Welcoming a new baby is one of the most wonderful things in this life. Whether it’s your first, second or another subsequent number baby, it is certainly something to celebrate. While this event is filled with so much joy, it can also be somewhat stressful as well. As baby prepping costs start to add up and each new item purchased gets dumped on the floor and attempted to be put together, you can’t help but wonder if you should have just bought some of it secondhand. Well, no worries, here are some items you should always pick up secondhand for your impending arrival:
Cribs, bassinets and baby sleeping nests rarely change in style. They do however, change in price. A good crib can cost upwards of $100 up to almost $1000. That’s a lot of money to spend on something your baby will outgrow in a couple of years. Many cribs and other sleeping devices rarely change over the year, minus the more recent safety requirements that are necessary in more modern cribs. With this in mind, you might want to think about taking your sister up on her hand-me-down crib. Another option is checking the local secondhand children’s furniture shop for smaller items like sleeping nests and bassinets. Keep in mind that railings, covers and other parts can almost always be cleaned and sanitized to your satisfaction.
Hop onto your local online Facebook garage sale site. You will soon realize that baby clothes are literally a dime a dozen. People will sell baby clothes by the trash bag full! Sometimes they even give the stuff away too! Of course every baby deserves his or her own brand her fresh off the shelf new clothes, but that doesn’t mean the majority of the clothes you put him or her into has to be brand new. Babies get changed a lot throughout the day, so having something used to make all of these changes with are vital!
Toys and Trinkets
Excluding the rattle that has been passed down in your family when lead paint was used on toys, most well made baby toys are great hand me down items! Plastic toys can easily be put in a dishwasher or cleaned with hot soap and water. Softer toys, such as stuffed animals or blankets can be put in the washer and dryer in most cases. More pricey baby toys, such as toys that light up, make noise or move with the help of batteries are even better to buy or receive secondhand as when purchased new these are quite costly! Also, books and other learning materials are also still great when bought secondhand.
Bathing and Feeding Items
High chairs are very expensive brand new. Therefore, you might want to consider picking up one of these secondhand. Modern safety requirements insist high chairs that have a crotch post, wheels that lock and a 5 point safety harness, so be sure any highchair you buy has these included. Baby tubs and baths might be worth buying used too. Infant bath tubs are only used for a short time since babies grow so swiftly in the beginning. Just make sure to check the tub and any attachments for mold or mildew before purchasing. Suggestion: ask friends and family that have babies that outgrew their infant tubs or seat if you can have theirs or buy it off of them, this way you know it is coming from someone you know.