Baby Products you Shouldn't Purchase Used
Raising a baby isn't cheap! It is estimated that parents spend an average of $12,750 during the first year of baby's life. Luckily, smart parents can eliminate some of those expenses with the purchase of second-hand, used baby products. Used baby gear, including clothing, strollers, toys, shoes, etc. is available from many consignment stores, garage sales, and via personal purchases from other parents. Purchasing baby gear in good, but used, condition, saves so much money, but this isn't to say that all of the items out there should be purchased in use form.
Avoid these used Baby Products
The following list of baby products are all necessities during baby's first year of life, but make sure that you head to the nearest baby store to purchase them rather than opt for second-hand goods.
- Car Seat: Purchasing a used car seat is not recommended because of the high number of products recalled each year. Many older models are recalled as updates in technology change. In addition, a used car seat may lack essential parts for proper functioning.
- Crib: A crib is one of the most expensive purchases you'll make for baby, but it is best to fork over the money for baby's bed and avoid a used product. As with the car seats, crib recalls frequently occur. This is the biggest reason to avoid purchase of a used crib, but also keep in mind that older models may not conform to the rigorous safety standards in place today.
- Crib Mattress: Just as the crib should be purchased new, so should the mattress. A used mattress may contain vomit, urine, and other undesirables that have seeped deep down into the material.
- Breast Pumps: Sure, much of the pump is washable and easy to sterilize, but the same isn't true for the various components inside of the machine. These components harbor bacteria which can be transmitted to your baby, causing illness.
Buying Baby Products
The above list of products that you should always purchase new is incomplete and many other items should never be purchased used. Always use common sense when buying products for baby, and be sure to stay up-to-date on the latest regulations concerning baby products.