I just wanted to add....
LOOK AT TEDDY BEAR ON MY TICKER! YAY! THAT EXCITES ME.... LOL
The best thing to use to get static out, without harming anyone's skin or your clothing, is wool balls. I have found them on Etsy. They're expensive. So if you know how to make them, it'd be real easy to do, I'm sure! You could always find a tutorial online as well.
When you wash wool it felts together really tightly. When you use them in the dryer they absorb all of the static as well.
Snuggle has chemicals in it that could harm baby's skin. There might be fabric softener specifically for baby and is probably found near the baby detergent. But my first choice would be the wool dryer balls.
I have used snuggle for my daughter now for two years and plan on using it for my son when he gets her in the next week...lol My daughter also has exzema so her skin tends to be very sensitive. I have had no problems with it just if you decide to go with snuggle watch and make sure his skin doesnt have any reaction, rash. Its basically trial and error just like with foods and allergies.
I won't lie: I have washed all three of my babies' clothes/blankies/etc. in whatever I use for the rest of the family (usually Tide). Also, cheap dryer sheets or whatever's on sale.
I've never had a problem, but like Hailiesmama said, it depends on the baby and how sensitive their skin is. Is there any history of allergies or sensitive skin in your family?
My mom seems to have an allergy to Snuggle dryer sheets, so I do avoid that brand, but all others seem to be ok. Good luck!
i wouldn't use it on a young infant- their skin is too sensitive, and the less chemicals/irritants you expose them to, the lower their chances of reactions and allergies later on. I think snuggle is scented, isn't it?
By the way, you do not have to spend all that money on expensive dreft. There are so many more hypo-allergenic options out there now than before. Just make sure there is no fragrance or coloring, as that is what are the most common irritants/allergens. For example, DH has reactions to anything that has blue (therefore also green) dye in it- soap, detergent, etc...
All free and clear is fine to use and much cheaper than dreft. I would get fabric softener that has no fragrance or dyes.