There’s very little in the world of babies that it’s worth buying new, but health, comfort and safety make the odd thing worthwhile.
I didn’t. I got one second hand from a trusted pal. They’re also plentiful at second hand markets. But there’s no way of knowing if the car seat’s been damaged or is faulty, and most car seats have an expiration date – they don’t last forever – so you might want to be careful.
Up to a certain age, they don’t need shoes at all. Booties and thick socks will do the job of keeping their feet warm. But once they start walking, it’s really important for their feet development for them to be wearing shoes that fit properly – and with the variety of sizes, this often means buying new. Startrite are still the leading brand, for good reason. Babies can need new shoes every 6-8 weeks, so look out for sales.
Books by local authors
Your kid can never have enough books. Children’s literature is important to support, so buying the odd new book (especially by an up and coming writer) can be a lovely thing to do alongside joining the library and picking up all the secondhand ones you can.
Maternity tights (if you’re growing the baby yourself)
Second hand tights are not so much a thing. They have a short shelf life, and tend to die when they’re laddered. They are super-comfy though, so if you are a person who wears tights, it’s worth the money to get a pair or few. (I wore them from before I really started showing, as I found regular tights to be uncomfortable even when Kwee (as she was then) was quite small.)
Lotions and potions are consumable, so hard to get second hand – although sometimes people will pass on unopened tubes of various things. Be wary (as with anything) of things marked ‘For babies’; they’re often quite synthetic and almost always more expensive. Our standbys are a tube of Aveeno – lovely gentle moisturiser that we all use over our face and body – a pot of Sudocrem – great nappy cream and also handy for bites and grazes – and a gentle unscented soap. Remember warm water and a cloth will often do the job, especially when they’re really little.