A few years ago I noticed a large amount of fine french and other beautiful infant wear at the thrift store. I mean beautiful unscathed pieces that have that beautiful softness and feel that French do so well. I started creating layettes and sending them to Morocco , beautiful layettes with a couple of soft onesies , two pieces , sleepers and other pieces of take me home clothing. I took an anatomy class with a friend who is a nurse and works in the NICU at a major hospital here in Chicago , she told me how some little babies just have no one and are born addicted to drugs . It was very emotional for me to hear these stories and recently I decided to create layettes for these babies. I am on my second layette now as it takes about a month to find all the right pieces. I prefer soft French made pieces like Peite Bateau ,Janie and Jack, Feltman brothers and other beautiful layette pieces that are super duper soft. I was very picky with my own babies and I love French baby wear , it is just so soft and baby like. I am very picky about what I take it must be pristine so it takes at least a month to create one layette because it takes a few week day mornings at the thrift stores digging for a couple of hours to find even one or two worthy pieces. I prefer unisex but I will work with both. I am working a little girl layette presently and this morning Norah and I were able to find 6 pieces 2 petite bateau , a Janie and Jack soft sweater and a beautiful French made dress. If you would like to donate send me a comment and we will be in touch.
If you have ever been a mom you know how incredibly selfish a person has to be abuse drugs while their is a tiny being growing inside of them. As a mother we offer our body as a home and our little ones are honored guest for nine months therefore we must be a good hostess and some people missed the memo on this and could care less. These babies deserve to start life surrounded by softness and this is why I started doing this . I am even hoping to include some soft organic diapers in the new layette and a handmade baby doll . I could go to Wal Mart or Target and buy brand new clothes for all the time that I spend looking for pieces one the mother may try to return them so see can get the money and buy drugs and two I imagine the care that they mommy who first owned these lovely pieces went through to find them in the first place. It is truly a labor of love :)