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Need advice - adoption baby gear

Garage sale time of year is here and I want to take advantage of deals, but don't really know what I should be picking up! Any advice on what to find used or to avoid looking for at these sales?  I don't want to go overboard on getting clothes and such yet, since I have no idea what size to get, but I thought I could look for some of the other basics - stroller, bouncer, monitor, etc. 

Was there anything you wished you had bought ahead of time, or anything that is great to pick up used instead of paying full price new?

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  • Great question, I was wondering that too. I would love to get some garage sale deals, but being first time parents we have NO idea what to buy
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  • We adopted a toddler so the baby gear stuff didn't really apply to us, but I have an in-home daycare so I definitely have advice!

    - swing. I think this is a must have for an infant under 6 months. 

    - bouncer/exersaucer. This is a must

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    Garage sale time of year is here and I want to take advantage of deals, but don't really know what I should be pick

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  • Stay away from car seats. Otherwise, I think a bouncer and a swing are good to have and not pay full price. A pack play is also very handy.
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  • I'd also beware of cribs as there have been a lot of recalls recently. Do your homework before you buy a used one.
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    We didn't go to any garage sales, just family members who are through with their baby stuff.  I have a glider, swing, and baby monitor. I have on hold for us a pack and play, baby jogger and bassinet.  I would not take the bath tub since it was
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  • I'd have the CPSC recall list on your phone ready to look at when you visit sales, just to make sure that great deal on the crib or stroller isn't because it's been recalled.

    I'd avoid anything with a lot of cloth/plush, as I believe a lot of peo

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  • I second being cautious of garage sale/craigslist car seats, mattresses, pack and plays, stuffed animals, plush furniture.

    Best garage sale things: books, plastic toys, strollers, baby carrier, furniture wooden

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  • Do not buy a used crib mattress or car seat. Safety and peace of mind make it worth it to buy new.  If you are getting either of those two items from a close friend or family, that is one thing, but I would absolutely not get either at a garage sa

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  • Thanks everyone for your advice!  I just feel a bit overwhelmed with all the baby stuff out there and how much it costs new.  This is good to know what's ok to look for at sales this spring. I don't think I'll be getting a baby shower to help ou
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