Baby Layette: 1945


The Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care by Dr. Benjamin Spock was first published in 1945.

The following is the list of recommended items to have for the new baby:


three to six stockinette gowns: 1 year size

six dozen diapers, large size

three to six long sleeved cotton shirts

three to six pads for under baby in the crib

three to six sheets for the crib

blankets for swaddling and the crib



knitted caps for cold weather

booties and socks for after baby is sitting up

As for special occasions. Dr. Spock wrote, “Dresses make a baby look pretty, but are unnecessary otherwise, and bothersome to the baby and the mother.”

Do you have pictures of baby clothing, accessories or equipment past or present?

We’d love to see them!  @casaverdepeds

About Lisa M. Asta, MD

Lisa M. Asta, M.D. is board-certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, for which she is also a Media Representative (she has been interviewed for “Kids Health” on Health Radio, and quoted in Parenting Magazine, USA Today, and the New York Times, among other publications). She is a Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the University of California at San Francisco and past pediatric chair at John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek. She graduated from Temple University School of Medicine and the Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Asta is also a writer whose fiction has appeared in Inkwell, Philadelphia Stories, Schuylkill, and Zeniada. Her essays have appeared in the Journal of the American Medical Association, Hippocrates, the San Jose Mercury News, and The New Physician Magazine. She is an occasional contributor to KQED public radio’s Perspectives series, and has written articles for Bay Area Parent, Valley Parent, Parents’ Press, and Parents Express, as well as online at,, and She wrote a chapter in The Field Guide to the Normal Newborn, ed. Gary Emmet, M.D. currently has two how-to videos for parents in production which feature Dr. Asta. For more on Dr. Asta’s writing, visit
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