Ah, babies and all their stuff. Strollers and high chairs and swings, oh my! We all know how much we can accumulate as new parents and the expense of it all. One of the annoying things about most baby stuff is that it only gets used for a very short period of time. Some of it is purchased and then never used because it didn’t work for whatever reason. So much money spent for such a short period of time! It’s a little sad, especially if you’ve seen The Story Of Stuff.
But really, if you think about it “Reduce, Reuse , Recycle” can easily be applied to most baby gear. You should never get a used car seat, and, although not a hard and fast rule, I’d recommend buying a new diaper disposal system, but other than those and maybe a few other exceptions, all baby items can be acquired second (or third, or fourth) hand.
Whether it’s from a sibling, friends, your local mom’s group or craigslist- you can pretty much find any item you want with just a few months of use. Take the swing for example: The swing I used started out at one friend’s, was passed on to me, and now it’s at another friend’s. Our crib and high chair were purchased on craig’s list, and I’m currently polling my mom’s list for a raincoat for Fuzz this summer.
The best part? You can pass it on or resell it when you’re done. It’s a win-win. Win for you, win for the earth.
If you haven’t seen the story of stuff- you should check it out below: