Two of these items I got at yard sales. The third one I bought new but found out right after a friend was looking to get rid of hers. So we could have gotten it cheaper had we waited a day.
I’m going to cover where I bought these items, the price I got, their price on Amazon, and what I love and don’t love about these 2nd hand baby items.
*For 2nd hand buying options, I’m linking to Swap.com. They are an online 2nd hand retail store. At the time of this writing, they don’t have these items in stock. They may in the future, but don’t forget to check out yard sales and thrift stores near you!
Tiny Love Play Mat
I got the Tiny Love Play Mat at a yard sale when I was looking for something else. It came with everything except the rattle.
To read this product’s generic description (and the other products I’m going to talk about), visit the
What I Love
I’ve used this mat from birth and plan to continue using it. At first, it’s purpose was for tummy time. Then, when she was old enough, she started playing with the toys.
Over the holidays, Sara got sick. We were not home during the days she was throwing up. I placed this mat inside her playpen on the plastic bottom. She had already thrown up on the protective mat for the mattress. We didn’t want to take the risk of the mattress being spit upon so we took it out.
The Tiny Love mat was the only thing I had to put in the playpen on top of the cold, plastic bottom.
It worked better than a towel because the overhead beams kept it from scrunching up.
Sara has really enjoyed playing with this product and its toys, especially Monkey and Elephant.
Now, she loves Elephant for her teething. It vibrates when you pull the fabric on the back. Sara can’t pull it herself, but enjoys when I pull it for her. She likes to stick the trunk or a foot in her mouth while I pull the fabric to get it to vibrate.
What I Don’t Love
The toys. Yes, Sara loves them. She chows down on them all the time. But I’ve learned she has to be supervised with them.
I’m not happy with how these toys were designed. All four of the animals are hazardous.
Each one has a long and skinny bit. For the elephant, it’s the trunk. On the rest of the animals, it’s the tail.
The first time Sara choked on Monkey’s tail, I was sitting right there. I thought to myself, “All she has to do is pull it out. There’s plenty of material for her to grab and do so.”
Except she didn’t. I realized her mind wasn’t yet developed enough to know how to stop the choking. So I quickly rushed to pull it out for her.
My husband amputated the tail when he got home that night. We’ve let Giraffe keep its tail. She chokes on it a little sometimes, but it’s not long enough to be a real danger.
Elephant and Parrot can’t have amputations because it would destroy them as toys.
While these toys do have these hazards, they are perfectly find so long as you supervise. None of these parts can get permanently stuck. An adult or older sibling will always be able to grab the bulk of the toy to pull out which ever part a baby has stuck in their mouth.
When I went to Amazon to get the link for this product for this post, I found an updated version of the mat made by Tiny Love. If I was buying new, I would choose this one.
The toys appear to not have the long and skinny feature. It does only have 6 engaging features rather than the 15 of the original. Personally, I don’t think that makes a difference in how well a baby develops. I wouldn’t mind the fewer features, but it also wouldn’t fit so well in cribs and playpens due to it being round.
Fisher Price Floor Seat
Product: Fisher-Price Sit-Me-Up Floor Seat
Retail Price: $34.97
Max. Weight: 25 lbs (11,3 kg)
My Rating: 4.5 out of 5
Note** Amazon is being weird with its linking so I am unable to link directly to this product. The link goes to a search for fisher price seats.
This seat is really handy for those with head strength and developing their core. I would not recommend it for babies who can’t support their heads or ones who can’t sit with assistance.
I bought this one new and literally the next day a friend of mine was trying to sell hers.
What I Love
It’s a great spot to put Sara when I need to do something and don’t want her rolling all over the place. A great example would be bringing groceries in. With her rolling, she can easily roll
I can just plop her in it and do what I need to do. I’ve also put her in it next to me to do the dishes (with mixed results of how happy she is while I do chores).
I’ve also used this product in conjunction with the Tiny Love mat. We did this to counteract the part about it we don’t like which I’ll mention in a moment.
It has a couple of rings on the front where toys can be attached. It comes with two toys but you can put toys from any product on there. I’ve put the Tiny Mat toys on it many times.
Initially, Sara had a little trouble sitting up in it. She slouched a little, but it gave her practice for sitting and she does great now.
What I Don’t Like
How the toys
The cool thing is
With the upgrade, I have no complaints. And it’s cheaper. Pretty sweet.
This one is our favorite out of the list. We got it at a yard sale. They were getting rid of three rooms full of toys. We grabbed a bunch of things (some not baby related). That’s why I don’t remember the exact price we got it for
Price note: Watch out where you buy this from. The first one I looked at on Amazon was well over $200. Not sure why someone would try to sell it for more than twice it’s worth, but it’s definitely not that expensive.
What I Like
Everything. Just everything. It is the main feature in our living room. Our go to spot to put Sara down.
It has different height settings to grow with her as she gets taller. The over bars can change direction to fit a child’s reach. I have them pointed inwards instead of outwards so Sara can reach the toys hanging off of it.
The little, red bird was her favorite in the beginning. She would sit and talk and talk and talk to it. She’s grown out of that now.
Currently, she likes to look at herself in the mirror that’s on the other side and bounce. Learning to bounce in this toy taught her to bounce in general. I had a hard time for a bit without her starting to bounce in my lap while breastfeeding. She’s over that now thankfully.
The toys I have from the other two products mentioned can all be attached to this one.
When I got the jumper, the frogger floor seat was pushed out of the way. She didn’t use it for a while. But I have learned that giving her a variety of seats can keep her happy longer when I do chores. So she use the floor seat sometimes too. Especially when the cloth seat for the jumper needs to be washed.
Sara got her first taste of solid food in her jumper. She thought it was pretty awesome.
What I don’t like:
When disassembling or assembling, the pieces can be a little tough to maneuver. But on another hand that’s a good thing. That means it’s not going to fall apart unexpectedly.
One issue that I read in an Amazon review was babies arms getting stuck.
Sara’s never had that happen. I took a picture of Sara’s arm in the spot babies are getting stuck in. She doesn’t have enough meat on her bones to have trouble (she’s a skinny baby). But I can definitely see how babies of average weight or more would get stuck.
I took that
Ready to Travel
All three of these products fold up and/or disassemble to make storage and travel easy.
One More for Good Measure
I have one more item I got
That’s My Top Three and One Extra
I really love finding 2nd Hand Baby Items. They’re usually as good as knew and way cheaper. As parents, we pay out a lot of money for kids. It’s best to save wherever we can.
Do you have any 2nd hand baby items you really enjoy? Do you have any experience with the items mentioned in this post? I’d love to hear from you!
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