(Closed) What would you feel comfortable buying used if you were pregnant?

posted 7 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I used to go to garage sales/church sales allll the time before we bought our house.  I saw SO much baby stuff in excellent/new condition!  We’re talking high chairs, clothes, toys, pack n plays, strollers…

If something was used and in excellent condition, I’d definitely buy it.  Not pregnant yet, however!

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I’m buying a ton of things second hand. Most of the clothes I purchased for our LO at thrift stores for $1 to $3 per item. There’s a great store near my place that sells furniture, and all sorts of baby gear – toys, strollers, pack’n’plays, high chairs, baby carriers, bumbos, bouncy seats, swings, etc…

I woulnd’t buy a carseat used, but that’s about it. Babies out grow things wo quickly, that I can’t imagine buying everything new. I spent about $50 and have a wardrobe for our LO from newborn to 9 months.

I like craigslist over ebay for some things because you can find some great items priced really low.i

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I think I would be okay with buying most things used, definitely not the car seat, and probably not cloth diapers, or a breast pump, but pretty much everything else would be fine with me!

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I’m with PP, I would buy almost anything used except a car seat, assuming it’s still in good condition. 

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

i wouldnt feel comfortable for myself with a used breast pump, mattress or car seat but for most other things i dont think i would have a problem

my nephews wife is pregnant and they have a used crib in near perfect condition

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

My parents own a thrift store so we’ve gotten almost everything we need second hand. Tons of clothes, a stroller, highchair, bouncy seat, basically anything that doesn’t pose a safety hazard to get second hand and that can be washed or extensively cleaned.

Post # 9
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

I would buy a crib and get a new mattress. They are so expensive to really only use for 2 years or so. My step-son has one of those convertible cribs. He’s 3 now and we are searching to replace it. I think the whole idea of them having it forever is silly. Plus they convert to a full bed after the toddler bed. He’s 3 and tall, but a full bed seems crazy. We’re swapping to buy him a twin. Sorry I ranted here.

Post # 10
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Busy bee

I would definitely buy a stroller, high chair, crib, baby monitor,  a pack-and-play used. I wouldn’t buy a car seat or bottles used.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2007

We have a lot of ‘used’ items – but most are hammy downs. Reusing a friend/family item is different than that of a stranger.

I don’t think twice about using a hammy down carseat – but it’s from a friend I trust. I wonder if I’d trust buying one off Craigslist?? Am I sure it hasn’t been in a accident? I’m a pretty trusting person so I’d probably be ok with it – but your mind starts working differently when you hold that little baby in your arms 🙂

Things like stroller/pack n play/high chair etc etc I would totally buy off craigslist – as long as it came from a smoke/pet (by pet I mean cat) free home. They are kinda hard to completely clean/sterilize though.

We actually requested people buy second hand gifts for our shower if they could find them. Most baby items are gently used so it seems silly to buy everything new.

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Yesterday I happily got a practically brand new exersaucer for $45 instead of the retail price of $130!  I was pretty stoked about that and plan on looking for more items like that on CL.

Post # 13
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

I wouldn’t want to get many things used.  Kids are dirty.  Just saying!  Another thing, I feel like people around here are kinda stingy with selling things used.  (They want a LOT for their used item.)  Maybe I will get some gently used things though.

Post # 14
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Busy bee

I think 90 percent of my nieces and nephews toys are used- they don’t know and everything works. you can usually sanitize things- but if you were going to use a crib or a car seat- I would google it to make sure there wasn’t a recall.

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee

I don’t mind the idea of used, but after the whole bed bug thing in NYC I’d be very cautious about buying anything used from someone that I can’t toss into a dryer for awhile to kill any bugs before bringing it inside. creeps me out.

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

@JoesWifey: That’s a good point. Bed bugs aren’t really and issue where we are, but it’s something to be aware of. Thankfully most baby products that have fabric are now made so you can remove the fabric part to throw it in the wash, because just as the PP stated, kids are messy! Personally if you can wash it, I have no issue buying used. Darling Husband and I have already saved hundreds and LO isn’t even here yet. I plan to buy mostly used clothes and toys for my kids whenever I can. It’s good for the environment and for my wallet.

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