What Not to Buy Used for Baby: Tips from a Consignment Store Owner
By SharonMunroe on July 13, 2012
Featured Member Post
It might seem funny to hear from a consignment store owner on what NOT to buy gently used, but of course I have some good reasons! Most important is safety for the families, especially the young children who are my customers and friends.
Here are the Top 3 Things NOT to Buy Gently Used:
1) A Car Seat: While car seats can be pricy, new ones have no bad history.
- They haven't been in an accident
- They can easily registered with the manufacturer and tracked by the retailer.
- They meet or exceed current safety standards. Safe baby = peace of mind!
The alternative: research car seat requirements, types and styles to find those that meet or exceed safety standards. I am a big fan of getting a large, grow-with-me convertible car seat that will last for years. For information on brands and recommendations see Consumer Reports and Baby Bargains.
2) A Crib: You might be nostalgic to use a family crib or a find a fabulous free one from a friend, but BEWARE.
- Cribs have some of the worst safety issues of all items for children.
- Drop-side cribs are prohibited from being sold or re-sold, a change made at the federal government level in 2011.
- New cribs are safer by far as long as they are installed properly and registered with the manufacturer. Worry less and sleep better parents!
The alternative: Research crib brands and styles to find those that meet or exceed safety standards. There are many affordable ones that also convert to toddler and/or full size beds. I recommend these -- do you really want to buy a new bed every year or two? My go-to-guide is Baby Bargains for the best brands to buy.
3) Breast Pumps designed for individual use only.
- There is no cost savings associated with getting ill -- bacteria can harbor inside these.
- Used pump = used motor, which means it may be worn down and potentially jeopardize your milk production.
- Warranty coverage on individual use pumps is limited and customer service is provided to the original owner only. Again, why risk it?
The alternative: Rent or purchase a hospital grade pump such as the Medela Symphony, which have a closed system. Tubing and other accessories are purchased new for each mom. I bought one for each of my boys and they can be resold because of their closed-system design.
Write me if you'd like my own recommendations and what I buy my own kids new versus gently used.
Sharon Munroe is the founder and owner of Little Green Beans, a modern resale boutique in North Austin, TX and mom to three kids under age 5.
Photo Credit: stevendepolo.
More Like This
Recent Posts by SharonMunroe
Most Popular on BlogHer
By Lori Luna
Sparkling ICE is a bold flavored sparkling water that truly delivers on taste and contains just the right amount of fizz. Read our bloggers' posts and get more details on how you can enter the Flavor Face Off plus find out more about the delicious flavors that Sparkling ICE has to offer. Read more