Basic Layette for your Baby

What is a layette?

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In the past, layette was a set of clothes and bedding for a newborn, hand sewn or knitted by women during pregnancy. Nowadays layette is used to describe a commercial set of clothing, bedding, accessories and other baby care products. The term is commonly used as the name of the baby clothing department in a store.

Tips for Buying Basic Layette for Your Baby

Buy a few of each clothing item so that you always have some available for use while others are in the wash.
Always wash new baby clothes before use. An hypo-allergenic laundry detergent is most recommended for your baby's sensitive skin.
As babies grow fast, newborn sizes will soon become too small, so buy larger size clothes ahead of time.
Clothes made of 100% cotton are the most recommended for babies.
Choose clothes that open either in the front or on the side or such that have a wide neck opening.
Choose soft and comfortable materials, fasteners that close easily, and finished seams.
Check for snaps, buttons and tags that might scratch and avoid zippers which can pinch.
Choose clothes with zipper or snaps that run down the front of the outfit, not the back.
Choose clothes with snaps or zippers that run down both legs so it would be easier to change your baby's diaper.
Choose clothes with wide or loose-fitting sleeves to make it easier to pull your baby's hands out.

Here you can find a Basic Layette Checklist of the essentials your baby may need:

Onesies (infant bodysuit)

Baby's gowns


Baby's Sweatpants

Baby's hats

No-scratch mittens

Booties or socks


Winter coat

Burp cloths

Infant bibs

Sleepers (Pajamas)

Receiving blankets

Shopping Online for Baby Gear

If you want to save your money, consider buying your Baby Gear Online
I also recommend to check your local baby store and compare prices.

Use this Practical Search Box to compare prices

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