What baby stuff should I buy secondhand?
August 4, 2012 9:40 AM Subscribe
What kinds of baby/toddler things are ok to buy secondhand?
posted by Night_owl to home & garden (39 answers total) 14 users marked this as a favorite
I have always shopped secondhand for things for myself, and think it's a great way to go. But with an upcoming baby, I'm not sure what is ok to buy secondhand and what isn't. For instance:
-I assume all baby clothes can be bought secondhand, so long as they're thoroughly washed before baby wears them?
-Books/toys. I want to start picking up things if I see them. However, I'm not sure. Some things are pretty obviously either clean or easily cleaned (bath books, simple plastic toys, etc.) but others are less so. I'm thinking of the books I will want to read to my toddler, like Dr. Seuss and Berenstain Bears. Or toys with battery compartments that I can't just dunk in hot water. Will antiseptic wipes be good enough to clean those off if they are of unknown provenance?
-Strollers/carseats. I know a lot of people do buy these secondhand. How do you make sure they're still in the safest possible condition?
-What other things can and should be bought secondhand for a baby? What are some good resources for those things? I plan to breastfeed.