How Much Money Can You Save by Buying Used Gear for Your Baby?

Stroller, crib, bassinet, car seat . . . the list goes on for what you need to buy for a new baby. While gifts and registries can help alleviate the costs for expecting parents, there are often still multiple big-ticket items that have to be purchased before the baby’s arrival. Knowing how high the expenses can get when you have a baby, parents should look for ways to save as much as they can on every purchase. This is where parents should consider buying secondhand gear where they can find quality products at a much more affordable price. But trying to find high-quality items can seem overwhelming to new parents with a large to-do list. And how much can you actually save by buying used gear for your baby?

Where do I find secondhand baby gear?

Facebook groups, neighborhood listservs, friends, and family are all great sources for used baby gear. But sometimes the quality isn’t as great as promised, and it can be hard to search for specific items. You may not be looking for a baby swing from your sister or don’t have the space for a double stroller from your neighbor. Online marketplaces like GoodBuy Gear make it easy to search for specific items you need and do much of the hard work for you. Their team of gear experts examines each item for safety, cleanliness, and common issues for 20,000+ baby and kid items. They also check for any missing parts, imperfections, or dirt and grime and they never accept gear that is damaged, unsafe or has been recalled.

What items have the biggest savings?

One of the most expensive items when it comes to baby gear is the stroller. Jogging, double, all-terrain . . . the options are endless. Strollers can have more features than your car and often feel like you’re spending as much. While a simple umbrella stroller can be under $50, a full designer stroller can often retail for well over $1000. In addition, with more expensive strollers there are often accessories to buy like travel bags and cupholders which can add several hundred dollars to the overall cost. This is where buying secondhand can be really beneficial because often people are willing to throw in many of these accessories if you agree to buy the stroller or offer them at a steep discount. You can potentially save over 50-70% of the cost by buying secondhand. From Gently Used to Barely Used to Open Box, GoodBuy Gear carries a wide assortment of strollers, at prices you’ll want to pay.

strollers and baby gear

Another area of stress for new parents is preparing for the lack of sleep with a newborn. This is why many parents are willing to spend over $1000 on tech-forward bassinets like the SNOO in the hopes that it will help their babies sleep better. Often bassinets are only used for a few months before a baby transitions into a larger crib so they can still be in great (even almost-new!) condition when bought second hand. Because high-end bassinets are in great condition the percentage savings may be less than a frequent-use item like a stroller. Buying a secondhand bassinet can potentially save you 20-30% of the cost of buying a new one.

Car seats are an essential item for any new parents. Many parents start by purchasing an infant car seat that is able to clip on their stroller. This makes transporting a newborn much easier and convenient. Babies often grow out of the infant car seat within the first year and then parents have to purchase a rear-facing or convertible seat that a child will use for several years. Car seats can range in prices from $100 – $300 but it’s important to remember that price is not indicative of safety. All car seats have to meet US government safety standards. Experts do recommend that you should not buy car seats secondhand. If a car seat has been in an accident it may no longer be safe to use. When you buy a car seat secondhand you may not have the full history and it may not be easily visible if it has been an accident. One option is to buy an open-box car seat. Open-box means just that: a parent purchased a car seat and opened the box but never actually used it and then returned it. It can also refer to floor models that were taken out to show customers but never used in a car. Buying an open box car seat can save you anywhere from 20-40% off the retail price. You can visit a baby retailer and ask if they have any open box inventory or you can check out a site like GoodBuy Gear. GoodBuy Gear exclusively sells open box car seats and inspects all of their inventory for safety, functionality, and cleanliness ensuring you can feel good that you are prioritizing both safety and value. 

The average amount a parent spends on a baby’s first year can reach over $20,000 when you include things like diapers, furniture, childcare, and healthcare. But as you can see from above purchasing items like strollers and bassinets secondhand can save you a few thousand dollars. Those savings can be put towards your child’s college savings, other baby expenses, or allow you to splurge on other items that are more important to you and your family. And with sites like GoodBuy Gear you can do it easily and with the security knowing that you are purchasing high-quality and safe items. Babies grow quickly and buying secondhand ensures that you are not wasting money on items that may only be of value for a short period of time. Taking the time to research what you really need will be financially beneficial throughout your child’s life.

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Tips for Cleaning Out Your Child’s Closet

Having a baby or child at home can often lead to clutter. You may find yourself tripping over toys in your living room, picking up messes in the kitchen, and battling closets and drawers full of clothes that your baby quickly out grows. At times, you may feel overwhelmed trying to figure out how to organize everything. Here are some tips for cleaning out your child’s closet that are sure to help!

Do Laundry

This may sound silly. But to start your clean-out process, you’ll want to do the laundry for your children. This will give you an accurate assessment of just how much clothing your child has. Plus, no one wants to sort through dirty laundry when cleaning out your child’s closet.

Keep, Donate or Sell/Trade

As you sort through your piles of clothes and other items, start thinking about what you’re going to do with them. If you have several children, a good tip when cleaning out your child’s closet is to start with the oldest one first. This way, you can look through everything and decide if some things can be saved for their younger siblings. If you only have one child, you may also want to save things for any future children you plan to have.

Another thing to keep in mind when sorting through the clothes is the condition they are in. If they are gently used, consider donating or even selling or trading them. There are plenty of charities that need donations. You may also want to donate to a friend or another mother who needs the clothes.There are also plenty of websites and consignment shops that will help you sell or trade your clothes. The Swoondle Society is a great site that actually sends you a pre-paid bag to fill with all of your child’s outgrown clothes. They will assess the items you send and give you credit that can help you buy new items for your child. They even put together this great chart that can easily help you identify what to keep, donate or sell!

Let Your Child Help

If your children are a little bit older, make them part of the cleaning out the closet process. This will teach the early on how to organize, as well as give them a voice on what they want to keep or get rid of. Depending on the age of your child, you might even ask them to make separate keep and donate piles. Just make sure you go through those piles.

You can also make them part of the process when it comes to donating the clothing. If you are donating the clothing to a charity, have them help you put the items in the bag. If you are donating to another friend or mother, have them join you when you make the drop-off. This will be a good lesson on helping others.

Cleaning out your child's closet

Pick Your Supplies

You’re going to want to get all of the supplies you need to get organized. This includes bins, labels, hangers, hooks and shelves to name a few.  Whether you use bins, drawers or hangers and hooks will not only depend on the size of the closet, but also the age of the child. Newborns and babies might not have a lot to hang up, so organize any bins or shelves by type of clothing such as onesies and shirts on one shelf and socks on another. As they get older, hang up the shirts, dresses and pants. You can also keep an empty bin or bag to dump the clothes that your child has grown out of. The Swoondle Society’s shipping bags are reusable and hanger-friendly, so you can just hang them in your kid’s closet and put items in there as they outgrow them. This will make future closet cleanings much easier.

Organize by Use

You’re going to want to keep the items you use most somewhere within easy reach. So, decide what will work best for you. If you’re using bins, keep things like onesies, shirts and pants toward the front or middle so you can easily pull one out and go.

If the closet is on the smaller size, rotate the clothing by season. Put the most current clothing you need in the closet and store the other seasonal items in a bin.

If you love using bins, make sure you label them accordingly. This will make it easier for you and your partner to remember where everything is.

Stick with the Organization Plan

Sure, it can be easy once you’re on a roll with your organizing. But once you’ve tackled the task at hand, you’re going to want to stick with the organization plan. This will make it much easier every time you clean out your child’s closet. All of those piles you made based on the type of clothing the first time around will now be sorted in drawers.

And just like you did with cleaning out your child’s closet, you will want to get your child involved. If they see you organizing and see how you have arranged their toys and clothes, they will be more inclined to stick to the system.

One of the last tips for cleaning out your child’s closet is to remember to do it at least twice a year. And if you’re really feeling adventurous, even four times a year based on the season. But a good recommendation might be at the start of the new year and then some time in June as the weather gets warmer. Put a reminder on your calendar so you don’t forget!And remember, relax and tackle one thing at a time. Seek the help of groups or companies that will help, like The Swoondle Society! They’ll take all the guesswork out of what your child’s clothing is worth and give credit to get new stuff to organize. Before you know it, your child’s closet will be organized and clean!

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