How to Buy Used for Baby

Babies require a range of clothing, shoes, toys and other gear in order to keep up with their rapidly changing sizes and interests. Families can reduce costs by purchasing gently-used items that are no longer needed by caretakers of older children. When you are organized in finding quality items you can confidently buy used for baby and enjoy more flexibility in your budget.


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    List used items you'd like to purchase if given the opportunity.
    • Clothes, shoes and toys are frequently purchased used and are usually considered safe as long as you properly sanitize them. Toys and furniture are usually safe and should also be sanitized. List sizes of clothes and gender preferences for both clothes and toys.
    • Consumer Reports recommends avoiding used play yards, cribs or play pens, car seats and soft infant carriers because these items may have hidden damage, or may be recalled. Only purchase breast pumps new due to hygiene concerns.
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    Check the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission website for lists of specific products that have been recalled. Recall lists can be found at Note recalls of the types of products on your list and do not purchase recalled items. Notify sellers if you find recalled items for sale.
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    Contact friends, acquaintances and family members with children who are older than yours and ask if they'd be willing to sell old clothes, supplies or toys that they no longer use.
    • Many parents are eager to get rid of unwanted clutter and may be willing to offer their items at a low price, or even give them to you for free.
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    Visit resale and thrift stores to find selections of baby clothes, toys and nursery decorations.
    • Find baby items in traditional second-hand stores, as well as those designed specifically to buy and sell children's items.
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    Monitor garage sale postings in local newspapers and online directories.
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    Create a map that leads you to all the garage sales with baby items listed in your local newspaper or directory. Create new maps each week of sales to visit.
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    Look over items at sales carefully, making sure the asking prices are fair based on item conditions.
    • You may ask sellers if they are willing to accept less for items, but don't be pushy, and explain specific reasons you're looking for reductions, such as missing buttons or stains.
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    Sanitize used items.
    • Immediately wash clothing, bedding and soft toys in hot water, or keep them outside in cold winter months or in the freezer for 24 hours before washing in warm or cold water. Extreme heat or cold will kill bacteria and bed bugs. Spray the insides of shoes with disinfectant spray.
    • Thoroughly wipe down all toys with bleach or disinfectant cleaner.


  • Re-sell items again once your children have outgrown them.


  • Avoid purchasing any used items that are clearly more than several decades old or labeled as antique. Older toys and furniture may contain excessive amounts of lead, and high chairs, walkers and other items may have safety restraints that are outdated and unsafe.

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Categories: Babies and Infants