Layette and Nursery Basics
Putting together a layette is not an easy task. It's hard to know exactly what you'll need to outfit your baby (unless you already have a child.) Seek the advice of friends and let these basic questions guide you:
What clothing will you dress your baby in? —during the day? —at night? —to go outdoors?
- One-piece stretchies and gowns with socks make good staples for day or night. Layer with an undershirt and sweater or blanket sleeper for warmth.
- For outings in cold weather, you'll need warm outerwear with a hat. In warm weather, don't forget a sun hat.
- Linens that you'll need are crib sheets and mattress pads.
- Diapers and a diaper pail.
What furniture will you need for your baby?
- A crib provides a safe place for your baby to sleep.
- A changing table is useful for diapering, washing, and dressing your baby.
- A chest of drawers helps to organize your baby's clothes.
- A rocking chair and nightlight are nice to have.
What equipment will you need for your baby?
- A car seat is required by law.
- A carriage or stroller is convenient for traveling with your baby.
- A baby bathtub can make bathtime safer.
- Mothers who plan to feed their babies formula, and breastfeeding mothers who plan to express milk or give supplemental bottles, will need to start with six 4 oz. bottles, a bottle/nipple brush, and formula. Expressing milk requires a breast pump.
- A high chair will be extremely useful when your baby is about six months old.
- Other items such as a bassinet, portable crib, playpen, front or back carrier, infant swing, infant seat, and baby monitor are optional.
- Don't forget a diaper bag and pacifier!