What Clothing to Bring to the Hospital for Baby When
Going Home 3 diapers with diaper pins 1 cotton receiving blanket 1 nightgown 1 wool blanket 1 quilted pad or plastic pants 1 sweater and cap 1 shirt
Now to answer the final question: what shall we get for the baby? The answer is: only the absolute essentials. The normal tendency is always to get too much; the following includes only indispensable items:
Basic Layette 3 or 3 or
Diapers 3 or 4 doz.
Shirts 4 to
Crib blankets 1 or
Sweaters 1 or
Crib and mattress 1 Bath equipment
Bird’s-eye or gauze (keep a dozen on hand even if you have diaper service)
Cotton, open at side or front, six-months size
Heavy wool, light wool six-months size
Make your ownsheets from old bed sheets. Since crib sheets and bed sheets cost approximately the same, buy bed sheets for your own bed
Cotton or flannel, open in front, six-months size
Waterproof or quilted
Not essential—receiving blankets and wool blankets may be used
Soap dish, mild soap, mineral oil, absorbent cotton, safety pins, talcum powder. Baby can be bathed in washstand or kitchen sink.
This concludes our story of the newborn. He is now ready to be taken home, whither we shall not follow him. Descriptions of his further care and progress can be found in popular books and free government pamphlets dealing with the first few years of life. Even if you are the best informed of the new mothers in your community, it does not relieve you of the privilege and necessity of visiting and consulting your
Since these are popular gifts, do not purchase until necessary.