Dressing Your Newborn

dressing newborn

When you come home from the hospital with your first bundle of joy, odds are that you are completely afraid of breaking him or her. So, when you are faced with having to pull those little arms through sleeves and soft spots through neck holes, you want to make sure it's as easy and simple as possible. Also, if you're like I was, you are constantly worried about keeping your baby at a comfortable temperature. Here are some tips for dressing your newborns that will put you at ease.

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The fabrics you choose will depend mostly on where you live and the time of year it is when your little one makes his or her appearance. For example, I was blessed with my little girl at the end of December in Minnesota. 

For everyday wear, stick to simple, natural fabrics without strings and buttons.

We chose mostly one-piece outfits (with footsies and sometimes built-in mittens) made from cozy terry cloth, fleece, or a heavy cotton. For warmer weather, stick with soft, breathable cotton. It's comfortable, is unlikely to irritate your baby's sensitive skin, and it won't overheat your baby.

Of course, once in a while you may want to dress your baby up in something a bit more stylish for a holiday or special occasion. Feel free to try out little sweaters, lace, velvet, and other textures. But for everyday wear, stick to simple, natural fabrics without strings and buttons (which can be hazardous to babies who like to put things in their mouths).

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As far as types of clothing, there are a few basics when you are looking at one-pieces, bodysuits, onesies, and the like. First, we have the zipper. Zippers are great; they are fast and easy. You don't have to fumble around with snaps at 3:00 a.m. if you have a zipper. One thing to keep in mind if you are trying clothing with zippers is that the zipper should be covered. Sometimes there's even a flap of fabric at the top that you can snap closed to protect your baby from the zipper handle. Zipper one-pieces are also handy because you lay the baby down on them and then zip up, as opposed to slipping clothing over the head, which can be a little nerve-wracking for new parents!

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Dressing Your Newborn

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  1. Profile photo of Alanna Alanna says:

    yay for cute comfy outfits!

  2. loose clothing for her right now (summer baby) now, i’m getting ready for fall

  3. loose clothing for her right now (summer baby)

  4. Profile photo of Heatherly Heatherly says:

    I try to dress my babies in cotton only. At least I avoid polyesters with a passion…they don’t breathe. Also I don’t like putting anything around their little waists that seem even too snug.
    It’s fun to dress them!

  5. Profile photo of MAMASEXXY MAMASEXXY says:


  6. I was so nervous at first but it became second nature

  7. Profile photo of KaelinRae KaelinRae says:

    I have just started looking for baby onsies for when my little one arrives in October, and I have to say that this was very informative. I will probably try to stick with snaps more then zippers though.

  8. Profile photo of life life says:

    im so ready to meet my baby

  9. Profile photo of Ja Ja says:

    This is very helpful, thanks! I am a little nervous because newborn babies are so fragile.

  10. Profile photo of JessiLoveday JessiLoveday says:

    This is personal advise from all the times I have helped my ma with her little ones while she rested. If you are worried about them squirming right out of your hands, the best way to change them is the have them on the floor on a towel or changing cloth, and just lift the bits you are dressing at the moment. I learned that when I was 10 with my second little brother, because I had a hard time controlling his newborn movements while putting his arms in the sleeves.

  11. Profile photo of Marilyn Marilyn says:

    This will be my first, so these articles help quite a bit with things I worry about doing.

  12. Profile photo of julie julie says:

    i take my time so in the way i cant hurt my baby,is hard because they move there babys but i try my best..is my second baby the first ones are the hard one..

  13. Profile photo of Stephanie Stephanie says:

    Think it’s a mother instinct to know what clothes are best for the baby

  14. Profile photo of Janice Janice says:

    The easy on, and easy off, clothes for everyday, and save the nice ones for occasions. That is how I have always did things, to avoid the headaches.

  15. Profile photo of Janice Janice says:

    I try to keep clothes on the baby that are easily removed and put on.

  16. Profile photo of Melody Melody says:

    I bought a special occasion dress for my baby, but I didn’t think beyond cuteness! It wasn’t a huge problem, but the taffeta and tulle made for a slippery and scratchy combination–mostly for me since the dress was lined. She’s a wiggly girl!

  17. Profile photo of Lourdes Lourdes says:

    Changing my son is not the problem hes 3 weeks old and I have experience because I have a 2 year old. What I was afraid of was changing his diaper but now im a pro. haha. 🙂

  18. Profile photo of Sara Sara says:

    He already has enough clothes to last him until he’s 2! And with his 3year old uncle’s hand-me-downs, I’ll never have to buy him clothes 🙂

  19. Profile photo of aneesa aneesa says:

    emi285 is saying the right thing trust me

  20. Profile photo of emi285 emi285 says:

    Don’t buy a lot of newborn or 0-3 month sized clothing…they outgrow those sizes quick so there’s no need to have a whole lot of them!!

  21. Profile photo of JamJam JamJam says:

    Wonderful information. cant wait for my baby girl to get here!!

  22. Profile photo of chandra chandra says:

    I was afraid to change my son I didnt want him to get cold or upset.

  23. I always feel like I am hurting my daughter when I dress her. It makes me feel better knowing that I am not the only one.


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