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GRACO: When to Splurge and Save on Baby and Child Gear

(NC) Being a parent is expensive. From diapers and toys to clothes and all the gear that goes with raising kids, those little bundles of joy can cost bundles of cash.

Parents can get the best bang for their buck by researching which items need to be brand new and which can be purchased second-hand. Try out these tips to keep money in your pocket and your kids happy.

Invest in a quality car seat. This life-saving investment should always be purchased new, as used car seats may be out of warranty or come with unknown damage from a previous accident. Consider a long-term quality car seat, like the Graco® 4Ever® 4-in-1 Convertible Car Seat. It grows with your child over 10 years, transitioning from an infant to booster seat. Parents can also visit Transport Canada’s website for the useful life date for many well-known car seat brands.


Look for gently used clothing. Kids grow up so fast, with some youngsters sprouting up even quicker than you think. That’s why searching for gently used clothing is a great way to save money. With a little patience, you can snag some hidden gems by scouting out second-hand stores for clothes or even toys.

Buy second-hand sports equipment. Playing sports is a great way for kids to learn about teamwork and get exercise, but their choice of game can change from month to month. Buying new equipment may not be worth the expense as they could be onto a new activity the next season. Everything from soccer cleats to hockey pads and swim goggles can be borrowed or bought used at a neighbourhood garage sale.

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