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- LETTERS FROM MOTHER,
V. She Tells of Hygienic Bedding.
My Dear Daughter: Every prospective young mother wants
tp know of what her baby's wardrobe should consist But most
of them do not ask mother about this, for the old-fashioned ideas on
baby clothes did not embrace scientific principles. However, as
soon as I knew your baby was coming I went about 'and -got 'the
most practical and up-to-date notions on the subject.
Your baby will be much more comfortable than you were, my
dear, because I was ignorant and did not realize that sanitary and
hygienic clothing was much to be preferred to what was considered
beautiful a few years ago.
Her coming Royal Highness must be made satisfied with her
new home and every little garment that you make must tend only
to this end.
I am glad, my dear, thaj: you intend to "make your own baby
clothes. In the case of a wealthy woman who can give her oVder
for a layette without regard to its cost the matter is much simplified,
but she loses half the pleasure that the day dreams over bits of linen
and lace always bring. I have known many rich women who could
buy much more beautiful handiwork than they could possibly make
who insisted upon fashioning with their own hands their babies
Be" sure that all the baby's clothes are plain. Avoid all fluffy
ruffles and foolishly useless trimmings. Allow only enough fullness
for comfort, and remember that the finest materials that your purse
can buy, and the daintiest handiwork and stitchery that can be pur
chased, or your love prompts you to. make, are the only requisitions
to an exquisitely beautiful as well as comfortable layette.
How many of each garment should a mother "prepare for the
A great deal depends upon the amount of time and money that
she has at her disposal, but three dozen diapers, four bands, four
shirts, two flannel and one crochet blanket, four flannel skirts for
winter and six cambric skirts for summer, six plain slips with an
additional one a little daintier for 'special occasions, ,four night
dresses, four cashmere sacks, two kimonas or wrappers, with a soft,
warm infant's cape-cloak and hood, for the first outing, is ample for
baby's wardrobe, and with care, will keep it sweet and clean. I
would not make more if I were you. Too many clothes are foolishly;
extravagant is I the opinion of your .. MOTHER.