There are a lot of expensive baby items on the market. A $900 stroller. A $1300 bassinet. For those of us trying to be frugal with our babies, the price of some baby gear can be shocking.
However, you can still be financially savvy even if you want to splurge on a baby item or two. Many baby items retain good resale value so you can recoup a chunk of your costs once your baby outgrows them.
Planning ahead for reselling baby gear is a great way to make the initial start up costs of having a baby more affordable. It also can make the decisions on what baby items to get feel a little less overwhelming knowing that you can resell baby stuff in the future.
When I was pregnant, I was pretty overwhelmed trying to figure out what baby gear we needed. I had no idea how to take care of a baby, couldn’t tell what features or gadgets were really worthwhile and wanted to minimize both the financial and environmental costs of our baby set up. What if I bought an expensive baby item our kid didn’t need – would it go to waste or would I be able to resell it?
I have watched the baby item resale market very closely for the last year and a half (thanks to a lot of time on bed rest). To help you save time stalking Facebook Marketplace, I’ve put together a list of 10 baby items with high resale value. I like to sell baby stuff online through Facebook Marketplace for a little extra cash because I can make sales near me with not much effort.
For each baby item, you’ll find data on average resale cost in cities across the U.S, based on recent Facebook Marketplace listings. These cities were selected for to give a variety of cost of living and regional examples: Atlanta, Cincinnati, DC, New York City, Orlando, San Antonio, San Jose and St. Louis.
Using some napkin math, I averaged the high and low prices in a given city for a given baby item. I started with a smaller sales radius and expanded the distance depending on product availability. Not every baby item on this resale list was available in every city.
Note that resale prices of baby items fluctuate a lot depending on available stock, and there are always pricing outliers. Listings also vary by condition or accessories, and I do not have access to final sales price (or if the item sold at all). This data is presented to give a general idea of possible resale value only and not as a guarantee.
Here are 10 baby items that retain good value on resale:
Retail: ~$1400 (~$900-1000 with frequent sales)
A Snoo is a high-tech bassinet brought to you by the doctor who wrote Happiest Baby on the Block. The Snoo’s claim to fame is that it will sense when your baby is stirring at night and attempt to sooth them back to sleep. It escalates soothing depending on the baby’s response, and also prevents them from flipping over at night.
Parents love the Snoo as it helps them get more sleep in the early newborn days and it is supposed to help with sleep training. Snoos don’t come cheap though, retailing at $1400 (though there are regularly sales that bring it down around $900-1000). They also have a rental program for $118 a month.
Snoos have a high resale value – I’ve never seen one list below $600. In the various cities across the U.S., Snoo listings ranged from $600 to $1000. With the advent of the rental program, resale availability is likely to decrease which I anticipate will drive resale prices higher.
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Some families opt to buy a Snoo and then rent it out to friends instead of reselling it. This set up works well to help recoup some costs for families who plan to have multiple kids before reselling it.
If you are able to purchase the Snoo on sale and even if you resell on the low end of the price range, you are likely coming out ahead compared to renting the Snoo for three months.
2. Zippadee Zips
Zipadee Zips are swaddle transition sleep sacks. They are made for babies who no longer can be swaddled because they have started to roll. Zipadees slightly limit limb movement to help babies sleep while still enabling them to move enough if they roll.
Retailing at $34, you may not have expected Zipadee Zips to appear on this list. While they are lower cost than other baby items, their resale costs are high. This baby sleep gear resells for between $15-30 dollars, mostly frequently seen for $20-$25 on Facebook Marketplace.
However, there is also a whole Facebook group online dedicated to reselling Zipadee Zips with over 16,000 members. On the resale group, they sell for about $25 – over 70% of their original value.
3. Stokke Tripp Trapp
Tripp Trapp chairs are high chairs that transforms to work with your child through their toddler years. People like these chairs because they are more stylish than other high chairs and are highly adjustable to fit growing babies. They also put babies in good posture for eating with foot rests for stability.
In addition to the cost of the chair, trays and infant seats are an additional expense. The resale prices here are for the chair itself but the accessories maintain good resale value as well.
Tripp Trapps were not available for resale in all the cities. The average resale cost was about $120, which is just shy of 50% of the original value. Given the limited supply though, you could attempt to sell this baby item for more cash if no other chairs are for sale online in your area.
4. Keekaroo High Chair
A Keekaroo high chair is a similar idea to the Tripp Trapp. They look similar aesthetically and also put babies in good posture for eating. Keekaroo high chairs are slightly cheaper and include a tray unlike the Tripp Trapp.
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These high chairs also had limited resale availability. There were no Keekaroo high chairs available within 100 miles of 3 of our cities. Again, you may be able to use this limited stock to your advantage when reselling this baby item.
5. Keekaroo changing pad
Keekaroo also makes a changing pad that is solid material for easy cleaning. It is not porous so baby pee doesn’t seep into it and you do not need to get a changing pad cover for it. They also advertise that it is soft enough for a baby to nap in but I have a hard time envisioning that happening in real life.
A Keekaroo changing pad may be one of the more debated baby items on this resale list. There are parents online that swear their Keekaroo changing pad is their best baby purchase because cleaning is a breeze and it easily lasts though multiple babies.
On the other end of the spectrum, some families say you don’t even need a changing pad at all because you can change your baby on the floor wherever you are with a towel or a cheap portable changing pad.
If you fall into the former camp, the easy cleaning and non-porous material mean that a Keekaroo is much easier to resell online than other baby changing pad. Buyers know that they are able to properly disinfect a used Keekaroo changing pad.
The resale stock on Keekaroo was limited and not available with 100 miles of every city. The average resale price was $86.
6. UppaBaby Stroller
Retail: ~$930; ~$650
UppaBaby strollers are luxury strollers that are priced according. There are two full-sized models – the Vista and the Cruz. Both models include a bassinet for newborns and grow with a baby. The more expensive Vista can also adapt to be a double stroller if you add another baby to the mix down the road.
Parents love the little luxuries of the strollers. They have a smooth ride, are light and fold up easily. Their storage basket is big and they are said to be durable strollers. Given this durability, an UppaBaby stroller may be a great baby item for you to consider purchasing secondhand.
However, many note that the price tag for this baby item depends a lot on your lifestyle. A city dweller without a car may find the UppaBaby perfect where someone driving everywhere may see it as frivolous.
If you do make the investment, UppaBaby strollers are a baby item you can sell online down the road for some serious cash. A lot of resale postings fall into two price categories – around $350 for Cruz and old models, and around $650 for the Vista. The averages in the city chart above are for both models so I recommend checking your local area for your specific model.
7. Owlet Baby Monitor
The Owlet Smart Sock is a baby monitor that tracks a baby’s breathing, oxygen level and sleeping through a wearable sock. The device has an alarm to alert you if your baby stops breathing, and it also syncs with a phone app for tracking data.
The Owlet and other baby monitors of the same ilk are not recommended by medical experts because of a lack of research on the devices to support their life saving claims. There are also concerns about the devices reliability and accuracy, possibly giving parents a false sense of security.
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Still, many parents rave about the Owlet and say they help their anxiety during infancy. For some parents, it helps their nervousness while others report it makes theirs worse. Like so many things with parenting, an Owlet’s usefulness will depend on the individual and their preferences.
The Owlet does retain a high resale value, around $200 in the cities researched here. This equates to about 67% of the original value when purchased new.
Mamaroos are a type of baby swing. They have five different types of swinging and bouncing movements to help sooth babies.
Parents like them when they have fussy babies that are hard to sooth. The mamaroo is inclined which often helps reflux babies, but means it is not safe for unsupervised sleep. Generally, the usefulness of a mamaroo will depend on the baby.
There are a good amount of mamaroos for sale used usually on Facebook Marketplace. They were priced between $100-150 in general. There are older models of mamaroos that you will sometimes see priced more in the $60-80 range.
Dockatots are marketed as a baby docking station and lounger where your baby can hang out. They are not considered safe sleep spaces so they are used as a place to put your baby or to practice tummy time.
Parents like Dockatots because some babies calm down in their snug sides. These sides, however, contribute to it not being a safe sleep space so babies in Dockatots are supposed to be supervised when sleeping.
To be honest, I don’t really understand why these are so expensive or sought after since babies can’t sleep in them. There are similar loungers that are much cheaper. We used a boppy lounger which retails around $30 (plus they fit in a washing machine).
Still, if you are looking for a used Dockatot, they don’t come cheap. Every used one I saw while researching was listed over $100. That said, I have seen a few Dockatots get reposted or ‘bumped’ to draw attention to the post which makes me wonder how quickly they actually resell.
10. Willow Hands-Free Breast Pumps
Most women have access to a free breast pump though their health insurance plans. However, these free breast pumps are not hands-free and even with pumping bras, moms are often inhibited during the times they are pumping.
That is where the Willow breast pump comes in. Willows are sought after because they are truly a hands-free alternative to pumping.
Women like the Willow because it allows them freedom they don’t get with their insurance provided pumps. When I surveyed new parents about the money and time costs to feed their babies, many reported the difficulties of pumping. Some specifically mentioned pumping interfering with work since it is not hands-free.
Since many women now receive free breast pumps, less people are purchasing pumps so there are less Willows available for resale. This coupled with the value that hands-free pumping provides mothers makes for high resale prices for this baby related item. Most were listed for over $300.
Recently, a competitor was introduced into the market – the Elvie pump. They also retail for $500. Since they are relatively new, I was only able to find them for resale in three cities and they were listed for $400.
It will be interesting to see if the resale prices adjust for the Willow and/or the Elvie as more Elvies are purchased and subsequently resold.
What baby items have been your best resellers? If you’re looking for more baby gear resale ideas, check out 10 Easy to Sell Baby Items.
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