Question: What is a Layette?
Answer: A layette, according to Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, is the complete set of clothing and equipment for a newborn infant. The word itself is French, meaning "little box," which probably means that at the time the word came into popularity, a baby's complete set of clothes and equipment was much smaller than today's standards! A baby layette can consist of as many or as few items as the parents wish. The basics usually include onesies, sleepers, socks, hats, blankets and bedding, diapers and toiletries. The other items you put in a baby's layette are a matter of personal choice. The term "layette set" is also commonly used to refer to pre-packaged gift sets that contain a few baby basics such as sleepers, bibs and socks. You can take a look at the basic items that make up a modern baby layette in this Basic Baby Needs article.