What is a Layette?

What is a Layette?

Natalie Gordon

Last Updated: February 26, 2016
This is the first wardrobe your baby will wear. (Get the camera ready!).What is a Layette?

Somewhere between 16 and 20 weeks along during my first pregnancy, the word “layette” started popping up everywhere. I kept thinking, “What is a layette anyways?” But I refused to ask anyone because I thought it would make me seem as if I wasn’t ready or prepared enough to be a mom.

Silly? Maybe. But please, don’t ever feel dumb about not knowing something involving your pregnancy or your baby. With all the new words being thrown around (colostrum? doula? bjorn?), being pregnant can sometimes feel like you’ve just moved to a foreign country. I was naive to think that as soon as your little zygote was nestled in your belly this information magically came to you. Not true! Everyone has a “first” time through this.

So what is a layette? It’s your baby’s first wardrobe. You’ll see many stores and online shops label there baby section as “layette” (I’d much prefer it to just say “hey, baby stuff over here” but that’s just me).

Here are some items we consider to be useful additions to any layette.

A “going home from the hospital” outfit

Zutano Cozie Elf Romper (Fleece) - $39.99

I personally wanted this photo-ready pick to be the most adorable outfit I could find because I plan on keeping it forever, and probably crying into it when my son leaves for college. This Elf Romper set from Zutano is especially precious.


Organic Basics Long Sleeve Bodysuit 3-Pack - Neutral

Onesies are basically short-sleeved or long sleeved legless bodysuits. (I do also recommend a few t-shirt length shirts to have before the umbilical cord stump falls off). These Organic Basics Long Sleeve Bodysuits come in neutral designs, as well as colors for both girls and boys.

Receiving Blankets

Aden + Anais Classic Muslin Swaddle (4 Pack) - $49.95

These are great for swaddling and general wrapping, so your baby won’t be left in what the stork brought them in. Explore our selection of the Best Swaddles of 2016 to see more options. Check out Ergobaby’s Swaddler, aden + anais’s Classic Muslin Swaddles, and HALO’s Sleepsack Swaddle.

Some Sleepwear

Magnificent Baby Footie - $29.99

Depending on your climate, you might just swaddle or wrap your baby in their diaper for sleeping, but footed rompers are also great for everyday use. Magnificent Baby’s Footies and Ecoland’s Organic Socks are perfect for keeping your little one cozy.

Socks or Booties

Zutano Cozie Fleece Booties - $21.00

Keep those baby toes warm and cozy! Your baby doesn’t need shoes, but heck, these choices are cute.

Scratch Mitts

Under the Nile giggle Better Basics Organic Mitts - $8.00

You thought a paper cut was bad?! Those baby finger nails are sharp! Basic mitts are excellent for preventing baby from scratching themselves (and you).

A Hat or Beanie

Babysoy Babysoy Janey Baby Hat - $11.95

Depending on the time of year, you might pair a hat with a couple of blankets (or even a bunting bag, a kind of tiny baby sleeping bag) for the car seat to keep baby warm.

Hooded Towels

Baby Aspen Let the Fin Begin Shark Robe - $24.95

These, and a few washcloths, are great for bathtime. Not to mention, they can be extremely adorable. Baby Aspen’s “Let the Fin Begin” Shark Robe and aden + anais’s Hooded Towel and Washcloth Set are great to have on hand.

Burp Cloths

Aden + Anais Muslin Burpy Bib (2 Pack) - $22.00

These are pieces of fabric that are soft and gentle enough to be placed near baby’s face while burping, but are still strong enough to shield you from spit-up. I used cloth diapers for this purpose, but you can spend extra on adorably printedburping cloths if you want - just remember, they are only for puke. aden + anais’s Muslin Burpy Bibs and Satsuma Designs’s Burp Cloths are especially cute.

Choosing What’s Right for You

Newborns really don’t need a lot of things–they just need a lot of love. So don’t worry so much about getting a complete layette. Rather, decide what items will be most important and useful to you and your baby, then register for those products so they will be ready when your special one arrives. Remember, you don’t need to buy all 1,001 items on a store’s “must-have list” to have a happy baby!

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