Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012
I feel caught sometimes between being the mom who would totally accept a secondhand crib (it saves a couple hundred bucks…and keeps a big piece of furniture out of the landfill) and being the editor who knows that baby hand-me-downs can be unsafe (there’s a reason why my local Salvation Army won’t take baby gear). Cribs are meant to be assembled only once, and so if you’re using a crib that’s been taken apart and put together a couple of times, it’s likely not secure. Add to that the millions of recalled cribs in the past five years and the only conclusion you can reach is that a new crib is your safest bet.
The same is said of car seats and strollers. I’m sure that most second- and third-born kids get their big sibling’s hand-me-down, but if you can afford to buy new, I can attest that the safety features get more sophisticated every year. The side-impact protection on today’s infant car seats is like nothing that existed three years ago. And after a rash of stroller-folding accidents, many of those are now built differently as well.
So if you’ve got old stuff you wish could be new, Babies “R” Us and Toys “R” Us are hosting their Great Trade-In Event. You bring in an old piece of baby gear that you’re wary of, and exchange it for 25 percent off a new item from Baby Trend, Chicco, Evenflo, Graco or S1 by Safety 1st. They’re swapping stuff such as playards and highchairs too. It starts Friday August 24th and ends on Sunday September 16th, and is available at all their stores nationwide. Read everything about it here. Yes, unfortunately, this doesn’t mean you’re getting things free…just at a discount. Not as attractive as free. But the gear is safer! And safer is better than free.Add a Comment