5 things that you shouldn't buy used

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5 things that you shouldn't buy used

Jul!a Jul!a
And it should come as no surprise that all of these involve things you shouldn't buy used for your children, especially with recalls in the last few years on cribs and toys. I bet you probably didn't think about bicycle helmets. Maybe not something you'd go buy used from a garage sale, but not the first thing you'd think of to avoid buying either. This article has a list of 5 things that you should probably go ahead and either buy new for your kids, or only get them used if you can account for their whereabouts since the original purchase (like a crib from a sibling or something like that).

What do you guys think? Anything else you can think of for this list?
08/08/2011
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What's with the social consciousness? I totally expected another Cracked.com article.

On a more serious note, I'd add stuffed animals to the list. They can harbor all sorts of germs and bacteria.
08/08/2011
Jul!a Jul!a
Lol, I try to mix it up a little bit. Can't all be fun and games, and what with some of you stealing the articles I was gonna post sometimes...

I definitely agree on stuffed animals. But I'd also buy them off a friend if I knew the entire history from purchase, lol.
08/08/2011
ToyTimeTim ToyTimeTim
Shoes, having a background in shoe repair I always tell parents not to buy shoes used. Either for their kids of for them. Everyone's feet are different and wearing someones else shoes can cause foot and back problems.
08/08/2011
Goldfish-29 Goldfish-29
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Originally posted by ToyTimeTim
Shoes, having a background in shoe repair I always tell parents not to buy shoes used. Either for their kids of for them. Everyone's feet are different and wearing someones else shoes can cause foot and back problems.
Not to mention you don't know if the person had tinea or anything else that can be passed along.
08/08/2011
ToyTimeTim ToyTimeTim
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Originally posted by Goldfish-29
Not to mention you don't know if the person had tinea or anything else that can be passed along.
Good point.
08/08/2011
P'Gell P'Gell
I raised my kids on mostly used stuff. Cribs are expensive. What people need are good cribs with metal hardware. Plastic sides to slide the cribs are the problem NOT "drop side cribs." Drop side cribs have been used for over 100 years, and when the mechanisms are made from metal, they are perfectly safe. Two of our three cribs were used, as was our cradle and baby swing. Babies die from being left alone for too long, not from cribs. Our kids spent most of the time until they could roll over on their own in OUR bed so there were completely safe. Even in their own cribs, they were checked in frequently.

Toys? It's expensive buying everything you need for kids new. As long as the toy is high quality, I see no harm in it. There is still contaminated NEW toys coming into the country, so buying new is no guarantee. Until we stop buying cheap crap from China, it will continue to be a problem. Old toys, from the 50s through the 80s were mostly made IN the USA and are mostly safe.

NEVER buy used breast pumps. It's like buying someone's old IV bag. Most single patient use pumps are meant for ONE woman and one woman only. Bacteria, mold, yeast, milk particles etc can get into the motors of most store bought pumps, and blown into your milk when you use the pump. Every woman should have a new one. And they need to be replaced anywhere from every 3 months to every 3 years depending on quality. It isn't an item to share, EVER! Rental pumps are different because the motors are sealed against contamination. NO pump you can buy at Babies R Us are in this price category. Including the Pump In Style. It's a great pump, but it is only a $300.00 item and meant for ONLY one person to use.
08/08/2011
Ms. Spice Ms. Spice
beanie babies are a big no no. they are just so nasty. also, it's not a good idea to buy used underwear
08/09/2011
Ryuson Ryuson
Undergarments and PJ's just weird me out!
08/09/2011
jessterinthebed jessterinthebed
As a general rule of thumb I don't buy anything that has fabric on it. I watched a nasty Dr. Oz episode on thrift store germs.
08/09/2011
Endocott Endocott
I normally don't buy anything I have to "wear" used. Clothes is one thing, but snorkel equipment (anything that goes around my mouth or any orifice) I prefer to buy new.
08/10/2011
shySEXXaddict shySEXXaddict
Quote:
Originally posted by Jul!a
And it should come as no surprise that all of these involve things you shouldn't buy used for your children, especially with recalls in the last few years on cribs and toys. I bet you probably didn't think about bicycle helmets. Maybe not ...
bootles,nipples,etc.I think another is baby safety gates..you dont know if they are broken and threw back together or not.I say this one because ive actually have had it happen before.I bought 1 at a lawn sale it looked fine,I put it up to my stairs and my baby was shaking it and it seperated...if I wasnt there he would of fell down the stairs!
08/13/2011
Eva Schwaltz Eva Schwaltz
I was going to say breast pumps but someone already said it, but nothing can be more true.
08/13/2011
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