When you are pregnant you often get all kinds of advice and tips about what you need when you are expecting a baby. Although this is often a nice list, there are really only a few things that your baby really needs: sleep, warmth and nutrition. As long as you have everything you need for that, you and your baby will be fine. That's why we've worked out these three things for you below: layette what do you really need?
The first thing you really need for your layette is a safe and pleasant place to sleep. That doesn't necessarily mean that the baby's room has to be completely finished, but it's mainly about what your baby sleeps in. You have three options for this:
- Co-sleeper - A co-sleeper is a crib that you can use in two ways. You can use the co-sleeper as a freestanding crib or you can attach the co-sleeper to your bed with safety straps. The side can be opened between the co-sleeper and the bed so that you can easily reach your baby from the bed. This makes the co-sleeper ideal for feeding your baby at night without having to get out of bed. The co-sleeper is therefore perfect for the first few months. You have your baby close to you at night, while he or she is in its own crib. Click here if you want to know more about the co-sleeper.
- Cradle - When your baby is 3 to 6 months old, the safest place to sleep is a crib. From 6 months, the crib is no longer safe, as your baby becomes more mobile and the crib is too small for that. Your baby can then roll over or sit down and roll over against the side or even fall out of the crib. Nevertheless, the crib is perfect for the period of 3 to 6 months. The cradle gives your baby a sheltered feeling, which is comparable to the sheltered feeling of the womb.
- crib - A cot is the safest place to sleep for your baby after 6 months. This is because the side walls consist of bars. This prevents your baby from becoming breathless if his mouth and nose rest against the side wall of the cot while turning. The cot is suitable for your baby a lot longer, namely up to 3 years. Then your baby will grow out. You can find more information about when it is best to go from crib to crib here.
It is also important that your baby always has the right temperature. A normal body temperature for your baby is between 36.5°C and 37.5°C, just like adults. From 38°C your baby has a fever. Babies can't regulate their own temperature yet, so you need to keep a close eye on this yourself. Heat regulation is also important when your baby is sleeping because temperature can influence SIDS. There are several ways to regulate your baby's temperature:
- Digitale thermometer - With the help of a digital thermometer you can easily measure the temperature of your baby. There are different types of thermometers that measure the temperature of your baby in different ways, for example via the ear or contactless. Nevertheless, the digital thermometer is most commonly used because it is very reliable (if used rectally), measures quickly and is not expensive. For more information about different types of thermometers, click here.
- Blankets for every season - Your baby sleeps in a sleeping bag to keep warm when it cools down at night and your baby is mostly still. Make sure that the sleeping bag is well-fitting and not too warm. If it gets too hot in the summer, it may be wiser to tuck your baby tightly under a thin sheet or let it sleep without a sheet.
- Clothing - Also in the field of clothing a few things are important. In the first week, a hat can help regulate your baby's body temperature. It is also wise to dress your baby in layers. This way you can always take something off if your baby feels warm or put on something extra if your baby feels too cold. When you go outside with your baby, you have to pay extra attention to extra things. In winter it is important that your child is in a warm pram, wearing a hat and wearing a warm jacket or suit. In the summer you want to wear light clothes, but you have to take the sun into account. Since your baby's skin must be well protected, it is best to cover as much skin as possible with airy clothing. Be careful with synthetic materials, which can cause extra heat. You can also put on a sun hat and if it is really warm, you can only put on a romper for your baby. You can find sustainable options for baby clothing here.
- pitcher + pitcher bag - A hot water bottle is an easy way to keep your baby warm. For example, you can put the hot water bottle in your baby's bed or you can use it to preheat the clothes, the cot or the pram. Putting a hot water bottle in your baby's bed is only necessary if your baby has a temperature below 36.7°C.
You also need things for the food for the layette. Whether you are going to breastfeed or bottle feed your baby, the products below will come in handy for both (except for the nursing clothing):
- Breast pads - 10 weeks before the birth of your baby, your breasts can already leak milk. You put a nursing compress in your bra so that it can absorb drops well. Sustainable alternatives are washable pads made from cotton or bamboo. For example, look at this website for fine washable nursing pads.
- Nursing clothing/bra - when you are going to breastfeed, it is smart to have nice nursing clothing. Think of tops that you can easily pull up or a blouse with buttons. A good nursing bra is also nice, for example the sustainable bras from boobdesign.
- breast pump You use a breast pump to get milk from your breasts when your baby is not doing this. For example, you can use an electric breast pump and later give the milk to your baby via the bottle.
- Bottle - When you want to bottle feed your baby, it is of course necessary to have a bottle at home. There are also many different types of this. For example, different sizes to suit your baby's age and with different teats depending on how fast your baby is drinking.
- bottle feeding - If you are going to bottle feed, it is of course important to have bottle feeding at home. However, it can also come in handy if you are breastfeeding and breastfeeding does not start well.
Baby layette what do you really need
With the above supplies, we know for sure that your baby should be all right. In addition to things that you really need, there are of course other things that are handy to have at home. For the sake of convenience, we have therefore compiled a complete sustainable checklist. Curious about the checklist? Request this below.