This list of 42 Necessities in Your Baby’s Layette is not a checklist for stocking a new baby’s nursery. It can be used that way, but I don’t included “amounts.” What I mean is that I don’t suggest new mother’s buy 7 sleep gowns, 10 pairs of socks, and 7 bodysuits. Instead, I just list types of clothing used for babies and toddlers.
While you can use this list in that way (to stock a newborn’s nursery), I developed this list for use in a much broader way – a whole house inventory checklist.
I launched this project about a year and half ago to propel me to work on my own household inventory checklist. We lost our home in 2007 to a wildfire (see Any Way the Wind Blows) and we were not “prepared” at all. While no one can be totally prepared to handle a catastrophic loss, we can be better prepared. And, I’m committed to being better prepared and have shared numerous posts on emergency planning and preparedness on this blog. These lists of 42, while essentially household inventory lists, will come in handy to anyone who has suffered a property loss, but they can be used in other ways, too.
In earlier posts, I talked about how much more stuff we acquire with the birth of a child. Especially your first child. If you missed the first 2 posts in this mini-series, now’s your chance to catch-up:
This ginger-haired beauty is my great-niece, Princess Sweet Cheeks. She’s the first child of my niece, Nicole, and her husband, Rob. When having your first child, you need everything; there are no “hand-me-downs” from previous siblings. And, after the birth of your first child, we tend to hang on to things, especially clothing, for many reasons:
- Sentimentality – a beautiful Christening dress or homecoming (from the hospital) outfit that you just want to keep forever (my mother, who is 84-years-old, still has hers)
- Practicality – you expect to have more children, so “gently worn” clothing is saved for the birth of the second, third, fourth, etc.
- Functionality – the clothes are either new (not worn because they never fit your baby/child to begin with; in other words, gifts from others that were the wrong size or the wrong size by the time your child could wear them. For example: the gift of a winter outfit sized for a 6 month old, but when they turned 6 months old, it was summer!) or “gently worn” and you aren’t having more children. But, you keep them anyway to give to a sibling, friend, neighbor, etc., because it makes no sense to dispose of them!
Here’s Nicole cuddling her Princess Sweet Cheeks. This baby has transformed Nicole’s and Rob’s life in a myriad of positive ways. Everyday I see Facebook posts from one or both of them touting the joy this child brings to their lives. I’ve shared Nicole’s and Rob’s story about the impending birth, and last trimester scare, of this beautiful child in The Incubator. Everyday they feel blessed to have her in their lives.
Rob took these fabulous photos of his two beautiful girls. Aren’t they great?
Here’s the list of 42 Necessities in Your Baby’s Layette:
- Homecoming outfit
- Baby mittens
- Snap sleep & play suits
- Hooded buntings
- Sleep gowns/sacks
- Short sleeve bodysuits
- Long sleeve bodysuits
- Side-snap tees
- Socks, tights, leg warmers
- Baby booties, baby knee pads
- Baby beanies, caps
- Burp cloths
- Hooded towels
- Baby washcloths
- Bloomers, diaper covers
- Training pants
- Onesies, crawlers, shortalls
- Hooded onsies, crawlers, shortalls
- Sleeveless bodysuits and tees
- Jackets, windbreakers, vests
- Cardigans, sweaters, hoodies
- Spring/summer outfits
- Fall/winter outfits
- Special occasion outfits
- Holiday outfits, costumes
- Dresses, jumpers
- Skirts, skorts, tutus, pettiskirts
- Leggings, pants, jeans, shorts
- Rompers, overalls
- Shirts, tees, tunics, polos
- Sweat shirts/pants, active wear
- Pacifier clips
- Hair accessories, hats
- Scarves, scarfettes, ear muffs
- Ties, suspenders, belts
- Gloves, mittens
- Shoes, sandals, boots, slippers
Here’s your FREE printable checklist of 42 Necessities in Your Baby’s Layette: TS4T Checklist – 42 Necessities in Your Baby’s Layette.
(other lists of 42 household inventory items)
NOTE: the list below is NOT all-inclusive. For a complete listing of currently available lists of 42, visit Archives – By Category.
- 42 Kitchen Basics for Your New Home
- 42 Baking Essentials
- 42 Must-Have Kitchen Utensils
- 42 Cleaning Supplies and Equipment in Your Home
- 42 Things in Your Laundry Room
- 42 Storage Solutions for Your Home
- 42 Pantry Essentials
- 42 Things in Your Living Room, Family Room and/or Great Room
- 42 Things in Your Foyer, Mud Room and Hall Closet
- 42 Things for Your Pets