Second hand babies rule, says survey

Preparing for a new born baby is one of the most expensive things a person can do, especially at present when money is tight.

So how do you keep on top of costs and ensure you don’t over spend?  By choosing to purchase second hand goods; according to a survey undertaken by Preloved, one of the UK’s biggest online classified ad websites. More than 300% more parents are buying second hand this year compared with the same time last year.

In a survey of 1,650 new parents or parents-to-be 89% had purchased more than three items second hand for their new born or impending birth.

67% of those stated that pushchairs/prams and cots have been their top purchases, with 23% explaining they had bought everything second hand.

73% found these items either online or using classified ads.

Interestingly, 43% of those surveyed had also sold their own items before the birth of their child to make some extra money and also much needed room.

Those surveyed seemed unwilling to spend huge amounts of money, with people being more conscious of prices since the economic downturn.

One couple surveyed had saved up £1,500 which they estimated would just about cover the cost of pushchair, cot, car seat, clothing, a month’s worth of nappies and feeding equipment. By buying second hand, the couple managed to reduce this amount to only £575.

Ian Buzer MD of Preloved says, “A couple of years ago people seemed to enjoy the thrill of spending vast amounts of money during the first few months of their child’s life. However, as babies are only in these items for a very small amount of time, people now seem to be catching on to the fact that you can get absolute bargains in mint condition if you opt to buy second hand. People no longer want to waste their hard earned money.”

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