Using a used or hand-me-down stroller or car seat

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Using a used or hand-me-down stroller or car seat

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A lot of parents on budget think about using a hand-me down or purchasing a used car seat or a stroller. It's okay typically to purchase a used stroller as long as it's been cleaned, it's in good condition, the breaks still work, there is no other recalls on the item. You can always visit the CPST to look for recall on any of your products. However, we do not recommend that you purchase a used car seat. If your sister used the car seat and you know she was never in any crashes. You know the history of the seat or may be you want to pass it down from your first child to your second child, that's perfectly okay as long as again the car seat is still in good condition. There are no cracks or missing pieces and has not been in any accidents. Also make sure to check the recall list to make sure that non of the parts on the car seat or the entire car seat has been recalled. And the last thing remember that the car seats actually expire. The typicall age is 5 -7 years. You can view the expiration date typically on the stickers on the car seat or visit online for the manufacturer's website to find out more information.


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Jennifer Beall, MBA, CPST

Founder of Tot Squad

Jennifer Beall is the Founder and CEO of Tot Squad formerly known as CleanBeeBaby, an eco-friendly cleaning service for strollers and car seats that is at a different neighborhood retailer or preschool every day. Professional safety technicians help properly reinstall car seats after they are cleaned.Certified as a Child Passenger Safety Technician since 2009, Jen is passionate about helping parents properly use their car seats given that 85% are incorrectly installed. She also serves on the Los Angeles committee for Baby Buggy, a charity that helps collect used baby gear to redistribute it to families in need.Jen received her MBA in 2010 from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University where she focused on Marketing and Entrepreneurship. CleanBeeBaby was created through her coursework, for which she won first place in the Kellogg Cup Business Plan Competition and the Student of the Year award in Entrepreneurship. Prior to business school, she worked in management consulting as well as internal strategy for a food and beverage company. She also received a BS in Mathematics from Duke University after leaving her hometown of Austin, Texas.Jen now lives in Los Angeles but remains a loyal fan of the Texas Longhorns and the Duke basketball team. She enjoys spending time outdoors and traveling. She has been featured in Entrepreneur Magazine, Fast Company, Daily Candy, and Crain's Chicago Business.

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