the time! However there are a few things you should not buy at Yard
sales, consignment shops, or get second hand. Here is a small list of a
few things that should not be bought or just bought with caution.
- Car seats-This one is the most important. Not only to car seats expire but you have no
idea if it has been in a crash or cared for properly. The straps for
instance should never be placed in the washer machine because it could
compromise the integrity of the material. How do you know that they
followed that rule? Always buy new. If you are low on cash, contact
your local safety coalition and ask about reduced car seats. Our city
sells them for $25 for families who need them. No income requirement.
- Cribs- Avoid buying unless the crib is VERY new, and you have looked it up to
be sure it has not been recalled. Old vintage looking cribs may not be
up to code on proper slat spacing or may contain lead paint etc. This
year there has been tons of cribs recalled. If you are looking to buy
second hand, do your research first.
- Old Toys- With over 10,000 recalls done on toys over the last few years, I am
ever so cautious about buying used toys. When purchasing toys, be sure
that you look the toy up before giving them to your children. Do not
buy wooden toys that have paint chipped off, or are from an unknown
- Safety Devices- Items found at yard sales may be outdated and not up to current
standards and regulations. Items like bike helmets or life jackets
should only be purchased new. When it comes to safety, it is best to go
the "safe" route.
- Baby Bottles- Just last year, bottle companies finally decided to make their bottles
BPA free. Used bottles may be from before the switch and may be
scratched etc which can cause chemical leaching. Unless the bottles are
BPA free and have no visible scratches etc, I would stay away from used
with heavy closing lids, drawstring clothing, old strollers-highchairs,
childrens play jewelry(covered in lead), playpens, old hair dryers, car
jacks, bean bag chairs, or old baby gates. Proceed with caution for all
baby equipment. Good thing most phones have internet, you can look it
up right there! I am not trying to discourage you, go shop but just
For a complete list of recalls on products, check out: http://www.cpsc.gov/