You may have spent a significant amount of time and money designing the baby’s outfit before he arrives. But, for the first several weeks of his life, he doesn’t require a wide range of clothing. You’ll be too preoccupied with getting to know each other and getting through the day and night to be concerned with perfectly matching tops, bottoms, socks, and hats. Don’t worry, there will be plenty of time for that when the baby is older. But for the time being, the most important thing is to keep the baby secure and comfortable. To assist you in doing so, we’ve compiled a list of professional advice on how to clothe your infant as you leave the hospital, as well as what to consider during those first few weeks at home.
What to Wear for Baby During the Day?
Dressing an infant requires more common sense than it does fashion sense. Follow these fundamental principles and then improvise from there.
1. Begin with a onesie or wrap shirt
Onesies have almost become synonymous with baby clothes.
They cater to the needs of a tiny human who isn’t used to dressing up. Consider these bodysuits to be perfect infant base layers. The biggest advantage is that they will stay in place, protecting your baby’s back and tummy.
Furthermore, the snaps at the bottom ensure that you don’t have to undress the baby when changing diapers, making the task easier for parents and less chilly for the infant.
Another option is A kimono with large sleeves or a wrap-style top. These are very useful during the baby’s first few days. The garment, which snaps across the front, eliminates the need to pull the shirt over your baby’s head, which many babies despise, and it’s gentler on the sensitive umbilical cord stump, which requires air to dry out.
These pants include built-in feet, so no baby socks or booties are required. Even the smallest children are capable of kicking off socks, which are inevitably misplaced. As with other baby items, it’s a good idea to buy sizes that are slightly larger but still comfortably fit; this way, the shoes will last a bit longer, even as the baby’s feet expand. If you don’t want to preserve the footies as hand-me-downs, snip the foot piece off and hem the bottom to make them into pants.
3. Add Layers
The season will determine how many clothes the baby wears and how thick those layers are. A lightweight onesie is all you need in the summer.
Long sleeves are recommended for newborns because they keep the infant warm while also protecting him from unintentional scrapes and the environment in general, especially since his immune system is still developing.
In the cold, most babies are content wearing whatever adults are wearing plus an extra layer. However, don’t base your decision on what mom has on her because fluctuating hormones may impact how she detects temperature. So, if folks are more comfortable indoors with a shirt, layer a tee over the onesie. If everyone else is wearing sweaters, layer a nice sweater over the onesie and tee. Cardigans, rather than crew or V-necks, and snaps, rather than buttons or zippers, allow you to shed layers as needed.
Many people over-bundle babies in the cold, so don’t go overboard with the layers. Flushed cheeks, fussiness, or a sweaty back are all signs that the infant is overheating.
If it’s cold outside, soft skull caps or genuine hats will keep the baby warm, especially in the early weeks. Babies sweat a lot and lose a lot of heat through their skulls.
Babies are kept from scratching themselves by wearing thin mittens.
Socks are useful for newborns who aren’t wearing footies, especially if you’re going outside. At first, babies have weak circulation. Their feet are frequently cooler than ours.
Leg warmers are similar to sweaters for a baby’s legs. If you’re going for a walk in the cold, wear them over your footies or pants. They also help to keep the baby’s socks in place.
Of course, a blanket isn’t necessary when the baby is up and about, practicing his tummy time. But if he’s nursing, in a stroller, or being carried out to the car, a blanket will keep him feeling cozy and protected. Any baby leaving the hospital needs to be covered up, more so to keep away germs.
In summer, a light blanket will do. As the weather cools, choose something thicker. Whatever the case may be, wrap him up from toes to neck and fasten it so it doesn’t fail in his face. If you’re going to be out and about in the cold, consider putting the baby in a coat, if you have one. Otherwise, dress baby in extra-warm layers and extra-thick baby bunting, or a toasty footmuff if you’re strolling.
How to Dress Baby for Sleeping
When a baby is sleeping, less is going to be more, Because babies can wriggle out of their mittens and hats in bed, these could pose a risk for sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). All he needs to wear is a onesie underneath his swaddling blanket if he likes to be swaddled. You can also find long-sleeve onesies with built-in mittens if he tends to scratch herself. If the infant dislikes being swaddled, consider a sleep sack.
The Final Word, Should you only use natural fabrics?
You don’t have to worry about buying solely organic clothing; natural fibers like cotton or bamboo are considerably more breathable, which can aid in a baby’s temperature management. However, because harsh chemicals and colors might leak in during the production process, you must wash new clothes before wearing them.
Because you won’t know whether a newborn has sensitive skin right away, Price suggests keeping the brightly colored clothing with character designs for older babies. They don’t need the adorable Mickey Mouse attire while they’re new and you’re rarely leaving the house. Soft clothing is great.