s infant seat to one of my cousins but it has never been in an accident and isn’t expired. Freecycle.org is also a great resource for swapping items with local people for free.
We make about $25,000/year – have to make every penny count!
Post # 14
I didn’t get used as in other people used them, but I went to the Bratt Decor warehouse in Baltimore and got some of their floor models for very cheap. The crib was originally $800 and we paid $250 and it was as good as new. Dresser originally $1600-paid $200 it had a few chips and needed to be repainted-they gave us the paint for free, and her changing table originally $800 we paid $100- needed a little paint touch up. The furniture is beautiful and looks as good as new!
Post # 15
We already got a dresser for the nursery on Craigslist for $50. I’m obsessed with it and am going to paint it teal. It’s a Henredon too so I know it’s excellent quality. I doubt we will get anything else used though in terms of nursery furniture at least. Oh, although my mom gave me the old rocker she used to use so we’re going to also refinish that so that was a freebie too! We just need to by the crib, decor, and a book case. We are putting a changing pad on top of the dresser we bought!
Post # 16
We found a crib, dresser/changer and nightstand (Baby Italia Pinehurst) on Kijiji for a steal. It’s all solid pine, natural finish, in amazing shape, retail they paid $1800 we got all three pieces for $500. I’m fine with the fact that they are used, and with the money we saved we can do more fun things with the baby when he/she is finally here!