I’ve always been a big proponent of reusing as many things as possible, long before it was cool (although I did take an intermission in my late 20’s when I was addicted to shopping). Unless you have a lot of money to spend on all organic things, buying resale is really the best solution so that you can provide a safe, non-toxic environment for your little one.
Healthy child just released a really cool infographic depicting some of the hidden dangers for toxins in your newborn’s nursery.
We literally got everything used because I was so paranoid when my first son was born (we had the same things for my second son). The only things we bought new were the car seat & the stroller. If we had a little more money, I would’ve bought him a REALLY good organic mattress, but that wasn’t in our budget (even buying everything used, it all adds up). They don’t mention in the infographic about clothing, but lots of clothing has chemicals and fire-retardants on them that take a very long time to wash off. We only got new clothing from friends and family as gifts and I did buy 1 outfit, otherwise we asked everyone we knew for used clothes. Also, once you realize how quickly they outgrow them, it really is such a waste to buy all new clothes. Added bonus: when you have used clothes, you don’t care if the baby spits up or has a blow out in them!