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Must Haves for Your Baby Layette

Jul 5, 2008
Often, the amount of baby clothing that you really need is dependent on the amount of laundry that you want to do. Keep in mind that smaller amounts will mean less expense buying clothes that they will quickly grow out of, but will also mean that you will have to do laundry more frequently.

You will want at least half a dozen onesies or rompers to wear during the daytime. If you are looking for something cute, without dealing with all the pains of dressing baby in uncomfortable clothing, consider designer children's clothing with onesies that have sayings that speak to your child's personality.

For bedtime, another half dozen sleepers will keep baby comfy. If you are expecting a winter baby, make sure that at least one of these is a heavier weight for cold nights.

You will also need a half dozen pairs of socks to keep baby's feet warm and protected. Shoes are not a requirement until baby starts to walk, so consider some fun socks that include slogans to show off as well.

Hats are a good idea, especially for cooler weather (or even in air conditioned buildings) since baby loses most of his or her heat from the head. Most baby-clothing retailers carry a wide variety of baby caps and hats that will let the world know what baby is thinking.

Essential Bath Items

While baby won't be able to take a bath until the umbilical stub falls off, it is still helpful to have the supplies on hand. Gentle baby wash and nail clippers are good to have around. You will want a couple of washcloths and towels as well to make bathing easier. For an alternative to the traditional cutesy bath accessories, consider branded towel and wash mitt sets to help make bath time more fun.

Bedding and Feeding

No matter where baby sleeps, you are going to need a few items. If you are going with a crib or a bassinet, you will want a few changes of sheets handy so you always have a clean set. You will also want some lightweight blankets for swaddling. A couple of heavier blankets, like a Sherpa blanket, can work well to cover baby's carrier in colder weather or provide a comfortable place to lay baby down for tummy time.

For feeding, you will not need much, especially if you are going to be breastfeeding. If you are bottle feeding, plan to have a half dozen bottles on hand, as well as your chosen formula. For breastfeeding, some moms find a breastfeeding pillow to be useful. Both babies will be prone to spitting up, especially when being burped, so having burp cloths on hand to catch the dribbles is convenient.

Many of the items that major retailers will tell you that you need may make your life easier, but not a requirement. Instead of going for the mass amounts, choose unique baby clothing and items that you like - ones that make a statement and may even make you laugh.
About the Author
If you are looking for unusual baby gifts and designer baby clothes visit Tiny Treasures Baby (http://www.tinytreasuresbaby.com/). The author, Art Gib, is a freelance writer.
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