Safety First

If you are thinking of buying a second-hand electrical item such as a steam steriliser, mains powered bottle warmer or night-light for your child's nursery, then first consider the following: For health & safety reasons the law states that all second-hand electrical items must be tested properly by a competent person before being sold and must include the manufacturer's instruction manual.

Toys

Be aware when buying second-hand toys you should check for the CE or Lion mark signifying it has been approved safe for use in the UK, please also make sure the item is in good condition, clean with no broken parts or sharp edges. Where possible please include their instructions and should be age appropriate.

Cots, travel cots and mosses baskets

When looking at buying a second-hand cot you should check it conforms to safety standard BSEN716, has no large cut out designs that baby could trap themselves in, and bars spaced no wider than 45mm - 65mm apart (roughly the size of a fizzy drink can). The cot should be stable and clean with no flaking paint or splintering wood. The Foundation for the Study of Infant Deaths recommend that you buy a new mattress for each new baby as this can help to reduce the risk of cot death. For this reason, it is a good idea to buy a brand new, good quality mattress for your baby even if you are buying a second-hand cot. Do make sure that the mattress fits the cot well though.

Clothes

Providing they are in good quality and you wash them before your baby wears them, second-hand clothes are usually a safe bet. Do make sure you avoid items with draw strings around the neck, loose buttons and leather shoes (as these will have moulded to the previous wearers feet). It's also important to check the label for fire advice. Baby clothes approved safe for wear in the UK will usually state 'low flammability to BS5722' in black labels or 'keep away from fire' in red labels on the label.

Car seats

Car seats can be sold at Bump2baby Markets as people will want to buy them, however we do not recommend to buyers that they buy a second-hand car seat, although people will want to buy them the market is small, you should also be aware that you can buy cheap branded car seats for around £25 new so it’s it very unlikely a buyer will pay more the £15-£20 for a second -hand one.
Car seats are one of the few items that you should buy new as even minor collisions can cause some unseen damage that could compromise your baby’s safety.

Prams/Buggies/Pushchairs

Make sure any second-hand pushchair complies to the latest safety standards (BS 7409:1996 or EN 1888), feels stable and has a 5-point harness. It should be fitted with two separate locking devices to stop it collapsing, the brakes should be in good working order and the tyres should be evenly but not excessively worn. You should also check the pushchair is clean, intact and comes with full instructions.

Electrical items

If you are thinking of buying a second-hand electrical item such as a steam steriliser, mains powered bottle warmer or night-light for your child's nursery then first consider the following: For health & safety reasons the law states that all second-hand electrical items must be tested properly by a competent person before being sold and must include the manufacturer's instruction manual.

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