Baby Linen


How to Make a Basic Essential Layette
for Eighteenth Century Re-enactor Infants

Baby Swaddling Photo Series

1. cap and diaper

2. pilch

3. shirt

4. the bed

5. the roller

6. the forehead cloth

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  1. Cap
  2. Diaper, known in the period as "napkin" or "clout"
  3. Pilch or Pilcher, a diaper-cover
  4. Shirt
  5. Petticoat
  6. Roller, swaddling-band, belly-band, or "surcingle"
  7. Bed gown or robe
  8. Bib, also Drool cloth, burp cloth, the "muckinder"
  9. Stockings, Shoes, Booties
  10. Baby sling, baby carrier
  11. Blanket, basket, bedding
  12. Final Reminder


    Baby Swaddling Photo Series
    Baby Gown Photo Series


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