What could be sweeter than dressing your baby in an adorable new baby outfit? Unfortunately, many of the clothes that look so cute in the store may introduce chemicals and other toxins to your home and the environment. Babies look beautiful no matter what they wear (or even if they wear nothing at all.) So put fashion aside and keep the planet in mind as you look for clothes to cover your baby.

The green layette

A layette is a fancy word that describes a baby’s first wardrobe…the clothes that she’ll wear round the clock for the first few weeks of his life.  Take a look in any baby store and you’ll find long lists of clothing recommended for a baby’s layette.  But the truth of the matter is that for those first few weeks, your baby doesn’t need fancy and uncomfortable outfits and you certainly won’t want to deal with the hassle of trying to dress your baby in complicated garments.

So what does a baby really need in the first weeks at home? Not much. Simple clothing that is easy to put on and take off is best (as you’ll be doing this many times each day!)  Here’s what you will need for your baby’s green layette.


  • 2-3 organic cotton t-shirts
  • 5-10 organic cotton onesies or rompers
  • 5-7 baby sleepers or nightgowns
  • 5-7 pairs of baby socks
  • 1-2 newborn hats, depending on climate
The amounts vary depending upon how often you want to do laundry.  Some days, your baby may stay in one cotton t-shirt and a diaper all day.  On others, she may go through every item in his wardrobe before lunch! 

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