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Threads and Basics ~ A Layette Checklist

Preparing the nursery for the fourth trimester may differ from family to family depending on variables such as season and weather, baby's weight, laundering facilities, as well as country and clothing customs. Shopping for baby can be fun but costly, so take some time to consider sales, shopping online, and sharing items with friends and family. Below you will find a list put together by StorkNet staff and members. Make adjustments and enjoy the adventure of gathering up new baby threads and basics!

It is always best to buy your baby's clothing slightly big to allow for shrinkage and growth. Babies outgrow newborn sizes quickly so keep this in mind when purchasing one-piece sets or fitted clothing. Always choose for comfort and softness. Take notice of zippers, snaps, buttons and tags. Will they scratch? How easily do fasteners close? Choose the outfits that open and close easily for quick diaper changes.

Socks and booties are a necessity. Even in warm weather feet can become cool when baby is inactive or asleep. Knit caps are a cozy addition to your layette and offer a soothing touch, keeping ears and soft little heads warm. Remember that newborn babies do not self-regulate their body temperature so a baby hat should be considered for the first two weeks.

If you're into attachment parenting, check out What do I need for a new baby? from our AP Forum Archives. If you're expecting twins or more, visit our Suggested Layette and Gear List in our Multiples Mania Cubby.

    6 one-piece, leg-snap pajamas or gowns
    2 blanket sleepers for winter babies
    6 cotton side snap undershirts shirts or "onesies"
    1 or 2 snowsuits for winter babies
    4 pairs of socks or booties
    6 receiving blankets
    8 burp cloths (cloth diapers are great for this!)
    1-2 pairs of mittens if your baby is a scratcher or a winter baby
    1-2 hats appropriate for the season (wide brimmed in summer, covers
      the ears in winter)

Nursery Basics
    baby sling/front pack/snugli
    crib/cradle/basinette depending on preference
    4 fitted crib sheets
    fitted waterproof mattress pad
    1 bouncy seat/infant chair or seat
    several waterproof lap pads (for crib or other sleeping area)
    1 swing
    rocking chair

Breastfeeding Basics
    Several nursing pads
    2 -4 nursing bras
    Nursing pillow/Boppy pillow

Bottle Feeding Basics
    6 4-ounce and 6 8-ounce bottles with matching nipples, rings and extra bag
      liners if necessary
    bottle brush
    dishwasher basket for nipples, rings and small accessories
    sterilizer if not using dishwasher to sterilize
    bottle warmer (optional)
    6 bibs
    several burp cloths (can use cloth diapers)
    formula - may wish to wait for a recommendation on type of formula from pediatrician

Changing Table Basics
    changing table
    diaper pail
    Diaper rash ointment, Desitin, Balmex, A&D or Baby Gold Bond Powder
    baby wipes or lots of baby washcloths and warm water
    several waterproof lap pads
    If cloth diapering:
        . 3 to 4 dozen cloth diapers
        . 2 dozen wipes (reusable washcloths or disposable wipes)
        . 8 diaper covers
        . 4 sets of diaper pins (if not using pinless diapers)
        . Ivory Snow, Dreft or other gentle laundry detergent
    If using disposable diapers:
        . Disposable diapers - ten to twelve per day

Bath Time Basics
    Gentle baby bath such as Baby Magic or Johnsons & Johnsons
    Baby Shampoo (or just use baby bath at the beginning)
    baby safe scissors or clippers
    Baby bath tub
    2 - 4 hooded baby towels
    lots of baby washcloths (have many uses!)

Medicine Chest Basics
    vaseline and sterile gauze if your boy is circumcised
    rubbing alcohol and q-tips for cord care
    gas drops
    Infant Tylenol
    saline nose spray
    baby decongestant
    liquid Benadryl
    bulb syringe
    calibrated medicine dropper or syringe for measuring dosages

Travel Basics
    car seat
    diaper bag

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