There’s a lot of newness when you become a new mama....new emotions, new experiences and new baby, of course. But as any experienced mama will tell you, not everything you need for your baby has to be brand new. There are plenty of used options for gear, furniture, toys and fashion -- and trust us, your baby will never know the difference. Here's how to give baby items a second life, even if it’s for your first baby.
1) Mine your resources to find great used items.
Join a mother's group in your neighborhood. Being part of a mother's group is not only a great way to meet other mothers with children your age who live in your neighborhood, but it is also a great way to find, buy or sell used items. This is especially true for larger items that are difficult to ship or transport like cribs, changers, strollers, pack-n-plays, etc. The pick-up location will always be close by. For smaller items like clothing, try a consignment stores or websites like Poshmark or ThredUP where you can search for clothing by size or any particular item that you are looking for.
2) Decide whether you want to buy new or used.
Everyone is different in terms of what they do or do not feel comfortable buying used. You have to feel safe and comfortable with your purchase. As a first-time mother, what I felt confident purchasing used was very different from how I felt after the birth of our second child. Do your research and know what you are looking for. Be specific: know the make, model and year of the product that you want. Before purchasing any item, always check to make sure that the brand and specific model has not been recalled. You do this easily online at http://www.recalls.gov/.
3) Make sure it’s in good shape.
Always do your research and check to make sure that an item has not been recalled. Ask the person selling the item specifics, such as the exact model and the year of make, whether they purchased it new or from someone else. Never feel obligated to purchase anything. I always look at the item in person before I commit to purchasing it. And no matter what you buy, even if it looks pristine, clean it! For items that cannot go in the washing machine, there are a number of companies that carry safe cleaning products, or even just use soap and water.
Photo by Sofia Lynn Photography.