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Baby's Layette: What To Buy

Baby's Layette: What To Buy 

Many parents-to-be enjoy putting together their baby's layette. This is the clothing and supplies your baby will need in the months ahead. There are countless baby items, and every gadget comes in different shapes, sizes, and brands. So, it can be hard to know what items you will really need or use.

The list that follows will give you some ideas about what you might need and want. Ask mothers you know about what items they couldn't live without and brands they liked. Also, keep in mind that the cost of brand-new baby gear can add up. Many new parents keep costs down by borrowing clothes and gear or shopping at consignment stores.

Safety is also an important factor when shopping for supplies. Some products may pose a risk to your baby if safety guidelines are not followed. And used products are more likely than new items to be dangerous. The web sites listed in the resources section can help you to choose a safe car seat, crib, clothing, stroller, and other items.

If you are overwhelmed by the number of baby products out there, just remember this: Your baby really only needs food, shelter, and you.

What Your Baby Will Need at the Hospital

  • Undershirt
  • An outfit such as a stretch suit, nightgown, or sweater set
  • A pair of socks or booties
  • Receiving blanket, cap and heavier blanket or bunting, if the weather is cold
  • Diapers and wipes (some hospitals provide an initial supply of these)
  • Infant car seat – Most hospitals will not discharge the baby unless the car seat is checked for safety and installed correctly.

Things You'll Need to Transport Your Baby

  • Car seat – A proper car seat is the best way to protect your baby on the road. Buying a new seat is best, so that you can be sure the seat is safe and in good condition.
  • Stroller
  • Soft carrier, sling, or backpack
  • Diaper bag – since this is something you will be carrying around for about three years, choose one that is comfortable and durable for you.

Items For Your Baby's Room


  • Crib and crib linens – Most brand new cribs and mattresses purchased in the United States are safe. If you are planning to use a used crib, make sure it conforms to the current government safety standards.
  • Waterproof mattress pad
  • Mobile
  • Play pen or portable crib
  • Changing table/station with changing pad and covers
  • Diaper pail
  • Dresser
  • Glider or rocking chair
  • Clothes hamper
  • Baby monitor
  • Night light/soft lighting


Infant Care Items

  • Diapers or cloth diapers – you can get a couple of different brands of diapers so you can test them out and choose your favorite.
  • Receiving blankets
  • Clothing
    • Onesies or rompers, depending on how often you want to do laundry     
    • Sleepwear, including a blanket sleeper for cold weather (if needed)     
    • Baby socks
    • Hats, for warmth and for sun protection
  • Breast pump (if you plan to breastfeed)
  • Bottles – be sure to get the correct size of nipples, such as preemie, or newborn.
  • Rectal or digital ear thermometer
  • Bathtub: Baby bathtub or insert for your regular tub
  • Baby washcloths and baby wipes
  • Diaper rash ointment and/or petroleum jelly
  • Hooded baby towels, or soft regular washcloths
  • Diaper disposal system – good to have, but not necessary.
  • Burp cloths and waterproof lap pads
  • Bulb syringe – for suctioning baby's nasal passages if necessary. Your baby's doctor will tell you if, when, and how to do this.
  • Baby nail clippers/scissors manicure set
  • Baby shampoo and body wash
  • Baby lotion
  • Nasal aspirator
  • Infant acetaminophen drops
  • Pacifiers         


Feeding Needs

  • Nursing pillow
  • Breast pump
  • Breastmilk freezer storage containers     
  • Bottles and nipples
  • Bottle brush     
  • Bottle drying rack
  • Bibs
  • High chair

Travel Gear

  • Diaper changing pad
  • Infant carrier or sling
  • Portable crib

Entertainment Needs

  • Bouncer
  • Play mat or play gym
  • Swing
  • Infant toys, such as stuffed toys, rattles, and teethers
  • Books

Safety Items

  • Baby monitor
  • Baby gates
  • Outlet plugs


Things You'll Need as Your Baby Gets Older

  • Outlet covers, cabinet locks, and other items to "childproof" your home
  • Toys
  • Books
  • High chair
  • Gates

Source: Republished from womenshealth.gov.

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