Through our research, we’ve found that certain baby products should always be purchased new.
For example, if you purchase a car seat second-hand, you have no idea if it’s been in an accident, whether or not the family had smokers, etc.
It’s best not to take chances from a safety perspective, especially with the car seat and crib, which is where baby will spend most of his/her time.
Bottles and nipples are another item that’s best purchased new, as bottles can carry hidden bacteria and nipples can get stretched out over time.
An item that you may be able to get some help with on is a breast pump, which is covered by most insurances.
Even if your friend offers you hers, breast pumps are really designed for one user, so you can be sure there’s no bacteria living in the parts before you use it.
Be sure to also check out the blog post where we showcase the 10 Best Baby Products from Pregnancy Magazine – a valuable list to have!
We’ve put together our best list of items that should be purchased new – let us know what other suggestions you have!
NEW PARENT LIST – BUY NEW
- Car Seat, Car Seat, Car Seat – unless you know for sure that one hasn’t been in an accident, be safe and purchase new. Keep in mind most also have expiration dates. We have pages on infant, convertible, and booster seats to start.
- Crib – these can also be purchased secondhand, but there are many out there that convert into toddler and then full beds. Usually worth the purchase – here’s our list of top rated cribs.
- Crib Mattress – usually a safe bet to purchase new, especially for the firmer sides for infants.
- Crib Bedding– be sure to pick up at least 3-4 crib sheets, as you will be changing these often and pick up even more if you have to provide at your baby’s daycare.
- Stroller/Travel System – These can also be purchased second-hand, but if you plan on using yours often (for instance, if you walk everywhere), I would buy new and check out our top rated strollers for the best ones to purchase. The Travel systems also come with the car seat/stroller together and click in easily for easy transfers.
- Breast Pump – Again, most companies cover these through insurance- be sure to check with your company! If not, buy new – too often, parts are missing or used, and are not the most sanitary. Our top rated list is great!
- Nursing Bras – If you’re nursing and/or pumping, you’ll want 2 or 3 of these bad boys for easy access.
- Bottles/Formula – Be sure to have at least 5-6 bottles and 2-3 weeks of formula on hand with different sized nipples – baby start out at the lowest number and then gradually increase as they can take in more liquid. Check out our top-rated bottles list.
- Bottle Accessories – If you’re not exclusively nursing, you’ll be washing bottles regularly. Find a bottle rack, brush and other accessories you like and set up by your sink for easy use and dry.
- Diapers/Wipes – be sure to try out a few new brands before buying in bulk to ensure your baby doesn’t have a reaction. A great way to stay on top of diapers is Amazon’s diaper subscription service.
- Baby Monitor – These help give you such a sense of peace, especially if you have a big house or sleep on opposite floors. Check out our top-rated baby monitors here.
- Baby Onesies – Be sure to have 6-12 of these on hand as baby will wear these mostly in the first few months. Zippers are easiest for on/off, ones with side snaps are better for early weeks so they won’t bother the umbilical stump. These could also come second-hand, but you can really never have too many.