What’s a layette? If you answered with anything from undershirts to a stroller, you’re right. It’s every item a newborn needs during the first year. For most people, however, a layette simply means a baby’s first wardrobe. Below is my roundup for the perfect layette checklist. Whether you are registering for a shower or trying to figure out if you are ready for the first weeks after baby arrives this should be a good place to start and finish.
Get the inside scoop on exactly how much baby attire you’ll need. Infants grow quickly — though baby will be tiny upon arrival, newborn sizes will soon be too small. Opt for slightly larger sizes, and don’t buy too much in advance. Once baby arrives, you’ll have a better idea of what sizes and styles work best. 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.
Exactly how many of each item you’ll need depends on how often you do laundry.
Layette Checklist: Onesies
[ ] 4-8 bodysuits or onesies (wide head openings and loose legs)Little Me Layette Footie, Rose Floral, Ivory Print, Newborn
Layette Checklist: Undershirts
[ ] 4-8 undershirts or vests (snaps at neck or wide head openings, snaps under crotch)*Gerber Unisex-Baby Infant Onesies, White, 12 Months (Pack of 5)
Layette Checklist: PJ’s
[ ] 4-8 one-piece pajamas*Leveret Baby Boys 2015 Footed Sleeper Pajama 100% Cotton (Size 6M-5 Years) (12-18 Months, Astronaut) Comhoney Unisex-Baby Cotton Long Sleeve Footed Sleeper Pajamas Polka Dot Bear
Layette Checklist: Sleepers
[ ] 2 blanket sleepers for winter babyHudson Baby Striped Chenille Blanket, Blue American Baby Company Organic Cotton Sweater Knit Blanket, Natural
Layette Checklist: Jackets
[ ] 1-3 sweaters or jackets (front buttoned)Little Me Baby Girl Newborn Adorable Cable Sweater, Light Pink, 6 Months
Layette Checklist: Rompers
[ ] 1-3 rompers or other dress-up outfits*Pumpkin & Peter Organic Cotton Baby Romper 6-12, Rocket
Layette Checklist: Socks/Booties
[ ] 4-7 socks or booties (shoes are unnecessary until baby walks)*Carter’s Baby-Girls Newborn Mary Jane Socks, Multi, 0-3/Medium Months (Pack of 6)
Layette Checklist: Hats
[ ] 1-3 hats (broad-brimmed for summer baby, soft cap that covers ears for winter baby)*Urparcel Baby Boys Hats Winter Warm Cap Hat Beanie Pilot Aviator Crochet Earflap Gerber Baby-Boys Cap, Sports, 0-6 Months (Pack of 5)
Layette Checklist: Mittens
[ ] No-scratch mittens or extra socks6 Pairs Solid White Cotton Newborn Baby/infant No Scratch Mittens Gloves
[ ] Bunting bag or fleece suit for winter babyHALO SleepSack Micro-Fleece Swaddle, Baby Blue, Small HALO SleepSack Plush Dot Velboa Wearable Blanket, Blue, Medium
Layette Checklist: Gentle Detergent
[ ] Gentle laundry detergentDreft HE Liquid Laundry Detergent – 170 oz. – 110 loads