Garage sales or other private sales provide an economical way to pick up a number of necessities for a new baby.
In turn, when your own baby has outgrown them, a garage sale lets you pass the items on to other families and get back some of your initial investment.
Whether you are buying or selling used products, it is important to keep safety in mind.
Cribs made before 1986 cannot be resold as they are not likely to meet current standards. It is further recommended not to use cribs more than 10 years old due to wear and tear. When selling a crib, include the assembly instructions and date of manufacture.
Check the crib for cracks or splinters and make sure all nuts and bolts are secure. Bars should be stable with spaces between them of no more than six centimetres.
All car seats have an expiry date stamped on the back or bottom. An expired seat cannot be resold. When purchasing a used car seat, take into consideration how long it will be used and ensure that it will not expire during that time frame.
Look for the Canadian National Safety Mark (circle with a maple leaf and ‘Canada Transport’) which indicates that the seat meets Canadian manufacturing standards. Do not purchase a car seat that was manufactured in the U.S., as the safety standards are different.
Manufacturer’s information, including installation instructions, should accompany the car seat.
A seat that has been in a collision cannot be reused as it may no longer be able to provide effective protection.
Playpens, strollers, baby gates, etc.
Check over any type of baby equipment carefully before purchasing or selling. Test the item by setting it up and collapsing it several times to be sure all locking mechanisms are working. Make sure there are no loose or broken parts, and that all safety features are working correctly. The manufacturer’s assembly information should always be included with the sale.
For more information on selling or purchasing second-hand baby items, visit these websites:
• Health Canada fact sheet for garage sale vendors: www.hc-sc.gc.ca/cps-spc/pubs/cons/garage-eng.php
• Product recall information: www.healthcanada.gc.ca/cps-recalls
• Car seat regulations and installation: www.mpi.mb.ca
Shawna Munro works at the Elspeth Reid Family Resource Centre, a facility of Child and Family Services of Western Manitoba that offers
parenting information and support.
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