What is Layette?

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Layette is basically a set of newborn clothes and accessories for a baby.  For some the idea of layette is a soft gown with matching hat and booties, while other prefer a dressy outfit.   Below are some ideas that can help you choose the perfect layette set for your baby boy or girl. 

                                                             Soft Cotton Gowns & Footies 


These are the most popular choices for layette sets.  Soft pima cotton gowns are great for taking baby home from the hospital.  Made of 100% peruvian pima cotton, Baby Loren and Magnolia Baby both have a great selection of complete layette sets.  You can choose from a sacque, which is a gown with an elastic hem, which helps to keep babies feet covered, convertible gowns which can be used as a gown or romper, footies or two piece pant and top sets.  Many styles are available for personalizing with baby's name or initials.  They also have cute matching accessories such as beanie hats, booties, blankets and bibs.  A personalized outfit, hat and blankets makes a beautiful baby shower gift.  When choosing your take home outfit, keep in mind that you will be putting your newborn in a car seat that will be buckled between the legs so a gown will have to stay lifted up while a romper or footie will keep their legs covered.

                       Dressy Layette Ideas for Boy and Girl

Dresses and Rompers 

If you prefer a dressier look you may consider an heirloom outfit.  Feltman Brothers has a large selection of newborn clothes that make beautiful layette sets.  Many of their girls dresses and daygowns have lace trim.  Precious baby boys rompers and bubble outfit with pintucks and embroidery are timeless styles that have been around for decades. We have many customers that use their own Feltman outfits to bring their baby home.  These classic styles and quality crafted dresses and rompers make Feltman one of our top sellers for dressy layette sets.  Feltman also has baby booties, bonnets and blankets available to complete your layette set.  Other great designers for dressy layette sets are Petit Ami

and Willbeth.  Willbeth and Feltman are a little higher priced than Petit Ami but all three have a wide selection of outfits for baby to wear coming home from the hospital.

Daygowns & Sacques

A daygown is very similar to a dress but it is made longer to cover the feet.  Daygowns are available for boys and girls. There are several styles of daygowns.  One of our favorites is the bishop style daygowns with puff sleeves and smocking.  Another popular style is the button down daygowns.  A sacque is a gown with an elastic hem and also comes in boys and girls styles.  Many newborn sacques come as a set with a matching bonnet or hat.

Knit Sets

Knit layette sets are available in all the styles above and come in 100% cotton or poly/cotton blends.  These tend to look like a thin sweater type fabric.  Many come as a set with an accessory such as a hat or bootie.  Willbeth offers three piece layette sets which include the outfit along with matching hat and booties.  These sweet coming home outfits are adorable and very affordable.