Post # 1
Most of the stuff I’ve bought for our baby I’ve been able to buy used – either from garage sales or craigslist. There’s a few things though that I wouldn’t buy used like our carseat and crib/crib mattress. I’m trying to get the rest of the things we need for our baby and saw someone selling a huge lot of the bottle and nipples I want on craiglist for a very good price. But I’m not sure how I feel about buying used bottles. On one hand, obviously I would wash and sterilize them so it doesn’t seem much different then drinking from a glass at someone ele’s house but I just get this weird cringe when I think of buying the bottles/nipples used. What would you do?
Post # 3
I also bought almost everything used… But some items just have to be new and for me, bottles was one.
Although, I would consider buying the used bottles, but with new nipples…
Post # 4
I’m kind of anal about cleanliness so there are A LOT of things I would not buy used. Bottles/nipples would certainly top the list!
Post # 5
I bought avent bottles off craigslist- but they did not come with nipples and I had planned on buying new nipples anyway. I also had a friend give us a ton of born free bottles with nipples and since I know them- I will feel comfortable using. (I imagine I will sterlize the ones from craigslist a few more times that I would the ones from my friend!)
Post # 6
To answer your question, me personally, I would not buy used bottles or pacifiers for that matter. There is definitely nothing wrong with buying used items but for sanitary reasons, those would not be an option to buy used… but if you HAVE to, then definitely buy new nipples and sanitize the bottles…
Post # 7
I pump into used bottles, but she eats from new ones, so the nipples are new. My thought though is we drink from other people’s glasses at restuarants as long as they’re washed well, it’s fine.
Post # 8
I wouldn’t because I would be afraid that the older they got the more the plastic would break down. I don’t if there is any bit of truth to that, but it would worry me.
Post # 9
@TheFutureMcBride: That’s kind of my thinking too. If I can sanitize the bottles it isn’t much different than eating off of plates/cups at other places. I figure with the bottles those would be easy to sanitize since there aren’t little parts but toss the nipples and get new ones.
Post # 10
I’m not big on buying used items, unless its a car, house, books or painting. I’m not buying any used products for my baby and definitely not bottles and nipples.
Post # 11
I bought a ton of stuff used, including some bottles.
Post # 12
That would be on the list of things to buy new for me.
Post # 13
I would buy used bottles but definitely replace the nipples. You can sterilize the bottles, so they should be good as new, if they’re in good condition.
Post # 14
If you’ve ever eaten off of a plate from a resturaunt, why would this be any different? In fact, its even safer, since you can sterilize them yourself and replace the nipples. Pretty much everything that touches you and your baby in a hospital is used and then sterliized and reused – the linens, the cribs, etc.
The BABYSTUFF!! industry is almost as bad, if not worse, than the wedding industry, when it comes to convincing women that in order to be a good bride/mom, they need to spend thousands and thousands of dollars on shiny brand new STUFF. Its not only wasteful financially, but environmentally as well. I will quite happily be buying everything used or borrowing from friends who are between babies.
Post # 15
I would buy used bottles, if they were in good condition.
It really doesn’t seem any different than eating at a restaurant or friends house. I’d be MUCH more likely to use used bottles than a used pump, and there are plenty of people that buy used breast pumps (like the pump in style) that is not supposed to be used by more than one person.
Also, Olive Garden sets wine glasses at every table, but then puts them back with the clean ones if you don’t use them. Imagine how many people drink out of glasses that have been touched by strangers and never washed?
Post # 16
It takes about 450 years for a plastic bottle to decompose. I don’t think you’d have anything to worry about. 🙂