It is always tempting
to buy baby items you need from garage sales, but because
of baby safety issues, it can be a dangerous - not to mention
life threatening - decision. But while many things, such as
baby clothing or blankets, can be a bargain basement option
for moms-to-be on a budget, there are some items that are
far too risky to buy from a garage sale.
have been many recalls on cribs made in recent years, which
can be hard to find out about if the crib no longer has
manufacturing details on it. And most cribs made prior to
September 1986 do not meet today's stringent baby safety
The old style accordian baby gates (prior 1990) are commonly
found at garage sales, but they can trap a child's neck.
Car seats. One
small fender bender can mean that a car seat is no longer
safe for a child, even if it meets all other safety guidelines,
and it is impossible to tell by looking if a car seat has
been in an accident.
play yards. Sweeping changes were made to prevent children's
deaths when they would accidently collapse with a child
inside. Unless it is fairly new - and not subject to any
other subsequent recalls - avoid.
If money is truly
an issue, look to purchase these kind of items from a trusted
friend instead. Or even consider a small loan to cover expenses.
But your baby's safety is worth far more than the money you
would save by purchasing the above from a garage sale.
And always be sure
to check that there are no recalls on any second hand item
your buy or are given, even if the person says it is fine.
You can check yourself here.