Question: What is a Layette?
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
, 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