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
Socks or Booties
A Hat or Beanie
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!