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Should You Buy New or Used? A Guide to Baby Gear



From strollers and cribs to clothes and bottles, the amount of stuff your little one requires can add up quickly — but shopping secondhand and welcoming hand-me-downs can save you money as you stock up on baby supplies. That said, while some baby gear is perfectly fine to reuse, for other necessities it’s safer to shell out a bit more money and buy first-hand. Here's when it's safe to buy secondhand and when you should buy new.

Baby Gear to Consider Reusing


Buying new baby clothes can be as fun as shopping the racks for yourself! But before you scoop up every adorable item you see, a tip: Your little one is set to gain one pound and lengthen by one inch each month, on average. So save money by re-using a sibling’s or a friend’s hand-me-downs or shopping resale (especially smart with dressy or holiday clothes and shoes that are usually only worn a couple of times). Just be sure your finds don’t have drawstrings, loose buttons or ties, which could be choking or entanglement hazards, and check labels to make sure sleepwear is flame-resistant.


As you may have learned already, it’s impossible to predict what your baby will enjoy. So go easy on your wallet and take a test drive with secondhand playthings and board books before you buy new. Just be on the lookout for loose hardware or chipping paint, and leave behind anything with small parts that could be choking hazards. Simple toys with few or no moving parts, like blocks, rattles and stacking cups, are consistently safe bets.


Baby bathtubs are fine to buy used as long as you check to be sure there’s no mold or mildew. Babies grow out of these faster than you can say rubber ducky, so you should be able to save money on one that was barely used. Just be sure to avoid bath seats, bath rings or inflatable tubs that fit in the bathtub, as they can be dangerous.

Changing Table

You can definitely save money by purchasing a gently used changing table. Just make sure the one you get it has side railings on all four sides and comes with a safety strap, and watch out for chipping paint and missing parts. If you’re short on space, you can also buy a changing pad that will turn any corner into a temporary changing station. Don’t forget to stock your changing table (and the hall closet and your diaper bag) with Huggies Diapers and Huggies Wipes. Huggies Little Snugglers Diapers provide outstanding skincare to protect your new baby’s perfect skin, available in preemie and newborn sizes only.

High Chair

Voluntary safety standards require a high chair to have a five-point harness to prevent a child from climbing out as well as a fixed crotch post so he can't slide out. If these two features are accounted for, a hand-me-down high chair is fine. Avoid high chairs with arms that lift the tray over the baby's head.

Baby Gear to Buy New

Breast Pump

Secondhand breast pumps are everywhere. And yes, new pumps are pricey. But a used consumer-grade pump (if it isn’t your own, of course) has the potential for cross-contamination. Risking exposing your newborn to bacteria or viruses just isn't worth it.

Car Seat

While a car seat can cost plenty, this is money well spent. Safety standards for car seats change frequently, and materials — even of the most expensive models — degrade over time. Also, a seat's past history can prevent it from fully protecting your child in an accident. So play it safe and buy new.


Federal regulations changed in 2011, prohibiting manufacturers from producing drop-side cribs, which can be dangerous for babies and even deadly. You may see them at yard sales, but pass them by. If you can't afford a new crib, a new portable crib — which is less expensive, but just as safe, as a full-size one — is preferable. Everyone will get a better night’s sleep.


For sanitary reasons, it’s best to avoid reusing crib mattresses too — it’s guaranteed another baby has peed, pooped and spit up in them, and they can be contaminated with bacteria and mold. Older mattresses sometimes contain chemicals that are best avoided (phthalates, BPA). Plus mattresses get softer with use, and it’s best to always use a firm mattress to help prevent SIDS.

Play Yards

Newer models more likely adhere to safety standards that went into effect on February 28, 2013, which rectify issues with earlier models (like a top-rail hinge that can collapse, putting children at risk of being trapped or strangled).


Strollers have evolved a lot through the years, making some considerably safer and more turnkey, according to Consumer Reports’ stroller tests. In fact, new standards went into effect for stroller manufacturers as of September 10, 2015. Considering this is usually the workhorse in your stable of baby gear, ante up for one of the latest models.

Soft Infant Carrier

Strap-on carriers and slings are notorious for recalls, so buy new to ensure that you’re carrying your baby safely — and even then, check that straps, snaps and other closures work as intended.

Tips for Online Shopping

Websites such as Craigslist and eBay are replete with used baby goods. But before you buy, be sure to ask these questions:
• What's the model number? Checking for recalls is job one. For the latest recall information, visit
• How much is shipping? Sometimes shipping costs makes a used item cost as much as a new one.
• Does it come with the instruction manual? You need it, to see when the item was made and to ensure proper usage.

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The Real Dirt On Baby Clean

When it comes to dropped pacifiers or food, forget the five-minute rule: Any transfer of germs, dirt or what-have-you happens on contact. But should you freak out if a pacifier or banana hits the floor? Depends on where it’s dropped.

The reality is that germs are everywhere. If someone with a cold sneezes or coughs, the germs can land on surfaces and be spread to baby’s nose, mouth or eyes by touch.

The good news is you can protect your baby from infection by:

  • Washing your own hands often
  • Keeping shared toys and surfaces clean with a ten percent water-and-bleach solution or other disinfectant
  • Using sanitizing wipes or changing pads on public surfaces – for instance, on shopping-cart handles and public changing tables

If you’re at home, a quick rinse of the food or binky to wash off lint and germs is probably all you need to do. But if the pacifier falls on the floor of a rest-stop bathroom, you might want to take it out of circulation until you can fully sanitize it by boiling it for 15 minutes.

But don’t sweat the dog slobber: Your baby can’t catch any parasites from dog toys or a quick lick on the cheek or high chair tray. If you let your pooch clean your high chair or dishes after a meal, it doesn’t hurt to rinse the baby’s tray and dishes thoroughly in warm, soapy water or in the dishwasher, though.


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Top 5 Things That Change When Baby Starts to Move

My baby's first steps are the entrance to a world of new beginnings. What used to be so "far" is suddenly just a few wobbly steps away. As a dad, before my eyes, I get to watch my little guy start exploring, cause joyful mischief, and find a world of excitement all on his own.

In recent weeks, our house has been filled with "moving" moments that make a father proud-as well as make any parent realize they needed to prepare!

To help with that, here's a look at the top 5 things that change when baby starts to move.

  1. Your Home:
    Cupboards, ovens, drawers, laundry... it's all fair game now. If they hadn't been exploring before, with their newfound freedom, those baby latches better be on tight. Folded clean clothes will become a pile on the floor, placemats in the bottom drawer will be strewn across the kitchen floor, and everything becomes a destination. A place to celebrate the journey.

  2. Your Job Description:
    When those tiny toes start moving across the floor, I instantly turn into a cheerleader, motivator, and backseat driver. While we're still using a learning walker, I can't get enough watching him cruise the kitchen with me cheering him along! As I gently steer and direct from behind, he's ready to race into the outstretched arms of Mom, waiting for him. We try to keep him safe, while setting him free. Sounds of giggles and glee fill the house (and that's just from me).

  3. Your Memory:
    As a new parent, these first 11 months have been a whirlwind of exhaustion, excitement, and memories. We've filled phones, memory cards, and our minds with beautiful visual images of all his firsts. And his first steps will be like starting anew - a transition, a change, an exit from baby into toddler. Any parent can tell you when their kid started walking, it's a memory-making moment that stays with you forever.

  4. Your Baby:
    The feeling of freedom is something we as adults can often overlook. As babies take their first steps, it's a feeling they've never experienced. The look on their face, the excitement, and confidence they gain from those first steps forward may be forgotten by them, but will live on with you. Maybe even captured on camera? You'll never forget their look of experiencing freedom for the first time!

  5. You:
    Keeping up with a baby is hard when they're crawling. Now that they're walking, you're on the go with them at all times. Holding their hands to keep those unsteady feet sturdy and strong as they go. From this point on, you'll be chasing, wrangling, and loving every, nearly every moment of it. They're growing up, wanting to tackle new challenges, and ready to let you lead them (from behind) into the next steps of life.

As a parent, there's nothing quite like the feeling of those first few steps. They're conversation starters, office bragging material, and sentimental feelings that tug on your heartstrings as your baby grows up. With camera or phone in hand, you follow them around, waiting to document these first steps into a new stage.

And if you're like me, conflicted feelings may just wash over you. I'm elated for those first few steps... only to realize as my mini-me is moving forward, I'm taken back to all those cuddly moments after his birth.

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5 Not-So-Common Baby Proofing Tips You Should Know


Baby Development: The Steps to Baby’s First Steps

It’s baby’s first big move to becoming an independent little person: her first steps! Here are the five gross motor milestones that precede baby’s ability to walk.

It’s what every parent waits for with impatience: Those first camera-worthy steps. Despite all of the many concerns accompany raising a child (Am I feeding baby enough? Is her development on track? Will I ever sleep again?), you’ll be delighted to watch as your baby hits each big gross motor developmental milestone on the path to walking, from lifting her head to standing. Keep in mind that the pace and order of these milestones can vary a lot from baby to baby — and for the vast majority of infants, differences in developmental timelines are normal and healthy. So if you’re already a mom, don’t be surprised if your second (or third) child seems to be developing some skills slower (or faster!). Here are the five exciting gross motor milestones you can expect your baby to achieve within the first 12 to 18 months of life that lead to your baby’s first momentous steps.

Lifting her head and rolling over

Lifting her head and rolling over After nine months scrunched up in your womb, your baby’s first big job will be gaining the muscle control required to control and lift her head (to 90 degrees by 4 months) and then roll over from tummy to back and back to tummy (usually by about 6 months). Both skills are helped by plenty of “tummy time,” or practice mini-pushups to develop necessary muscles. Once your baby does start rolling over, try encouraging rolling in both directions to help build up balanced muscles on both sides that your baby will rely on when it’s time to start sitting up and crawling.

Sitting Up

Once your baby’s got the hang of lifting her head, she’ll likely be ready for a change of scenery — at which point, she’ll start sitting up. Your baby will likely be ready to sit up with support by about 3 to 4 months old, and by 6 to 9 months your baby will have developed the muscle support to do so without support. Encourage your baby to explore sitting by propping her up in her stroller or your lap.

Life changes for everyone once your little one learns to move on her own! Get ready for some exercise, because baby has exploring to do. You may be amazed by just how fast a baby can crawl — and how quickly time passes, because soon your little one will be standing and then walking. This time of life calls for a diaper that can keep up. Huggies Little Movers give your baby a more comfortable fit as they set off to explore the world.
Little Movers Diapers have double grip strips and a unique contoured shape so baby can explore more with a comfy fit that lasts.


While you might have imagined your crawling baby traveling on her hands and feet, babies have a variety of crawling styles: Some move around on their bellies, some crawl backwards or sideways, some scoot. Most don’t begin until close to 9 months or later — although some skip crawling altogether and move straight to standing up. If your baby doesn’t crawl, in fact, she may end up walking even earlier.


Though babies don’t start standing until about 7 months at the earliest, most begin building the muscles they need to stand by extending their legs and bouncing on your lap. Your baby will start to pull herself up by holding onto your leg or a piece of furniture. In the early months, she may get stuck in the standing position — a situation which can quickly become frustrating, especially if it results in a lot of falling down. You can help by gently lowering your baby into a sitting position until sitting becomes more natural. Most babies get the hang of standing (and sitting back down) by 14 months.


Break out your phone — the moment has finally arrived: Baby’s first steps! Learning to walk takes strength, coordination and plenty of practice. Standing, bouncing and eventually “cruising” around by holding onto one piece of furniture to the next helps your baby hone the skills she needs. Some babies start walking around 9 months, but many don't start walking well until 14 months or later; up to 18 months is rarely a cause for concern. When your baby walks often has to do with genetics, as early and late walking tends to run in families, as well as her weight, build and personality. So relax, mom, your baby’s time to walk will come.

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What You Need To Know About Infant Car Seats

A car seat is the most important piece of baby gear—the hospital won’t let you drive your baby home without one. Before you get behind the wheel, read this.

  1. Pricier does not mean safer.

    All car seat manufacturers are required to meet the same strict safety standards, notes Alisa Baer, M.D., a New York City-based pediatrician and certified child passenger safety instructor. "When I first shopped for a seat, I realized the difference in price is often due to a designer name or fancier fabric," says Jill Hunt, a mom of three in Atlanta, Georgia. What’s most important: making sure a model fits your car. 
  2. Go for new over used.

    The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) caution against buying a second-hand car seat if you don’t know the seat’s history(to make sure it hasn’t been in an accident); it’s older than six years; it has visible cracks; it’s missing parts or the instructions; or the seat was recalled (check or call the NHTSA’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 888-327-4236). Says Dr. Baer, who runs the website The Car Seat Lady, "When in doubt, it is best to buy a new car seat—it’s the only baby product parents purchase that has the potential to save a child's life." 
  3. Make sure properly installed.

    A certified child passenger safety technician can teach you how to install the seat correctly. To find one near you, visit or call 1-866-SEAT-CHECK. Breanna Gunn, a mom of one in Friendswood, Texas, got help from a trained technician at her local police station: "As a new mom, I was relieved to find someone who could make sure my car seat was installed the right way."
  4. Keep the straps snug.

    In the winter, bulky snowsuits or coats can prevent straps from fitting right. Dr. Baer recommends dressing the baby in three thin layers instead, such as a bodysuit, a footed sleeper, and a button-down cardigan, and then adding a blanket (over the straps, which should be snug against baby’s body).
  5. Keep baby rear-facing as long as possible.

    You might be eager to switch your convertible car seat to the forward-facing position, but the AAP recommends that children ride rear-facing as long as possible—until they reach the height and weight limits set by the car seat manufacturer. (At a minimum, babies should stay rear-facing until they turn 1 and weigh at least 20 lbs.) Says Dr. Baer, "Studies show that even 3- and 4-year-olds are five times safer riding rear-facing than forward." Drive safely!

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5 Not-So-Common Baby Proofing Tips You Should Know

There are some things that are known to be absolutely essential when it comes to childproofing a home. The installation of items such as safety latches, electrical outlet covers and toilet seat locks are among those things that most of us know are critical to providing a safe home environment for baby.

But there are other preventative measures that can be taken to keep little ones protected from household hazards, and some of those strategies and dangerous items may not immediately come to mind when you start childproofing.

Here’s what you should know:

  1. Beware of button cell batteries – The small, round lithium batteries used in remotes, toys and games are extremely dangerous for baby. “If swallowed, the battery could get stuck in the esophagus where saliva can trigger an electrical current, that causes a chemical reaction, that can severely burn baby’s esophagus in as little as two hours,” says Debra Holtzman, child safety expert and author of the book The Safe Baby: A Do-It-Yourself Guide to Home Safety and Healthy Living. Use duct tape to secure the battery compartments of all items in your home that require these batteries, and then put them out of reach.

  2. Be strategic with safety gates – Get your gates up before baby becomes a crawler. When choosing gates, keep in mind that only hardware mounted safety gates should be used at the top and bottom of stairs in your home. Holtzman warns that a pressure bar gate (the kind that attaches to the wall with pressure instead of screws) should never be used at the top of stairs because it could give way if your little one pushes on it. Those gates are best used in hallways or for separating rooms.

  3. Dump the detergent pods – Those brightly colored packs of dishwasher or laundry detergent could look like candy or juice to your crawler or walker. “I recommend that parents avoid using laundry detergent pods if they have children under the age of six,” says Holtzman. Nearly 12,000 cases of laundry packet exposures involving children under six were reported to poison control centers in 2014.

  4. Go cordless – Replace any blinds, shades or other window treatments with cords as they pose a strangulation hazard to your baby. In the nursery, create a cord-free zone near baby’s crib by keeping corded baby monitors (and any other items with cords, strings or ribbons) at least three feet away from any part of the crib. Apply the same rule to any area in your home where baby naps.

  5. Prevent drowning hazards – Crawlers and walkers can both drown in as little as one inch of water because they are top heavy and don’t have the upper body strength needed to lift themselves out of dangerous drowning situations. That means that toilets, buckets, sinks, coolers and bathtubs can all pose an in-home drowning risk to your little one.  Be sure to store all buckets upside down, empty ice out of coolers, keep toilet lids closed and use toilet seat locks, and remember to always drain water out of the bathtub. Make it a rule to always stay attentive and within arms reach whenever baby is anywhere near water.
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How to Child Proof Your Home Before and After Baby Arrives

By Bethany Kandel for

Most parents begin to worry about how to safeguard their little one from all the dangers in the outside world even before baby arrives on the scene. For peace of mind, you can begin by making your home baby-safe and secure during your pregnancy and beyond with some simple childproofing steps; many of which are common sense.

Experts advise you to get down on your hands and knees to see how things look from a baby's perspective. Where would you go? What can you reach? What would you touch?

Remember that childproofing is not a one-shot deal. As baby reaches different levels of mobility - crawling, toddling, walking -- you will have to ramp up your protective tactics. Some of these suggestions can wait until baby becomes mobile and can roll, crawl or move toward danger, but it's never too soon to begin thinking about the potential hazards and how they can be fixed. You can even put some safety items like cabinet and toilet seat locks on your gift registry for use when the time comes.

Here is a room-by-room checklist to get you started:



  • Cover electrical outlets.
  • Use gates to keep stairways, exercise equipment and other potential dangers off limits.
  • Install window guards or window stops
  • Make sure heavy bookshelves, dressers and even appliances like television sets and lamps are bolted down and cords are hidden. Put heavier items on lower shelves so furniture is not top-heavy.
  • Cover sharp edges and corners.
  • Put non-slip pads under all rugs.
  • Replace any looped cords on blinds or curtains.
  • Move plants out of reach and get rid of any that are poisonous if ingested.
  • Get out of the habit of leaving coins, keys, matches, mints, paper clips and other small items in bowls or on counters around the house. Even purses should be hung out of reach because they often contain medicine and other safety hazards.
  • Program numbers for your local Poison Control Center into your mobile phone -- and post next to landlines -- as well as those for the pediatrician, grandparents and other nearby neighbors in case of emergency.



  • Do not use hand-me-down cribs from before 2011, when federal safety requirements were tightened. Vintage cribs from your own childhood should never be used even for a visit to grandma's house.
  • Be sure to position the crib and changing table away from windows, lamps, hanging wall decorations, electrical or blind cords, shelves and climbable furniture.
  • Keep the crib clutter-free without pillows, heavy quilts, fluffy blankets, bulky bumpers or large stuffed animals that could be a suffocation hazard or a larger child could use to climb out.
  • Place diapers and all changing supplies within reach of the changing table so you never have to leave baby unattended to retrieve something.



  • Set hot-water heater below 120 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Attach a toilet lock.
  • Store all toiletries and cleaning products on high shelves or in cabinets with baby locks. Remember, even perfume, nail polish remover, baby oil, mouthwash, rubbing alcohol and deodorizers can be hazardous.
  • Always unplug electrical appliances like curling irons after use and store them safely.



  • Put latches on dishwasher and all lower cabinets and drawers.
  • Affix a stove shield or stove-knob covers. Use back burners when possible, and always turn handles toward the back.
  • Keep pet food bowls and litter boxes out of reach.


Living/Dining Room

  • Store knick-knacks on high shelves.
  • Use a fireplace screen and store fire utensils and matches away from baby.


7 Tips for Baby Proofing Your Home for the Holidays

By Lauren Jimeson,

The holiday season is in full swing, and while I love this time of year, it also makes me extremely nervous for a number of reasons. This is our first year spending the holidays in a house rather than a small apartment. I've dreamt of the decorations that will fill the house and the tree that will glow in the corner of our living room. But while it's fun to dream, I know that I also need to face reality. Holiday decor and children can be an unsafe combination.

Now that Macks is into everything in our house, I can only imagine that it will get worse once we have more decor indoors. Keeping him safe is my top priority, so I went to the expert to see how I can keep our home safe this holiday season. Since having a home during the holidays is new to us, I asked Kimberlee Mitchell, Child Safety Expert & Founder of Boo Boo Busters, for her tips on how to baby proof our home for the holiday season. She gave me some great tips and I wanted to share them with you so that you, too, can have a safe home for the holidays.

1. Remember, They Have All Eyes on You - It's fun to get the kids involved in decorating, but we should be mindful of climbing up onto counters, chairs, ladders, out windows, and other things that are somewhat dangerous. Our children are quick studies of our actions, so we need to be sure that we are making safe choices. It's best to do to real dangerous work while the kids are sleeping. It'll be more magical for them to wake up to see it all transformed anyway! Do not leave the ladders, staple guns, or tools around and accessible.  If you stand on the kitchen table to hang decor, don't be surprised to soon see your toddler on the kitchen table as well.  If you hold nails or screws in your mouth while working, guess who will aim to do the same? It's always a good idea to be mindful of what we are doing around our children to make sure that it's safe for everyone in the family.

2. Use Just Wrapping Paper - When wrapping gifts, just use wrap. Stay away from decorating the gift wrap with bows and ribbon that could pose a strangulation hazard, any type of tape that they could ingest and choke upon. Don't decorate the gifts with ornaments; your child will have access to that and if they are glass, they could break and choke. It's just not safe. Perhaps wrap everything in paper, and then when it's time to hand out to family, have a bag of bows handy and slap a bow on it!

3. Think "Less is More" with Decor - When you have a baby crawling around and/or learning to walk, just as Macks is, less is more when it comes to decorations.  Mitchell found that when her kids were little, pulling out 1/3 of the decor was less pressure on her both for set-up and take down, plus it made navigating the baby away far easier. Pick your favorite decor and display it out of reach, but consider forgoing the small glass figurines that are breakable and a magnet for a baby. Clutter will lead to chaos. Less decor will translate to less stress and allow for you to relax and enjoy far more this holiday season.

4. Opt for a Mini Tree - There's no escaping it: Babies make a beeline for Christmas trees. To make for a stress-free holiday season and a "No No"-free environment, opt for a mini tree(s) this year and display it on a tabletop or counter. Get that gorgeous mini Douglas fir or flocked tree you've been wanting for years and then decorate it with your favorite ornaments. Or splurge and create a tree in the new color scheme you see in all the magazines - it's small, so it won't be that pricey! Keep the others packed away this year and enjoy the simplicity.

5. Consider Your Gates/Barriers - Work with the existing babyproofing you have already installed in your home during the holidays. If you have gates installed, display decor on the other side of the gate. You might have to reposition a few things this year, but it will allow you to decorate without worry.

6. Beware of Candles - Candles are often used to make the home smell wonderful; however when there are little ones around, it makes sense to skip them or only burn them when the baby is down.

7. Enjoy Your Peace of Mind - Childproofing our home will give us so much peace of mind throughout the holiday season and year 'round.  When our family or friends' kids come over, we can feel that confidence, as will our guests, and it makes relaxing so much easier. Sure, it might take some time to see exactly what you need and it could cost more than you intended initially; however, it pays precious dividends day after day, and year after year, as you are able to enjoy knowing you've covered your bases and have left no safety stone unturned!

After speaking with Kimberlee Mitchell, I now feel so much more prepared for the holidays. This is a special time of year for everyone in the family, especially Macks, because it's his first time celebrating the season. With these tips, I can enjoy the season knowing it will be a safe one.

Have a safe and happy holiday season!


Boo-boo bag to the rescue

Whether you are going on a family vacation or just to the playground, it's a good idea to pack a first-aid kit. If you have little ones, you’re going to need it sooner or later.

The organizational experts over at momAgenda suggest you make your own medical supply kit in a plastic zip bag and just keep it in your car. That way it will always be there when you need it.

Here's what to include in the bag:

  • Band-aids
  • Pain relievers (Children's TYLENOL or MOTRIN and some Advil for Mom)
  • Children's Benadryl (in case of an allergic reaction)
  • Neosporin (or other anti-bacterial cream)
  • Aloe (in case of a sunburn)
  • Thermometer

With a bag full of these supplies, you should be covered in the event of a mishap. But as we moms know, sometimes it just takes a kiss or a hug from mom or dad.

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