WAYNE, NJ, 2017-Jan-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — January 16, 2017 by Jessica Offerjost. I have one toddler. And for that one toddler, we’ve amassed SEVEN car seats, SIX strollers and FOUR play yards to be exact. Am I a hoarder? Maybe. But there’s my car, my husband’s, our house, the grandparents’ cars and homes…and so you see how we’ve come to this tally.
From the moment my daughter arrived, family members flooded us with words of great wisdom and century-old traditions – as well as their rusty old baby gear. Knowing some of these incredibly thoughtful garbage hand-me-downs were purchased 30+ years ago when I WAS BABY made us slightly apprehensive. My husband and I agreed that safety was our first priority and bought all-new gear to help ensure our daughter would be as safe as possible on-the-go and at home.
Two years later, my daughter is ready for a convertible car seat (FOUR OF THEM?!), a toddler bed and perhaps a double-stroller (come to think of it, that one can wait…). Here’s where our “collection” of old baby stuff pays off – literally – and so can yours!
Babies“R”Us is hosting its popular Great Trade-In: Gear and Furniture Event. Now through February 20, families can exchange any old baby gear and furniture for a 25% off discount on a new, qualifying item (i.e., car seats, strollers, high chairs, play yards, bassinets, infant swings, bouncers, walkers, entertainers, cribs and toddler/twin beds).
“When it comes to children’s products you can’t put a price on safety. Purchasing second hand products and accepting hand me downs to fill some childcare needs may seem like a good idea but it could put your family at risk. There are options in every product category to meet the needs of all consumers, so whenever possible, buying new is your safest option, especially when it comes to cribs, play yards, bassinets and car seats.”
Kelly Mariotti, Executive Director, JPMA
After falling into the first-time-parent trap of reading every safety article on the world wide web, we actually found it helpful to chat with our local Babies“R”Us personal registry partner (like, in person). We found out that it’s really important to toss old or second-hand gear (especially car seats) because even though they may LOOK fine, there might be a missing, cracked or broken piece that can jeopardize your child’s safety (think car accidents, crib sides that drop when pressure is applied, play yard gates that can pinch fingers!). Also – did you know car seats have expiration dates?
Moral of the story, my weekend will include taking down that 20-year-old crib currently taking up real estate in my future “yoga room” – a room where I wear yoga pants and watch Netflix.
Babies“R”Us Great Trade-In: Gear and Furniture Event begins Friday, January 20 through Monday, February 20. Rewards“R”Us loyalty members will have early access to this highly-anticipated event on Tuesday, January 17.
Customers who use their “R”Us Credit Card while checking out are eligible to receive a 30% discount. Nothing to trade in? No problem. Visit your local Babies“R”Us any time before February 20th to get 15% off gear and furniture on select items. Learn more at Babiesrus.com/GreatTradeIn.
About Jessica Offerjost: Between juggling a tenacious toddler and an exciting career with Toys“R”Us, Jessica is a kid-at-heart who loves recreating moments of play from her childhood with her two-year old daughter. From Barbie dolls and Star Wars characters to Play-Doh and Mr. Potato Head, this spokesmom has provided her insight into the toys and games that bring smiles to the faces of children through various live and taped interviews across the country.
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