Building Baby's Layette - What You Really Need
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The exact number of burp cloths, towels and other linens needed really depends on how often you want to do laundry -- and how often your baby pees, pukes or poops on himself. But this list of must-haves should get you through the early months -- unless you're having multiples. Then you'll need at least double the numbers listed here:
- 3-4 hooded towels
- 4-5 washcloths
- 10 onesies
- 5-6 sleep sacks
- 7-10 footed outfits
- 1 outfit to wear home from the hospital
- 10 pairs of socks (can also be used as mittens if baby scratches her face)
- 4-5 hats
- 1-2 sweaters
- 1 snowsuit
- 4 receiving blankets
- 3-4 crib sheets
- plenty of burp cloths
- diapers, diapers, diapers
Technically, the term layette refers to a baby's clothes and linens, but it can also describe the other gear, like a car seat, stroller, bottles (all must-haves) and more. Here, some items that you may or may not need:
- Glider: These rocking chairs aren't cheap, but when you're rocking a screaming baby for hours in the middle of the night, you'll be so glad you invested in one.
- Sling or other baby carrier: When your little one just won't let you put her down, you'll be glad you've got a hands-free carrier so you can get things done. Bonus: You may find that fewer strangers are compelled to touch your baby when she's strapped to your chest.
- Breast pump: They can cost a few hundred dollars, but if you're breastfeeding, pumping is the only way anyone else can feed baby.
- Bassinet: If you're not ready to have your newborn sleep in his own room, a bassinet by your bed is a safe alternative.
- Wipes warmer: It's a good idea, in theory: Warm those wipes so they don't freeze baby's bottom, but you'll be so rushed when changing diapers that you'll have no time for this gadget. Same goes for a bottle warmer: You'll save time if you get baby used to lukewarm milk.
- High-end stroller: Sure, it may have extra bells and whistles, but you're only paying for the label -- and within a year, the stroller will be covered in spit-up, spilled milk, juice, crumbs and more. Just look for a lightweight stroller that's easy to fold and unfold.
- Baby monitor: If you're like many new parents, you'll probably never let baby out of your sight for the first few months, so you won't need a monitor. Other parents find that monitors only keep them up all night: Every slight noise baby makes is another reason to go check on her.