Neonate Dressing Without Stressing

A Guide to Dressing Your Newborn

Techniques for Dressing Your Newborn

Mothers everywhere agree that there are many techniques that can make dressing your newborn easier. To get clothing on fuss free be sure to stretch the neckline of the outfit wide enough that it can easily fit over your baby's head, and use you fingers to keep it from catching on their ears or face. To get arms and legs through sleeves and pants, reach in from the outside of the garment to gently pull your baby's hand or foot through the clothing, which is much simpler than trying to push their arms and legs through. While putting the upper half of an outfit onto your newborn, it may be easier to hold the baby in your lap, but for the lower half you will probably find it simpler to lay them on a changing table or the floor. To keep crying to a minimum, it is important that you talk to your baby nicely. This will help your baby connect getting dressed to spending quality time with you.

How to Keep Your Newborn Safe in Their Clothes

It is very important when dressing your newborn that you keep their clothing baby-safe. One way to do this is to put your baby into a wearable blanket when they go to bed.
Wearable blankets easily zip over a baby in sleepwear, and are safer than loose blankets, which could tangle around your baby. When putting an outfit on your neonate, try to avoid anything with a neck that wraps too tightly. You should also be sure to check buttons, ribbons, cords, ties and other decorative items carefully, because they could easily become a choking hazard if they are not properly secured.

Dressing Your Baby Depending on Climate

If your newborn is living in a colder climate, it is important that you have the proper clothing. Sweaters or jackets that button down the front will keep your baby warm and are easy to get on and off. When bringing your baby outdoors, they should be bundled up in winter-wear like a hooded fleece suit. Socks are an important part of your babies outfit when they are indoors, as are booties for outings. A soft, warm hat will keep your babies head and ears warm. Once you have brought your baby inside, however, it is important that you remove some of their layers to prevent them from overheating. In a hotter climate, your baby should be equipped with a wide brimmed hat, especially outdoors, to protect them from the sun. Your newborn's skin should always be protected from the sun, but be sure not to dress them in so much that they overheat. No matter what the weather, it is always a good idea to dress your baby in one more layer than you are wearing.

Making It Easier

There are a few more hints that can make dressing your newborn a little simpler. Always make sure your baby's outfits are uncomplicated to get on and off, and that will make diaper changes easier. Outfits like these include anything with snaps or zippers up the legs. You should also note that many babies are sensitive to clothing tags, so be careful not to buy anything that could irritate your baby and lead to crying. It is a smart idea to buy outfits that a newborn could sleep and play in comfortable, especially since they take so many naps throughout the day. Anything with snaps or zippers down the front are often easier to get on than if they were on the back. Lastly, remember to buy clothing for your newborn based on functionality, not on looks.

Extra Tips for Dressing Your Newborn

This video will give you some extra tips on how to easily dress your newborn.
How to Dress Your Newborn / Baby Care Basics

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