Shopping for baby items is an activity that my family and I enjoy. We love every minute of it and who wouldn’t. Irresistible baby hair bows, baby costumes, and shoes. Those cute baby sunglasses, sleeper, baby gears, and beddings. The list goes on.
The smiles and laughter ring all over the house whenever we unpack the things on our baby stuff list. Oh, and that picture perfect smile and the priceless sound of baby giggle that we get from our little bundle of joy. Just writing about it already brings a smile to my face.
But we can get too excited at times that we tend to splurge. We sometimes forget that babies grow up so fast that they can outgrow their baby things in a blink.
Well, I have tried thrift shopping for my baby’s stuff as well. And we found some great deals. Call it, shopping less the guilt.
These are some of the baby things we found at thrift stores, garage sales, and consignment shops. We found a lot of items that are not only cheap but are of great quality.
Baby Clothes and Shoes
Baby clothes don’t get worn that much. Because they are outgrown in a month or two. We found hand me downs and consignment shops as alternatives for us to buying new clothes. We even bought some stylish designer brands without spending a fortune for them.
When buying used clothing. We try to stay away from clothes with decorations and embellishments. They could be choking hazard. Such as buttons, flowers, and hooks.
If you can’t resist the charm of those baby wardrobes. Make sure that they are securely sewn and stay in place when you try pull them. The same thing goes for clothing with strangulation hazard. Such as drawstring and waistbands.
Consider the fabric when you buy baby clothes, whether it’s new or used. Consider comfort. All cotton is great for babies. Check for parts that can cause irritation, such as clothes which tags were cut off. What’s left of it can scratch and irritate baby’s sensitive skin.
Used Toys, Playpens, Furniture
Buying brand new is still best considering our baby’s safety. But you may opt for used toys, playpens, rocking chairs, bouncy seats, changing tables.
We bought a pre-loved rocking chair from a thrift shop, gave it a little makeover and it looked great inside our little girl’s room.
When you buy these kind of items. Make sure that they meet safety standards and have not been recalled. Never forget to check for lead paint. Toys with small parts that could be swallowed or be choking hazards. Are there missing parts, cracked, pointed or chipped edges? Check for those as well. Toys should also be age appropriate.
More than the great looking baby stuff and affordability. Safety and comfort should be on top of our checklist when shopping for baby things. And make sure you check these items under good lighting. See that nothing slips and go unnoticed. Most items that sold second-hand, don’t come with a return option. The last thing you need is buying something you end up losing your money’s worth in the end.
Buying brand new and some used stuff can be a good mix. Use your best judgment with your baby’s welfare foremost in mind.
Cady is a devoted mom, an animal welfare advocate, content writer, and a digital marketer. She graduated with a degree in Business Administration major in Banking and Finance. She is also a writer at babywisp.com.