Is it safe to buy second hand things for your babies and kids?

Philippines
September 25, 2010 11:16am CST
A pleasant day to you Fellow Mylotter, I am really wondering why there are some parents who tend to buy a second hand things for their kids and babies. Wherein, they are very susceptible to any skin problems and health risk. I remember before when I always gives an advise my sister-in-law not to buy a second hand things for my niece and nephew. Since, they are still young, their body is quite sensitive to use a second hand things. I told my sister-in-law, dont force herself to buy the things if it is truly expensive. And if she has the capacity to buy a brand new, then go for it. But not to dwell on the idea to buy a second hand things just for the sake that her kids can have it. Since, she is not that sure who was the last user of that thing being sold as a second hand. Although the second hand store where it was being sold is fine and the things being sold is satisfactory, still, health is at stake. How about you, do you tend to buy second hand things for your kids, such as, toys and baby mattresses? Do you really think it is safe though the store where you are purchasing these items were okay?
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@wiccania (3361)
• United States
25 Sep 10
That really depends on what items we're talking about. If we're talking about clothes, absolutely fine. You can wash clothes in whatever special detergent you want to use and that's that. Car seats, no. Never buy them used. You have no way of knowing the history of that car seat, and not even regarding cleanliness, since you can clean and sanitize a car seat. The problem is that once a car seat has been in an accident, it's potentially compromised. People who have accidents w/ car seats in their cars (whether there's a child in the car or not) are instructed to replace the car seat. Because unseen damage can be done. Most baby items can be sanitized, and you simply have to take the time to do so before letting your child use it. I wouldn't get used bottles, pacifiers, or anything designed to go in the childs mouth, nose or anywhere else (definitely don't buy any used thermometers!). But high chairs, cribs, strollers, bouncers, walkers, etc (as long as they're not subject to recall) can be washed and sanitized thoroughly and they're perfectly safe. Crib mattresses, I would only buy a used one if it's a vinyl mattress and I would sanitize it before using it. Toys can be tricky, because you have no idea how they were cared for, and a toy might stop working 2 weeks after you buy it because it was beat up by the previous owner. I'd opt for new in the case of toys if only for guaranteed longevity. But for the most part, it's perfectly ok to buy used items for babies, toddlers and children as long as you're willing to take the time to clean and sanitize them before you give them to your child.
• United States
25 Sep 10
I didn't even think about carseats but you have a good point. I think to buy it used you would really have to know what that car seat should look like structurally, what all the pieces are that should be there, how it should function properly, that way you know nothing is missing or broken off of the car seat, but I mean, who would really know all that about every car seat they see? I agree with not getting used bottles, or pacifiers or teething toys. I agree that the other items are fine if you take the time to sanitize them properly. I mean, if you wouldn't do it then would you get it for your baby (ex. would you buy a used cupped with a chewed up straw to put in your own mouth? I WOULD buy used clothes and wash them and they would be fine, so I see it fine for my baby).
@wiccania (3361)
• United States
25 Sep 10
The thing with carseats is that there's no way of knowing if there's structural damage. An accident could weaken the molded plastic, and it would look perfectly fine. And all those other items, quite frankly, when I bought them (new or used) for my son, they were washed and sanitized. Warehouses have bugs, rodents, etc in them. Which means that there's a chance that these items crawled all over the new high chair or crib that you bought at the store, and you would never know it. Clothes should always be washed before wearing, whether new or used. So as far as I'm concerned, if it's in good condition and it'll save me a little money along the way, I'll get a used item for my son. But I take the time to thoroughly clean and sanitize the items before he gets them.
@shaggin (36287)
• United States
25 Sep 10
Oh my goodness that is so funny about not buying used thermometers. I never would do that either but just pointing that out was so funny haha. They used to say never to use a used car seat but then when my daughter was little and we had to get a new car seat they changed the guidelines. They suggested buying a new car seat but said that as long as there were no visible defects then it should be safe to use. So I had all used car seats except for one. I hope I've done the right thing with that. Ick I cant stand the thought of someone using a used pacifier. Saliva and things get stuck down in the inside and its impossible to get it out. My mother used to boil them for my nephew to make sure they were extra clean between each use but none of them were used by anyone ever but him.
@mods196621 (3631)
• Philippines
26 Sep 10
Buying those things at second hand store for babies and kids are not good. This is according to my own though because i know that they are sensitive to those irritations in skin and other parts of their bodies. The second hand clothes mostly we buy must have more chemicals that they sprayed on the clothe to make it still good to deliver. And this gives more irritation to the skin if not properly clean. So better to buy them a new things clothes or something for them to make them safe from skin disorders. Not only for the external but at all parts of the body.
• Singapore
26 Sep 10
Second hand things are not always guaranteed safe and reliable. In fact, you're making a wrong decision to buy second hand things! Things like electrical appliances: radios, washing machines and stuff like that. You don't know how the previous owner maintained it and the dealer who bought it over. Did they maintain it well? Did they add anything to the appliances? Things like electrical appliances, when bought second hand, they catch fire easily and if not, they spoil easily and your maintenance fee goes up and in the end, you spend more money. So for your family's sake, buy first hand goods. It's better and safer that way.
@kaeleya (80)
• United States
26 Sep 10
I have purchased a lot of things second hand for your child. I made sure that I went to stores that had good quality stuff. If I had to second guess it I wouldn't buy it. I have also sold my items to consignment shops which gave me a little extra cash. When my child was a little older we traded toys and she learned how to get rid of things that you don't use at an early age.
@pinoycity (422)
• Philippines
26 Sep 10
As much as possible, I wouldn't advice the buying of second-hand things for your kids. As being mentioned by some of those who answered this post, it might not be safe for the kids as they might get some viruses coming from previous owners.
@iamdee (158)
• Philippines
26 Sep 10
In the future, if I will have my own baby, I would surely not buy second hand apparels for my little ones specially if the things are from the people I don't really know. I believe that children's health are very sensitive and must be of utmost priority. Children's health must not be compromised.
@durgabala (1362)
• India
26 Sep 10
Well I never knew so many second hand things are available for the kids. I have never bought any till date. We believe that a new born should wear old clothes for the first time. that too from the cousins and not from any shop. That was possible during olden days since there were many children and all the relatives stayed at one place. but now all are scattered. I bought new ones and washed it twice to make it old and then put in on my new baby
• Malaysia
26 Sep 10
If you not trust the product better dont... i am not tend to buy 2nd hand things!
@sender621 (14956)
• United States
26 Sep 10
Raising a child can be an enormous expense. Buying used items can be quite a bargain. I see nothing wrong with buying any second hand items for a baby or child. As long as something is in good condition, it should be a consideration.
• Philippines
26 Sep 10
It is better to buy brand new things for babies, cause they are very sensitive, skin is very sensitive so you should buy brand new.
• United States
26 Sep 10
no i dont buy second hand things for my kids i bought them all brand new things and stuff in that matter should be brand new anyway especially with newborns+ seeming that they sensitive to alot of stuff.
@monkeylong (3147)
• Guangzhou, China
26 Sep 10
As far as I am concerned, I think it may be not so good for you to buy the second hand things for our babies. As we all know that our babies are usually so defenseless and can not protect themselves from being hurt by other things. So we may try our best to buy them clean and tidy things for them to help them live a happy and healthy life.
@shaggin (36287)
• United States
25 Sep 10
I could not afford to buy brand new things for my children when they were little. I believe the only thing that I bought brand new was a mattress and a stroller. Every other thing that I got and used was items that had been used before by another owner. I actually bought some brand new cloth diapers and cloth diaper covers but mostly everything was used. Most everything can be washed so its not a big deal. With all the recalls now though you have to check everything like furniture and car seats and toys to make sure they arent recalled before using them. I also worry about bringing plush toys and things like that in my home because of the risk of bed bugs.
• Pakistan
25 Sep 10
i think it's not safe to buy second hands things i think second hand things can be infected of some dangerous virus diseases which can effect on your baby health.
• Philippines
25 Sep 10
Im not a parent but in my opinion its not very good to buy second hand things for your children since their health comes first in all aspects. But when you think its cheaper to buy second hand stuffs you to clean it very carefully and sterilize it to assure the safety of your child. still, new things are good with good quality and user-friendly for your children. Its just a matter of good supervision of a responsible parent.
• United Arab Emirates
25 Sep 10
We always have got the best from our parents and our kids also expect the best. As a parent i would never give anything second hand to my child.
@shia88 (4582)
• Malaysia
25 Sep 10
Hi, For me, I prefer to get something new for my kids/babies especially for toys. Unless, the things was passed down from my close relatives/ close friends, then I may still able to accept it. If I were to buy second things for my kids from outsiders,I prefer not to buy it,it is because of hygiene reason. Sometimes, we might not know whether the thing is really clean or not especially those baby clothes and other accessories.