Newborn Clothing Basics for Tight Budgets
One thing we all learned with our first babies, is what newborn clothing you really need for those first weeks baby is home. Like most first-time moms, I went over the top with buying newborn clothes and gave almost no thought to the fact that my baby wasn't going to be wearing those clothes for very long. Also, the stiff collared, very cute dresses were just plain uncomfortable for my new daughter. By the time my second and third child arrived, I was an old hat at picking newborn clothing that was safe, comfortable and economical.
It's far more important for your baby to be clean, dry, comfortable and warm rather than wearing the latest fashions. I spent far too much money on my first baby's outfits without really considering the materials the newborn clothing was made from. When my daughter began to develop skin rashes, we discovered that she had an allergic reaction to some of the dyes used. It started a path of discovery for what baby clothing and items were really made from and learning to separate the healthy choices from the not-so-healthy choices.
The textiles used in newborn clothing should be given heavy consideration. Use clothing, blankets, sheets and diaper covers made from organic cotton, bamboo or other organic materials. Bamboo is especially soft yet sturdy and over the past 5-years has become much more economical and available.
As far as newborn clothing needs, I know I personally had some days my children would wind up changing clothing 4 times a day due to spitting up and the occasional shifting diaper accident. For the most part it was a change of clothes in the morning and at night. For my own needs, the following items got me easily through the my youngest child's first few weeks in comfort and without a lot of expense. 7 organic fiber onesies, 7 organic fiber blankets, 7 burping pads, 7 long nightgowns (makes for fast changing at night without waking baby) and 7 day outfits. Those are just the basics I had on hand. Gifts from friends and relatives of course made up fun extras for my newborns. Yes, you'll wind up doing laundry mid-week but you'll keep your baby in newborn clothing, happy and comfortable-without a ton of expense.