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Layette Gear for your Baby

By Grow Healthy. Grow Happy. The Whole Baby Guide

A layette is a baby’s first wardrobe and essentials. It consists of versatile pieces such as bodysuits, socks, gowns, booties, shirts, pull-up pants, sleepers, footies, and caps. Newborns require frequent changes due to spit-up, dirty diapers, and spills. Clothing items made of combed or organic cotton are breathable and soft against your baby’s sensitive skin, and they are especially beneficial before he is 12 months old.

Homecoming Outfit   

One-time purchase

Age needed: Newborn

homecoming outfitIf you had a hospital birth, you may dress your baby in a special homecoming outfit to mark the occasion and officially welcome him into
your home.

Function: Welcomes your baby to the world

Special Features or Considerations:

  • Organic cotton
  • Machine washable
Bodysuits    

Multiple purchases

Age needed: Newborn

bodysuitBodysuits are a one-piece garment that pulls over your baby’s head and snaps together at the bottom. This bottom opening prevents slipping and allows easy access for diaper changes. Bodysuits come in both short-sleeved and long-sleeved versions.

Function: Covers your baby’s torso neatly and allows easy diaper changes

Special Features or Considerations:

  • Organic cotton
  • Machine washable
  • Outside seams
  • Built-in extender
Garment Extenders    

Multiple purchases

Age needed: Newborn

garment extenderGarment extenders are a small rectangle piece of fabric that snaps into bodysuits, providing a few extra inches of length and extending the life of the garment. Garment extenders are often sold in multipacks that fit most standard bodysuit snaps.

Function: Increases the longevity of your baby’s bodysuits, helping to save money

Special Features or Considerations:

  • Organic cotton
  • Machine washable
Gowns 

Multiple purchases

Age needed: Newborn

gownGowns are one-piece garments that pull over your baby’s head or open on the side. They often open at the bottom for easy access for diaper changes and allow for air circulation. Knit gowns may also come with built-in hand mitts.

Function: Sleeping garment with easy access for diaper changes

Special Features or Considerations:

  • Organic cotton
  • Machine washable
  • Built-in hand muffs
Knit Caps  

Multiple purchases

Age needed: Newborn

knit capKnit caps keep your baby’s head warm, assisting in regulating his body temperature. Knit caps often come in a layette set to match a bodysuit.

Functions: Covers your baby’s head to keep him warm and regulate his body temperature

Special Features or Considerations:

  • Organic cotton
  • Machine washable
  • Reversible
  • Outside seams
Side Snap Knit Shirts 

Multiple purchases

Age needed: Newborn

side snap knit shirtsSide-snap knit shirts are used from birth until around three months. You can change your baby’s shirt with ease, because the side snaps offer easy access!

Function: Side snaps allow for easy changing

Special Features or Considerations:

  • Organic cotton
  • Machine washable
  • Birth to 3 months
  • Outside seams
Footed Knit Pants    

Multiple purchases

Age needed: Newborn

footed knit pantsFooted knit pants have a built-in foot covering, so you do not need socks. These one-piece pants are convenient for your baby from birth until the time he is ready to walk. After your baby starts cruising and shows signs of being ready to walk, he will need his feet free. Footed knit pants pull on and off with ease, making diaper changes convenient.

Function: Covers your baby’s lower body and feet

Special Features or Considerations:

  • Organic cotton
  • Machine washable
  • Pull on
  • Outside seams
Leggings   

Multiple purchases

Age needed: 6 weeks

leggingsLeggings cover your baby’s legs for warmth and protection. They can be worn with short pants or under dresses and skirts.

Functions: Covers your baby’s legs

Special Features or Considerations:

  • Organic cotton
  • Machine washable
  • Relaxed fit
One-piece Footies  

Multiple purchases

Age needed: Newborn

footiesFooties are a one-piece full bodysuit that covers your baby’s arms, body, legs, and feet. This one-piece garment comes with snap closures or a zipper to keep it securely closed and allow for easy dressing. Sleepwear regulations require footies over nine-months size to be treated with a flame retardant or to be snug-fitting.

Function: Keeps your baby warm while sleeping

Special Features or Considerations:

  • Organic cotton
  • Zipper or snap opening
  • Outside seams
Socks    

Multiple purchases

Age needed: Newborn

socksSocks help keep your baby’s feet warm and protect his feet before he is old enough to walk and wear shoes. Once your baby starts to cruise and begins to walk on his own, socks that have a nonslip bottom prevent him from slipping.

Function: Covers your baby’s feet and keeps them warm

Special Features or Considerations:

  • Organic cotton
  • Nonslip bottoms
Booties    

Multiple purchases

Age needed: Newborn

bootiesBooties are made from soft materials, such as fleece, cotton, or wool. They slip on to help keep your baby’s feet warm. Booties with no-pinch elastic at the top stay put around the ankles so they do not fall off.

Function: Protects your baby’s feet

Special Features or Considerations:

  • 100% cotton, fleece, or wool
  • No-pinch elastic
Cardigan Sweaters 

Multiple purchases

Age needed: Newborn

cardiganLayering your baby’s clothes helps regulate his body temperature. Cardigan sweaters layer over a light T-shirt or bodysuit to help keep him warm. Closures include zippers or buttons.

Function: Layers over a shirt and helps keep your baby warm

Special Features or Considerations:

  • Organic cotton
  • Machine washable
Pullover Sweaters     

Multiple purchases

Age needed: Newborn

pull-over sweaterPullover sweaters layer over a light T-shirt, long-sleeved shirt, or bodysuit to help keep your baby warm. Check to see that the opening is wide enough to pull on and off your baby’s head.

Functions: Layers over a shirt and helps keep your baby warm

Special Features or Considerations:

  • Organic cotton
  • Large neck opening
  • Machine washable
Pajamas     

Multiple purchases

Age needed: 9 months

pajamasPajamas are garments for your baby to sleep in. The style of pajamas you purchase may vary depending on your baby’s age and season of the year. Choices include footed pajamas, two-piece sets, and gowns. Cotton pajamas are made to fit snugly or they are made of polyester to minimize fire risk, even though most modern homes do not have open furnaces. Make sure your baby does not overheat while sleeping.

Function: Keeps your baby warm while he is sleeping

Special Features or Considerations:

  • Sizes range from 9 months to 5T
  • Organic
  • Machine washable
What is your must-have layette item? Share in the comments below!

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