Used baby items—yay or nay?

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Discovering mom buy/sell/trade groups (better known as BST) opened my eyes to a whole new world of commerce. I had no idea that there was such a big community of moms (and some dads) who were buying used things, selling used things, trading used things, even giving away used things. It was mind boggling.

Now that I’ve been immersed for about half a year into the BST world, I wanted to share my list of items that I bought used… and items that I draw the line at.

Yay List

Bouncer

Baby Bjorn Bouncer Balance Soft and Soft Toy
Original retail price: CAD$229.95 (bouncer) + CAD$69.95 (soft toy) at West Coast Kids
I paid: CAD$75

Baby Bjorn Bouncer Balance Soft

To be honest, I don’t think baby-looking things are that cute, so I’m always on the lookout for well-designed baby and kids products. I bought an excellent used condition black/grey Baby Bjorn Bouncer Balance Soft off a mom on Facebook about 10 minutes away from me. It also came with the Soft Toy, gently used.

I removed the fabric seat, threw it into the wash along with the toy and it’s like new!

Cloth Diapers

Kawaii pocket diapers, Sunbaby pocket diapers and Cloth-Eez prefold diapers
Original retail price: CAD$90.00 (pocket diapers) + CAD$40.00 (prefold diapers) + shipping
I paid: CAD$50

Cloth diapers

I have big plans for cloth diapering, but as a first-time mom, I have no idea what it’s truly going to be like. A mom from my local Facebook group told me her sister-in-law was selling her lightly used cloth diaper stash, so I took it as an opportunity to build my collection without spending too much. The diapers are in excellent condition, and the prefolds don’t have a single stain on them—not to mention they are prepped and nicely quilted already.

I will do a wash before I use these, and try to get some sun (nature’s bleach!) on a few of the stained inserts.

Playard

Nuna Sena Mini
Original retail price: CAD$219.00 at Babies ‘R Us
I paid: CAD$80

Nuna Sena Mini

Most Pack ‘n Plays are made by Graco, and 99% of them do not fit in with my home décor. I wanted a playard that I could put in my family room without being a complete eye sore, and when I saw the Nuna Sena, I knew I had to have one. But paying almost $300 for a playard just seemed outrageous! As luck would have it, one day I opened my Facebook app and there it was on the Toronto Mom BST page—a lightly used Nuna Sena Mini for a fraction of the price. I jumped on it immediately, drove to Greektown to pick it up and consider it my best purchase thus far.

I put the bassinet part in the wash, am buying a couple of fitted sheets for it, and everything will be ready to go.

Side bar: my cousins lent me a Graco Pack ‘n Play which I am using in the bedroom—and the ease of use on the Nuna Sena is 100 times better than the Graco. Highly, highly recommend the Nuna playard.

Diaper Pail

Ubbi Diaper Pail
Original retail price: CAD$99.99 (pail) + CAD$19.99 (cloth liner) at Babies ‘R Us
I paid: CAD$40

Ubbi diaper pail

I’ve never been a fan of the Diaper Genie as it creates a lot of waste, and for cloth diapering it doesn’t work anyway. I wanted something that allows us to use any liner/wet bag with and the Ubbi Diaper Pail has both form and function. We received the Ubbi from our friends at my baby shower, but a few days later I came across a used one on a Facebook group which I just couldn’t turn down. The mom also gave us her Ubbi cloth liner for the bin, which was a nice bonus.

There was a dent on the pail, but at that price, and with a bit of elbow grease, it looks good enough to sit in our nursery. Besides, it’s a diaper pail for crying out loud. The nice thing is that it allows us to return the new Ubbi to the store to purchase something else that we still need. I hope our friends don’t mind that their gift went towards another gift!

Infant Car Seat

Maxi-Cosi Mico AP
Original retail price: CAD$269.99 at Snugglebugz
I paid: CAD$0

Maxi Cosi Mico AP infant car seat

This item is a total exception. Personally, I would never buy a used infant car seat from a stranger, as it’s impossible to know the true history behind it. Car seats should never be used after they’ve been in an accident, even a small fender bender, so I feel that buying one used is very risky. This Maxi-Cosi Mico AP, however, is borrowed from a good friend, which makes it totally okay! The best part is that it is compatible with our Mountain Buggy stroller, and matches beautifully to boot.

Nay List

Car seats (from strangers)

I see car seats being sold on BSTs all the time, but I personally don’t feel comfortable about this at all. We all hope that parents everywhere would never sell a damaged car seat to another parent, but the truth is that you don’t know the history of a car seat other than what a stranger tells you. Of course, it is totally up to your own discretion to buy a used car seat, and if you do decide to, the Toronto Police have this to say about it:

Purchasing or Borrowing a Used Infant Seat

Breast pumps

There are two types of breast pump systems: open and closed. Open systems are the personal purchase ones you would buy at Babies ‘R Us that typically range between $100-400 (like the Medela Freestyle or Pump In Style,  Ameda Purely Yours and Philips AVENT Comfort). Closed systems are the hospital-grade ones that you rent from the hospital or specialty stores; to purchase, these systems cost anywhere from $2000-5000 (like the Medela Symphony or Ameda Platinum).

If you’re not sure what the differences are between open and closed systems, this is taken from La Leche League‘s website:

Some mothers mistakenly assume that because rental pumps are safely shared by mothers that it is also safe to share purchase pumps. This is not true. Rental pumps and purchase pumps are designed differently. The collection kits (the bottles and tubing that attach to the pump) used with the rental pumps are designed so that the milk never touches the working parts of the pump that are shared with other mothers. This is considered a “closed system.” Most purchase pumps, for example Medela’s Pump In Styles, DoubleEase, and MiniElectric, are “open systems.” This means that the pump motor is “open” to contact with the mother’s milk particles. Does it matter if your baby receives another mother’s milk particles? Potentially, yes.

Like car seats, used breast pumps are found on BSTs everywhere. If you decide to buy a used breast pump, read more about what La Leche League has to say about it:

Are Used Breast Pumps a Good Option?

Teethers

This one is just weird to me. I’ve seen “gently used” Sophie the Giraffes sold on BSTs, and I’m wondering why on earth someone would buy a toy that has consistently been in another baby’s mouth for their own child. Especially a toy like Sophie that has small holes for the squeaker – this is a breeding ground for bacteria on the inside of the toy! Just buy a new teething toy for your kid, please.

Any items to add to my Yay or Nay list, or something you want to dispute? Share your thoughts in the Comments!

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