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Second hand cot? (Not item for sale!!)

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Blueskyrain Tue 03-Jan-17 15:22:01


I've found the cot that we want, second hand for £30 rather than almost £300.

I'm asking lots of questions about it, but am a silly to think this is a good option? We could afford a new cot, and the in laws would happily but it for us, but both sets of parents don't like the idea of second hand.

What do you think about buying second hand? What sorts of questions should I ask yoyo make sure I've covered?


Mol1628 Tue 03-Jan-17 15:25:41

Second hand cot is fine. I would get a new mattress.

Ask if there are any teeth marks, my first born used to chew the bar when he was teething 🙄

Ask if all the screws and bolts are included and any instructions.

LightsLoveLaughter Tue 03-Jan-17 15:26:02

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newmumwithquestions Tue 03-Jan-17 15:26:58

Very old (decades) second hand cots could be painted in lead paint. It's its relatively recent that's not a concern.

I'd say buy it (secondhand)

Buy a new mattress to go on it though - second hand mattresses aren't recommended.

DailyFail1 Tue 03-Jan-17 15:28:06

Google it just to make sure it hasn't been recalled/require 'urgent' attachments

Blueskyrain Tue 03-Jan-17 15:31:46

It does have some teeth marks apparently. Should that make it a no go? I'd obviously see it before making any decision and will have new mattress etc.

Blueskyrain Tue 03-Jan-17 15:32:44

Its 4 years old from mothercare, only one owner, smoke and pet free house.

Cot has good reviews online.

ConvincingLiar Tue 03-Jan-17 15:41:00

Ask for photos of teeth marks. It's only likely to be cosmetic. Your baby may well do the same thing in a year and you'll be pleased it didn't cost you another £270. New mattress is a must.

Mol1628 Tue 03-Jan-17 15:41:06

Teeth marks are fine just so long as you know about them and they don't bother you. You can clean the wood so it's not really a problem.

Baby stuff is so overpriced in places like mothercare for not brilliant quality so I would definitely go for second hand in your position. That's a big saving.

daisygirlmac Tue 03-Jan-17 15:42:52

We've bought a second hand cot bed for £30, DH has sanded it down and I got some special paint and I've done it in a lovely grey, looks brand new! Yes to new mattress though.

Introvertedbuthappy Tue 03-Jan-17 15:46:41

We are using the same cot that we did with DS1 now with DS2 but obviously bought a new mattress. No issues.

Blueskyrain Tue 03-Jan-17 15:48:57

The cot is only a 20 min drive out, so we could go and inspect. Good idea on the sanding - I wasn't sure if that and repainting would be an option given babies will bite it, suck it etc.

Im sure we'll have a lot of new stuff, but I feel we may as well save money where we can!

daisygirlmac Tue 03-Jan-17 18:44:42

You need a specific type of paint so it's safe, ours is from Little Greene but there are other places too.

UKrider Tue 03-Jan-17 21:22:27

I'm looking for lots of secondhand things and cot bed included. I think it's a great idea and just get a new mattress. Good tips of what to look for.

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