Monday, February 27, 2012

In the Nursery: What is a Layette?

Twice this weekend, cubes and I were asked about Gates' layette. This was not a term that had come up in either our classes or our research. Turns out a layette is "a set of clothing and bedding -- the soft pieces -- your newborn needs for his/her first days and weeks."

New and Old

Depending on which site you visit or who you ask, a layette can contain:
  • 9 - 12 (parents recommend 6 - 8) bodysuits / onesies

  • 6 - 8 footed overalls

  • 4 - 6 pairs of pants

  • 4 - 6 convertible gowns

  • hats

  • 4 - 6 (parents recommend 4 swaddling) blankets

  • 6 - 9 bibs

  • (parents recommend lots of burp rags)

  • 1 (parents recommend 2) hooded towel

  • 4 - 8 (parents recommend 4 - 6) washcloths

Thankfully cubes and I can breath a sigh of relief - Gates' layette is mostly complete after a surprise shower thrown by my coworkers on Friday (more in another post) and a shower thrown by dear friends yesterday (more in another post). The notable exceptions are burp rags and hats - two items we hadn't originally added to our registries (now added) - and convertible gowns.

Ciao Bella!

P.S. Here are the links to our registries:

Credits: All images taken by Eden Hensley Silverstein for The Road to the Good Life.