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Shopping for a new baby doesn’t have to be crazy expensive. Here are my 6 favorite second hand baby buys.
As I write this I am just three weeks away from the due date of my first baby and I’m finally at the point where I *think* I have everything we’re going to need. Just about. I’ve not actually kept a running total of much we’ve spent and we are super lucky to have some amazingly generous family and friends. That said, there are still a lot of items we’ve purchased ourselves for our impending arrival. Some have been necessities, some are just things I really wanted to feel ready and prepared. In this post I am going to share with you my six best second hand baby buys, where I got them from and how much I saved.
Everyone takes different approaches to buying they things they need for their new baby – some like everything brand new, some like everything second hand and some, like me, do a combination of both. So there’s no judgement here – however I did want to share how much I saved buying some things second hand.
These are my top six second hand baby buys – they came from a combination of places, including charity shops, second hand baby events and Facebook market place.
It’s also worth mentioning there are some items that you shouldn’t buy second for your baby such as car seats and mattresses.
My Best Second Hand Baby Buys
Total RRP £271.95
Total Spent £48
Total Saved £223.95
Baby Einstein Jumparoo (Find it on Amazon here)
Cost: £15 from Scope
I’d been keeping an eye for some sort of bouncy activity enter type thing for a while and couldn’t resist when I saw this Baby Einstein when I saw it sat outside a local charity shop on my way into town. It looked to be in excellent condition and after a wipe down at home looks as good as new. It has five different height setting so I hope baby Hawkes should be able to get plenty of use out of it! I also love that the money spent on it went to a great cause.
Tommee Tippee Sterilizer (Find it on Amazon here)
Cost £5 Facebook Market Place
Even though I plan to breastfeed I still want to be prepared in case I end up needing to use formula at any point during the first few months and part of that is having a sterilizer ready to go. Rather than having to dash out and buy an expensive one when the time comes, I’ve been keeping an eye out for a second hand one on Facebook for a little while and decided to get this one when it popped up for a fiver. I already have some bottles my mother-in-law bought for me in the mothercare sale and it had to be electric one as we don’t have a microwave!
Tommee Tippee Breast pump and Bottles (Find them on Amazon Here)
Cost £13 Facebook Marketplace
As above, even if I do really well with breast feeding (and I really hope I do!) I still want to be able express if needed and be able to involve my partner in feeding if I’m struggling or need that extra bit of support. I found this set on Facebook marketplace and it seemed perfect for what I needed without being crazy expensive.
Jungle Gym (Find a similar one on Amazon here)
RRP £49.99 (mothercare)
One of the best things I’ve done during this pregnancy is head to a local mum2mum baby event. Entrty was 32 each (although you can print out a voucher for 2 for 1 entry – I forgot!) but totally worth the entry cost for all the baby items we were able to source for very little, this baby gym being one them. Another item I’d been sort of keeping an eye out for, I really liked the of this one. It was in excellent condition and I’ve seen them go for much more than 310 second hand on Facebook.
Baby Bouncer (find a similar one on Amazon here)
Another bargain we picked up the mum2mum baby event. It’s pretty basic but it does vibrate and play music and it was brand new – it still had all the tags on, although no box. I couldn’t find an exact replica online so went with the most similar looking one I could find for cost comparison!
Mama’s and Papa’s Baby Bath (Find the same one on Amazon here)
Cost FREE – Facebook Marketlpace
This was one of the first things I picked up when I found out I was pregnant. I wasn’t particually looking for baby stuff as it was a bit early, but at the same time I couldn’t pass up a freebie!