Infant’s layette in detail

Lesson 14 : Clothing Requirements of Infants

Infant’s layette in detail

  1. Night gowns or wrappers

  2. Shirt/jabla

  3. Diaper and diaper cover

  4. Sweater/sacque/hood

  5. Bonnet or cap

  6. Booties / shoes

  7. Mittens

  8. Bib

  9. Outer wear / dresses: The new born baby requires some outer wear or dresses also. Dress should be made of soft cotton and be sufficiently large to make for easy dressing and allow for growth. Shoulder buttons help in easier dressing. Trimmings on the dresses should be simple like pin tucks, hemstitching, feather stitches, French knots and narrow simple embroidery that add to the appearance of the dress. Raglan and magyar sleeves are better than set-in-sleeves as they fit more loosely and allow for a little room when the baby grows.

  10. Towel/ face cloth: Towels and wash cloths should be soft and sterilized before use. They can be made from soft absorbent material like terry cloth. It is not necessary to purchase special towels for the baby. A family towel can be set aside for this use.

  11. Blankets: Blankets can be

    1. Receiving
    2. Crib
    3. Outdoor type

    They can vary in size and weight. Receiving blanketsCrib blanket can be a quilt, made from soft and absorbent material. Crib blankets should be light weight and large enough to tuck in at the bottom of the crib. There should be at least 1 to 2 crib blankets in a layette. Outdoor blankets are heavier and needed to wrap baby to help protect the baby from cold. Usually a hood or head covering is attached to these blankets. can be of flannel or napped material, light in weight and are generally small in size. They are used to wrap newborns snugly to lessen the shock of the new, open environment. About 2 or 3 receiving blankets or outgoing flannel squares about a yard square are adequate.

    Cotton and acrylic are preferable for baby’s blanket. Cotton blankets are easily washed, soft and inexpensive, but required more drying time. Acrylic blankets are light weight, dry very rapidly and are less apt to stains, but are more expensive than cotton.

  12. Crib sheet: Crib sheets are useful for tucking the mattress. They should be of adequate size to tuck in. If slip sheets are made for the crib, the baby’s bed can be kept clean easily with three sheets. The slip sheet is placed on the crib tied to the four corners of the crib. If the baby spits up and wets the slip sheet, it can be easily removed without remaking the bed. Since the slip sheet is not much larger, it is easier to wash than a full sheet.

  13. Mattress pads: They are made of either plastic, rubber or quilted cotton. And should be large enough to cover the mattress. If a slip sheet is used, the mattress should be placed between the slip and lower sheet.

  14. Lap pads: They are 15” x 15” in size and can be cut from any plastic or rubberized material.

  15. Napkins: Napkins are a necessity, while handling a baby. They are made from absorbent material and are useful to wipe the baby’s mouth after feeding.

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