Meet Primary's baby layette: all the newborn basics you need, and nothing you don't.
by Team Primary
Dear Baby, First things first: welcome to earth! We know it takes a loooong time to get here, so definitely rest up and get the recommended 14-20 hours of sleep per day. (A day is how we measure time here.) And by all means, make yourself comfortable! It’s all about YOU right now. Stretch those arms and legs in your newfound space and dress for a life of leisure! We recommend a super soft wardrobe for newcomers called a “layette.” So, what exactly is a layette? Glad you asked! It's essentially a baby's first wardrobe of super soft essentials that you will need from Day 1. Here are the basics:
Also known as a baby kimono, this top keeps seams and snaps away from your first “owie” known as your “belly button.” It also saves your parents from the terror of pulling anything over your head. (Go soft on them, they scare easy right now.) At the wrists you’ll find convenient foldover mitten cuffs, which keep your hands warm and your face safe from your surprisingly sharp fingernails (that your parents are also afraid to trim right now).
Convertible Footie Pants
Feet are a newborn’s thermostat control, so you’ll want the convenience of these convertible footed baby pants that can cover or uncover feet at your earliest whim. (Whims are what we call things you suddenly have to have or all hell breaks loose.) This nifty pant-that-is-also-a-footie also spares your parents from applying socks to your feet and then having you lose them the instant they turn their heads for one second. (It’s a thing.)
This top, sometimes called a onesie, is a standard look for newborns here (and, incidentally, famous pop stars). You should know, though, that they are not all created equal. This is the softest, most luxurious one-piece bodysuit that doesn’t require a pop star salary and can stand up to wash after wash and blowout after blowout. (A blowout is a thing that happens in your diaper, usually immediately after leaving the house without a spare change of clothes.)
Gowns are a thing that divas wear here (and at least for the first few months, you definitely qualify as a diva). In addition to the mitten cuffs that keep your hands warm and face scratch-free, the elastic opening at the bottom of this baby sleeper gown keeps your middle-of-the-night diaper change from becoming your middle-of-the-night two-hour TED Talk entitled “I DON’T WANT TO BE WIDE AWAKE BUT NOW I’M WIDE AWAKE AND NOTHING WILL CONSOLE ME!”
Top + Bottom
It’s kind of the standard here to wear a top and a bottom most days. (Unless you are a pop star. They have different rules altogether.) A top and bottom is called an “outfit” and most powerful people on earth have a “go-to outfit.” This is yours, a kimono side-snap top and footed baby pants.
Baby Hat + Blanket
Accessories are a big thing here on earth, and these two accessories will be your first favorites. This soft, snug hat is ideal for keeping your scantily-haired head warm, and also comes in handy on a bad hair day when you “can’t even” anymore. Your blanket is your first best friend, always there for you and perfect for sprawling as you explore or swaddling you like a popular earth food called a “burrito.”
That’s it! That’s an entire wardrobe for the beginning of your journey here. And someday (not so far away) when you’ve outgrown each piece, your parents will do this weird thing where they get all teary-eyed as they fold them up for storage and say, “It’s just going so fast!” (Go easy on them, they don’t get a lot of sleep.) Welcome again, Your Friends at Primary
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