A layette is a collection of clothing for a newborn child. The term “layette set” is commonly used in the United States to refer to gift sets of baby clothes.
Traditionally, women would hand-sew 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.
Basic layette items 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
New mothers need baby clothing for day, night, play, and special occasions as well as clothes for travel which are hard-wearing and practical. For more information, click here for a detailed guide to what is in a layette set. The Bump website also gives more detail on the contents of a layette.