reCrib: Buy and Sell Top Quality Secondhand Baby Gear

ReCrib is a dreamy place to purchase high quality baby gear or make money selling used baby items. Thank goodness a site like this now exists!

If only we would have had reCrib when our babies were little. In our book, The Eco-nomical Baby Guide, we share that we each spent about a thousand dollars on our babies’ first year, and we did it by reducing, recycling and repurposing what we already had. (Typical american families spent upwards of seven thousand on baby’s first year alone!)

With reCrib you can buy heirloom quality baby gear at 40-60% off retail prices, and then sell it back (using reCrib) for a respectable sum when your baby has outgrown it. It’s essentially a top quality, online consignment store.

Hand-me-down Car Seats: Yay or Nay?

We love reading the reviews of the Eco-nomical Baby Guide on Goodreads, most of which positively glow. We were surprised to hear a particular complaint, though: Some readers didn’t like our stance on used car seats. They believe it is never okay to reuse a car seat and advocate buying a brand new one for each baby.

So what is our stance, you ask? We say reusing car seats is okay—as long as you accept one as a hand-me-down from a trusted source. That way you can be sure of the seat’s age (under five years) and know that it has never been in a car accident (in which case it must be replaced). Borrowing a year-old infant seat from your best friend? Perfect! Picking one up at a garage sale? Not recommended.