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Buy Baby Stuff Online

We accept most gently-loved items that are clean and in working order (i.e. not damaged, unsafe or recalled). We do not accept clothing, shoes, car seats or stuffed animals. Read more on acceptable items here.

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Buying second-hand baby gear is a smart way to stock up on many essentials for babies, toddlers, and kids who will soon outgrow just about everything anyway. Buying secondhand is usually just fine, but in some cases used gear isn't safe. Find out what baby gear is safe to buy used, and what to avoid.

Luckily for parents, there are many online shops and apps that make it easy to find just what you're looking for at a discounted price. They also make it simple to make money selling the stuff you're looking to part with.

What it is: ThredUP is a website and app that sells high-quality secondhand clothing. Founded in 2009 by a grad student, thredUP's original concept was peer-to-peer swapping of men's clothing. It's since become a giant online marketplace, branching out into clothes for women, children, and babies.

What it is: OfferUp is an app that connects buyers to nearby sellers, Craigslist style. It was founded in 2011 by two dads in Seattle who wanted to get rid of baby gear they no longer needed.

What it is: Founded in 2011, Poshmark is one of the biggest online marketplace apps and online platforms specializing in gently used designer fashion. Poshmark has a large number of sellers who offer a diverse lineup of brands, which means it's easier to find exactly what you're looking for.

What it is: Toycycle is an online consignment shop for outgrown baby gear and toys. It started in 2019 as a local buy-and-sell platform for those in the San Francisco Bay Area (and eventually Austin, Texas), but has since branched out to include mail-in options for the rest of the U.S.

What it is: Kidizen is an online marketplace founded in 2014 by two moms through which other parents can buy and sell stylish items for their little ones. It's similar to Etsy in that each seller has a "shop" through which they can independently sell their items and earn money.

For buyers: Kidizen is easy to navigate as a buyer; the top categories of "baby," "boy," "girl," etc., are pretty self-explanatory. There's also a "with tags" category and another for "mama." Once you click on your category of choice, browse items by size, brand, price, or condition. After you find an item of interest, you can message the buyer directly or add it to your cart. Sellers may include shipping in the cost of the item or charge a separate fee.

What it is: Community message boards where parents exchange baby gear. Most BabyCenter Community groups are very chatty; its swap groups are also friendly, but more businesslike: "Here's what I have, here's what I want." You have to create a BabyCenter profile in order to join a Community group, as well as request membership to get in.

For buyers: Some parents are looking for trades, but others want to sell. A typical for-sale post may read: "I have a size-6 silk ramie cotton Natibaby woven wrap to sell. It's a magenta/purple color and it's the elves pattern/design. It's been lovely, but my son is 5 and there are no more babies in our immediate future. I'll sell it for $150."

Fees: Unlike other online marketplaces, Facebook doesn't charge a listing or selling fee. You'll only have to pay a fee if, say, your specific sale requires you to cover the cost of shipping.

What it is: The Buy Nothing Project was founded by two friends and parents in 2013 more as a social movement than a secondhand, hyperlocal online marketplace. Users exchange gifts with others in their area, but the kicker here is that everything on The Buy Nothing Project is free.

The baby swaddle is one of the first clothing garments parents will use with their children. It is used for recreating the comfort and security of the womb while your child adjusts to the outside world. Typically used from 0-3 months of age, this is simply a thin blanket used to wrap the baby firmly.

The baby onesie is a lot like a romper or a baby bodysuit, but also comes with short or long sleeve leg sections. These can cover your babies hands and feet, or be open-ended, allowing their fingers and toes to pop out at the ends. Different from the baby romper, these iconic baby garments are often used well beyond the age of one.

There are a number of baby clothing items out there that are known as Swaddle Transition products. These sometimes look a little like baby onesies or sleep sacks, but depending on which brands you choose, will typically come with their own special tailoring to help with the transitioning out of the swaddle stage.

For example, the most common baby fabric is cotton, which is good for offering both warmth, breathability, and comfort. While some parents prefer keeping it completely natural, various cotton and synthetic blends offer greater resilience or stretch than pure cotton alone.

To overcome this, make sure you pay attention to measurements and read plenty of reviews and testimonials from other parents who have already used the product. Also, check that all your baby clothes are machine washable before you purchase them!

According to Statista, revenue in the Baby Clothes segment amounts to US$47,152m in 2020 and the market is expected to grow annually by 6.4%. This means the sheer number of sellers offering baby clothing products is huge, and growing steadily.

More specialized and niche retailers will be harder to find, but perhaps more rewarding platforms for buying baby clothes online. There are a number of brands that differentiate themselves due to their unique patterns and styles, or even the way their products are designed, to offer added value to babies and their parents. Again, recommendations are a good way to find out which brands are worth exploring.

Since the first event in 2016, Target has recycled a whopping 1,700,000 car seats, partnering with Waste Management to turn the used baby stuff into construction materials and products like plastic buckets and pallets. No word yet on when the second trade-in event for 2022 is, but the first was in April, so another will be coming along soon.

We looked for great deals from retailers and baby product brands, of course. But we also looked at the fine print. Fair warning: In some cases, you'll need to pay for the cost of shipping, create a gift registry or sign up for a rewards program or newsletter (but you can always unsubscribe if your inbox gets too overwhelmed). We also looked to our savvy What to Expect community members (aka parents and parents-to-be just like you) to see which free giveaway products came recommended by several different families, plus what they had to say about things like quality and availability of the samples.

The Amazon Welcome Box will make you seriously excited for your baby's arrival. Here's the fine print about the box: You have to join Amazon Prime if you're not a member already, create an Amazon gift registry, complete 60 percent of the registry checklist and purchase at least $10 worth of items from your registry (if someone buys a $10 item for you, that counts!).

Once that happens, you'll log in to claim your offer and get a box shipped to you with an assortment of full-size, sample-size and travel-size products. The contents change depending on availability (here's an overview of what you might expect), but in the past have included about 10 items. Think: a muslin swaddle blanket, a onesie, a single pack of Dreft, a 4-ounce baby bottle, a travel size bottle of baby lotion, a 3-pack of diapers, a travel pack of wipes and single-use samples of things like diaper cream and ointment.

If you register at Target, stop by Guest Services when you're in the store to pick up your free welcome kit. The bag contains $100 worth of baby-related products and coupons (!), which is a bigger value than most other welcome kits. Parents have received 3-packs of diapers, Dreft detergent, 10-packs of Honest wipes, 10-packs of Water wipes, Lansinoh breast milk storage bags and nursing pads, a Philips Avent baby bottle, Boogie Wipes, Aquaphor and more.

One drawback: What to Expect community parents report that in-store welcome kits can be hard to come by (they're subject to availability), so you'll want to call ahead before going in to pick yours up. (Some parents recommend calling a couple different stores if you have multiple Targets nearby.) Alternatively, you can have it shipped to you. (Shipping is free if you spend $35 or more, and it doesn't have to be baby items specifically.)

When you register with Walmart, you'll get a baby box filled with freebies. It varies box to box, but you can expect to find things like Dr. Brown's bottles, Huggies diapers, A&D ointment, Baby Dove moisturizer, Liquid IV hydration powder packets (for adults), Mommy's Bliss gripe water, Dr. Brown's bottles, Huggies diapers and month milestone photo cards. Note that the box can take about a month to arrive, but for many, the haul was worth the wait.

The items in the box generally fit little ones 2 to 3 months old, so you'll want to place your order well ahead of time. Lots of moms were especially thrilled to find a Burt's Bees onesie in their boxes, but other freebies found in a recent box included: Huggies diapers, a FridaBaby Windi (a gas relief tool), Boon and Philips bottles, a pacifier, stretch mark and diaper rash cream samples, Enfamil formula, Honest wipes, Aveeno baby lotion, a hospital bag kit and several coupons. You can read the full fine print about the box here.

Some babies can be finicky when it comes to formula, and parents can quickly drop a ton of cash buying full-size versions of the various options, so it makes sense to get free samples when possible. Enfamil will send samples of a few different kinds of formula to new parents, and also send them formula coupons and gifts such as "Belly Badge" stickers, which you can place on your baby's outfit for milestone photo opps, such as "1 Month Old" and "My First Smile." If you decide you like Enfamil for your baby, you can also earn rewards and rebate coupons by using the app. 041b061a72


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