Putting your baby’s wardrobe essentials together is often a fun experience. However, many mums get carried away with all the amazing clothes that baby shops sell. Dressing up your baby is very important as this directly affects how comfortable he/she feels.
If you want to keep your baby feeling snug and happy, then choose baby clothes carefully. As a mother, I believe in walking into baby shops armed with a list so that I don’t lose sight of what I really need. Here are some simple suggestions to help you dress your infant comfortably.
- Dress your infant according to the weather. If it is warm, then light cotton jumpsuits in pale colors are ideal for keeping your baby neither too cool nor too hot. Cold weather calls for flannels, woolen button-down sweaters, caps that completely cover the ears especially if you take your baby outside.
- Socks, mittens and a baby wrap are a must so make sure that you have them among your baby’s clothes just in case it gets too cold. Be careful not to dress him/her up too warmly or your baby is liable to overheat.
- Babies like to keep warm so swaddle your little one in a light or heavy wrap, again depending on the season. Take into account the temperature indoors while swaddling your baby.
- Put together cute outfits out of whatever you have and dress your baby up whenever you take him/her out. You don’t need a unique outfit each and every time; simply, mix and match the way you dress yourself.
- Don’t splurge too much on baby clothes since your little one will outgrow them faster than you imagine. Buy sizes for each stage of growth so that you don’t have too many that don’t fit.
- Dress your baby up in different colors. Don’t stick to the norm of white, baby pinks or blues, look at other colors like pale green, yellow or peach.
- While dressing up your baby, pay attention to the type of fabric the clothes are made of. You don’t want anything that causes a rash or creates any kind of discomfort for your little one. Some babies break out into rashes when their skin comes in contact with wool so be sure to dress your infant in a cotton jumpsuit and then, add the sweater over it. Avoid synthetic fabrics like georgette, polyester or acrylic.
- Baby skin is very tender and responds easily to irritants. The clothes you dress your infant in should be soft and gentle against the baby’s skin. Don’t buy clothes that are rough to the touch or contain a lot of embroidery that can rub against the baby’s skin. If there is any embroidery or work on the fabric, make sure a soft piece of cloth is sewn over it on the inside to prevent irritation.
Tips and Warnings
- The clothes you dress your infant in should be washed in a mild detergent.
- Do not dress your baby in harsh colors or fabrics that run dye as dye gets absorbed into the skin.
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