For the first few weeks, you won't need every type of clothing to keep your infant covered sensibly. Here are the essentials.
Quick. What's a layette? If you answered with anything from undershirts to a stroller, you're right. Technically, it's every item a newborn needs during the first year. For most people, however, a layette simply means a baby's first wardrobe.
Print this list and bring it with you to the store, or conveniently browse and shop online.
1 "take-me-home" outfit
3 shirt-and-pant sets
4 coveralls (one-piece footed outfits)
6 pairs of socks
2 large hooded towels
8 sleep gowns
2 sleep sacks (work as safe blankets)
Lots of burp cloths
4 receiving blankets
Depending on the climate, and when your baby is born:
Coat, knit hat, snowsuit
Swimsuit, brimmed sun hat