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Cleaning second hand pushchairs

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Daisybell1 Fri 08-Jul-11 09:30:55

I wonder if you ladies can help me? I am 30 weeks and already have a selection of pre-loved pushchairs (4! blush). I love my little collection already but my sister is panicking about spores and I now feel like a bad mother confused

I've stripped off any soft fabrics and put those through the wash and have pressure washed the frames. This will be sufficient, won't it? I'm wondering about whether I need to buy a new mattress for the carrycot as it may be used occasionally overnight.

Help! How clean do I have to get this second hand stuff???

For background, we live on a farm so LO will probably ingest far worse things during its first year of life....

DingleDangleDiva Fri 08-Jul-11 09:39:40

Definately get a new carrycot matress as baby vomit etc sticks in the foam and can be toxic over time.

Other than that as long as you can't see any mould or really grubbby bits then you should be fine smile

Cheap matresses

FWIW I ended up going through 6 pushchairs before finding one that I liked so you are just saving time grin

aswellasyou Fri 08-Jul-11 10:31:18

It's never occurred to me that I should clean any of my second hand pushchairs unless I can see dirt. I think your cleaning so far will more than suffice.
I'd say you qualify as a pushchair addict. wink

saoirse86 Fri 08-Jul-11 10:38:14

I agree, they sound clean enough, but definitely get a new mattress, they'll often fit just a standard moses basket one.

fairimum Fri 08-Jul-11 10:59:16

we have used several times for both pram/carrycot matresses and for an odd sized crib - fantastic service and much high quality than cheap ones can get in mothercare for the same price! smile

Daisybell1 Fri 08-Jul-11 11:05:17

Fab, thank you! Feeling less evil now.... Thank you Diva for the link - I shall do some measuring and get ordering!

Guess I should have mentioned that one of them has had its cosytoes nibbled by mice - a hot wash and some patching should see it right smile

Maybe I need to join the addicts thread, although I think I need all the pushchairs <scrambles for justification> grin

GwendolineMaryLacey Fri 08-Jul-11 11:12:00

Can I briefly hijack please?

We used a travel cot in our room for DD when she outgrew the moses basket. I bought a thicker mattress for it and was intending to replace it for dc2. But, thinking about it, the mattress is covered in a kind of wipe clean plastic. Was only a £30 foam job from Mothercare, nothing like the £150 mattress that we bought for the cotbed that she never used and is still in plastic hmm.

Do I need to replace that as it's a plastic covered, no absorbent type thing?

Daisybell1 Fri 08-Jul-11 11:15:35

Ooh Gwen you've got a good point there - we've been given a second hand cot bed, travel cot and moses basket - think am going to have to buy a lot of mattresses!

GwendolineMaryLacey Fri 08-Jul-11 11:17:41

I know, we definitely need a new pram mattress and moses basket mattress. Luckily the cotbed is still brand new and this baby will be sleeping in it from 6 months if it's the last thing I do grin

I don't need anything else except flippin' mattresses! None of the exciting pram/clothes stuff, just mattressess. Zzzzzzz.....

Hevster Sat 09-Jul-11 20:51:12

I work along the theory that as I can't stop the dog licking the baby (DD2 now 9 months) and I can't stop the baby licking the kitchen floor, or DD1 smearing muddy fingers on DD2 etc etc then all you can do is remove unnecessary risks, therefore wash what you can wash, worm the dog and always buy new matresses.

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