Of all the items you buy to prepare for a new baby, the things you'll probably buy the most of are layette items. However, layette items can also be some of the most confusing things you'll purchase. You may wonder exactly what layette items your baby will need and how many to purchase. When you go shopping, it's important to take along a list that serves as a general guide.
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The amount of clothing you buy depends on how often you plan on doing laundry. The number of items given here is just a guideline. You can use the lower number if you plan on doing laundry often and approach the higher number if you want to do laundry less often.
For everyday wear, your baby will need about 5 to 7 bodysuits, 4 to 6 rompers or footed pyjamas, 3 to 8 nightgowns, 2 to 3 pairs of bootees or socks, and 3 to 5 bibs. For outings, buy 1 to 3 sweaters, 1 to 3 hats for cool weather and 2 to 4 cute outfits to show your baby off in. If your baby will be born in winter, she'll also need a heavy winter coat or bunting, 2 to 3 blanket sleepers, and 2 more sweaters and hats with ear flaps to keep warm.
As with your baby's clothing, the number of bedding items you buy should be based on how often you want to do laundry. Your baby will need 3 to 4 fitted crib sheets (or bassinet or cradle sheets if he will be sleeping in that type of bed in the first few months), 2 to 6 waterproof pads for nighttime leaks unless your crib mattress is waterproof, and 1 to 2 blankets.
Your baby will need 2 to 3 towels with hoods, 3 to 4 soft washcloths, 10 burp cloths or cloth diapers, and 3 to 6 receiving blankets for swaddling.
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