I would get used furniture all the way. It's better for the environment, and you won't be using it that long anyway. There are also lots of eco-friendly paints out there to touch things up or make them cuter. My son outgrew his crib by 18 months, and he didn't even use the crib a good part of that time.
I think second hand is they way to go, also. Especially with the changing table! My daughter only used that for about nine months. She became way too wiggly to stay up there! I was so glad we didn't spend the money to buy that new.
There's a lot of stuff you really don't need - I never had a changing table, a waterproof pad on the floor or on a bed (safely padded all around so no rolling off!) worked just fine. I never used a crib either - we co-slept with my kiddos until they were ready for their own beds, There's debate on how safe that is, but my kids were happy and healthy. We also never used a swing or a high chair or a stroller!
They outgrow stuff so fast anything you can get second-hand is awesome. Just watch out for lead-based paints and other unsafe materials if you buy stuff from before we knew any better!
I had one of those cushy changing pads that I put on top of her dresser. It was the perfect height, and very stable. Changing table was a must for me. With my first I got so tired of changing him on the bed or the floor.
My mother bought a new crib for my nephew 20 years ago and it has been used for 3 kids. We just buy a new mattress each time (after use in a crib, they make great dog beds or we used our last one for camping trips). It will get many more uses, still looks brand new.
I think, if I were to get pregnant again, I would buy a new swing. We went through many used ones, and the quality was just not good. I didn't think that a swing would be a must, but after carrying all of my kids around on my hip and in carriers, and trying to clean house, it sure was nice to be able to set them down once in a while in a swing.
I agree that second-hand baby furniture is a good option for new parents. However, make sure you choose a safe crib, first of all, because your baby will be spending a lot of time in it. Not only that - make sure to get a convertible crib, because it's an exceptional value which is really 4 products in 1, and I'm sure there are lots of secondhand convertible cribs out there. From my research, the DaVinci Emily crib is very highly rated in the safety criterion (even recommended as a "best buy" by a leading consumer publication) and can be used by your child for many years because it also converts to a toddler bed and a full-size bed for when he/she gets older.
There is a product out called the journeyBee, it is a portable crib that can also be used as your permanent crib. The Price is very affordable, it costs $169. It's made by a company called ParentLab. You can find it at https://parentlab.com/ . Hope this helps.
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