Even if you've done it all before, bringing a baby home from the hospital
takes a lot of preparation. The last thing you'll want to do in those
first few days after the baby arrives is run around to pick up any little
necessitates that you forgot. Getting everything bought, borrowed or
found and tucked away before the magical day can give you a feeling
of accomplishment - and set your mind at ease that you've got everything
If you're buying on a budget, there are some great low-cost sources
for all of baby's needs - and considering how fast your newborn angel
will outgrow those layette items, you'll want to take advantage of every
cost-cutter that you can.
Shop the second’s stores
Just like adult clothing, baby clothes manufacturers sometimes goof
just a little. In most cases, the missed stitch or not-quite-perfect
seam isn't anything that will affect wear. You can save as much as 70%
off department store prices if you pick up baby layette items at your
local job lots or discount department store.
Buy a size ahead in sleepers and footsies
Most babies barely spend a month in 0-3 month sizes. Reserve the smallest
size for special occasion clothing - like coming home from the hospital,
and skip right to the 3-6 month size for any fitted clothing. For the
same reason, stick to comfy, stretchy cotton and terry knits for one
piece footie jammies. They'll fit much longer.
Lay in a good stock of Swee'pea gowns.
Drawstring bottom nighties are just about the most convenient single
item for baby at home. When baby needs changing, just pull up, change
and pull back down.
A pack of birdseye diapers make the best burp rags
Even if you decide to use disposable diapers, buy one pack of cotton
birdseye diapers. They can't be beat as burp rags to lay over your shoulder
or lap when you're pat-pat-patting the baby to bring up any air bubbles
in the tummy.
Shop yard sales
Newborn layette items are nearly always gently used. Most babies just
aren't in them long enough to do a lot of damage. A stop at your local
Salvation Army thrift store can buy you a whole layette's worth of crib
sheets, receiving blankets, baby onesies and baby tees for less than
Launder everything before the baby is born
Use a mild laundry soap like Dreft or Ivory Snow to wash away any remnants
of dyes, chemicals or starches. Babies have notoriously delicate skin.
If you'll feel better giving any used items a good bleaching, make sure
that you put it all through a second clear rinse to wash away any lingering
traces of bleach.
Quality DOES count in ways you don't expect. Do buy name brands that
feature finished seams - French or enclosed seams are even better. It's
not that your newborn cherub will put a lot of wear on those seams -
it's that flat, enclosed seams will be far kinder to baby's delicate
Shop wisely, and you'll get everything you need for baby's homecoming
with a minimal investment of cash.
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