skip to navigation
Pampers® Village a place to grow
Welcome! Join now or Log in
USA | EN - ES
More helpful answers sent to your inbox
Get great Pampers articles in personalized emails.

Stocking Up for Your Baby: Layette Basics

2   people commented
on this article
 
420
 
2

Going into a store that's bulging with baby goods can be a little overwhelming. How do you know what you really need right away? Here's a list of basic layette items to get you started for your baby's early days. Some of the amounts may seem like a lot, but with extra items on hand, you won't have to do laundry every day.

  • 2 or 3 soft, baby-size bath towels and 6 to 10 baby washcloths
  • 6 to 8 receiving blankets
  • 6 front-snapping stretch jumper suits, newborn gowns, or onesies
  • 6 to 10 cotton-knit, front-snapping T-shirts
  • 1 or 2 sweaters
  • 2 to 3 sleeper suits
  • 3 or 4 crib or bassinet sheets (be sure they fit tightly on the mattress)
  • 2 to 3 thin blankets or quilts (fluffy blankets pose a SIDS risk), tucked in around the mattress
  • 4 to 6 pairs of socks or booties
  • Diapers sized for newborns. If you're planning on using disposable diapers, look for the kind with a notch cut out in the front for your baby's umbilical cord stump. Cloth diapers can just be folded over.
  • At least one wide-brimmed hat to protect your baby's head and face from the sun during outings.
  • Bunting or snowsuit if you live in a cold climate.
  • Mittens if you live in a cold climate. Don't bother with the thin hand covers sold in many stores; infants need their hands free for exploring.

Clothing Safety Tips

Keep these guidelines in mind when shopping for all children's clothing.

  • Stick with all-cotton or cotton blends, which are soft and easily washable.
  • Check labels for the phrase "flame retardant."
  • Don't dress your baby in items with strings (like hooded sweatshirts with drawstrings); these can twist around little hands, fingers, toes, and even necks.
  • Buy tops with generous head holes so that dressing your infant is easy for you and comfortable for her.
  • Check regularly for loose buttons, which pose a choking hazard.
  • Avoid outfitting your baby in clothes with decorative items like beads or ribbons, which are tempting for little hands. If they come loose, they present a choking risk.

For information on setting up your baby's nursery, read Kid Stuff . And to find out which type of car seat you'll need for your baby's first ride (home from the hospital!), see our Car Seat Shopping Guide.

 

 
 
2

Member comments

Dreft
Would not use anything else. Gets out the toughest stains!

Other products you may like

Pampers picks

We love these products and think you will, too!
Help make your touch  more soothing

Help make your touch more soothing

Vicks BabyRub is a non-medicated formula that contains soothing fragrances of eucalyptus, rosemary, and lavender. Combined with your loving touch, it is perfect to calm, soothe, and relax your baby. Can be used as need on babies 3 months and older.
Pure & Perfect...</br>Just like your baby!

Pure & Perfect...
Just like your baby!

New Chapter’s Perfect Prenatal multivitamins deliver daily whole-food cultured nutrients to support a healthy pregnancy and can even
be taken on an empty stomach.*

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug
Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or
prevent any disease.
Find your true color with a natural looking shade!

Find your true color with a natural looking shade!

Clairol's Colorblend technology gives permanent hair color natural dimension that's authentic and true, so you can shift a shade and still look like your most amazing you.
Get a salon treatment without getting a babysitter!

Get a salon treatment without getting a babysitter!

For new moms with little to no time to make it to the salon, Vidal Sassoon Salonist treats roots then lengths separately in the convenience of your home.
Peace of mind protection

Peace of mind protection

Whether you're an expectant mom or need some extra protection post-delivery, Always Liners and Pads provide all the coverage you need!
Mommy's little helper  is a quicker picker-upper

Mommy's little helper is a quicker picker-upper

The cutest babies always seem to make the biggest messes. Luckily, Bounty paper towels are 2X more absorbent*, so you can use less and get back to the fun stuff quicker.
A must-have for new moms!

A must-have for new moms!

Charmin Sensitive is the only toilet paper with a moisturizing touch of Aloe and vitamin E. It’s dermatologist-tested to be gentle on skin—perfect for a new mom’s healing body.
Ultra-strong and ultra-handy

Ultra-strong and ultra-handy

With it’s unique DuraClean™ texture, Charmin Ultra cleans so well that you can use up to 4X less than the leading value brand. Be sure to stock up on this essential!
Dental Care for  New Moms: It's a Must!

Dental Care for New Moms: It's a Must!

For moms-to-be, oral care is key to preventing gingivitis—the inflammation of gums. Thanks to Crest® Pro-Health™ products, prevention can be a breeze.
Every time you use Dawn,  you help save wildlife

Every time you use Dawn, you help save wildlife

Dawn is tough on grease, yet gentle, making it the expert-trusted tool for rescuing animals affected by oil pollution for over 30 years — all while keeping your dishes sparkling!
Why do pediatricians  recommend Dreft?

Why do pediatricians recommend Dreft?

Dreft’s hypoallergenic formula is perfect for keeping baby clothes soft and clean. It’s gentle on your baby’s skin, but tough on stains, making it a mom must-have for over 75 years and the detergent most recommended by pediatricians.
Wrap your little one in comfort and protection

Wrap your little one in comfort and protection

With its quilted, blanket-like comfort, Pampers Swaddlers is our softest diaper. Plus, its color-changing wetness indicator helps you know when baby needs a change.
A gentle clean for sensitive skin

A gentle clean for sensitive skin

Pampers Sensitive Wipes are dermatologist tested and clinically proven mild. Our hypoallergenic and perfume free formula won’t irritate baby’s soft skin.
Free & gentle & perfect  for your little one's clothes

Free & gentle & perfect for your little one's clothes

Tide Pods Free & Gentle provides a deeper clean than the leading free detergent, but is gentle on skin, making it perfect for little tees and all of your favorite kiddie accessories.