When I was pregnant, I only bought 3 outfits for Surah: a white set, a yellow and green set, and a red and blue set. I am not kidding. Everyone assumed I had a closet full of baby clothes. And I am glad I did not. First because her sex was a surprise so I did not want to invest in the wrong colored outfits. Second, my experienced mama-friends advised against it as well. They all said it is a waste of money because they grow out of it so quickly before you even wash it the first time.
So now that it has been just less than a year since I had Surah, I have to say I agree with all the advice. At first, I did exactly what many first time moms would do. After giving birth to Surah, I was too happy to NOT shop for a baby girl. I impulsively bought baby clothes left and right and convinced myself she needed them all. Boy was I ever wrong. She was growing on rapid mode, I barely even ripped the tags off of some. I ended up giving away some of her clothes to friends, family and charity. As a first time mom, I completely understand if you want to spoil your baby with everything you believe she "needs". But I am here to tell you from experience, you should spend at a minimum because more than half of the things will be lightly used.
So How Did I Shop?
I found it easiest to shop on an "as needed" basis. If she did not fit into any of her essential clothing such as onesies or pajamas, then I would buy another set or two. Her closet was more organized this way and so was my budgeting. If I did come across items that I absolutely could not resist, then I make sure that I bought those items in a variety of bigger sizes for when she is gradually growing, and it lasts longer.
What Are The Essentials?
When I say essentials, I do not mean what your baby cannot be without. I actually mean what you can invest in because it will be needed on a much longer basis and is always a stylish choice. These essentials are: Bibs, Bloomers, Headbands, and Shoes. All four are accessories which make them worth your money because you can style them in a variety of ways, upgrade an old outfit or add sparkle to a new outfit.
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2. Bloomers/Diaper Covers
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