As a new parent, there are many expenses to consider when it comes to preparing for your baby’s arrival. From nappies and wipes to cots and prams, the cost of baby items can add up quickly. However, buying some second hand baby items can be a smart way to save money without sacrificing quality or safety.

Here are some of the best baby items that can be purchased second-hand:

1. Clothing

Babies grow incredibly fast, which can make buying expensive clothing an unnecessary expense. Many second-hand shops, even online ones like Preloved, and online marketplaces offer gently used clothing at a fraction of the original cost. Make sure to thoroughly wash and inspect any second-hand clothing before dressing your baby. Bundles via Facebook marketplace can be a real bargain. Locally, we have a swap sale that happens regularly where you can exchange good condition items for others in a different size – great idea!

2. Toys

Babies and young children often lose interest in playing with toys quickly, and this is absolutely normal in terms of child development, which means that buying them new can be a waste of money. Second-hand shops often have a wide selection of toys that are still in excellent condition. Be sure to sanitise any toys before giving them to your baby. You may also find some great buys to be had via online sellers.

3. Baby Gear

Larger baby gear items like prams, highchairs and bouncers can be expensive when purchased new. However, many parents only use these items for a short period of time before their child outgrows them. Second-hand shops and online marketplaces can offer these items at a fraction of the cost, and often in excellent condition. Just make sure to double-check any straps and moving parts to ensure that they are in good working order.

4. Books

It’s never too early to start reading to your baby. However, the cost of children’s books can add up quickly. I know I invested in so many Julia Donaldson ones for my daughters and the total cost must have been three-figures – crazy! Imagine how much money I could have saved! Second-hand market stalls, charity shops and online marketplaces often offer a wide selection of gently used children’s books at a fraction of the original cost.

5. Nursery Furniture

Cots, changing tables and dressers can be some of the most expensive items on a baby’s to-buy list. However, as with other baby gear, these items are only used for a short period of time before the baby grows out of them. Second-hand stores and online marketplaces can be great places to find gently used nursery furniture for a fraction of the cost. Be sure to check that any furniture meets current safety standards before use. Additionally, it is vital to replace mattresses, only using new ones for babies, to minimise any risk to your baby’s health. There are only certain second hand baby items that are acceptable and mattresses are definitely something to avoid.

When it comes to buying second hand baby items, the key is to be vigilant about safety and quality. Make sure to inspect items thoroughly and clean them before use. Additionally, it is crucial to research current safety standards for any baby items to ensure that they’re up to date.