Dressing Baby

How to dress your baby properly

Dressing a newborn

When dressing your baby, supporting her on your lap, stretch the garment neckline and pull it over your baby’s head. Use your fingers to keep it from catching on her face or ears.

Don’t try to push your baby’s arm through the sleeve. Instead, put your hand into the sleeve from the outside, grasp your baby’s hand, and pull it through.

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The right clothing

You'll be changing your baby's clothing several times a day. Babies are very messy. So make sure outfits are uncomplicated and open easily for diaper changes. Basically, you want soft, comfortable clothing with no irritating tags or seams.
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Lots of newborns find the dressing and undressing experience upsetting. The quicker and calmer you are, the less stress for both you and your baby!

  • Make sure the room is warm enough, then place your baby on a soft surface.
  • Put something over your baby to prevent him from peeing on you.
  • Stretch the neck of a singlet and, supporting your baby’s head, put the singlet on from the back. Be careful it doesn’t touch her face as you pull the front over her head – babies can get very upset by clothes scraping their faces.
  • Do the reverse when undressing, once again trying not to let the clothes touch your baby’s face.
  • Gently place baby’s arms through the arm holes.
  • If you’re dressing your baby in a jumpsuit, unbutton or unzip it and lay him on top. Place his arms and legs into the holes and do up the zip or snap fasteners.
  • Make sure your baby’s legs and arms are clothed if she’s going out in the sun (but it’s better to keep her out of direct sun altogether).
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