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" BETTERS FROM MOTHER
VI. She. Advises, About Baby's Clothes.
My Dear Daughter: r really envy you the -pleasure .you .will
have in the preparation of your babys layette.
The happiest time of my life was. When I was making your firs
baby clothes. I wove in among the stitches wonderful dreams of
girlhood I was only, 21 when you came.
1 Had hardly outgrown my love for doll clothes and the daintiest
of the tiny outfit appealed to my aesthetic sense, while all the time
the maternal instinct within 'me was making poetry out of the
commonest things .in the wardrobe. I used often to think that if,
when the baby came, I should be any happier, I could not bear it,
When baby did come and I first felt a little warm body snuggled
to mine, I was happier, perhaps, but in a different way. The won
derful thing had happened. The baby was here. I no longer
dreamed of what might be it was.
I am going to send you the little wood bassinet you 'first slept'
in. I know you have not -seen it for years andyears, for it has been
going about among my 'friends and to the houses of the daughters?
of my friends for the last 20 years: I did not want to sell it andT
was too seffish to give it away and so I hav.e lent it here and there
until you should need it
, I wonder, dear, if you will give "grandmother" the pleasure of
sending this little bed 'to you all ready for occupancy.
For it shall have made a tiny hair mattress and I will send six
pairs of sheets with the family initial in one corner; these I will
have laundered at least three times so that they will be soft.
- "J am going to make you two little comforts, one filled with
lamb's wool and one with eider down; these will be of wash silk tied
,with pink baby ribbon and "buttonholed" about the edge with pink
knitting silk. The sKeets'must. be' large enough to tuck in all around.
Iwjll also make you a sleeping bag'of pink eider down flannel,
asj' realty expect your baby will sleep on that sleeping porch of
yburs. This bag, dear, is a narrow blanket buttoned at the sides
and Iong'eftough .to fold up at the feet and button at the neck. Al
though I do not think your baby will sleep on a pillow. I will make
Cvery small one out of eider down and little cases of the finest:
handkerchief linen with hemstitched hems.
' 'We will have no embroideries or lace on these little bed clothes1
for while we want them to be dainty, baby's comfort is the first con
sideration. I am going to use the'Frin.cess lace of my wedding veil
for the spread thatwill be thrown over 'this bassinet and line it with:
pink India silk. , "L 1! I