When you’re in the market for a car, there’s no shortage of online tools (like this one on Bankrate.com) designed to help you decide whether to buy a new or used model.
Unfortunately, when you’re in the market for big-ticket baby gear items, there’s no similar tool or formula to help you make the new vs. used decision, and the information available on the subject can be conflicting.
So to get the real story on which big-ticket baby gear items are okay to buy used and which you should really buy, I checked in with a number of reliable sources, including car seat experts, breast pump manufacturers and the authors of my go-to baby gear book Baby Bargains.
Their new vs. used baby gear guidelines, which I share over at Well Rounded NY, are today’s hint.
So for which big-ticket baby gear items do I solve the new vs. used dilemma? Think cribs, car seats, breast pumps, strollers, high chairs and changing tables. You can read more in the full post, “Used or New: Baby Gear,” over at Well Rounded NY, where I’m a contributor.
Finally, once you decide on what you want to buy used, remember that local mom groups can be great resources for gently used baby gear as can local parenting listervs and local Facebook mommy swap groups.
What’s your take on the new vs. used baby gear dilemma? Which items is it okay to get used and which items should you really buy new? Share your thoughts below.