Top 5 newborn essentials from Petit Lem

March 22, 2024

When our daughter was born 6 years ago, I remember the excitement and incredible feeling of happiness that I had as a new Mom. At the same time, there was so much unknown and plenty of daily learning. It was then that I learned that babies have very sensitive skin. As such, I spent a significant amount of time researching products for our little one that were made from natural fabrics, in the most sustainable, organic, healthiest way. I remember someone gifting us a sleeper or a onesie by Petit Lem and that was the first time I had discovered this fabulous Montreal-based brand.

Since then, we have been dedicated customers and I have made many, many trips to The Bay, Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue and Petit Lem’s website to make multiple purchases. Petit Lem takes pride in creating premium quality products that are gentle, soft on the skin, yet durable. So many of their products are made from organic cotton and you can really tell the difference in the softness and quality of their materials. Available across North America, the brand offers a range of newborn, baby and toddler essentials that are comfortable, functional and seasonally chic. 

With our second baby on the way, it was a no-brainer that we would want to get her some Petit Lem essentials and, in this story, I have compiled a list of what those Top 5 items are!

1. Bodysuits

Newborns require many, many bodysuits. You go through so many so quickly, because they are the essential layer that all other clothing goes over, no matter the season. With the arrival of spring, all I could think of is: tulips. I love flowers and they are such an accurate representation and symbol of this season. As such, I picked the Tulip 3-Piece Bodysuit Set for its adorable designs and lovely fabrics. This set features two diaper shirts: one short-sleeved and one strappy. Complementing them are the cute frilly, high-waisted shorts. This product is available in the 0 to 24 months range.

2. Hat

Newborns often find it difficult to thermoregulate, so it’s important to keep them comfortable, no matter the weather. That’s why one of my go-to essentials has been a little cotton hat, and I love the White Pointelle Knit Hat. You can’t go wrong with 100% soft-as-butter organic cotton, and there’s a matching sleeper and blanket available in the same range too. This hat is available in sizes Newborn to 9 months.

3. Body sleeper

The final essential piece of clothing for a newborn is a body sleeper. For girls, I love something in soft/pastel pink/rose colour, and the lovely Peony Blush Pointelle Knit Cross Body Sleeper does the trick. This piece is finished with integrated feet and a frilly trim, and there are a matching hat and blanket available for extra cuteness. Made from 100% organic cotton, this sleeper wraps around the body and has snap buttons. It is available in sizes Newborn to 9 months. 

4. Washcloth set with hooded towel

Of course, bath time is equally important and the Elephant Hooded Towel with Washcloths Set (4 pieces) is the perfect solution. It’s adorable, made from 100% organically grown cotton with terry knit and basically has everything you would need for post-bath time. I love and strongly recommend hooded towels for babies, toddlers and even older kids. They help dry the little ones faster and keep their ears warm after the bath, which is very important for added comfort.

5. Muslin swaddle

Last, but definitely not least, one of the core essentials for a newborn is a swaddle cloth. It is useful for so many purposes, and I always recommend having at least five or six. My favourite pick is the Cherry Print on Muslin Swaddle. It’s perfect for bundling up newborns to keep them warm and calm, or for placing on the floor while out and about for an emergency changing mat or picnic blanket. The swaddle comes folded neatly into a matching drawstring pouch that’s easy to stash in your bag. Made from 100% organic cotton muslin, it is soft and lovely in every way.

I hope this list was helpful and best of luck in your parenting journey!

Photography courtesy of Petit Lem.


Story by Hannah Yakobi

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