A layette describes the first items of clothing you gather together for your new baby. Also known as infant clothing guide.

Getting Started

The first thing you are going to need is an outfit to take your baby home from the hospital. Depending on your child's birth weight, you may need to look at preemie clothing (usually for babies under 6 or 7 pounds).  Good Web sites to try for premature baby clothes include: Itty Bitty Bundles or The Preemie Store. The basic items you'll need will include: a hat, blanket, top, bottom and socks or booties.  Depending on the climate, you may also need a sweater and snowsuit.

Special Considerations

It's not as easy as dressing yourself in the morning newborns require a little extra TLC.  Here are some things to consider when shopping for your new baby: * Most likely, your baby will have a tender umbilical cord. The cord area needs air to heal, so one-piece outfits are not ideal until the cord dries up and falls off. For more information on umbical cord care visit CNN"s health page. * Babies are tricky to dress, they wiggle, squirm and generally don't cooperate. Look for easy fastenings until you get the hang of the situation. * Little necks are very delicate. Try to skip the Carter's * Baby Gap * Tadpoles

The Basic Layette Includes


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Check out these great guides for items you may need before and after the baby arrives: * Infant Clothing * Maternity Products * Toddler Clothing