What Are the Baby Items that You Can Buy Used and What Are Those that Aren’t?
When you are expecting a baby, you will usually have this compulsion of buying some stuff for your baby before they arrive, yes? But with so many things to think about, it could overwhelm first-time parents or those that still do not have experience with all of this. Some parents would also want to know if there are things that they can buy used and if there are things that should be bought brand new.
A baby stroller, for example, can easily be bought secondhand, but disposable diapers should be bought brand new.
Today, I am going to cover some of your baby’s essentials and things that you can buy secondhand and others that you should buy brand new.
This is one of the essential things that you should buy for your newborn and the good thing is that you can actually buy this secondhand. Just make sure to inspect the bathtub itself and see that it doesn’t have any molds and it doesn’t have any smell of mildew.
Baby strollers are one of the more expensive investments for your baby. Thankfully, you can buy it used so long as you choose those that are manufactured after 2007- where new safety standards were established.
That being said, you also need to inspect the baby stroller to ensure that everything is in working order. Also, you want to take special attention on the inside (where you will put your baby) to see if it is okay for them.
There is nothing wrong with getting hand-me-downs or used toys, provided that they are free of any loose parts, chipped paint, and they are not made of fabric.
Secondhand high chairs are okay, but as you can probably tell by now, inspection is the key. Make sure that the safety restraint mechanism works, the wheels lock in place, and the crotch post is there, then you should be okay with it.
Stuff You Should Buy Brand New
There are certain things that you definitely have to buy brand new. These are:
The crib is where your baby will sleep, so it is important that you get one that is right for your newborn. That being said, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, cribs with wide gap slats and drop-rail sides should never be purchased.
Always choose a crib with two things in mind: safety and comfort. So long as it doesn’t have those two mechanisms I have just mentioned, then you’re good to go.
Another essential thing that your baby needs. If you are going to go for plastic bottles, make sure that they are BPA-free and are rid of Phthalates- which are chemicals that are deemed dangerous for babies.
This is another important thing to have, especially since some countries and states in the U.S. will not allow you to drive with a baby without it.
That being said, although you can certainly buy used car seats; it is important for safety reasons to buy it brand new.