I saved everything after having my first daughter. We knew we wanted more children and we knew that it would be cost effective to save all of the clothes and baby gear for our second child.
When we found out we were having another girl, we were so excited. Not only because of the amazing blessing, but also because everything that we saved from our oldest, Harlan, would come in handy for Avery. Everything, except for one item.
The one item that I bought brand new for Avery was the infant car seat. We bought Harlan’s infant car seat over three years ago. I honestly don’t know if car seat safety guidelines have changed since then, but I wasn’t willing to take any chances. I know that car seat companies are always improving the safety standards of their product and I wanted Avery to get the safest one that we could.
It’s always advised not to buy a used car seat for your child that is more that five years old. You also shouldn’t purchase a used one that you don’t know the history of. It could have been involved in an accident, have unknown missing parks, or even broken parts. Although I know the history of our old car seat and know that it was never involved in an accident, I just didn’t feel safe giving her one that was manufactured nearly four years ago.
We didn’t have to purchase much for Avery because most of the items we used were Harlan’s, so we felt comfortable spending money on a new car seat so that we could ensure Avery’s safety while she is in the car. Avery has been given a lot of hand me downs in her short life, but she can feel comfortable knowing that the most important baby item was bought brand new just for her.
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