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
- 2 or 3 soft, baby-size bath towels and 6 to 10
- 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
- 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
- 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.