Choosing Used Child Toys – What to Look For

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If you have just had a baby and are looking to buy some new or used child toys then the chances are that you will be faced with the dilemma of what to choose from. You will have no doubt seen the range of toys available and know exactly how much they cost. This leaves you with a huge headache, what to do? Should you just chuck everything in the bin and go for the cheapest available options?

A lot of people do just that when they are looking for something fun and personalised for their baby. There are a number of different reasons why people will go for the cheap option such as saving money, wanting to save time and not want to deal with returning the items, or because they can’t find anything better. However, there is more to it than just these reasons. In this article we’ll look at why it’s worth considering buying personalised baby toys and why you should avoid buying used child toys.

Personalised Items

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Firstly, when you are faced with the choice of buying something personalised it makes sense to opt for an item which has already been personalised by the person who bought it. The downside to this is that if you get a cheap item you may end up with something of poor quality and you won’t be able to get any sort of guarantee. Personalised infant toys and other items of baby and children’s jewellery are very easy to personalise, and many of the websites will allow you to personalise the design yourself. This way you can ensure that the child toys will be exactly as you want them to be, and that they will be safe enough for your baby to play with.

Choose Picket Toys

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Secondly, it is worth remembering that we are talking about personalised infant and child toys, which are usually more expensive than picket toys. It is therefore important to choose the picket toys with some degree of care. This does not mean you should go out and break the toy in question, but rather that you should try and see what the manufacturing process involved has done to the toy. A good example is a picket fence made from wood and painted with a coat of white paint to make it look like a fence that was freshly installed. Although it is a lot more expensive than a cheap plastic baby toys, it will give your child the peace of mind that the items are safe and sound and will prevent you from having to replace the items every now and then.

Look For Maintenance

Thirdly, when you are looking at used toys you should also make sure that the toy has been properly maintained. There are two main reasons why this is important, and these are firstly that you want to protect the child from harm and secondly that you want to keep the used toys in good condition for you and your child. Most parents feel that if the toys are used properly and cared for properly, then they are less likely to cause injury to the child. Although this is partially true, if the toy is poorly maintained or if it is damaged in any way then it will not be safe to use.

If possible, try and find an old toy that is still being used by someone. This will give you an idea of how it was being used when it was first purchased. Toys that were obtained through inheritance are especially good to consider as there is usually some significance behind them. For example, if it was obtained through a family heirloom then you know that it probably has been well looked after. This means that it will probably still be in good condition when you purchase it second hand.


When considering a second hand and used toys you should take some safety precautions. First of all, it is absolutely vital that the toy is not damaged. Toys that have been damaged are not worth buying and will probably not perform as well as new ones. It is also advisable to make sure that no loose screws or pieces are hanging loose as these can be dangerous and cause injury to children.

Once you have made your decision, you need to make sure that you thoroughly inspect the used child toys that you are interested in purchasing. Even if they seem to be in very good condition, there is no way of telling if they have been used in any dangerous ways. A quick visual inspection will let you know whether or not the toy is in the same condition it was when it was purchased. You can ask for pictures if necessary. It is always better to be safe than sorry when it comes to buying used children’s toys.

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