Baby Dinosaurs - Safety Tips for Buyers

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Safety Tips for Buyers and Sellers
Here at Baby Dinosaurs we would like everyone that attends our quality pre-loved markets to have an enjoyable experience and most importantly enjoy selling or grab yourself a bargain. By calling it a quality pre-loved market we expect exactly that, for the items to have been loved and taken care of, so in fully working order and good condition. We also advise both buyers and sellers to read these safety tips, so you understand what is being asked of you when it comes to selling/buying.

Although we will do our very best to ensure we guide Baby Dinosaurs sellers and buyers. That the items on sale at our markets are of the highest quality, it is up to you, the seller/buyer to ensure that you are happy with the items you are selling or purchasing, before any money changes hands.

Baby Dinosaurs cannot be held responsible for the condition of any item that has been sold or bought at one of our events.

Below is some advice regarding the purchase/selling of some of the most popular items available at Baby Dinosaurs Pre-loved Markets. This advice has come from trusted sources:

Baby Centre
Child Safety Europe
Trading Standards –
Foundation for the Study of Infant Death (FSID)
Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents ( RoSPA)

For reasons of health and hygiene, there are some goods that we advise against selling.
These include:

  • Dummies
  • Beakers or cups
  • Potties or toilet training seats

All items of Clothing

Check the labels on items of clothing to see if they say, ‘keep away from fire’ or ‘low flammability to BS 5722’. If not, the item may not meet the basic safety standard requirements. Avoid selling or purchasing clothing that features drawstrings around the neck area.
Children’s feet are extremely important, as they grow so quickly and need to be well supported. Therefor
Leather shoes mold to fit a child’s feet, so it is not considered a good idea to put second-hand leather shoes on young children’s delicate feet, however this is up to an individual.


Check that a toy you are selling or buying is not broken or damaged and also inspect for loose parts or sharp edges that could be a potential hazard to a child. Sellers please ensure that the toy is suitable for your child’s age range. Safety experts also advise against buying hand knitted toys for small children.

Safety Marks In the case of pre-loved toys look for the CE mark. All toys approved by the British Toy and Hobby Association will also carry the Lion Mark.

Check the battery compartment to make sure that old batteries haven’t leaked and rendered the toy unusable.

Electrical Items

The law states that all pre-loved electrical items must be PAT (Portable Appliance Testing) tested by a competent person before being sold and must include the manufacturer’s instruction manual. Please bear this advice in mind before you buy or sell any electrical pre-loved item.

Prams, Buggies and Travel systems

All prams and pushchairs should be labeled with the name, trademark and identification of the UK manufacturer, distributor or retailer. It should also be marked with the number and date of the British Standard, i.e. BS7409: 1996 and the message ‘warning – a child’s safety is your responsibility’ which is usually on the frame or seat covering. It may alternatively be marked with the equivalent European Standard EN1888. This information should still be there, though it may be worn away.

Try to make sure you get the instructions; or, if you can, get replacements from the manufacturer. Without instructions it may be impossible to maintain the buggy or use it safely.

Please make sure that the frame is undamaged, and that the pushchair/pram is complete and that all mechanisms work smoothly. Fabrics should be clean and free of damage.

Check the parking brake works both forwards and backwards. The brake on the pushchair should be easy to apply. As tyre wear can affect how well the brakes work, check the tyres of the pushchair for heavy wear.

Check the stability of the pushchair and see if it will tip up easily. Check it is stable in all directions.

Look out for finger traps and sharp edges. Tubes which are accessible by babies should be blanked off. Pushchairs should have two locking devices to hold them securely when being used. Once the main lock has been released to collapse your pushchair, the secondary lock should be activated to stop the pushchair from collapsing straight away. There should be no areas where your child’s fingers could get caught in the collapsing mechanism.

Pushchairs should have a safety harness which goes over the shoulders as well as around the waist and between the legs (5-point harness). Most pushchairs have their own safety harness built in, but if not, you may need to buy one separately. The buckles on the safety harness should be fully working and easy for you to clip together and undo. Make sure the harness is not frayed or damaged. A 5-point safety harness is needed to stop your baby from sliding out. Many old pushchairs only have 3-point harnesses.

Car Seats

The safety expert’s state that you should never purchase a pre-loved car seat if you cannot guarantee that it hasn’t been involved in a crash. Even a seat that has been involved in a minor accident and displays no visible damage, may no longer provide adequate protection for your child in a further accident.

Our ‘pre-loved selling tips’ advises that sellers may find it difficult to sell a pre-loved car seat, however we do not prevent people from bringing them. It is the sellers and buyer’s decision and it is up to both parties to discuss about the history of the seat.

Try before you buy! Baby and child seats come in many different shapes and sizes, and not all seats fit in all cars.

Cots (Travel or Carry) / Moses baskets

Check all pieces carefully before buying, and ensure that all components are present, including screws, panels etc.

Make sure that wooden models are smooth, with no splintered edges. Ensure that painted models have no flaking or chipped paint.

Look at the space between the bars and make sure that your child will not get their hands, feet or head stuck.

If the cot is folded away in its case, ask the seller to put the cot up for you so that you can see how the mechanism works. When the cot is folded out, ensure that everything is in working order, make sure it has good stability and secures properly when in the upright position. Having a instruction manual is always a positive.


The Foundation for the Study of Infant Deaths (FSID) advises that it is very important for your baby’s mattress to be clean, dry, firm, flat and that it fits well into the baby’s cot/ moses basket.

Ideally you should buy a new mattress for each new baby. If you want to buy one pre-loved, ensure that it has a completely waterproof cover and has no tears, cracks or holes. Also ensure that it is exactly the right size for the cot.


Highchairs purchased in recent years from high street retailers should meet European safety standards when new. EN 14988

Make sure that the frame is undamaged and that all mechanisms work smoothly. Fabrics should be clean and free of damage. Look out for finger traps and sharp edges on foldaway designs. Tubes which are accessible by babies should be blanked off. There should be no areas where your child’s fingers could get caught in the collapsing mechanism. Check the chair’s stability and that it can be properly secured in the upright position if it is a fold-away design.

All highchairs should include a 5-point harness (possibly 3-point in older models).

Bike Helmets
Advice from safety expert’s state that you should never purchase a pre-loved bicycle helmet if you cannot guarantee that it hasn’t been involved in a crash in the past. For similar reasons as car seats, we advise that it’s best not to sell or buy.

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