Updated November 2017

by Heather ReedOwner of Monkey Bars Children’s Boutique

Hand-me-downs are the bizness. They’re also a really awesome, eco-friendly way for your friends to show you their love. But let’s be honest, y’all; sometimes you just wanna get some cool sh*t for your new baby – especially if s/he is your first.

BONUS: You can still add most of these goodies to a new or existing Amazon registry, should you be so inclined.

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Layette is really just a fancy French name for tiny onesies/footies/blankies that are cute as hell that your baby will wear/use for a short time… then poop on. Also: photo shoots!

Over the last 8 years, the one thing my customers have come to expect from the lines I carry is quality and durability, not just aesthetics; you want your adorable onesie to hold up for more than three washes (ahem, Crazy 8). Rest assured that 99% of everything on this list has been personally vetted by either me or my customers.

And since organic apparel is my jam, you’ll be happy to know that most of this collection is sustainable and eco-friendly to boot.

Without further delay, here are our favorite layette pieces for 2017!

Best Newborn Apparel…

There are some common themes you’ll notice, and they’re all for convenience; specifically, diaper-changing convenience. Kimono style one-pieces, zippered footies and newborn gowns (with the gathered elastic on the bottom) are great since you don’t have to pull a poop-stained outfit off over baby’s head.

Because, gross.

$ – BabySoy 

A soft, economic basic made from soybeans (what?!).

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$ – $$  SkipHop 

Your fave diaper bag/toy company now brings you ridiculously cute and durable BARGAIN layette!

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$$ – Zutano 

A time-tested and trendy customer favorite… patterns for days.

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$$ – Finn & Emma

Organic line, famous for fab unisex pieces (to help offset baby’s pinks & blues).

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$$ – Sweet Peanut

Organic zippered jammies that get better with every wash.

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$$ – Aden + Anais 

We’ve always loved a+a’s blankets, so we’re super stoked about their layette! Perfect for warm/hot climates. Note that muslin doesn’t take abuse well, so we advise you hand wash these pieces and hang them to dry.

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$$ – Milkbarn 

Hand-picked organic favorite.
Killing it with these patterns… (foxes + whales, amirite?!)

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$$$ – Kickee Pants

Bamboo, y’all. Sooooo soft and stretchy.

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$$$ – AXL Brand 

A luxurious & modern organic basic + made in the USA!

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$$$ – GoatMilk NYC 

A little-known organic, USA-made fave.
(forgive them their name – no goats involved)

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$$$ – Hanna Andersson

Organic. Swedish. Durable. Washes like you wouldn’t believe…
(great for hand-me-downs when you’re done).

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Best Blankets & Lovies…

Blankets are great for swaddling your newborn — and for snuggling after the swaddling days are over. A lovie (lovey) is the 21st century’s colloquialism for that nasty ass blankie you used to drag everywhere when you were little. Except these are more fun and you won’t be embarrassed to be seen with them like your poor mother was.

Quick note on sizing: A “swaddle” typically refers to a square blanket, measuring between 45″x 45″ or 50″x 50.” A “crib blanket” is typically rectangular and measures around 30″x 50″ to 45″x 60.” A “stroller blanket” is a tiny version of a crib blanket. It’s typically rectangular and not big enough for swaddling.

 

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$ – Lulujo 

A recent favorite discovery. Contemporary prints + budget friendly.


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$$ – Aden + Anais


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$$ – Little Unicorn 

Boutique quality + a modern aesthetic. Perfect for nursery accents.


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$$ – Milkbarn


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$$ – Cuski 

Customer favorite, can absorb the scent of mom (seriously)…
works for teething too.


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$plurge – Spearmint Baby 

Super adorable + unique blankets from the beloved Spearmint Baby. Be sure to check out their amazing nursery decor too!


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Seasonal Bonus Buy!

Zutano Cozie Fleece Booties… Yes, believe the hype. These are the best and they actually stay on baby’s feet. You’re welcome. Pair with these picks from the rest of the Cozie line for a full on snuggly outfit. [Sorry, doesn’t come in grown-up sizes :-/]. *NEW* this season! Non-Skid Bottoms! (omg, finally!)

Cozie Fleece by Zutano: 


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Enjoy!

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