A layette is a collection of clothing and accessories for a newborn child. The term "layette set" is commonly used in the United States to refer to sets of baby clothes. In the 1920s, expectant mothers or their friends and relatives frequently knitted a matching layette set, consisting of a blanket, hat, sweater and booties. That tradition has continued to the present day.
Traditionally, women would often hand-sew or knit their baby's clothes during their pregnancy. Today "layette" is often used to identify a baby clothing section of a store. The term can also be used for bedding, accessories, and baby care items.
Although there is no strict definition of the items included in a layette, basic layette items often include:
- a going-home-from-the-hospital (or birth center) outfit
- legless sleepwear (sleeping gowns / kimonos / sleeping bags / newborn sacques / blanket sleepers) or footed sleepers
- onesies (short-sleeved, legless bodysuits) / all-in-ones / rompers / coveralls
- undershirts / T-shirts
- receiving blankets
- swaddling blankets
- hooded towels
- baby washcloths
- cloth diapers (nappies)
- socks / bootees
- hats / beanies / sweaters / bunting (depending on the climate)
- burp cloths (cloth diapers are often recommended)
- Scratch mitts
- baby rattles
- pacifiers (dummies)
- baby bottles
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- Iovine, Vicki (2002). The Girlfriends' Guide to Baby Gear: What to Buy, What to Borrow, and What to Blow Off!. Penguin Books. pp. 49–50.