What should parents keep in mind when buying preowned goods for their children?
Many used baby products are safe bets, especially clothing and books, said Joan Muratore, test program leader, babies & kids, Consumer Reports. Newer toys and gear need to meet certain guidelines because of federal safety standards and tougher paint and lead regulations.
For clothing, avoid items with drawstrings, pompoms, toggles and other sewn-on decorative items, which present choking or strangulation hazards, Muratore said.
A North Face jacket or pair of Ugg booties is a great resale buy because little ones often donít put a lot of wear and tear on these upscale goods, said resale expert Lauren Lerner.
Bouncers and exersaucers are expensive and difficult to put together. Buying from a reputable source with positive feedback could be a good option because they can be sanitized, Lerner said.
All baby and childrenís products must have permanent tracking labels with the model number and how to contact the manufacturer, Muratore said.