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My Top Three 2nd Hand Baby Items I Love

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

Play mat with all toys attached.

Product: Tiny Love Gymini Super Deluxe Lights and Music Play Mat
Retail Price: $64.99
We Paid: $5
Dimensions: 32 x 32 inches
Place to Buy: 2nd Hand or Amazon.com
My Rating: 4 out of 5

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 amazon link. It has all the information about the 15 engaging activities and other specs. But you’re here to read about our experience with this product, not the generic info.

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. Monkey was the first item she ever really played with. She wouldn’t look at anything else.

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.

Showing the long, skinny parts of the four different animals.

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.

An Update

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.

Alternate Tiny Love Mat

Product: Tiny Love Meadow Days Dynamic Gymini Activity Play Mat
Retail Price: $69.99
Dimensions:  1.9 x 24.1 x 36 inches
Place to Buy: 2nd Hand or Amazon.com

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

Frogger Seat

Product: Fisher-Price Sit-Me-Up Floor Seat
Retail Price: $34.97
Max. Weight: 25 lbs (11,3 kg)
Place to Buy: 2nd Hand or Amazon.com
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 under foot or in my path. With this seat, I don’t have to worry about that.

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).

It’s great to put outside if you have outdoor things you want to do. Baby is in one place, unable to get into dirt, and unable to grab things from the ground to put in the mouth.

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.

Sara in seat outside with Tiny Love mat.

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

Floor seat with tray.

How the toys hang off the front. It’s hard for Sara to reach them. That’s why we used it with the Tiny Love mat. The arches were over her head allowing her to play with the toys.

The cool thing is Frisher Price has upgraded this product. It now comes with a tray to catch the toys.

With the upgrade, I have no complaints. And it’s cheaper. Pretty sweet.

Activity Jumper

Baby Einstein Activity Jumper

Product: Baby Einstein Neighborhood Friends Activity Jumper
Retail Price: $99.99
We Paid: $20-$25
Max. Weight: 25 lbs (11,3 kg)
Place to Buy: 2nd Hand or Amazon.com
My Rating: 4.5 out of 5

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.

Sara in the activity jumper reaching for toys.

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.

Sara’s arm in a tight spot in the jumper.

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 play piece off to see if the parts can be detached easily. Nope. Whichever part you tried to take off would probably break. But the whole station can be taken off easily. You would be left with an empty spot.

The yellow station detached from the jumper.

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 2nd hand that I’m stoked about. Sara isn’t old enough to use it yet so I can’t give a full review. But I still want to reveal what I got to show the great finds you can get at yard sales.

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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Buying brand new baby items can be very expensive. Many families might find it hard to cope with the price but having a platform for us to get 2nd hand baby items is very great and relieving. It’ll help a lot of families cut down on spending when a new baby is born. Thanks a lot for this. 

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Salim

Good day,

These are beautiful sets of baby items, I really fell in love with the Baby Einstein Neighborhood Friends Activity Jumper, it’s looks beautiful for babies, the price is friendly and easy to move around. Thanks for this great reviews on baby’s product, I really learnt from your blog post. You did a great job putting them together.

Have a nice day

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Louis

I enjoyed reading your blog. Please I have a question, I need a toy that can help wear out my little boy so he can sleep earlier. Personally most of the toys I get her are second hand because I can’t quite afford new one’s but it serves just fine. I got him a ball popping bulldozer truck for less than $10 and he’s really having fun catching the balls. I only wonder if I can get something that wears him off more?

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Susan

Nicole, You are not only an intelligent mother but a very good mother, I am at the grandmother stage in life but my grandchildren have outgrown all those items you mentioned.  The first baby was always lucky enough to get the brand new items and then when the second and third came along they did use them second hand.  The floor mats come in so handy to teach them movement especially the belly time on the floor, some mothers neglect this and make it hard on the baby. I was concerned when you said about those toys with the long… Read more »

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Tsquare

Thanks for this blog post. This article made me to remember when my daughter was younger. There were baby items we bought for her. Among the things we bought for her was a mat. She loves sleeping on the mat. She feels very comfortable there were toys we bought for her that she enjoy playing with them. The mat is still in good condition which her siblings will use when we shall have them. Its good to buy baby materials that we make life easier for us and especially the nursing mothers 

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Gracen

I like the newer version of the Tiny Love Gymini Play mat. It is less likely that babies will choke on the newer version. Perhaps they must have been receiving complaints (just like you witnessed with that of your baby) that such toys having tails and trunks features is not ideal for babies.Irrespective of the fact that the older version of the play mat fits well in the cribs more than the newer version, I will still go with the newer version, after all it is safety first. Again the newer version of the play mat looks much more matured.

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Dave Sweney

I like your selection of 2d hand items you chose to highlight in this post! The three baby toys are all ones that I would also choose, and look for either locally in the neighborhood (lots of babies growing up fast, so these kinds of toys are often sold) or at a 2d hand shop. Just like with clothing for babies, they grow up and the clothes no longer fit. There is nothing wrong with them, and why not sell them on and why not buy them at a discount for your own use. Toys for babies are much the same.… Read more »

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Seun Afotanju

I do have a second hand baby Car Seats for my little Angel, we all know a car seat is one of the most important items you buy for your baby, I bought it from amazon it was worth the price because it lasted much more than the amount I bought it,  I got it for less than $20 

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roamy

Hello Nicole Thanks so much for sharing, babies are cute and adorable but also expensive. It does not help that they grow up so fast outgrowing everything before you know it. That`s why it`s great that there are places out there to buy formerly loved baby items as I do find it unacceptable to waste everything. I think it`s totally acceptable to purchase things like baby pushchairs or baby activity jumper, after all, it`s not as if the baby you`re buying it for is going to eat it. It makes sense to buy second-hand baby items so there is less… Read more »

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delroaustria

I timely read your article and have fun while reading it over. 

I have no interest before about some baby stuff and items.  Just recently, I and my wife were so much happy when she found that she is pregnant!  It will be our first born child soon.  

As a father to be, this would be one of the strange feelings I ever experience in my whole life.  

I like the Tiny Love Play Mat in this article and excited to get one in the future.  I will bookmark this page and get back as soon as our small tad arrive.  

Thank you.  

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charles39

Well although I am not a mother I will agree with you those baby items are good for the baby and if you can be able to get the used and in very good condition that better for you shall be able to save money for something else for the baby.so next time I do shopping for my wife baby I will first check the price of the used items that are necessary for kid but used ones are ok  that will save alot.

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Matt's Mom

I love all of these, especially the Tiny Love Play Mat!  My son and daughter-in-law will be bringing me a grandchild very soon.  So I am excited to get all I can to love and spoil him/her.  I actually can’t wait, especially since it will be my first.  I might by one or two of these items just for grandmas house 🙂

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Luke

Hi Nicole, very good and informative article about 2nd hand baby items. It is actually a good idea to buy things from 2nd hand shops, some new toys can be very expensive and beside that you don`t know how much time a child will use that toy. You show us some very good suggestions for baby toys, I like the Tiny Love Play Mat, it seems good and usefeul toy. Thanks for sharing with us!

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Holly

A good activity mat is an essential item for babies in my opinion. Such a great sensory experience for them, and good motivation for the kids to practice tummy time and rolling. That floor seat is new to me, though. That would have been handy, wish I had known about it!

My oldest LOVED his jumper but my youngest cried every time I put him in there. LOL. It’s so hilarious how different two kids can be.

Great suggestions!

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GVporras

Thank you for sharing this great article about this baby items.

This items is a must have for a new baby, we personally used the play mat for our two girls and the floor seat but we got the one with wheels so our girls can move around the house,it help a lot when they are on the walking stage. They a little bit expensive this baby items but is totally worth it to get it for how convenient they are.

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Effie

I really enjoyed your article. Raising a kid has become really expensive these days . A look at the prices and .. OMG. I didn’t know the existence of 2nd Hand and i was impressed by the difference in the price. There is something bothering me though. How can I be sure that the product i buy form 2nd Hand is safe for my kid in terms of hygiene? It’s second hand after all. 

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Neil Brown

I really enjoyed your product reviews. I like the Fisher price floor seat and I thought your idea of using that with the tiny love mat is a super idea and I’m glad to see Fisher price has made a upgrade to the floor seat with a catch tray. And I also like the activity jumper, Sara looks so cute sitting in it. When you mentioned that Amazon was a little strange with the linking, I haven’t seen that yet when a link doesn’t take you to the actual product, but then I have just joined up with them and… Read more »

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fyre

I wish I had known one of my best friends was pregnant when I was doing my last yard sale rounds!   It’s easy for me to adore your thrift and keen eye for details as you watched Sara enjoy your finds.   I didn’t have a lot of toys growing up and, what i did have was almost all hand-me-downs and, I actually loved and appreciated everything I had.   When I was about 5 or 6 my mother would let my brother take me to the yardsales and 3 of my all-time favorite scores are still in my possession.  A scrabble game… Read more »