Mothering Forum banner

1 - 12 of 12 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
9,431 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
DS will be 3.5 when the new baby is born. I've saved all the gear from when he was a baby, but it just occurred to me ( <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/duh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="duh"> ) that some stuff should be tossed and replaced rather than reusing our old stuff.<br><br>
I'm thinking bottles/nipples belong in that category, right? It seems like the plastic would have degraded considerably in that time span. What about my breastpump, though? That's plastic too, but I'd hate to have to buy a whole new one.<br><br>
What other things should I replace instead of reusing DS's stuff? I'll check my owner's manuals for the carseats, but most of those are good for 5-6 years, right?
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,791 Posts
I plan on reusing most of our stuff except for pacifiers and bottle nipples. But my DD is only 2 right now. . I think it changes the older your kids are.<br><br>
Eventhough the carseat I used with DD is still perfectly usable, I'm buying a new one because I want one with EPS foam. I didn't know much about carseats when I bought the Snugride, but now I know more and want a Safeseat1. But that's up to you, as long as your carseats haven't expired yet.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
718 Posts
There should be an expiration date on the carseat but yeah they are good for about 5 years. I used the same carseats (infant then later convertable) with both my boys and this baby will use them too.<br><br>
I don't see why you couldn't reuse the breast pump. And the bottles are your call. I'm reusing bottles this time (if I need them) but I bought new nipples for them. I already tossed all the pacifers (I HATE those things anyway).<br><br>
Nothing else comes to mind. I reused a lot of things from ds#1 with ds#2 that I'll be using again this time.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
102 Posts
Depending on the breastpump, you can often just replace parts that would directly touch the milk (shields, valves, etc.). But other than the valves, which on my pump seemed to be made of flimsier plastic than the other parts, I wouldn't worry too much about that.<br><br>
Bottle nipples and pacifiers, I probably would, but not the bottles themselves.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
7,085 Posts
i would check the recall status of car seat and crib and then reuse everything not recalled. that's just me, though. all of our gear is hand-me-down.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
17,896 Posts
I replaced pacifiers (in theory. i kinda consider these consumableand replace them pretty regularly. when each child outgrew them I would throw any that we had left in the grabage). Lily was still using sippy cups when Ava was born so we bought more. We loose those frequently enough that they were rotated fairly regularly anyway . . . . We replaced nipples for bottles but hardly used these anyway. I used the same breast pump. again though there was only about 12 months between the time i stopped using it for lily and started using it for Ava. When i was using my PIS I replaced the tubing fairly regularly anyway (good grief I was always sucking milk into the tubes.). Otherwise I only replaced things if they wore out or expired.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
43,705 Posts
I'd check the date on the carseat- it may or may not have expired by now.<br><br>
I see no reason not to reuse bottles or the breastpump, though you may want to get new bottle nipples. If you had latex nipples, they definitely need to be replaced, but silicone ones may be OK- see what condition they're in when you take them out of storage. If you use pacifiers, they most likely need replacing.<br><br>
Things like slings, strollers, cribs, baby swings, bouncy seats, etc, are probably still fine to use. It goes without saying that everything should be inspected first just to make sure.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,488 Posts
We are on child number 3 and have not had to replace any baby gear yet. Check stuff as you take it out of storage to make sure it looks clean and safe. I would imagine most everything should be fine. The most important thing to check would be the car seat though. I would think the plastic stuff like bottles would be fine although we only have I think one somewhere. I've kept my breast pump as well.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,721 Posts
If you use a crib, check to see that the plastic (If there was any) isn't brittle on the rail part. Ours was a hand me down and cracked because it was a few years old.<br><br>
I would replace anything that went in the mouth (nipples, pacifiers, just not your boobs) and check to make sure the plastic bottles aren't discolored or brittle.<br><br>
I would get a replacement kit for your pump to change out the valves and little teeny parts that come in contact with the milk, and are hard to clean. Same as you would if buying a used pump.<br><br>
Anything your older child is still using and would cause contention, buy another <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
Chewy toys and teething junk, if they're the soft liquid filled rings, I'd probably replace because they go brittle easily and would probably break first time a teething baby chomped down hard. Those are relatively easy to replace anyhow with harder teething stuff.<br><br>
Check the batteries in stuff like the swing if you had one (ours was a gift, and has been passed to about 5 diff families without needing new batteries though).<br><br>
For the car seat, check the expiry date, and have it inspected by a certified car seat tech if possible to make sure it's still up to current safey standards.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
13,477 Posts
crib mattresses. DS2 has asthma and is mould sensitive, and I've always wondered if that's because he was sleeping on two kid's worth of the spores that are linked to SIDS when he was tiny.<br>
Of course, hindsight is 20/20.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
9,431 Posts
Discussion Starter · #11 ·
SquishyKitty -- great suggestions, thank you! I didn't realize they sold breast pump replacement kits -- perfect!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,733 Posts
I got new nipples for the Avent bottles and put the "extra" silicone parts into my Isis. Everything else we used again.<br><br>
Of course, there were things I could have reused that I chose to *add* to... like getting a 2nd sling. I also had to buy, beg, or borrow a few things that I'd borrowed the first time and had to give back before #2.
 
1 - 12 of 12 Posts
Top